Everybody's got their own Christmas traditions, especially in the way of what they're eating that day. Seriously, everyone has them, and yours might be more like your neighbor's than you think. Here, a round-up of the most classic Christmas recipe in each state.
There are so many things you can make with crescent rolls—danishes, rings, pinwheels, and more. Alabama has mastered them all.
At the end of every year, searches for "prime rib" recipes unfailingly spike. It seems an Alaska Christmas doesn't happen without some sort of meat-focused entrée.
It only makes sense that Arizonans would love a good Christmas flan: With such a huge Latin American influence, the dessert is everywhere around the end of the year.
Light brown sugar, plenty of pecans, corn syrup—all places where Arkansas shines. Pecan pies for all come Christmas.
Sure, California's take on stuffing is generally more fruit- and veggie-packed than the rest of the country's, but they're still hyped on stuffing. We'll allow it.
This apple- and pineapple-based Christmas salad can be made as healthily (or unhealthily) as one would like. But it's Christmas! Do whatever you want!
Turkey is consistently the most-searched food term around the holidays in Connecticut. Guessing all the Conneticuters out there now have great turkey recipes you can share?
There's no contest here—those who celebrate Christmas in Delaware just don't do it without a big batch of gingerbread. Sweet!
Though this iconic side may seem a bit basic for Florida, know that there is usually a bigger hit of citrus in their sauces. Because, you know. Florida! Oranges!
Though it may not get super cold in Georgia, there's still need for serious, soul-warming comfort food. Hence the ubiquity of green bean casseroles at Christmas.
Big holidays means special prep. Kalua pork—cooked underground until the meat is super tender—tends to make an appearance.
Though prime rib (and a lot of other red meats) are pretty commonplace in Idaho households around Christmas, you will oftentimes see cole slaw on tables too.
In fact, it's not so uncommon to see entire hot chocolate bars lined along a Christmas table in Illinois. Magical!
Lots of casserole options to be had at Christmas, but in Indiana, the sweet potato one—extra marshmallows preferred—prevails.
Or any kind of cake, really. There's also a lot of Dutch bread circulating at this time of year.
Does this really come as a surprise? Though Kansas lets up on the BBQ (a little) for the holiday, they do no such thing with their potatoes.
Again, bread pudding is not the only pudding wildly popular. Other iconic faves include nut pudding, custards, and dense fruit cakes.
Would any kind of Creole Christmas be complete without it? No matter what you put in your gumbo—though most star shrimp or sausage—it's sure to be a Christmas hit.
There are plenty of proteins at a Maine Christmas (baked chicken, lobster, etc.), but a good rib roast is almost always one of them.
No matter the season, really, Maryland crab cakes will always reign supreme.
Not only is this the most iconic of New England side dishes, but it's also one of the most health-conscious—coincidence, Massachusetts?
One could argue there's nothing more iconic than a sugar cookie laid out for Santa, let alone an entire batch. Michiganders have always known what's up.
Minnesota is all about the cookies, though they're less married to sugar ones only and prefer the big picture: gingerbreads, meringues, and more.
Can you blame them for wanting to have pecan pie for just about every holiday? It's just so good!
Butter cake is to Missouri as pecan pie is to Mississippi, basically—the most essential.
Montana is another state that loves a good meat-centric and luxurious holiday meal.
Though this one doesn't come as much of surprise now, does it?
Whether it be a hearty sopa de res or a simpler beef stew, Nevada is all about the soupy addition to a Christmas meal that will warm you right up.
Christmas in New Hampshire is just about as traditional as it's going to get. Pretty much everything—but especially dessert—is something you would've seen on a Christmas table decades and decades ago.
More specifically, seven fishes. Chalk that iconic tradition up to New Jersey's heavy Italian culinary influences.