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Setting the Christmas table
Retailers serve up variety of festive fare
Publix meat manager Tiffany Weck checks the holiday hams on display at the store on Hwy. 20. - photo by Autumn McBride
There’s no right or wrong way to prepare for Christmas dinner.While turkey is usually the main event of any Thanksgiving menu, a variety of main dishes can grace the Christmas table. “Every family has a special traditional dish or favorite that they’ll make,” said John Will, owner of Ferguson’s Meat Market in Cumming.“It can be a rib roast, tenderloin, bacon-wrapped filet or sometimes people will say, ‘Give me 20 pounds of stew meat.’ But they’ll always make something they’ve always had with family at Christmas.”Those different traditions are why Publix grocery stores will be offering sales on a variety of meats, including turkey, ham, ribeye and pork rib roasts. “Christmas is just as popular as Thanksgiving in terms of a food occasion, but Christmas varies family to family, so we have to have more of a variety on sale,” said Brenda Reid, Publix spokeswoman.