What would the holidays be without food? Repetitive political arguments with distant relatives? A six-hour drive through holiday traffic to get to Grandma’s house? A three-hour wrapping marathon capped off by too much spiked eggnog and weird dreams about Claymation dentists?
It’s the food that makes the holidays. Call it gluttonous overindulgence, call it a healthy appreciation for nature’s bounty and your relatives’ skill in the kitchen. Or better yet, don’t call it anything. Just stuff this drumstick in your mouth and settle into a comfortable chair, preferably with a glass of eggnog or holiday-themed cocktail near at hand.
Because when we talk about food, we’re really talking about tradition—arguing about the merits, or lack thereof of pumpkin spice flavored everything with friends ; canning your leftover summer harvest with a little help from more experienced relatives ; trying to convince your aunt that a vegetarian stuffing won’t ruin the family’s Thanksgiving dinner ; the moment of shared shame when everyone flops onto the couch and loosens their belt ; spicing up your Christmas dinner with some international flavors and recipes ; appreciating the season’s adult beverages with some punningly named cocktails ; acknowledging the people who don’t have enough to eat it, even during the holidays ; and taking a page from the rest of the world and exploring our New Year’s Eve culinary options .
In fact, we’re so into food during the holidays that our graphic designers created food-themed giftwrap paper [12, 32, 42, 50]. And if all this food talk is putting you in the mood for Christmas jingles and tutu-clad sugarplums, look no further than our comprehensive guide to holiday fetes, feasts, dances, plays, concerts, and engagements .