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Pat Keeler says ...
As soon as I was old enough to help, my mom and I made chocolate chip cookies, just using the recipe on the back of the Nestle's chip bag. I still make them to this day at Christmas, even though I try to eat healthy most of the year. We also always baked a birthday cake for the Christ Child. I regret that I have not always maintained this special tradition.
12/13/2011 10:58:59 AM CST
Debra says ...
My Christmas food tradition started with my dad. The only time I ever saw him cook was one night a year when he would pull out his recipe for fudge and we would all anxiously await the moment it was ready to eat. I have kept this memory alive with my own family now for 27 years using his recipe and it always brings back wonderful memories of Christmas with my dad. Now we keep our house full of fudge during Christmas as it has become a favorite gift to share with others.
12/13/2011 10:59:46 AM CST
Nidia says ...
Christmas morning waffles with strawberried, and ice cream!
12/13/2011 11:00:26 AM CST
Debra Flickinger says ...
Years ago as our small family gathered at my parents' home for Christmas Day, we decided to change up our meal and instead of a big dinner, enjoy assorted appetizers. For some reason, I chose to make baked teriyaki-flavored chicken wings. They were a huge hit and now it is a tradition; and as my husband notes, "Nothing says Christmas like teriyaki chicken wings!"
12/13/2011 11:00:37 AM CST
Erin says ...
My mom makes breakfast casserole that we eat with mimosas every Christmas morning! It would probably be some gross Southern thing to anyone else, but I love it!
12/13/2011 11:00:44 AM CST
Stacey Rystad says ...
I don't believe I've ever had a christmas without German sausage. My Dad would cook it every Christmas morning. My Dad is no longer alive, but my brother and I still cook it every Christmas morning for our families. Hopefully our kids will carry on the tradition. The funny thing is that we're not German! But, it wouldn't be Christmas morning without the smell of German sausage cooking in the kitchen!
12/13/2011 11:03:17 AM CST
Janie Wagner says ...
For my grandchildren and their Dad, it's ALL about the deviled eggs! Yummy!
12/13/2011 11:04:26 AM CST
Carissa says ...
I always look forward to making, sharing, and enjoying pumpkin bread!
12/13/2011 11:04:40 AM CST
Cynthia says ...
It's not Christmas Eve without homemade tamales. My mother grew up in the valley (south Texas), and her family started the tradition. Sadly, we don't get tamales made by someone we know anymore, but we still make sure to start off the Christmastide with our tamales. The few years we couldn't get together to do it just weren't the same!
12/13/2011 11:05:32 AM CST
kat says ...
I love that on any given Christmas or Thanksgiving we have such a plethora from our friends'/family's different cultures represented at the tables.... Tamales, Tandoori, Scallion Cakes, Cajun Turkey, etc. etc. etc!
12/13/2011 11:05:50 AM CST
eileen Hamilton says ...
Several years ago, I realized that parents were getting stressed out with all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. While they were running around shopping and trying to meet as many of the holiday 'obligations' with office parties, etc, it seemed like the children were missing out on some of the holiday cheer. I started a tradition of inviting all of the neighborhood children to my house for a day of cookie baking. We have a grand time of decorating the cookies for the Christmas season, including any holidays that they choose. They decorate the bags for the season and separate their cookies. The parents and children get the gift of time and the children have home made gifts to give to whomever they wish.
12/13/2011 11:09:33 AM CST
Dina Maulucci says ...
My favorite Holiday food tradition is homemade desserts, last year I made dark chocolate mint bark and pumpkin cheesecake...it was amazing. No store bought desserts for my family on Christmas, although Whole Foods does have wonderful desserts.
12/13/2011 11:10:07 AM CST
Natasha says ...
Gingerbread! This year I found a recipe for grain free using almond flour & lots of nourishing eggs. I'm very excited to make these & I hope they turn out well :)
12/13/2011 11:10:34 AM CST
Sara says ...
I have many favorite traditions involving food and Christmas, but my absolute favorite has to be Christmas breakfast. We have tea and scones to tide us over during the morning, and then in the afternoon make a gigantic breakfast consisting of eggs, pancakes, bacon, french toast, blueberry oatcakes, and coffee. I love it! We're all just there relaxing and enjoying each other's company.
12/13/2011 11:11:13 AM CST
Chava says ...
