Traditional holiday foods from around the world

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What are the traditional foods or recipes you and your family enjoy this season each year - and just wouldn't be the holidays without?  As I am sure is that case with each of you, our traditions have changed over the years, but fondly recall a repeat of the Thanksgiving fare at my grandmothers with turkey and the trimmings on Christmas day along with a beautiful coconut cake that was left on the enclosed porch to stay cool and also my mom's Swedish meatballs with yellow rice on Christmas Eve. Our newer traditions now include a "snack supper" after Christmas Eve service while we watch holiday movies and open gifts. And then a brunch for extended family and friends on Christmas morning at our home.  As our students come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures it's interesting to consider food and recipe traditions from around the globe as featured in this article. Here's wishing everyone the happiest of holidays as you cherish some "off work" time with family and friends along with festive foods.   Would love to hear about your family food traditions!   Best and blessings, Jamie Pope

About the Author
Jamie Pope, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Assistant Professor of Practice in Medicine, Health and Society at Vanderbilt University, has worked in the areas of obesity research, health promotion, heart disease prevention, and since 2000 teaching introductory nutrition. Beyond the classroom, she adapted portions of her nutrition courses to produce a Massive Open Online Course attracting more than 175,000 participants from around the world. This experience earned Jamie an Innovation in Teaching award from the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She is the co-author of the textbook entitled Nutrition for a Changing World. Now in its second edition, the text is in use in over 140 universities across the U.S. and the recipient of a 2020 Textbook Excellence Award. Most recently she developed and produced an audio course for (Nutrition 101: Understanding the Science and Practice of Eating Well) that is also featured on platforms like Apple Books and Audible. Jamie holds a Master’s of Science degree in Nutrition and post graduate work in Health Psychology. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has authored or contributed to numerous scientific and popular press publications. Jamie also held several corporate positions, serving as nutrition consultant and media representative.