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Susan Swyt says ...
Just getting together is the best part. But for food -- My dad's apple pie. My great-aunt used to ask him, "But no lard? How did the crust get so flaky without lard?"
12/17/2011 9:17:14 PM CST
Tina Sweep says ...
For quite a few years every Christmas Eve my parents and I would enjoy a traditional snowy Minnesota holiday featuring a non-traditional dinner of crab legs and dipping butter paired with wine. While we no longer practice this tradition, I will always carry the fond memories of sharing a unique candle-lit holiday dinner with my family on those dreamy, quiet Christmas Eve nights.
12/18/2011 12:46:29 AM CST
lisa vafiades says ...
'tis the season for baking baklava. it's so nice to make a batch to share with lots of people at this time of year. everyone thinks it's difficult to make so they're always wowed when you bring some for sharing. delicate and rich; perfect for this time of year.
12/18/2011 2:07:03 AM CST
Jessica says ...
Christmas would never be the same without sausage balls and orange juice for breakfast on Christmas day, followed by ham for dinner. It's been this way since I was a child and we plan on carrying on the tradition with our first next year, due in February!
12/18/2011 4:09:58 PM CST
Kim says ...
My cousins and I are always responsible for decorating Santa's cookies on Christmas Eve. We're no longer children, but we still have just as much fun as we did when we were younger.
12/19/2011 4:03:54 PM CST
Teri Barwood says ...
Most requested by my family is "Hot Fruit Compote" aka "Compost" ha! My husband coined it and now all my nieces and nephews call it that. It has tropical fruit; bananas, peaches, pineapple, pears, apricots & cherries, topped with a coconut-macaroon cookie topping, drizzled with rum and other liquers. Great side dish or dessert.
12/19/2011 6:59:38 PM CST
Rachel says ...
For the past couple of years I have always made apple pie for the Holidays! I roll out my own dough and the whole shebang! I remember when I told my mom I was going to try an apple pie (I had never made any pie before) and she said why don't you try something simpler like pumpkin? But no I wouldn't settle for something simpler being the determined self I am. So I made an apple pie and it was a hit! and to this day everyone is always impressed with how amazing my pies are! Marie Calendar's has nothing on me!
12/19/2011 8:17:26 PM CST
Diane Powers says ...
We have a cookie exchange with four of our neighbors. Each of us make up a platter with several kinds and wrap in cellophane and go door-to-door to deliver them and have a visit. It's always fun to see what you'll get this year.
12/20/2011 2:39:40 AM CST
Cassy McCann says ...
Ever since I can remember, we have celebrated Vigilia, a traditional Polish Christmas Eve. My favorite memory is making pierogi with my mom. Now that we live apart, it means even more. We always use soft farmer's cheese in one of the fillings and Whole Foods is the only place I have been able to find it. I was so excited when I found it! It just wouldn't be Christmas without our homemade pierogi!
12/20/2011 8:47:57 AM CST
Caroline Leslie Horner says ...
We have always had "baby Jesus birthday cake" on Christmas Eve. It's a delicious apple cake with caramel sauce that we only make once a year. As kids we loved the tradition of singing and blowing out the candles. As adults we wonder why we don't make it more frequently.
12/20/2011 8:37:42 AM CST
Madeline Lonergan says ...
My mom always makes the best sweet potatoes with the cinnamon sugar syrup. She also does the pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. She bakes Italian cookies weeks before Christmas and everyone always looks forward to these special treats!
12/20/2011 9:54:44 AM CST
janejohnson says ...
@Sharon Certainly! At your community Whole Foods Market, the Holiday Table will be happy to help you provide your granddaughter some Gluten Free options for your holiday meal! You can order online, go in to the store, or call. The link below will help direct you to your store's only ordering Holiday Table, if that is your preferred method. Just make sure you select your store location of preference first. The second link will help identify the phone number for your community Whole Foods Market, if you'd rather call. Do not fret. There will be several options for your granddaughter! http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/shop/ http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/
12/20/2011 10:16:01 AM CST
Nella Ocal says ...
We have our Christmas dinner tradition , my mom make different salads - potato salad ,russian salad , carrots salad , cook asian meal - dumplings with meat , pilaf with carrots , korean spagetti ,and for desserts is holiday cake with fruits toppings ,and elders drink sparkling champagne and we were drink non alcoholic drinks like sparkling lemonade . and this tradition since my childhood till now ! i love Christmas Dinner !
12/20/2011 2:50:38 PM CST
drue hartwell says ...
there are two things we always have to have at Christmas because they are my fathers favorites and he was born on Christmas day. This year will be especially special, but hard because dad passed away at 91 years old in April. That tells you how long we've been making these dishes however. The first is 'Craberry Glop' which is a sweet combination of groud fresh cranberries, marshmellows, apples, nuts and whip cream. The second is dad's traditional birthday cake which is your standard chocolate wafer cookie cake, right off the package. We look forward to Christmas every year to have that cake.........actually to the day after Christmas when it is so good with coffee int he morning!!!
