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November 28, 2009 / kormanmatthew

Turn to Winter

With Thanksgiving 2009 effectively behind us all, Americans are moving into their Holiday food phases. Christmas, if you forgot, tends to be the second biggest meal every year for most families.

And as Black Friday turns into the holiday season and students come home for their long-awaited Winter breaks, regular foods move from Autumn ghords and vegetables, to Wintery smells of peppermint, cinnamon, and other sweet smells.

Like Thanksgiving, these tastes are of a more acquired group, because of their place in Christian and Western culture. To someone like me, who doesn’t ardently follow the norms of the annual festivities, these tastes are more tradition oriented than I would like.

And so my advice for this year, unlike my take on Thanksgiving; change something. If staunch tradition is what you enjoy, then by all means stick with it. But if you’re like me and you’re easily bored by ham, or some kind of roast, go for a different center-piece.

Paella (Courtesy of Stockmann.fi)

This year, my family and I will try our hands at a seafood Christmas dinner, consisting of crabs, clams, mussels, squid (put together in a paella), and whatever the Hell else we feel like, considering that we enjoy these foods much more than the albeit boring tastes of ham. Plus, it’s not as risky as Thanksgiving.

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