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"In English Canada, Christmas dinner is similar to that of its colonial ancestor, England, as well as to its neighbour the United States. Traditional Christmas dinner features turkey with stuffing (dressing), mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, vegetables and plum pudding for dessert. Eggnog, a milk-based punch that is often infused with alcohol, is also very popular around the holiday season. Other Christmas items include butter tarts and shortbread, which are traditionally baked before the holidays and served to visiting friends, at various Christmas and New Year parties, as well as on Christmas Day."

Apple cider: "Apple cider (sometimes soft cider) is the name used in the United States and parts of Canada for an unfiltered, unsweetened, non-alcoholic beverage produced from apples. It is opalescent, or opaque, due to the fine apple particles in suspension, and may be tangier than conventional filtered apple juice, depending on varietal characteristics of the apples used."

Bûche de Noël: "Bûche de Noël [byʃ də noɛl]("Yule log") is a traditional dessert served during the Christmas holidays in France, Belgium, Quebec, Lebanon and several other Christian-populated francophone countries. As the name indicates, the cake is generally prepared, presented, and garnished so as to look like a log ready for the fire. The traditional bûche is made from a Génoise or other sponge cake, generally baked in a large, shallow jelly roll pan, frosted, rolled to form a cylinder, and frosted again on the outside."

Butter tarts:  "A butter tart is a type of pastry best known as a Canadian treat. It should not be confused with butter pie (a savoury pie from the Preston area of Lancashire, England) or with bread and butter pudding.  Description: The English Canadian tart consists of butter, sugar, and eggs in a pastry shell, similar to the base of the U. S. pecan pie without the nut topping, and similar to the French-Canadian sugar pie. Additional ingredients can include raisins, pecans, walnuts, coconut, dates, butterscotch, chocolate chips, or peanut butter."

Candy Canes:  "A candy cane is a hard cane-shaped candy stick. It is traditionally white with red stripes and flavored with peppermint or cinnamon (also known respectively as a peppermint stick or cinnamon stick) The US even has a National Candy Cane Day in it's honor!

Christmas pudding: Christmas pudding is the dessert traditionally served on Christmas day. It has its origins in England, and is sometimes known as plum pudding, though this can also refer to other kinds of boiled pudding involving a lot of dried fruit. (see christmas pudding recipe)

Satsumas: "Its fruit is sweet and usually seedless, about the size of other mandarin oranges (Citrus reticulata), smaller than an orange. One of the distinguishing features of the satsuma is the distinctive thin, leathery skin dotted with large and prominent oil glands, which is lightly attached around the fruit, enabling it to be peeled very easily in comparison to other citrus fruits."

Doughnuts: "In Canada, the doughnut follows the same design as in the United States.
Per capita, Canadians consume the most doughnuts in the world, and Canada also has the most doughnut stores per capita."

Cranberry Sauce: "Cranberry sauce is a sauce or relish made out of cranberries, commonly associated with Thanksgiving dinner in North America. There are differences in flavor depending on the geography of where the sauce is made:"

Egg Nog:  Eggnog is a sweetened dairy-based beverage made with milk, cream, sugar, beaten eggs (which gives it a frothy texture), and flavoured with ground cinnamon and nutmeg; alcoholic versions also exist with the addition of various liquors, such as brandy, rum, whiskey or advocaat. Eggnog is a popular drink throughout the United States and Canada, and is usually associated with winter celebrations such as Christmas and New Year. (see Eggnog month)

Fruitcake:  Fruitcake (or fruit cake) is a cake made with chopped candied fruit and/or dried fruit, nuts, and spices, and (optionally) soaked in spirits. In the United States, the fruitcake has been a ridiculed dessert. There's even a holiday called Fruitcake Toss Day held in it's honor!

Gingerbread, (often in the form of a gingerbread house or gingerbread man): Gingerbread is a sweet that can take the form of a cake or a cookie in which the predominant flavors are ginger and raw sugar. (see Gingerbread man cookie recipe / Gingerbread Cake Recipe  /
Gingerbread Latte Recipe  / Gingerbread House Day / National Gingerbread Day )

Mixed nuts: (in the shell and spiced nuts) Mixed nuts are a snack food consisting of any mixture of mechanically or manually combined nuts. Peanuts (actually a legume), almonds, walnuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, filberts, hazelnuts, and pecans are common constituents of mixed nuts. Mixed nuts may be salted, roasted, cooked, or blanched.

Tourtière (pâté à la viande & Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean varieties): "A tourtière is a meat pie usually made with ground pork and/or veal, or beef. It is a traditional part of the Christmas and/or Christmas Eve réveillon and New Year's Eve meal in Quebec, but is also enjoyed and sold in grocery stores all year long. This kind of pie is known as pâté à la viande (literally, meat pie) in the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region."

Tourtière is a traditional French-Canadian dish served by generations of French-Canadian families throughout Canada and the bordering areas of the United States. Every family has their own "original" recipe, passed down through the generations. Like the recipe, there is no one correct filling, as the pie meat depends on what is available in regions. In coastal areas, fish such as salmon is commonly used, whereas pork, beef and game are used inland."

Pumpkin pie: "The pie consists of a pumpkin-based custard, ranging in color from orange to brown, baked in a single pie shell, rarely with a top crust. The pie is generally flavored with nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and ginger. This pie is often made from canned pumpkin or packaged pumpkin pie filling (spices included); this is a seasonal product available in bakeries and grocery stores, although it is possible to find year-round."

Mince pie: "Mince pies are filled with mincemeat – a preserve typically containing apple, dried fruits such as raisins and sultanas, spices, and either suet or vegetable shortening.[1] Modern mince pies typically do not contain any meat, but because suet is raw beef or mutton fat, mince pies made with suet are not suitable for vegetarians."

Roast turkey: "Turkeys are traditionally eaten as the main course of Christmas feasts in much of the world, as well as Thanksgiving in the United States and Canada, though this tradition has its origins in modern times, rather than colonial as is often supposed." (turkey roasting tips)

Shortbread: "Shortbread is a type of biscuit (cookie) which is traditionally made from one part white sugar, two parts butter, and three parts oatmeal (although plain white flour is common today, and other ingredients like ground rice or cornflour are sometimes added to alter the texture). Shortbread is so named because of its crumbly texture (from an old meaning of the word short). "

Stuffing: (Stuffing, also known as dressing, particularly in
the Southern U.S.) "In cooking, stuffing or dressing
(specifically for poultry) is a substance used to fill a cavity
in another food item. Many foods are stuffed, including
meats, vegetables, and fruits."

Trifle: "A trifle is a dessert dish made from thick (or often
solidified) custard, fruit, sponge cake, fruit juice or, more
recently, gelatin, and whipped cream. These ingredients
are usually arranged in layers with fruit and sponge on the
bottom, and custard and cream on top."

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Resources:  This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses some material from Wikipedia/article christmasdinner / dishes and other related pages. Top photo: gingerbreadhouse
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