Survey: America’s Favorite Modern Christmas Dishes for 2023

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Key Findings:

  • Holiday Traditions Reflect Regional Diversity: The survey underscores how Christmas traditions in the United States vary significantly by region, with each state bringing its own unique culinary flavors to the holiday table, reflecting local ingredients and cultural heritage.
  • Fusion of Holiday Flavors: Many states are creatively blending traditional holiday recipes with contemporary and global culinary trends, resulting in innovative dishes that represent the evolving nature of holiday celebrations in America.
  • Local Produce Shapes Holiday Menus: The choice of Christmas dishes is heavily influenced by locally sourced produce and regional historical backgrounds, highlighting a connection to local traditions and seasonal ingredients during the holidays.
  • Immigrant Influences Enrich Holiday Cuisine: The culinary traditions of immigrant communities significantly enrich the holiday menus in various states, showcasing America’s cultural diversity during this festive season.
  • Nostalgia and Innovation in Holiday Cooking: The survey reveals a trend towards both nostalgic and innovative approaches in holiday cuisine, with many dishes combining elements of traditional comfort and contemporary flair for festive celebrations.

Study Implications:

  • Cultural Diversity and Inclusion: The diverse range of Christmas dishes across the U.S. underscores the importance of cultural diversity and inclusion, reflecting a society that embraces multiple cultural influences.
  • Changing Food Trends & Preferences: The evolving nature of Christmas menus indicates changing food trends and preferences, potentially guiding the food industry in developing new products and menus.
  • Preservation and Evolution of Culinary Traditions: The survey illustrates how culinary traditions are both preserved and allowed to evolve, balancing respect for heritage with openness to new influences.
  • Educational and Social Opportunities: The diversity in regional holiday cuisine offers educational opportunities to learn about different cultures and fosters social connections through shared culinary experiences.
  • Potential for Regional Culinary Tourism: The unique culinary offerings of each state could stimulate interest in regional culinary tourism, encouraging people to explore and experience local flavors and traditions.
  • Impact on Local Economies and Agriculture: The preference for dishes using local ingredients can have a positive impact on local economies and agriculture, supporting local farmers and producers.
  • Enhanced Understanding of American Culture: Such a survey provides a deeper understanding of American culture as a mosaic of different regional and ethnic influences, reflected vividly in its culinary practices around the holiday season.


Online panel survey of 3,000 adults based on age, gender, and geography. Internal data sources are used to obtain population data sets. We used a two-step process to ensure representativeness through stratified sampling and post-stratification weighting.

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