The holidays are often a time for family tradition. Certainly at my house we have a routine that we follow religiously every year -- involving everything from tree lighting ceremonies, gingerbread making and house decorations, to tree selection and gift opening (stockings before breakfast, children gifts before lunch).
However, one of the biggest traditions for a lot of families is the Xmas lunch or dinner. For instance, growing up in England, roast turkey and fixings were front and center. But, I know my American mother-in-law prefers to dish up a ham.
But what will be on the menu for those flying on Xmas day this year... sandwiches, crackers, peanuts or something a little more festive?
Here is a rundown of some of the yummy treats that will be served in the skies over the holidays:
Virgin Atlantic is offering passengers a traditional English holiday dinner on all flights to and from the UK on December 24th, 25th and 26th. The dinner will include turkey, stuffing, roast potatoes, brussel sprouts, parsnips and gravy -- yum!
Virgin has also said that passengers in upper class will receive chestnut soup and Christmas pudding with brandy butter, as well as warm mince pies with Cornish clotted cream. Not to be left out, passengers in economy and premium economy (from the UK) will get a mince pie and a special Lindt chocolate Santa at the end of their meal.
The national airline of the UAE, known for its premier culinary program that includes in-flight chefs, will be offering passengers a special in-flight holiday menu (in addition to its regular menu options) on select flights December 24th, 25th and 26th
Diamond first and pearl business-class passengers will be served roast turkey, chestnut stuffing, honey glazed pumpkin, roast potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce. And, for dessert, they will have the choice of Yule log or vanilla crème anglaise with seasonal berries.
Coral Economy Class passengers will also receive roast turkey and chestnut stuffing, as well as green peas, roast potatoes and cranberry gravy. Dessert will include a choice of chocolate and orange delice or ginger crisp.
Air Berlin is giving Santa a lift with a special edition of its iconic chocolate heart (a gift given to passengers at the end of all German domestic and Euroshuttle flights). This year, Air Berlin will help Santa make his rounds by giving all passengers a chocolate Santa Claus made by Berlin-based chocolatier, Rausch. Air Berlin is offering this holiday treat in hopes of making jetsetters feel more at home in the skies this holiday.
EL Al Israel Airlines
EL AL, Israel's national airline, is sharing the spirit of Chanukah with passengers by serving festive holiday treats, sufganiot (jelly donuts) and latkes (potato pancakes) on flights between the USA and Israel. From the USA, more than 1,600 potatoes, 460 pounds of raspberry jam and 77 cups of cinnamon will be used to prepare the traditional holiday delicacies. These will also be served in EL AL King David premium class lounges throughout the world, in addition to the snacks that are usually offered.
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- - Michelle Erickson is the director of public relations at Fly.com and is based in California. A British native, Michelle has lived on three continents and is an avid traveler.