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Canadian Christmas Foods: From Christmas Dinner to Popular Traditions

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This list of Canadian Christmas foods brings in Canadian Christmas food traditions with more modern Christmas day activities and eats! There are a lot of Canadian foods that do not make their way into a holiday meal, but there are a few uniquely Canadian items!

Canadian Traditional Christmas Dinner

Yes Canadians do typically eat Turkey at Christmas. Think of Christmas dinner in Canada as American Thanksgiving. There is turkey and plenty of fixings. There are pies and desserts and all kinds of Christmas cookies and treats. It is a day where families get together (even more so than Canadian thanksgiving) and involves a lot of eating!

Traditional Christmas Dinner Menu Items:

  • Turkey
  • Alternative Christmas dinner man dish is usually Ham
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cranberries or Cranberry sauce
  • Tourtiere (popular French Canadian meat pie)
  • Mulled wine
  • Nanaimo Bars
  • Butter tarts
  • Eggnog
  • Yule Log

With all of these traditional items, Canada is a very multicultural country, with over 50% of the population not coming from European heritage. So Christmas food traditions are changing. Typically what stays the same across all cultures in Canada is a Christmas tree in the home, Santa’s arrival on December 25th and exchanging gifts with friends and family. It is a popular time for parties and seasonal events.

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