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Patty says ...
Every Christmas morning we go to Waffle House for a BIG breakfast. Then we tip the server BIG time!!!
12/13/2011 12:01:39 PM CST
Monique Mitchell says ...
My family is from Cuba and we roast a whole pig in the backyard. An awesome tradition!
12/13/2011 12:03:49 PM CST
Gerry cowan says ...
Traditional Irish dish...carrots and parsnips, boiled to soft and then mashed together with salt and pepper and a bit of butter. My mother always made these for us and we always knew it was a special ocassion when they were on the table. This year, I decided to grow my own carrots and parsnips in the garden. My farmer friend said parsnips were too hard to grow, but ours did just fine and i am eagerly anticipating picking fresh, home-grown carrots and parsnips for my christmas dinner table! See them here: www.sharecsa.blogspot com
12/13/2011 12:05:04 PM CST
Beth Williams says ...
The week before Christmas everyone in my family descends on me and begs for fudge. So as they are hovering around I make several different types of fudge. First there is plain chocolate fudge, then almond butter fudge, peanut butter fudge, and finally cashew butter fudge. I have shopped at Whole Foods for 25 years and of course all of the ingredients come from Whole Foods. So since my son has moved to CA from FL he will be getting all of this fudge in the mail so this will start another tradition.
12/13/2011 12:07:28 PM CST
Kelly M says ...
Always chocolate covered peanut butter balls or buck eyes depending on where you are..a holiday tradition that means the season has arrived!
12/13/2011 12:07:53 PM CST
Bart Turchin says ...
My favorite Christmas tradition is going to service Christmas Eve and then getting the entire family for everyone's favorite appetizers and listening to Christmas music.Trying to save room for the huge dinner that will follow the next day.Just spending quality time with the family this time of year is such a blessing. I truly enjoy it.
12/13/2011 12:08:14 PM CST
Beverly says ...
Love baking Christmas Snowflake Sugar cookies. Love to bake, and then have the grandchildren come decorate them to their hearts content...making memories just like my mother did with me.
12/13/2011 12:09:20 PM CST
Rhonda GRaham says ...
Moving several states away from family (and where we had always lived), my husband, two daughters and I had to create our own traditions and special holiday times. We began by cooking a beautiful dinner on Christmas Eve instead of Christmas day; Salmon, standing rib roast and twice-baked potatoes. On Christmas day, we snack on cheeses, candies and leftovers; cold salmon, prime rib sandwiches and re-heated potatoes. I had to make sure we cooked more than we could eat in one sitting because the girls would compete for the leftover twice baked potato! Pajamas and snacking all day on delicious leftover treats is my favorite tradition!
12/13/2011 12:14:23 PM CST
Lisa S. says ...
Growing up in Canada - beer is an important part of our heritage along with hockey. Every Christmas Eve when it came time to put out cookies and mike for Santa my father would tell us that Santa was tired of having so much milk and would prefer - what else - a beer. So our tradition was to leave cookies and beer for Santa every Christmas Eve :)
12/13/2011 12:14:27 PM CST
Michele says ...
Every year at the beginning of Hanukkah, we make Latkes from scratch and serve them with organic applesauce and apricot chicken wings. The house stinks for days from all the oil frying, but it's worth it!
12/13/2011 12:14:34 PM CST
Mandy M. says ...
I love the fact that I'm now an "adult" and am able to participate in the pitch-in cooking for our big family Christmas. I've always enjoyed cooking, but it's great to be asked to provide a dish of my own! It's very simple, but I'm looking forward to making homemade cranberry sauce for our gathering on Sunday.
12/13/2011 12:15:39 PM CST
lauren says ...
My dad makes some of the best clams casino in the world. It is not Christmas without them.
12/13/2011 12:17:33 PM CST
Terrie says ...
For my family it is Gingerbread anything and flavored hot teas.
12/13/2011 12:19:28 PM CST
Pam Pescosolido says ...
Sour cream twists and cream cheese pie for both Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.
12/13/2011 12:20:24 PM CST
Ben Roberts says ...
I understand that Spritz Cookies aren't a uniquely Italian treat but in my household they were always our 'Italian tradition'. My favorite holiday activity is baking cookies for neighbors, swapping them for goodies unknown, and sampling all of the flawed but delicious trials.
12/13/2011 12:25:40 PM CST
Stephanie says ...
Turkey for Thanksgiving and Turkey again for Christmas. The weeks after will consist of turkey sandwiches, turkey salad, turkey soup, and anything my mom comes up with. She's creative.
12/13/2011 12:26:04 PM CST
suzann says ...
Clam dip, homemade Tom and Jerry's, Homemade candy everywhere in my Grandmother's candy dishes
12/13/2011 12:26:27 PM CST
Pam says ...
I make banana bread for family and friends and hearing how much they enjoy it, makes the work worthwhile !
12/13/2011 12:28:30 PM CST
Stacy says ...
Ever since I was a young little girl, on Christmas Eve we always prepare a birthday cake for Baby Jesus. My Mom has always had us make an Angel Food cake birthday cake served with fresh fruit, whipped cream, and some vanilla ice cream. It is a tradition and a celebration;) Simple easy and we always sing Happy Birthday to Baby Jesus on Christmas. It's the little things that mean so much when you are going up that you cherish them dearly as you grow older;)
12/13/2011 12:30:52 PM CST
Mary Frances says ...
My favorite holiday food tradition is the Danish abelcage (pronounced ebel-caw) we have for dessert that my grandma used to make for every Christmas eve. She taught me how to make it, and it's soooo simple! Just layers of applesauce with sweetened fine dry bread crumbs. I like to add cinnamon, nutmeg and a little ginger. When made in a glass bowl with straight sides it looks really pretty when you can see the layers. The best part is that an almond gets hidden in the dessert and each person dishes up their own abelcage and whoever gets the almond gets a prize! It is served with whipped cream and is a big hit!!
12/13/2011 12:31:17 PM CST
Jennifer says ...
It's our "family" get together- usually Christmas Eve, when we all bring a dish and COOKIES! This is a fun time for us to relax and enjoy each other w/or w/out presents!
12/13/2011 12:33:28 PM CST
Jennifer K says ...
My favorite tradition comes from my German husband, Christmas Eve dinner consists of a wonderful German potato salad and sausages. It is a long family tradition from his parents.
12/13/2011 12:34:59 PM CST
Maia says ...
My family is Italian and we make homemade ravioli every year. We make the filling, dough...everything! We only use a pasta maching to roll out the dough and then do everything else by hand. It's such a wonderful family tradition!
12/13/2011 12:35:30 PM CST
Becca says ...
Clam chowder every Christmas Eve with my immediate family and a big "fireman's breakfast" with my extended family (50 people) for Christmas morning!
12/13/2011 12:37:59 PM CST
mona says ...
Favorite food tradition jumps right to dessert with our triple chocolate pumpkin pie!
12/13/2011 12:41:02 PM CST

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