Dessert

CHRISTMAS STORIES AND TRADITIONS

The History Of Santa Claus:

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Santa Claus has been called by several different names throughout the years. The original traditional legend of Santa Claus may have been based on the Dutch legend Sinter Klass, originating in the 1600’s.

Santa Claus really started to get famous when an American author Washington Irving published stories about Santa Claus, referring to him as Saint Nicholas. Saint Nicholas arrived on Christmas Eve bringing presents for children.

Santa Claus changed and became famous when writer Clement Clarke Moore wrote a poem in 1823 about a Christmas Eve visit from Saint Nicholas, better known as “The Night before Christmas”.

Traditional Christmas Dinner:

'Traditional Christmas dinner' features turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, and vegetables such as carrots, turnip, parsnips, etc. Other types of poultry, roast beef, or ham are also used.

Christmas dinner is a meal traditionally eaten at Christmas. This meal can take place any time from the evening of Christmas Eve to the evening of Christmas Day itself. The meals are often particularly rich and substantial, in the tradition of the Christian feast day celebration, and form a significant part of gatherings held to celebrate the arrival of Christmastide. In many cases, there is a ritual element to the meal related to the religious celebration, such as the praying of grace. The actual meal consumed varies in different parts of the world with regional cuisines and local traditions. In many parts of the world, particularly former British colonies, the meal shares some connection with the English Christmas dinner involving roasted meats and pudding of some description. The Christmas pudding and Christmas cake evolved from this tradition.

Traditional Christmas Desserts And Sweets:

For dessert, pumpkin or apple pie, raisin pudding, Christmas pudding, or fruitcake are the staple.

Christmas is the sweetest time of year. The holidays are a time for tradition and for many home cooked meals that includes certain classic desserts.

There are many traditional Christmas desserts.

Here are a few:
The Christmas Pudding:

Christmas pudding is a type of pudding traditionally served as part of the Christmas dinner in the UK, Ireland and in other countries where British and Irish immigrants have brought it.

The Christmas Pudding
Traditional English Trifle:

The basic ingredients of a trifle are always the same - sponge cake soaked in alcohol, covered with a layer of fruit and then an egg custard, all topped with whipped cream.

Traditional English Trifle
Baked Alaska:

Baked Alaska, also known as omelette norvégienne, omelette surprise, or omelette sibérienne depending on the country, is a dessert consisting of ice cream and cake topped with browned meringue.

Baked Alaska
The Sticky Toffee Pudding:

Sticky toffee pudding, also known as STP or as sticky date pudding in Australia and New Zealand, is an English dessert consisting of a very moist sponge cake, made with finely chopped dates, covered in a toffee sauce and often served with vanilla custard or vanilla ice-cream.

The Sticky Toffee Pudding
Holiday Rum Balls:

Rich, dense, boozy chocolate rum balls are a classic Christmas candy that is sure to become one of your favorites as soon as you try them.

Holiday Rum Balls
Panettone (Italian Christmas Cake):

Panettone is a tall, beautiful, dome-shaped cake that originated in Italy and has become popular around the world.

Panettone (Italian Christmas Cake)
Christmas Stollen:

Stollen is a fabulous Christmas confection that comes from Germany. Filled with marzipan and fruit, and finished in a jammy glaze, the sweet bread is typically made only for the holidays.

Christmas Stollen
Sugarplum Christmas Candy:

Sugarplums are a classic holiday candy popularized in poems, and famously, in the "Nutcracker" ballet.

Sugarplum Christmas Candy
Classic Christmas Yule Log:

Sugarplums are a classic holiday candy popularized in poems and, famously, in the "Nutcracker" ballet.

Classic Christmas Yule Log
Spiced Fruitcake With Brandy:

This cake as the name suggests is loaded with fruit and spices, with the addition of brandy and orange juice rounding out the flavor.

Spiced Fruitcake With Brandy
Pumpkin Cake Roll:

This top-rated pumpkin cake roll is filled with an irresistible cream cheese filling.

Pumpkin Cake Roll
Rhea Pereira
By Rhea Pereira