5 Christmas Songs and the Recipes They Inspire

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I'm a person who visualizes everything I hear. This is very bad if I find myself in a conversation about surgery (!), but very good if we're talking pork chops and apple sauce. Given the season, I get visions of holiday treats almost everywhere I go, most often while listening to the tunes of Nat King Cole or Dean Martin. Maybe it's time to jazz up the kitchen as well with some holiday recipes inspired by those Christmas classics.

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The Song:

The Wassail Song

"Here we come a-wassailing
Among the leaves so green,
Here we come a-wand'ring
So fair to be seen.
Love and joy come to you,
And to you your wassail, too,
And God bless you, and send you
A Happy New Year,
And God send you a Happy New Year."

The Recipe:

Wassail - Food Network

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The Song:

We Wish You A Merry Christmas

"We Wish You A Merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas,
We wish you a merry Christmas,
We wish you a merry Christmas,
And a happy New Year
Good tidings we bring to you and your kin.
We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Now bring us some figgy pudding,
Now bring us some figgy pudding,
Now bring us some figgy pudding,
And bring some out here."

The Recipe:

Orange-Figgy Steamed Pudding - Food & Wine

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The Song:

Let It Snow

"Oh, the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we've no place to go
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

It doesn't show signs of stopping
And I've brought some corn for popping
The lights are turned way down low
Let is snow, let it snow, let it snow"

The Recipe:

Salted Dark Chocolate Popcorn - The Kitchn

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The Song:

The Christmas Song

"Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
Jack Frost nipping at your nose
Yuletide carols being sung by a choir
And folks dressed up like Eskimos

Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe
Help to make the season bright
Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow
Will find it hard to sleep tonight"

The Recipe:

How to Roast and Peel Chestnuts - The Kitchn

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The Song:

Sleigh Ride

"There's a happy feeling
Nothing in the world can buy,
When they pass around the coffee
And the pumpkin pie,
It'll nearly be like a picture print
By Currier and Ives,
These wonderful things are the things
We remember all through our lives!"

The Recipe:

Ginger Pumpkin Pie with Graham Cracker Crust - The Kitchn

What other Christmas songs feature food?

(Image credits: Lesya Dolyuk/Shutterstock; Nealey Dozier; Anjali Prasertong; Kathryn Hill; Faith Durand)

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