’Tis The Season… To Be Hungry

By: Saaniah Hardy

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays! This means kids are writing their christmas lists while parents are scouring the stores for the perfect present. And, for us teens, our brains have been focused on the true gems of the holiday season since November 1st: the delectable eats. Nothing beats having a delicious home-cooked holiday meal! The Oracle staff has already meticulously planned out our holiday meals knows that our readers are probably doing the same. So, in the spirit of the holidays, we decided to write an article all about a diverse array of holiday treats.

Thanksgiving 

The roots of this holiday have been taught to us time and time again and yet, the story of bridge-building, peace, and community always hits home. To honor the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians who, together, helped each other survive the harsh wilderness, we eat an all out feast! A traditional Thanksgiving meal usually consists of: 

  1. Turkey: It’s not thanksgiving without one!
  2. Stuffing: Can’t get enough.
  3. Ham: For your family members who aren’t “turkey people”… whatever that’s supposed to mean.
  4. Mac and cheese: Cheesy heaven anyone? 
  5. Mashed potatoes: Oh do I love these! I always go back for a second helping.
  6. Pies: Whether you’re a sweet potato or pumpkin fan, everyone knows that Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without pies.

Chanukah 

Chanukah, also known as the festival of lights, is the celebration victory from Greek religious persecution. During this victory, the Jewish people miraculously kept a Chanukiah lit for 8 days (that’s why Chanukah is 8 days) and as a way to commemorate this, many Chanukah foods are cooked in oil. Chanukah meals usually consist of: 

  1. Potato Latkes: Potato pancakes served with sour cream or apple sauce. An oddly delicious combo!
  2. Gelt – Delicious chocolate coins people receive after winning the spinning top game of dreidel.
  3. Sufganiyot – Donuts fried in oil and filled to the brim with fruit jam.
  4. Brisket and Matzoh Ball Soup – Brisket is a delicious braised meat and matzoh ball soup is comprised of a rich chicken broth, fresh noodles, vegetables, and chicken, and bread-like dumplings. Both are classics served at almost every Jewish holiday, not just Chanukah.

Christmas 

Christmas celebrates the birth of the Christian Messiah, Jesus Christ. Christmas traditions differ around the world, but the common underlying factor is that families come together. Some Christmas cuisine includes: 

  1. Baked Ham – Always sure to wow a crowd. Usually served with a sweet glaze to balance out the savory flavor of the ham.
  2. Roasted Brussels, potatoes, and carrots – These winter vegetables are sure to pack a punch of nutrition!
  3. Eggnog – This creamy drink is sure to fill you up on cold winter nights. It’s especially good when served warm.
  4. Gingerbread – This sweet and spicy dessert combo is an iconic symbol of Christmas.

Festivus 

Festivus is a holiday that was created by the TV series Seinfeld. 1966 was the start of the meatloaf and disappointment sharing holiday. I get it this holiday may not sound the best, but just think of the fest you’d have… a meatloaf, with the people you love! Then too on about this amazing holiday you get to tell everyone how the disappointed you with what they did or didn’t do throughout the year.

  1. Meatloaf – This is Festivus’ one and only dish! It’s purpose (as stated in the show) is to hide your awful culinary skills.

Kwanzaa

  1. Jollof rice – Other word for the Jollof rice is ‘Benachin’ which means one pot
  2. Groundnut stew- This strew made out of peanuts. 
  3. African creole – This blends many influences of countries around the world into this dish.

New Years Eve 

  1. Meatballs – Who doesn’t like a sweet and spicy snack to bring in the new year
  2. Nachos- this cheesy goodness makes a messy finger side 
  3. Sliders- Just another way to slide into the year 4. Sparkling juice- To make the kids feel like they are grown 

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