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stephanie says ...
My sister loves having the family gather around a big, hearty Christmas breakfast/brunch, with pancakes, scones, turkey bacon, eggs, fruit, yogurt, coffee, and anything else anyone requests. It's a wonderful way to start the morning with family!
12/15/2011 11:07:09 AM CST
john says ...
Every Italian family must have STRUFFOLI for dessert.
12/15/2011 9:23:34 AM CST
christina says ...
I like to make cookies each year with my children and share them with loved ones.
12/15/2011 9:24:25 AM CST
Louisa Donovan says ...
Christmas means three big meals in a 24 hour period. On Christmas Eve, our household attends church and we come home to a festive dinner for three or four, depending on whether or not our younger son is home for the holiday. This is usually a salad and either lasagna or beef tenderloin and twice baked potatoes. On Christmas morning, my parents, who are in their 80's, arrive for present opening as they have for the past 31 years. That is followed by a brunch with wassail, egg casserole, fruit, crab hash, sausage for the carnivores in the family, and homemade cookies and sweet breads. After brunch, the rest of the family chills out while I prepare Christmas dinner for eight to twelve people. I have been told itisn,t officially Christmas if I don't make chocolate pie. Food, family, and festivity makes for an exhausting but satisfying 36 hours.
12/15/2011 8:50:15 AM CST
Kelly says ...
Keeping my mom's stuffing alive, even after she passed. :)
12/15/2011 8:07:21 AM CST
Gwen Frederick says ...
My Grandma Grace and then my mother always made date bars. A lot of people don't like dates but it's not Christmas without my Grandma Grace's date bars. She always had a big glass jar filled with them. She kept it on the floor where it was cool. It's mostly eggs. 5 Egg yolks and a little flour and sugar and lots of dates and walnuts. Black walnuts are the best and were easy to find in the Midwest when I was growing up. Now they're harder to find. Then you beat the egg whites and fold them in. Spread in a cookie sheet with edges and bake 'til golden. After they're cooled and cut in bars, bathe them in powdered sugar. The texture and flavor is heavenly. Now I have to make them every Christmas.
12/15/2011 11:02:25 AM CST
Darlene Cuker says ...
Every holiday I find a new recipe to try. It could be anything that inspires me. Some old favorites may have to drop off temporarily, but no worries, it will probably show up again later. This year's new recipe is Springerele cookies. I never made them so I bought some Springerele cookie molds from House on the Hill. I'll probably bring back the Turkey encroute for Christmas, but will only use the turkey breast this time. Trying something new while holding on to old favorites keeps it interesting.
12/15/2011 10:50:15 AM CST
Jillian says ...
Our tradition is to experiment with introducing an new food or a new way to prepare a traditional vegetable. It brings some variety to each holiday and often gives us something to carry into our new year, too. It certainly makes for interesting holiday memories. This year, we are experiementing with a Gluten-free holiday season! Cheers!
12/15/2011 10:22:04 AM CST
RH says ...
In my home it's my Zaida's latkes served with homemade applesauce.
12/15/2011 10:21:10 AM CST
Taylor J says ...
Ever since my grandfather's second wife joined the family, she's been making huge pots of chili on Christmas eve. We have turkey chili, beef chili, and veggie chili. She even adds a secret ingredient: Hershey's milk chocolate squares. Its become known as the best chili ever! My mom brings home made tamales from the ladies at church as an addtion, and then of course there's corn bread and honey! Not to even mention the plethora of h'ordeurves: finger sausages wrapped in pillsbury crescent roll, tortillas smothered in cream cheese, olives, and diced chilis rolled and cut into circles, cashews roasted in rosemary and garlic, cheese plate and crackers, and water chestnuts wrapped in bacon dipped in teriyaki. Let's just say its a feast!
12/15/2011 10:26:43 PM CST
Erin Carr says ...
My favorite tradition would be making yummy baileys and ice cream milk shakes with the women of the family and watching Christmas Vacation. Clark the little lights aren't twinkling!!!!!
12/15/2011 3:53:20 PM CST
Buddy says ...
Homemade fruitcake and homemade chex mix.
12/15/2011 4:55:54 PM CST
Zaina says ...
Every winter I make a big pot of home made red pepper tomato cream soup with gouda, smoke mozarella, and cheddar cheese grill sandwiches, and pumpkin crumb cake. My family loves it!!
12/15/2011 4:56:49 PM CST
Jennifer Ismael says ...
The Christmas cookies are, of course, very important. However, just as important to my kids is our homemade peppermint bark! Two of my three kids are allergic to peanuts, so we make our own homemade peppermint bark and everyone absolutely loves it!
12/16/2011 8:36:21 AM CST
Allie Jones says ...
