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Brittin Elise says ...
Our Christmas eve tradition is to have Mexican inspired dishes for dinner...something new to the menu each year...last year we had wonderful empanadas with different fillings..this year...still thinking about what to have. Our Christmas day dinner is traditional with turkey, ham, stuffing, mashers, and all the wonderful sides!
12/13/2011 11:21:42 AM CST
katie says ...
Every Christmas Eve since I can remember my mother makes an amazing Beef Wellington with a huge tenderloin (where the filet mignon steaks are cut from). For at least a decade we have entrusted the responsibility of this amazing cut of beef to Whole Foods, and we have never been disappointed. Now as an adult I still bring my family to my parents' house to enjoy this decadent Christmas Eve dinner, we look forward to it all year long!
12/13/2011 11:21:43 AM CST
Carol says ...
We have mustard crusted filet mignon for Christmas dinner. It is absolutely divine. That and the Christmas cookies I make with my niece when she is in town, or I am by her. Good memories!
12/13/2011 11:23:13 AM CST
ron drake says ...
First One: Home-made eggnog w/home-made Viennese Crescents(Pecan Sandies) after putting up the Christmas tree. Been doing this for 36 years. It's a wonderful time to reflect on the blessings of the past year, and to fondly remember our family & friends, living & deceased, and the rich memories we still treasure of them all.
12/13/2011 11:24:47 AM CST
Jessica says ...
My family is Polish on my father's side, and Christmas Eve dinner was traditionally meatless for us. There was always some kind of fish, but the stand out dishes in my opinion were the homemade potato and cheese pierogies and, although not very Polish, a mushroom bisque from a Stouffer's cookbook (my father worked for Stouffer's). I don't attempt the pierogies myself, but it just isn't Christmas Eve without that bisque!
12/13/2011 11:24:47 AM CST
Sarah Garvey says ...
My favorite holiday food tradition would be all the pies we bake. When our family gets together for Christmas, we make so many pies. I believe last year we had 12 all together!
12/13/2011 11:25:21 AM CST
Alexis says ...
Our family traditions ALWAYS start with family and friends bringing their own empty dishes to our house, which are then used to fill the left-overs with. They then take them back home to enjoy later. We make extras for this purpose. Our other tradition is to go up to each person, and tell them why you appreciate them in your life. Talk about a party!!!!!!Everyone leaves happy.
12/13/2011 11:26:27 AM CST
Teresa says ...
Having a casual meal of pork barbecue sandwiches on Christmas Eve.
12/13/2011 11:29:38 AM CST
Eva says ...
I am from Hungary. Every year I am making poppy seed rolls. (BEIGLI) It is always a real treat.To grind the poppy seeds I use coffee grinder.
12/13/2011 11:30:05 AM CST
lillian says ...
Baking cookies, breads, and making fudge has become the most beloved tradition in our home during the holidays. We share our baked goods with teachers, neighbors, friends, and family in decorative tins.
12/13/2011 11:31:25 AM CST
Julie says ...
I always make a bread for Christmas. Sometimes it's the usual cranberry quick bread; other times I use my bread machine and come up with an ethnic Christmas bread. I enjoy trying different Christmas traditions from around the world, and the bread machine helps me save time.
12/13/2011 11:33:41 AM CST
Ria says ...
As a cruel and evil parent, we have a tradition of having cinnamon rolls and homemade hot cocoa on Christmas morning *before* we can open any presents. Ahhhh.... delicious anticipation.
12/13/2011 11:34:02 AM CST
Rachelle says ...
Every year the kids and I make all sorts of cookies. We go to my husbands families house for Christmas eve and have Mexican tamales and Guatemalan tamales. We then go to my grandparents house and wake up Christmas morning, and every year my 83 year old Grandfather makes the best over easy eggs with bacon and wassail. The smell of the wassail, and the bacon and eggs are the best smell ever.
12/13/2011 11:34:04 AM CST
Kim says ...
I love to make red & green enchiladas for Christmas Eve. Festive and spicy!
12/13/2011 11:35:09 AM CST
ron drake says ...
This tradition goes back generations into my late mother-in-law's family(Doris Gray of the Wilson & White families). She continued it as long as she lived, and my wife continues even today. She prepares a double recipe (or as much as may be needed) of home-made Boiled Custard and chills in fridge in their original crock from the family farm. This is served after Christmas dinner with either home-made Coconut Cake or home-made Viennese Crescents ( or both). Some of the older ones still like to add a little "spirits" into the custard, but mostly, we drink it as is with great memories of our countless blessings of friends & family, past & present. Even when one or more are absent from the big family dinner, they always call & say- have a cup of custard for me. You are in my heart and in my prayers.
