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Tracy says ...
My favorite holiday tradition is baking a large assortment of cookies and sharing them with friends, family, and coworkers. I delivered a bunch today and it always makes me happy...and hopefully the recipients as well.
12/13/2011 9:37:33 AM CST
Caitlin H. says ...
My boyfriend's family is Swedish and I always look forward to their beautiful and fragrant Saffransbröd (Saffron Bread), which I just learned how to make last night in preparation for Santa Lucia day! Sometimes served as buns, we braided the loaves and filled with almonds and dried cranberries.
12/13/2011 9:37:33 AM CST
Christina says ...
I married into a family of Polish ancestry, and every year we have pierogies for Christmas in the traditional varieties: potato, cheese and sauerkraut. They are bliss!
12/13/2011 9:37:34 AM CST
Kat says ...
I love making my three bean, two chile pepper, veggie chili! I put corn and three different colors of bell pepper into also! I then let it cook for as long as possible (usually 5 hours). Mom and I had it for Thanksgiving and it was awesome!
12/13/2011 9:37:43 AM CST
Karen says ...
My husband and sister in law have a childhood tradition of having cinnamon rolls every Christmas morning. To carry on the tradition, we bake the rolls and drop off half at her place while we are all still in our PJs.
12/13/2011 9:37:49 AM CST
Wendy says ...
I absolutely love cooking the whole big meal. Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole. I have been doing it in my family for 21 years now, since I was 13 and I can't get enough. My favorite thing is getting everything to come out at exactly the right time so we can all sit down together and enjoy the meal.
12/13/2011 9:38:05 AM CST
nicole says ...
Love polish dinners for the holidays. Its something I always look forward to!
12/13/2011 9:38:07 AM CST
Angela says ...
A few years ago, we made a family advent activity board. It is decorative with holiday papers that are cut into circles and numbered 1-25. They are pinned on a burlap board and under each circle is a family activity for that day. The kids do not know what each day will hold, but we do something festive for every day of December building towards the 25th. We do outings like "Go sledding in the Snow" or simple things like "Watch a Holiday Movie and eat Egg Nog Ice Cream". We add new ones every year and the kids love it.
12/13/2011 9:38:09 AM CST
Pam says ...
For as long as I can remember my family has gathered to eat and open gifts on Christmas Eve. We are all grown and most of us have grandkids now and nothing has changed. Those of us who live close or can get home get together and share the cooking and cleaning (ick),and for the last 2 decades my father has read "The Night Before Christmas" to the children young and old.
12/13/2011 9:38:21 AM CST
Carmen Felix says ...
Our family has the tradition of baking cookies together. As a child, my mom, dad, brother, my Nan and myself, would gather in the kitchen and pull out the flour, sugar, etc. My brother and I made sure all the decorative sprinkles and food coloring were out. As we grew older, we continued this tradition. My brother still decorates cookies with his family (all grown and with grandchildren). I have a daughter in college and our son is in high school. She will be coming home this weekend. I already have everything ready for baking and decorating. We may drop an egg here, pour liquid food coloring there, but it all makes for laughs and family memories that will never die. I love you mom, dad, Nan. I miss you all! Merry Christmas!
12/13/2011 9:38:36 AM CST
Martha says ...
I bake and make cookies and candies and then my husband and I host an Christmas open house and invite all my neighbors in the cu-d-sac to enjoy good food and fellowship.
12/13/2011 9:38:38 AM CST
Dayna De Hoyos says ...
My favorite holiday food is definitely definitely tamales with organic catchup. I'm saving up my calories for Christmas eve so I can eat a dozen or so.
12/13/2011 9:38:38 AM CST
Andi Kraker says ...
Our family is dutch, so we make banket. It is a Dutch pastry, butter crispy on the outside covered in sugar and almond paste on the inside. It is yummy...and now I could only think of a way to make it gluten free!
12/13/2011 9:38:39 AM CST
Meredith says ...
