What are your favorite and least favorite holiday foods? I will eat an entire pumpkin pie with extra nutmeg, and my mom used to put ripe tangerines in the bottom of our stockings. On the flip, my English aunt would serve traditional mince pies, and I still shudder. What about you? What are your traditions?

This is part of a series with illustrator Emily McDowell, who asks us one pressing question every month, such as what do you do when you’re home alone and what’s really in your bag?

(Illustration by Emily McDowell for Cup of Jo)