12/13/2011 11:39:00 AM CST
Sue Saunders says ...
My paternal Grandmother came with her parents on a ship from Sweden in 1904 when she was just 2 years. She passed away in 1988, but many of the foods she served for Christmas are still prepared by many of her grandchildren. The ones I make every Christmas Eve are Swedish meatballs and rice pudding - don't forget to put an almond in the rice pudding - Swedish tradition says that whoever gets the almond in their serving will be the next one to get married. Somehow my grandmother always seemed to give that serving to a grandchild who was of an age to marry!
12/13/2011 11:41:13 AM CST
Laurie Newberry says ...
We bake cookies! Cookies, cookies, cookies! All kinds of them. And fudge! And then we give it away to friends and neighbors. Well, most of it.
12/13/2011 11:49:22 AM CST
Lauree Hill says ...
The tradition that I remember the most is christmas breakfast, We always had Waffles, real whipped cream and of course strawberries and warm maple syrup. With Dad working SHift work we never knew year to year when christmas dinner would be early or late. Breakfast though was early as we were not allowed to open gifts until we had waffles! Till this day I make them and its not christmas if we do not.
12/13/2011 11:51:07 AM CST
Debbie Moore says ...
My dad had a non-wealthy German background. We've had potato pancakes for Christmas dinner for as long as I can remember. Grated potato, a little milk, and flour to reach pancake consistency, then fried. We salt them, then eat them. Yum!
12/13/2011 11:51:18 AM CST
Chiree says ...
Of course besides the very obvious Christmas Candy Cane tradition in our home, I always have Light Eggnog in our house to add to our favorite freshly brewed Coffee in the cool mornings. For family gatherings I am the Goat Cheese Girl. I buy my favorite Chevre or Goat Brie at Whole foods and start making a fruit compote to drizzle over the top of it with delicious crushed pecans or toasted walnuts/Almonds. If I make my Apple Vanilla Cinnamon drizzle I top the Goat Log with pecans. If I make my Cranberry Cinnamon Compote I top the Goat Log with crushed walnuts and orange zest. Enjoy this appetizer with Pomello Sauvignon Blanc by Mason Cellars, or Dreaming Tree Chardonnay. Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays !
12/13/2011 11:52:23 AM CST
BarnesCF says ...
My aunt always makes me dad mexican wedding cakes as part of his present and thankfully he shares! We also always have some kind of coffee cake or cinnamon roll for breakfast on Christmas morning. It used to be a Saralee Coffee Cake, but now that we're older, I've been making homemade cinnamon rolls for the family.
12/13/2011 11:55:01 AM CST
June Ferris says ...
Years back when I was still the family cook AND still trying to please my dear husband, I created a substitute for his favorite cornbread dressing. His mother refused to share her recipe, but most in books contained loads of fat and salt anyway. We had discovered healthy eating, and a little co-op in Austin (we were still in Waco) that would one day expand into Whole Foods. My recipe is relatively simple, called Brown Rice and Walnuts, and we think it requires homemade NOT canned cranberry sauce. People who turn noses up at brown rice rave about this yummy side dish.....which can also make for us a happy veggie meal!
12/13/2011 11:55:38 AM CST
anne says ...
My favorite holiday tradition is making cedar boxes and aprons to give. Also, I love to make kische and Christmas cookies.........Give one, keep one for my family; give one, keep one (on the food)
12/13/2011 11:57:13 AM CST
Christian says ...
I love pomegranates. Submerging them in water, fishing out the seeds, eating them on ice cream, salads. Making sauces and juice spritzers. Thinking of new ways to enjoy them and the season that brings them.
12/13/2011 11:59:08 AM CST
Sue Braden says ...
Christmas is the time for Saffron Buns at our house! My English Grandma made them all the time....that's when Saffron wasn't so "dear"! Grandma's gone but my sister and I make them under the tutelage of my mom. My granddaughters ask for them and are showing interest in learning to make them. Even tho Saffron is the most expensive spice we treat our family to the wonderful yellow, fruity buns at Christmas. Today I am making a batch to send to my son in California.....the only thing on his Christmas list!
12/13/2011 11:59:35 AM CST

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