What Do Other Countries Eat to Celebrate the Season? HOLIDAY CUISINE AROUND THE GLOBE
Have You Visited Atlanta’s Pink Pig? Happy ‘Pink-tacular’ Holidays
Celebrations of Christmas, Hanukkah, and
Kwanzaa vary from country to country, but there is one thing that unites holiday parties around the world: food. While some American traditions overlap
with those of other countries — Peru, for example, shares our love of hot chocolate; England and Canada raise glasses of eggnog; and Italy digs into a version of latke fruitcake called panettone — there are plenty of dishes beloved all over the world that never make it to the American table. Below, we’ve rounded up a few you might consider exploring this season. COSTA RICA: TAMALES Christmas in Costa Rica wouldn’t be complete without tamales, a savory treat made by stuffing corn dough, meat, garlic, onions, potatoes, and raisins into corn husks or banana leaves. The process of filling and steaming the tamales can take days, and every family makes their own signature filling. ETHIOPIA: YEBEG WOT Ethiopians start preparing their Christmas meals as early as October when they buy the still-live lambs that will eventually go into their savory, spicy lamb stew on the holiday. As with many of the country’s dishes, yebeg wot is scooped up and eaten with injera (teff flatbread). ISRAEL: LATKES Latkes have been synonymous with Hanukkah for more than 900 years, and no Israeli Christmas would be complete without the little potato pancakes cooked symbolically in oil. Despite their long history, though, latkes now vie with sufganiyot — a kind of jelly-filled donut — for a place on the holiday table. JAPAN: FRIED CHICKEN Thanks to a clever 1970s marketing campaign, the dish of choice for Christmas in Japan is fried chicken — specifically, KFC. Unlike in America, holiday orders in the country come with chocolate cake, roasted chicken with stuffing, and even bottles of Christmas wine emblazoned with Colonel Sanders’ face. SWEDEN: SAFFRON BUNS According to Delish, Swedish tradition “dictates that the eldest daughter dress in a white gown tied with a red sash and a crown of lit candles, then wake her parents with hot coffee and a tray of saffron buns.” Swedes also feast on a casserole called Jansson’s Temptation made with potatoes, onions, anchovies, and cream.
If you’ve never ridden in the Macy’s Pink Pig train, you’re missing out on one of Atlanta’s most beloved traditions. Since the 1950s, the pig-shaped caboose has delighted kids with rides at spots around the city, and now it appears every holiday season on the upper-level parking deck of the Lenox Square Mall near Macy’s. The train runs under the Pink Pig Tent, winding through a life-sized storybook wonderland all lit up in its signature color and this winter will delight passengers through Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020. So, how did this wacky tradition get started? Well, the original Pink Pig, a cheerful oinker named Priscilla, ran on a monorail around the ceiling of Rich’s department store in downtown Atlanta in the ‘50s. According to Macy’s, kids loved getting the chance to soar over the toy department so much that before long, another pig, Percival, joined the fun. In later years, the pigs were moved to the store’s roof for scenic rides overlooking the city. When Rich’s closed in 1991, the train took up residence at Egleston Children’s Hospital’s Festival of Trees, only to be discontinued in 1995 due to cost concerns. As Atlanta magazine put it, “The pigs were put out to pasture at the Atlanta History Center — only to be reborn in 2003 under a pink- and-white tent at Lenox Square Mall.” The “pink-tacular” train has been a smash hit since Macy’s brought it back to life, pulling in roughly 80,000 passengers every year. Rides cost $3 per person, and multiride tickets can be bought at a discount. Even better, some of the proceeds benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a local pediatric hospital. If you stop by the Pink Pig Tent this holiday season, you just might see Kevin Patrick — his kids love to ride the train! Be sure to wish him happy holidays, and, if you have any legal questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to ask. Even off-duty, we’re always happy to help a client!
You can always reach Kevin directly at 404-566-8964 or Kevin@PatrickTrialLaw.com. (If you ever need it, his cell phone is 404-409-3160, too.)
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