12/20/2011 10:29:51 PM CST
CyndeC says ...
We always eat an early supper - 1 p.m. Then we proceed to play cards and/or board games. We work up an appetite and, being Swiss, we make cheese and chocolate fondue to nosh on in the evening. It's perfect on Christmas night!
12/21/2011 4:02:24 PM CST
Brianna says ...
Our favorite holiday tradition is Bosnian-style stuffed peppers, filled with hamburger, garlic, onion, and parsley. It's the perfect taste of home when we're far away from Sarajevo.
12/14/2011 9:35:52 PM CST
Elaine L says ...
Every year I get some goodies from work/clients. Instead of nibbling on them for a few weeks, we save them until Christmas eve. After Christmas eve service, we come home and throw ourselves a little party opening up all the treats and drinking the sparkly grape juice. My kids think it is a blast and we get some good family time together.
12/14/2011 9:36:27 PM CST
Dorthea Martin says ...
Chocolate has always been part of our family tradition at Christmas since I was a kid, way back when. We'd get a chocolate bar in our Christmas stocking, and mom guarded the Christmas tree until Christmas morning so we wouldn't eat all the chocolate Santa's hanging on the tree. Since my cancer diagnosis 3 years ago I've been trying to "clean up" my diet. So, now, I volunteer to make the Chocolate Mousse pie for the Christmas dinner dessert. It's made with tofu, cocoa, Sunspire dark chocolate bits sweetened with fruit juice (haven't been able to find them this year), and is vegan. Nobody would guess it's made with tofu, and even the junk food and meat eaters love it. There are NEVER leftovers with this dessert.
12/14/2011 9:40:02 PM CST
Elizabeth says ...
My mom has the best sugar cookie recipe, which I now make every year to give away. People love 'em!
12/12/2011 8:55:28 PM CST
Nancy Olea says ...
Italian tradition for us is Italian Sausage and Red and Yellow Peppers cooked overnight in a crock pot with garlic and wine in a red sauce.. The smell is incredible. We serve with Ravioli's and a crisp green salad.. mmm bring on the fruitcake for people who don't like fruitcake,made without citron, just dates, nuts and dried apricots.... buono
12/14/2011 9:30:32 PM CST
Susan K. says ...
Our traditional holiday feast, typically for 40 people, encompasses traditional fair like turkey, ham and sweet potatoes but also a Lithuanian torte cake, polish Kolackey, Lithuanian kugelis, southern cakes, and my favorite, my mother's shrimp salad made with salty tiny shrimp. We also donate to our local food shelter or family in need. It's always memorable and fun!
12/14/2011 10:01:43 PM CST
Brittan Mawby says ...
Every year my mom makes a special type of cookie that she affectionally nicknamed "choke balls". The real name for the cookies? Almond crescents. My mom hates the cookie (bet you couldn't tell), but she knows my dad absolutely adores them. She made them the first year they were married and my dad has loved them ever since. Christmas isn't complete without my mom making the "choke balls" and hiding them from my sugar-crazed father who is restless until he has his hands on them : )
12/14/2011 10:14:37 PM CST
Joy Seacat says ...
We have a cheese, egg and green chilies casserole and fresh fruit for brunch on Christmas. We also have "monkey bread," bacon, and mimosas or bloody marys for the adults and non alcoholic sparkling juice for the kids. Always wonderful food accompanies the opening of presents for the family.
12/15/2011 2:05:48 AM CST
John Faircloth says ...
Though we never lived in New England, we always enjoyed "Yankee" Magazine. For 25 years we have been making a wonderfully rich and warm Cranberry Pudding which we serve with a lemony butter sauce. It is a steamed pudding that transforms the rather simple ingredients into a beautiful thing. We learned the recipie from a Rhode Island family who shared it in "Yankee Magazine." Like any good ritual, the smells and the taste always evoke Family in our hearts as we celebrate our Christmas traditions.
12/15/2011 1:05:24 AM CST
Bev Baker says ...
Every Christmas morning since my kids were little (they are 21 and 25 now) I make "sticky buns". They are so easy to make as I prepare them the night before and they sit in a cold oven to rise. Then after we open presents, I simply turn on the oven for 15 minutes to bake them and then we enjoy the sticky goodness. Last year was my son's girlfriend's first Christmas with us so we were able to introduce her to this delicious breakfast tradition and she loved them! The only trouble I seem to have is that it takes regular butterscotch pudding mix, the kind you have to cook, and it is really hard to find since everything is "instant". I found a store about 10 miles away that carries it and I bought 6 boxes of it so I will be able to make this for at least the next 6 years :)
12/15/2011 1:43:34 AM CST

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