Each year our kids are so excited to see what Santa brought this year. So I prépare our favorite ready made Cinnamon Rolls with fresh cream cheese frosting, an Egg & Sausage Fritatta, Hot Coffee & Juice. After we've played with our new toys & napped we bring a fun dish like fruit salad to my parent's house.
12/16/2011 12:10:51 PM CST
misty says ...
It is our family tradition that women, men, old and young, all help to bake cookies. We make tons of them on the eve, then, enjoy them on the x-mas day.
12/16/2011 11:57:44 PM CST
Sarajane Kostek says ...
Since my mother-in-law passed my husband dearly missed a traditional polish cabbage and split pea soup every holiday so I finally learned how to make it and make it every year for him. Needless to say he is in his glory and we freeze some but initially we eat as much as we can. It is so good and also good for you given the cabbage, sauerkraut, split peas, mushrooms and the special way it must be prepared to get the full flavor.
12/16/2011 1:05:43 PM CST
Joanne Paige says ...
For the past 4/5 years, I go to my son-in-laws family.It is held at his sister's very old Victorian home, elegant in it's simplicity,as children abound They're an amazing loving family. My daughter, his sister and his mother are amazing cooks. Gorgeous turkey cooked to perfecion,homemade, to die for, cranberry sauce,(made by my son-in-law, fruit mixed with slightly marshmallow browned on top,(MN recipe) differnt fruit plates, homemade chopped grizard gravy, apple/orange stuffing, pecan and pumpkin pies. But, the most delicious treat for me, is sitting quietly and observing the love, we all have for each other. The conversation, seeing someone enjoy a special dish, the compliments for a dish. Most, all seeing the sparkle in each other's eyes, for the simple joy of being with each other.
12/16/2011 1:13:54 PM CST
Samantha says ...
Our favorite tradition is to make santa snacks - melt butter, graham cracker crumbs and coconut in a pot, press into bottom of 13x9 dish, sprinkle with choc chips walnuts and pecans, pour on fat free condensed milk and bake for 25 minutes!
12/16/2011 7:04:43 PM CST
Stacey S says ...
We always have Christmas at Nana's house, so naturally its the place that gets the most Christmas decor. Every year in the weeks before Christmas, the grandkids would go to Nana's house to decorate the tree, string up the lights, and help with the Christmas baking, all while listening to country Christmas tunes. It made the whole month feel like Christmas. Now we are older, and most of us have moved away- gone to college, or, in my case, chasing dreams- so we don't get to spend every weekend preparing for Christmas at Nana's. We still help out when we get home, but its just not the same. I miss the old tradition, and hope that someday we may bring it back.
12/16/2011 5:21:26 PM CST
Patricia Reyes says ...
Our favorite tradition is making rum balls and listening to Christmas music the day before we go to cut our tree down. Then we pack up our rum balls and go "hunting" for the perfect tree. After we find it, and get it back home, the classic Christmas movies go on and we decorate as we drink our "noel" beer and munch on finger-foods until our tree is perfectly decorated {usually after 2 or 3 trips for extra lights).
12/16/2011 6:16:57 PM CST
Joya (Ashley) says ...
Oh the holidays are always filled with foods that hold memories. Growing up my mom would always make her mothers vegetable dish, which I officially now call "Grandma's Green Bean Thing." Haha. It's just green beans, onions and mushrooms with some salt cooked on the stove. Over recent years I've heard of the Green Bean Casserole and never had it until last year when my best friend came to live with my mother and I. It was delish, but nothing beats Grandma's Green Bean Thing; it's still my favorite. For dessert we always buy store bought pies, but then there's that special Rum Cake my Grandmother passed onto my mother that she has to make every year. I'm not a bunt cake person, but the Rum Cake is a must have for this season. When I was little I remember my fathers mother would always send me homemade Peanut Butter Palls in a Christmas tin; which of course were always amazing and didn't last long. Then one holiday she came to visit and I got to make them with her. It's been 2 1/2 years since she's passed from breast cancer and I find myself craving her Peanut Butter Balls and watching Shirley Temple like we did when I'd visit her. My dad gave me an uncles email to see if he has the recipe since they were his favorite too. It's difficult sometimes now that both grandmothers are gone, but having these memories during the holidays and the traditions they passed down from my parents to me-- words cannot describe how comforting that can be. It's like they're here with me through their food.
12/16/2011 7:40:52 PM CST
Nissa Lind says ...
Your flourless chocolate torte recipe has become a family, holiday and special occasion favorite.
12/16/2011 10:30:38 PM CST
Michelle says ...
My aunt's homemade potato pancakes for Hannukah!! :)
12/16/2011 11:28:19 PM CST
Alan says ...
My family likes to eat foods of the season. A favorite is pumpkins! Fresh pumpkin soup baked and served right inside the pumpkin.
12/17/2011 12:44:45 AM CST

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