Do Tannenbaums eat Reindeer?

Kirjoittaja on New Yorkissa varttunut ja Helsingissä naisistunut copywriter.

Dear Mom,

Your request for a Jewish-friendly Christmas recipe reminded me of one of my favorite Christmas songs of all time: “Oy Tannenbaum”.

It’s strange that someone decided to write a Christmas song about a Jewish family named Tannenbaum, but on the other hand what a great way to bring Jews and gentiles together around the holiday season!

Anyway, you might consider a Tannenbaum-themed gingerbread house like this one I made. I mean, come on, who doesn’t love gingerbread?


I did also find another recipe you might want to try.

Boiled reindeer tongue. Serves 4 people (people you hate, I’m assuming).

Thaw out the reindeer tongues (because you know you’re not going to find fresh ones) at room temperature. Once the tongues have thawed, remove all the extra veins and membranes (I swear to God, I’m not making this up.).

Fill a pot with water and add carrots, onions, salt and pepper (and whatever else you think might make your guests forget they’re eating REINDEER TONGUE).  Let the tongues simmer for about an hour and then remove the skin. It should slide right off like a sock (again, I’m not making this up).

Slice the tongues right before serving and flavor as desired.

Sounds easy enough. I just have one question: Do Tannenbaums eat reindeer?

Love, Lissu