“The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar plums danced in their heads.”
– "A Visit from St. Nicholas,” Clement Clarke Moore, 1823
What is a sugar plum, anyway?
As travel expert Rick Steves can tell you, each country the world over has its own special Christmas traditions, which includes what foods you find on the Christmas dinner table. Here in America, many of the holiday mainstays we enjoy were brought over by our ancestors when they emigrated, and standard fare can vary by U.S. region, and even by state. But whether you dine on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, some are universal. Here are the origins of a few of them: