Christmas

It's Christmas, eat your veggies!

Dec. 22, 2010 at 7:36 AM ET

If you’re sitting down to Christmas dinner this Saturday, chances are you’ll pass the vegetables.

Vegetables are No. 1 on the list of top 10 foods and drinks Americans eat for Christmas dinner in all regions except the central U.S., according to data from market research group NPD.

There, potatoes take the top spot.

Americans seem to generally agree that a holiday dinner should have traditional items including potatoes, vegetables, poultry, ham and salads. But there are definitely some regional variations to the Christmas spread.

In the East, Italian dishes ranked ninth, while they are nowhere to be found elsewhere in the country. Similarly, tea took the ninth spot in the South but was absent elsewhere. And in the West, alcoholic beverages ranked ninth, but they didn’t make the cut anywhere else.

NPD compiled the data on Christmas eating habits using its database on in-home eating trends in the U.S.

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