The Holiday Gauntlet is a very special time of year. We have Thanksgiving, Chanukkah, Christmas, and New Years in the matter of weeks. Weeks! Not to mention Kwanzaa and my next door neighbor Nadine’s birthday. It would be wise to keep this glossary of holiday foods close by in order to get through this year’s gauntlet unscathed:

LATKE – a pancake made from potatoes, eaten at Chanukkah with applesauce or sour cream.

MINCE PIE – a sweet Christmas desert, this pie is traditionally filled with ground beef.

BUCHE DE NOEL – A more delicious Christmas desert than Mince Pie, this is French for “Yule Log” and is a rolled sponge cake covered in chocolate frosting.

GELT – Chocolate coins covered in gold foil, used for playing the dreidl game on Chanukkah.

BLACK-EYED PEAS – A kind of pea that is good luck to eat on New Years, especially in the South.

TURKEY GIBLETS – The gross parts of a turkey that are often used to make gravy.

oh and it turns out that a TURTLE DOVE is a common bird similar to a pigeon.