Trading in the Christmas turkey

Students describe their out of the ordinary Christmas meals

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A turkey lays at a center of a dining room table. Delicate plates and folded napkins are neatly placed around scattered festive dishes. For most people, this is the average Christmas dinner; it’s a tradition that can be relied to be the same year after year. However, not all families like to stick to tradition when it comes to their Christmas meal.

“We just had turkey. Because, I mean, Thanksgiving’s not even a month earlier,” senior Conner Berry said.

For Berry’s Christmas dinner with his family, he has something that would be considered by many as unusual.

“The main hallmark is usually my grandmother will cook up some crab legs,” Berry said. “I really like crab legs. We’ll eat, and then when it’s time to leave, my fingers will be bleeding from cracking crab legs open. We’ve tried to use nutcrackers, and that doesn’t usually work out very well.”

Berry’s Christmas dinner has been a tradition since he was young, and he said it has become very important to him throughout the years.

“It’s been a thing for as long as I can remember,” Berry said. “I can’t say anything for my parents, but if I could at all do it, I’ll carry the tradition with me.”

Like Berry, sophomore Cai-Lee Warner’s family also chooses not to stick to the norm for the holiday meal. Rather, Christmas is a way to incorporate her family’s own unique tradition and culture. Her family eats a dish centered around the culture of Guam.

“Chamorro food is just popular dishes you eat in Guam. It came from Guam but it has some Spanish and Asian influence,” Warner said. “It is relevant to me because it is the kind of food I grew up eating and I’ve grown to love my cultural food.”

For some students, their Christmas meal depends on who they’re spending the holidays with.

“On Christmas we usually eat turkey on my dad’s side of the family, but we’re usually in Florida on thanksgiving on my mom’s side of the family,” senior Jack Kempf said.

When Kemph celebrates Christmas in Florida, his meal isn’t based off of the turkey they bought in the store.

“Us who want to go fishing, go fishing and anyone else usually goes to the beach. We usually eat what we caught in a big fish fry and shrimp broil style on Christmas,” Kempf said. “With fresh shrimp, corn, sausage, and onions in the shrimp broil, we fry or bake whatever fish we caught that morning.”

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