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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
Pat Booker says ...
Has to be the penny (well washed!) hidden in the pot of black-eyed peas for New Years. Our family of 25+ gets together in Tennessee for the holiday and everyone (ages 12 to 85) is hoping to get that penny in their bowl!
12/13/2011 9:40:51 AM CST
Katrina says ...
Every year my family makes my great grandmother's cranberry jello salad recipe, everybody's favorite!! Uses ingredients like raspberries, cranberries, walnuts, and celery along with the jello to make the most delicious (and healthy) combination. Always great memories remembering my great grandmother around the kitchen on the holidays.
12/13/2011 9:40:58 AM CST
Jenn Y says ...
I love how the holidays give me an excuse to bake up a storm and to find different variations of the pumpkin pie!
12/13/2011 9:41:23 AM CST
Deb says ...
My family really enjoys my Sweet Potato Mousse with Cranberry Puree. It's melt in your mouth wonderful! Especially when made with organic sweet potatoes and cranberries from Whole Foods!
12/13/2011 9:41:28 AM CST
Marty Buffington says ...
Our family does our Christmas dinner the Saturday before Christmas. I haven't been able to go for a few years, but that is another story. About ten years ago we started a new tradition. I know it isn't healthy, but it can become healthier in the future. Our tradition has become that instead of the traditional big meal that take for ever to cook, we have gone simple. We have tacos for our main meal and everybody brings salads, desserts, and other side dishes to compliment the dinner. I hope to try to introduce some healthier types of tacos, such as fish tacos, turkey tacos, and chicken tacos. IT takes a lot less time to prepare, and we get to spend more time together to enjoy the grandchildren and great nieces.
12/13/2011 9:41:32 AM CST
Lisa Mcdonald says ...
Making a Gingerbread house with my son, I started when he was young we would do that and make cookies, he is 25 now and on is own and I do miss that but I get out the pictures and it puts a big smile on my face, hopefully he will share this with his children someday.
12/13/2011 9:41:38 AM CST
Sarah Comeau says ...
I love gravy. I wait all year in anticipation of the gravy that accompanies our holiday meal. I'd probably eat cardboard if it had gravy on it. It is truly the nectar of the gods.
12/13/2011 9:41:43 AM CST
Natalie says ...
Bread sauce, a tradition in England that I have carried on over here in the US when I moved to be with my husband. Bread sauce is a mixture of chunks of bread, onions, cream and milk and cooked together until thick and saucy and you have it on the side of your Christmas dinner, it is amazing with turkey and cranberries.
12/13/2011 9:41:44 AM CST
Barney Cannon says ...
Having moved all over the country, I have tried traditional Christmas foods from almost every region and have brought several dishes into our family's Christmas meals. Two of my favorites are the Wild Rice-Pecan Melange that I first had whils living in Texas. And of course...I now try to hunt down pasteles (Puerto Rican)every year, wherever I live. Happy Holidays to everyone!
12/13/2011 9:41:53 AM CST
Patrick says ...
A long-time tradition in our family, for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, is serving the leftover turkey with home made noodles. In fact, now that our daughter and niece are grown and cooking on their own, and counting our 4 yr old grand nephew, we can count 6 generations that we know has participated in this. The turkey is cut up into bite size pieces and cooked with broth made from the left over pan drippings. The noodles are then cooked and served in that soup. The noodle recipe is Ozarks pioneer simple, reflect its roots: 1 cup flour 1 egg 1 half egg shell of water about 1/2 tsp salt Make into dough and roll out about as thick as a pie crust. Let dry 20 minutes. Roll up the dough round and slice into 1/4 to 1/2 inch wide noodle strips. Unroll, lay out, and let dry for about two hours. Cook in the boiling stock for 5 to 10 minutes. Noodles are done when all float.
12/13/2011 9:41:55 AM CST
Megan says ...
I have a lot of fun making peanut butter pie and pulling taffy with my family when we all get together on Christmas.
12/13/2011 9:41:55 AM CST
Suzy Scott says ...
"Belinas" on New Year's Eve
12/13/2011 9:41:57 AM CST
Jenny says ...
