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The Quaint and Complicated Christmas Dinners of 100 Years Ago

Christmas menu from 1934 has chicken gumbo as one of the options

San Diego naval base Christmas menu from 1934 has chicken gumbo as one of the options. Via/ Flickr

Christmas pudding and mincemeat pie are just two of the many English dishes which, 100 years ago at least, were still being served as special holiday dishes in the U.S. Available pre-made in cans and mentioned in many a cookbook, English style puddings were quite common up until the years following World War II.

plum pudding and mincemeat advertisement from turn of the century Boston

Plum pudding and mincemeat advertisement from turn of the century Boston. Via/ Flickr

Often interchangeably referred to as plum pudding or Christmas pudding, the type of dried fruit inside can vary quite bit. The popularity of plum pudding over many centuries at one point hinged on the the fact a pudding can last for up to a year, but this is not such a selling point in our modern age of convenience.

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Plum pudding is still a common Christmas treat in England, but has fallen from favor stateside. Via/ Flickr

Add to the changing times that each family has their own unique holiday traditions, and it’s no wonder that what we’re serving on our holiday tables is so different from what was being had 100 years ago.

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