Listen, we know that every family has its Christmas traditions. And we’re not going to criticize your mom for serving the same Christmas dishes that she grew up eating. But as some point you need to take a step back and look at some traditional Christmas foods out of context. You’ll probably realize that they just aren’t very good.
Now there are plenty of traditional Christmas dishes that are pretty damn tasty. You can’t argue with a nice glazed ham, mashed potatoes with gravy, prime rib, stuffing, or pecan pie. Heck, even mashed sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top can be pretty good. But there are some dishes that, in our opinion at least, just really don’t pass muster.
Some of these dishes are common in American households, some are more popular in the UK, and one is more common in Scandinavia. Some are widely eaten, some are (thankfully) not nearly as popular as they once were, which gives us hope that at some point, someone, somewhere finally put their foot down and refused to allow it on their family table. If any of these make it onto your Christmas table, we have a good feeling that at least a couple of your guests are really wishing it would just go away forever.