We enjoy celebrating Christmas Eve with our Mexican side of the family, eating home made tamales filled with green chile, cheese and carne asada, boiling a HUGE pot of menudo all day and enjoying it that evening and staying up until at least midnight. Then Christmas day we celebrate a more traditional American holiday feast with a roasted turkey and all the fixings. I enjoy baking a variety of cookies in the days leading up to Christmas.
12/13/2011 9:42:09 AM CST
Josie says ...
We enjoy calamari and shrimp every Christmas Eve along with spaghetti, olive oil and toasted walnuts. We have done this Italian tradition as long as I can recall and now my children look forward to it every year.
12/13/2011 9:42:17 AM CST
Nicole says ...
Im Italian so every Christmas eve, we have the 7 fishes and panettone. We decorate the tree usually a few days before Christmas and bake struffoli and riccarelli cookies. Lately, we've been trying to make over some of our traditional recipes so they are healthier.
12/13/2011 9:42:24 AM CST
Lisa Alvarez says ...
For years, growing up, my mom would make Tamales for Christmas Breakfast, she would place olives in a few of them, not all, because only my dad likes them. I just always thought they magically appeared in time for breakfast, it wasn't until my mom's knees started going bad that I realized all the work that went in to making those delicious pork masa goodness and she finally employed me and my brother to help. Wow! A lot of time and effort and love goes in to making those tamales, and I haven't taken them for granted since! A very precious Christmas tradition in my family!
12/13/2011 9:42:38 AM CST
Mandy Brunson says ...
My favorite holiday tradition is Elf on the Shelf. We have had tthree to grace our home. The first year Elf, Presents, left us last year and sent his brother James to take his place. This year James brought his sister Snowflake to hang with my children. Those elves get into lots of mischief. I love how my children wake up to try and find these elves. The memories are grand.
12/13/2011 9:42:41 AM CST
Ashley K says ...
I always make some kind of goodie for my family to put in their stockings. I love a homemade gift!
12/13/2011 9:42:42 AM CST
Ginger says ...
My family's favorite food tradition would have to be the Buche de Noel (or Yule log cakes) that I have made for over 20 years. It started just as a cake I made for our family for Christmas, but after that first year, I started making multiples and would give them away to different families for their own holiday dinners as well. Most years I make at least six, one for us and five to give away. Our family discusses who should get one...it's usually families that God places on our hearts, perhaps a family going through a hard time, a new neighbor unable to visit home for the holidays, or just someone else we feel needs a little extra blessing during the holiday. No one has ever received one twice, as there are always new people who need that little extra something. We don't do it for those who are able to gift us back.
12/13/2011 9:42:45 AM CST
Sherri Kerhoulas says ...
I love to bake Christmas cookies and give them as gifts to friends and family. Over the years I have changed the recipes I use and try to make some just a little bit healthier. Since my mom can no longer eat seeds or nuts I leave them out of the ones that don't "need" them - kinda tough to leave them out of pecan pie bars! When my daughter, who is now a senior in college, was home during my baking marathons she would help and even made a couple of her own to put on our trays. Altogether this year, including fudges, I will make 29 different varieties....a few less than last year, but I'm still making them with the love and spirit of the Christmas season in my kitchen.
12/13/2011 9:42:55 AM CST
Jerry Carpenter says ...
I love to have a simple dinner on Christmas Eve with the family. I love anything with oysters in it so I love oyster dressing and oysters that have been broiled with some savory breadcrumbs and garlic and olive oil. A simple chicken dish also goes well on Christmas Eve.
12/13/2011 9:43:02 AM CST
Michelle says ...
Every year on New Years day my partner and I make individual cornished hens and a beautiful mix of winter vegetables and bring in the new year with health and propserity. Some wine is usually involved and a great time is had by all.
12/13/2011 9:43:04 AM CST
Maria says ...
As a child, I most looked forward to helping my grandmother make chicken and dumplings, sugar cookies, and coconut pound cakes from scratch. However, as I've just been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, this year I will teach her how to make her famous and treasured treats gluten-free and allergen-free so that I can enjoy them, too.
12/13/2011 9:43:07 AM CST

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