I've started a new tradition of having Sunja's medium Spicy Kim Chi with Latkes (potato pancakes). I love Kim Chi with lots of different dishes and wanted to be able to enjoy it with holiday foods as well!
12/13/2011 11:11:22 AM CST
Terri says ...
We veganize the traditional southern meal for prosperity on New Year's Day. No hog jowls for us. We eat greens for paper money, corn bread for gold coins, and black-eyed peas for good luck.
12/13/2011 11:11:26 AM CST
Jessa Madosky says ...
I started making pralines for Christmas presents the year I moved to New Orleans for grad school - now I'm not allowed to stop. This year we moved to Georgia and I'm using the pecans we collected from the tree in our back yard to make the pralines - I can't wait to try them!
12/13/2011 11:12:04 AM CST
carmen says ...
It is not Christmas if we don't make our traditional Campania (South of Italy) Christmas sweets with la nonna: zeppole, struffoli and chestnut and chocolate filled calzoncelli!
12/13/2011 11:12:29 AM CST
Megan says ...
My favorite holiday food tradition is decorating cookies with my daughter! She loves to slather the icing and toppings onto gingerbread and sugar cookies, so we do them a little at a time all season long. She's five, so right now they come out a little avant garde but still very edible!
12/13/2011 11:13:57 AM CST
Maura says ...
I will always remember my mom cooking endlessly Pre Xmas eve. She cooks turkey the Mexican way: gets the turkey drunk with wine and rubs a mixture of butter and garlic chili paste all over it and stuffs it with a spicy pork/beef mixed with raisins, almonds and olives. On Xmas eve we usually have the turkey with several sides. Then comes XMAS and we have the turkey leftovers in a Mexican torta. This is the best part for me... I wait for it and I think about it all year. The turkey is reheated altogether with white meat, dark meat, gravy and ooooh the stuffing. In a bolillo (Mexican white bread) we put a layer of refried beans, mustard, avocado, salsa, mayo and the turkey mix. OH this OH so good!!!! You have to wash it down with a cold mexican coca cola and a lot of ice. Can't wait until Xmas!!!
12/13/2011 11:14:17 AM CST
Valencia says ...
my mommy my daughter & myself cook together and even though we have alot of things we cook every year its more about the time in the kitchen together everyone wants mom & i to make the dressin cuz they say it is better than anyone elses we fix a pretty traditional Christmas dinner things we always do are.... dressing turkey greenbean cass sweet potato cass deviled eggs choc pie pecan pie but the 1 thing i always hear is the fav thing i make are sausage balls we have a new tradition we have started with the new baby there is 17 years between the baby & the new baby so we are doing gingerbread houses me and bothe the babies
12/13/2011 11:14:32 AM CST
stefani heller says ...
when i moved to nebraska in 97, i was introduced to oyster dressing. it has since become my favorite dish over the holidays, and this past thanksgiving i made it myself for the first time. when i go to ny this year for the holidays, i will be introducing my family to this absolutely delicious dish and i can't wait!!!
12/13/2011 11:14:57 AM CST
Amanda Peterson says ...
My favorite holiday food tradition is for New Year's Eve/Day. My mom always told us to eat a piece of herring for good luck to start the new year. When I lived in Spain for a year, I learned that they eat 12 grapes for good luck, one for each stroke of the clock at midnight. I've gathered many food traditions since then and make sure to do them all each year, just for fun. It's a nice multicultural experience for my own son now.
12/13/2011 11:16:55 AM CST
Annie says ...
My favorite holiday tradition is wowing the family with delicious vegan goodies! Especially a pumpkin spice cake with all natural ingredients from Whole Foods!
12/13/2011 11:19:16 AM CST
Ellen Wagner says ...
My beloved Granny, who died 20 years ago, was a great cook. She invented a recipe for her own sugared pecans and gave me a mimeographed copy of the recipe on yellow paper that I pull out every year to make the pecans. It starts: "melt a stick of real butter"; this is the essence of how particular she always was to use real, high-quality ingredients. I can still see her bending over the cookie sheet, turning the pecans in their meringue coating on the buttery surface, then putting them back into the oven for the next round of baking. This year I got out her recipe and made a batch to send to my mother, sister, brother-in-law, and brother. I know Granny's pecans will say "Christmas" to them, too.
12/13/2011 11:20:11 AM CST

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