My favorite holiday food tradition is baking cookies as gifts for family and friends. I always do this with my mom and/or my sister, and now my son helps too! The tradition started decades ago when my mom's side of the family decided they didn't want "things" as gifts to clutter up their homes and made a rule that adults could only give each other cookies and other non-refrigerated food as holiday gifts. It was the better part of a decade ago that I switched all of my holiday baking to vegan so now I'm even baking healthier delicious treats as gifts and that makes me feel really good about the tradition.
12/13/2011 9:38:56 AM CST
Susan says ...
Coffee on Christmas morning! In-laws who lived nearby came on Christmas morning to see their grandson with his gifts from Santa. Great family memories. And coffee is always good!
12/13/2011 9:38:57 AM CST
Shelley says ...
Christmas always means a ton of pre-meal dishes set around my in-laws' kitchen. My husband makes the most amazing deviled eggs so we are on the permanent list for bringing these each year. I'm not sure what it is that he puts in there that makes them so awesome. Maybe it's love.
12/13/2011 9:39:20 AM CST
andrew says ...
What I love making for Christmas is vegan gingerbread cookies for me and my pup.
12/13/2011 9:39:35 AM CST
Marie says ...
I like to create my own holiday food traditions, especially now that I have a family of my own. Spicy mashed sweet potatoes, Cheesy biscuits. Anything new and different.
12/13/2011 9:39:39 AM CST
Nicole says ...
For the past 9 years, a friend of mine hosts the Dysfunctional Family Thanksgiving Dinner with friends and everyone brings a dish to share. It is a great way to try out new dishes before the actually big days with family.
12/13/2011 9:39:52 AM CST
Stacy says ...
My favorite tradition is homemade chicken and dumplings. We've had them every year for as long as I can remember. Christmas dinner wouldn't be the same without them.
12/13/2011 9:39:57 AM CST
Chanda says ...
My Mom has been making her grandmother's homemade rolls since before I was born (and I have been helping her pan them since I could reach up to the counter to help). Our family looks forward to them every year for the holidays. Whenever she takes a pan of rolls out of the oven, everyone rushes into the kitchen and they are gone before the pan can cool down (and sometimes before they are placed on the dinner table). They are THAT GOOD! :-)
12/13/2011 9:40:01 AM CST
Lisa says ...
New Year's Eve means oysters: lots and lots of oysters. Everyone brings some, everyone shucks some- and we all eat a lot of them. A few other appetizery things like Moroccan lamb sausage, brandade (garlicky salt cod) on toasts, Caesar fennel slaw on croutons round out the menu. And just after midnight the kids (now teens) gather in the kitchen to fire up the blow torch for the nutmeg creme brulee which we eat while sitting around reading our homemade fortunes.
12/13/2011 9:40:21 AM CST
Kara says ...
My husband and I revealed to eachother one year that we both hate the traditional Christmas meal - Turkey, Potatoes, Gravy, Stuffing... "the works". We don't really have a very traditional holiday anyway. We decided to make the meal something fantastic - something we love, a splurge, some food we wouldn't buy otherwise. Now, we have the most giant crab legs we can find for Christmas dinner with simple sides like salad and steamed veggies and rice. Everyone we know wants to come to our house for Christmas, now!
12/13/2011 9:40:24 AM CST
Christina says ...
My family is Ukrainian and we celebrate with a traditional Christmas Eve feast. The catch is that the meal is pescatarian(vegetarian or vegan for the very orthodox) - but it's always delicious. My grandma will start preparing three days ahead. She makes mushroom dumplings for the Borcht (beet soup) and Holuptsi (stuffed cabbage rolls) and my favorite Pirogies - which are baked dumplings stuffed with potato, cheese, or cabbage. She always complains that she doesn't like cooking, but she always manages to cook up a feast.
12/13/2011 9:40:26 AM CST
CHRISTI says ...
Every year everybody looks forward to cookies from Mom. She makes them for every holiday, but chomping on cookies while opening gifts is the best!
12/13/2011 9:40:43 AM CST

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