【大紀元2014年12月04日訊】聖誕節是加拿大人，無論老少也最愛的節日。這是個與家人朋友、舊識新交、同學同事們共同慶祝的時光，亦是給予和分享美好願望的日子。 聖誕食品是必然的。我們的家族隨著家庭成員的成長和嫁娶日慚擴大之下，帶來了來自本市的、省內外與國內國外其他地方的新成員，同時也帶來了新的風俗和文化。 我家曾在不同的城市省份渡聖誕，喜歡結交新朋友，自然樂意學習他們的聖誕習俗。
你知道嗎，我們吃的許多聖誕食品都源自其他國家。牛油鬆餅（Shortbread cookies）來自蘇格蘭，薑餅（Gingerbread）來自美國，佛羅倫天乾果酥（Florentines）來自意大利，白蘭地脆餅（Brandy snaps）和乾果蛋糕源自英格蘭。奶蛋酒（Eggnog）始於中世紀的英格蘭，士多倫(Stollen)（一種杏仁糖粉鋪面的乾果糕）源自德國。烹那通(Panettone)（佈滿果乾的甜糕）源自意大利，甌柑（Tangerines）則來自中國。
Epoch Times: Canadian Food Lane November 2014
A Canadian Christmas
By Judith Lane
Christmas is the most beloved holiday of Canadians, young and old. It’s a time of celebrating with family and friends, old and new, and school and work mates too. It’s a time of giving, sharing and good will that starts early in December.
Food features prominently. As our families grow and expand, new family members come to us through marriage from other parts of the city, country or beyond our borders, bringing new customs that we add to the mix.
Our family celebrated Christmas in many cities in different provinces. Sometimes we were close to family but more often we were far away. We were used to making new friends and liked learning how they celebrated the holidays.
My earliest Christmas memory was a Christmas dinner with our British-born grandparents–Gram and Pop–in Victoria, B.C. The star of dinner was an enormous turkey that my grandmother had roasted to delicious, golden perfection. That dinner was special. Happy faces, laughing kids, candlelight, the best china and silverware, Christmas crackers and our traditional family Christmas dinner that has varied little over the decades.
Serving the same special meal (there are slight variations and new additions of course) each Christmas is a way of honouring our parents and grandparents, and continuing family traditions.
The centerpiece of our Christmas dinner is the golden turkey. Although we nibble on Christmas baking, nuts, smoked salmon, and other decadent appetisers throughout the day, the smell of roasting turkey wafting through the house sharpens our appetites for the main event.
We set a large table because there are often relatives in town that join us, and an assortment of friends and Christmas ‘orphans’–those who are far from family and can’t make it home. Some will bring a favourite Christmas dish to share, which will grace the table and our plates. Aside from the all-important turkey, our Christmas dinner includes mashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts, Gram’s amazing (and very English) mashed turnips and carrots, bread stuffing, cranberry sauce and plenty of gravy. Dessert is a traditional flaming English plum pudding and there is fruitcake, mincemeat tarts, shortbread and beautifully decorated cookies, and nuts too. Champagne is drunk throughout the meal as well as red and white wines with ruby-red cranberry juice for the little ones.
While we always cook a traditional turkey for Christmas dinner, other families enjoy roast goose, salmon, or a juicy prime rib roast beef. These days, there are often vegans and vegetarians at our table. There will be no tasteless ‘tofurkey’ for them but instead a delicious and festive layered squash, barley and spinach pie or a glazed carrot, mushroom and hazelnut tart.
Before we eat, grace is said and there are Christmas crackers to open. Inside are festive paper hats that everyone wears, jokes that we take turns reading aloud, and a little toy or puzzle. Then we feast.
Christmas Eve is special too. Sometimes we visit friends who celebrate Christmas Eve instead of Christmas Day. Our French Canadian friends will share tourtière, a traditional spiced meat pie made with ground pork and veal. Our Danish friends serve a roast duck with red cabbage and a special rice pudding.
Some of us attend church on Christmas Eve for a special Christmas service. Later in the evening, the family gathers to sing Christmas carols and enjoy a glass or two of eggnog. Just before bed, children hang up their stockings and leave milk and cookies for Santa Claus.
Did you know that many of the things we eat at Christmas originate in other lands? Shortbread cookies come from Scotland, gingerbread from Armenia, florentines from Italy, and brandy snaps and fruitcake from England. Eggnog dates back to Medieval England, stolen–a fruit bread with marzipan (almond paste)–is German, panettone, a fruit-studded sweet bread is Italian, and tangerines are from China.
Christmas is a season of sharing and celebrating, especially with food and drink.