We're coming to the end of our daily Christmastide posts, and I'm thinking back to Christmas dinner.
We all talk about a "traditional Christmas" but what is that, exactly? In the lead-up to Christmas there was a discussion on facebook that I found so interesting. It was a discussion of what people were planning to serve for Christmas Dinner, and the variety of dishes to be served amazed me.
In particular I was surprised by the variety of desserts, because to me, there is only one dessert possible for Christmas Dinner and that's Christmas pudding — also called plum pudding, though there are no plums in it. That's not to say there can't be other desserts served as well, but I've always considered Christmas pudding to be essential to any Christmas feast. It's still widely served in Australia (here's an article about it) and I assume also in the UK, but it did surprise me that none of the Americans in that discussion were having Christmas pudding at all — and that many had never even tasted it.