Hits and misses of the holiday season

Jenna Tarantino, staff writer

The holiday season is upon us which means delicious holiday feasts for all! Time for everyone to take a break from their diets and indulge in the inevitable tradition of getting overly stuffed on holiday favorites!

A great home cooked meal is one of the best traditions of the holiday season. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or any other holiday during this season, everyone can appreciate some great food.

Of course everyone loves the endless glasses of eggnog and sparkling cider, but what about those foods that aren’t so great but have been eternally associated with the holiday season? While I typically enjoy all types of food devoured during the holidays, there are some I’m not quite fond of. For starters, I’ve always favored a good Christmas turkey over Christmas ham. Then of course your uncle contributes his “famous” mashed potatoes which contain no flavoring whatsoever so you’re forced to drench them in salt.

For me, the best foods come during dessert. Pie is always a crowd-pleasing dessert. Whether it’s apple, pumpkin or chocolate, pie is one of the best traditions during the holiday season. As well as decorating a gingerbread house, it’s always fun and delicious to decorate gingerbread men or sugar cookies in red and green frosting. Of course candy-canes and peppermint bark are also great desserts.

There is nothing better than cuddling up with a soft blanket and warm cup of hot chocolate during the winter. Starbucks’ business is booming as everyone is enthralled with new seasonal drinks. And who doesn’t love the first arrival of the red seasonal cups which signify the beginning of the holiday season?

Santa loves his holiday traditions as well. Don’t forget to leave out some cookies and milk and of course carrots for the reindeer! While devouring your favorite holiday treats this season, remember the most important aspect of the holidays is spending time with family.