What Would Jesus Eat?

Margaret Ross, Staff Writer

Plenty of questions shroud the holiday season: Should Christmas be so commercialized? Are Christmas celebrations in school acceptable? Should I greet people with ‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘Happy Holidays?’ And so on.

I believe that we are missing the core issue of Christmas. It’s no use worrying about being politically correct about religious holidays; we’ll never achieve that. We can, however, celebrate the holiday with politically correct food.

Take a trip into the past and picture the Middle East in 25 AD. The people of Galilee spent no time baking fruitcakes and peppermint bon-bons. There were no hot chocolates around the fireplace, no frosting on sugar cookies, and no candy canes or gingerbread houses. Ask yourself one important question: What would Jesus eat?

On the side of a blandly cooked fish there would have been mushrooms or zucchini and a simple potato or yogurt dish, served with wine. Dessert would have been whatever fruit was in season, and maybe yogurt.

The contrast between the roots of Christmas and the American holiday celebrated today is shocking in many aspects, but the most vivid difference is in what we eat on the special day. To truly celebrate Christmas, or any religious holiday, stay home from church or temple and make yourself a traditional holiday meal.


Recipe of the month: Black Bean Hummus

16 ounces dry black beans, cooked, drained

4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Juice of 1 lemon

2 garlic cloves, minced

Celtic salt

1 tsp cumin

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Tahini to taste


Combine the ingredients in a food processor container; process until smooth. Serve at room temperature.

Source: The What Would Jesus Eat Cookbook by Don Colbert