Traditional holiday meals square up so families can chow down

It is that time of the year again, the last part of the year right before we head into the New Year where many people celebrate two of America’s favorite holidays: Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The meaning behind Thanksgiving is to celebrate what people are thankful for and Christmas, to celebrate the birth of Jesus in Christianity. What these two holidays have in common (and the best part of both of them), besides being with family, is the delicious food that is eaten on those days.

For many families, the same foods are eaten on both Christmas and Thanksgiving Day. A traditional Thanksgiving meal includes a turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, mac & cheese, yams, collard greens, stuffing, cranberry sauce and other dishes depending on the family and their culture. The most important dish for Thanksgiving is the turkey, of course, which is why it is often referred to as Turkey Day.

A Christmas dinner may be pretty similar to what one would eat on Thanksgiving, but instead of turkey, the traditional main dish would be a honey baked ham. When it comes to main dishes, Thanksgiving dinner is better. Ham is eaten throughout the year but a whole turkey is generally only eaten when Thanksgiving arrives, making it feel more special.

The desserts served on these national holidays are where the biggest contrast can be seen. Some of the most popular Thanksgiving desserts are apple pie, pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie, peach cobbler, cheesecake and cornbread. Christmas desserts include chocolate chip cookies, gingerbread cookies, monkey bread, pecan pie and several others. Dessert-wise, Christmas has the better choices. Nothing can compare to the freshness and warmth of homemade chocolate chip cookies.

This is definitely the best part of the year because it gives many an excuse to eat not only one, but two awesome, full-course meals that they have been looking forward to. It is hard to say which holiday has the better foods overall, but the perfect meal would be the main dishes served on Thanksgiving along with Christmas desserts.