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Sam says ...
Every year at Christmas, everyone in my big Italian family helps to put together the antipasta. We make an event out of it, with everybody delicately placing each ingredient perfectly on one large glass dish. From the meats and cheeses to the olives and vegetables, they are all laid out in a beautiful pattern. Then, adding in that weird twist my family is known for, we have the antipasta dance, where we all line up in a conga, sing, and parade the finished dish around the dining room table. I have no idea how it started, but it's our favorite tradition. I love seeing how the line has gradually gotten bigger over time too, as the younger nieces, nephews and cousins grow up, get married, and have children of their own.
12/13/2011 9:43:53 AM CST
Carmel says ...
Ever since I can remember, we spent Christmas Eve at my grandparents and did a casual dinner of little sandwiches. Lots of small breads, a variety of meats and cheeses, in addition everyone brought a side dish to make it feel "homemade". It was easy and casual, but always so much fun. We have continued the tradition to this day, even though the family has grown and changed. Just makes me feel at home seeing our lovely deli spread and spending time with my family.
12/13/2011 9:44:05 AM CST
Bob Bara says ...
The Holiday tradition is a multifaceted experience in our household. Picking out the tree and the decorating party with music, hot chocolate and deserts (both organic and made from scratch)with the grandchildren. Listening to our children share fond early Christmas memories with their children. Family gift exchange on Christmas eve and Santa Christmas morning. Then there's the food. The Christmas meal is centered around a honey baked ham, with a wide array of salads, casseroles and sweets. Oh my, the sweets. Cakes, pies, chocolates, sugar cookies, eclairs, biscotti, cannoli. Did I mention my son is a pastry chef? The most important part is Family. Christmas is our Family time. I pray it always remains the same.
12/13/2011 9:44:13 AM CST
Karina says ...
We are the family of 4 and Christmas has been something unbelievable when our kids joined our family :) We do always start with light and fresh breakfast and since we are both Polish - continue with the tradition of 11 dishes :) we eat hearings, polish karp fish, salads, home made pierogies made out of organic ingredients and many many deserts. We shop in Whole Foods - because " you are what you eat", and we want to live a long and beautiful life. We hope our kids one day will keep up the tradition too. Happy Holidays Everyone!!!!
12/13/2011 9:44:21 AM CST
Jenn Merritt says ...
our family's greatest holiday tradition is my grandmouther's applesauce cake. She made this cake at every holiday, birthday and special occasion. many have attempted the recipe since her death, but no cook in the family seems to be able to crack the code on this most beloved cake even though we have the recipe. It was moist, dense dark cake with raisins and walmuts. but the icing was the kicker. A caramel icing that firmed up into a soft crusty confection. My grandmother usually let the cake sit in a cool spot for a day or two before serving. Heaven. Now that several family members (myself included) are eating gluten free, my additional task is recreating this holiday favorite in a gluten free form. I may be working on this labor of love for years.
12/13/2011 9:44:21 AM CST
Mandy Brunson says ...
I forgot to mention that this elves eat all the wonderful cookies we make together....their favorite are my chocolate and sea salt cookies. My children prefer the sugar cookies with an almond center.
12/13/2011 9:44:42 AM CST
Colleen Stephenson says ...
Growing up, my mom made homemade gingerbread houses for me, my siblings and my cousins for our holiday party. Depending on the year and our ages, the traditions differed. When we were little, she made and decorated them, we had contests demolishing and eating them. As we got older, she prepared the gingerbread and we put together and decorated the houses. I can't wait to start this tradition with my little one!
12/13/2011 9:44:49 AM CST
Meredith says ...
My grandmother is from Texas and when she and my grandfather lived there they used toget these amazingly delicious tamales and ship them to us in Virginia every year. They've since moved up here to VA but it's become tradition to have a traditional turkey thanksgiving and a Tex-Mex Christmas dinner. The tamales are shipped up frozen as the centerpiece of the meal and there are never any leftovers. We also make a southwest cornbread and a type of lasagna with tortillas and Mexican spices/ingredients. It is my absolute favorite time of year!
12/13/2011 9:44:50 AM CST
Kristin says ...
My mom's homemade rolls are the best - and only show up around the holidays!!
12/13/2011 9:45:01 AM CST
Melissa Alexander says ...
On Christmas Eve our Italian-American family enjoys a wonderful Lobster Newberg dinner with the choice of pasta or pastry shells to spoon it over. Of course we need to have a bowl of homemade red sauce and meatballs on hand for the Aunts who just cannot live without their good old standby! For dessert I make a delicious and smooth tiramisu using mascarpone and marsala wine. It is a very rich menu but a family favorite!
12/13/2011 9:45:06 AM CST
Susan says ...
Every Chanukah we feast on home made potato latkes. Absolutely love them.
12/13/2011 9:45:17 AM CST
Byron Papa says ...
Without a doubt, Louisiana or Texas oysters in the shell. I'm actually able to get them here in North Carolina. I ice them down a day or two before Christmas and leave the ice chest in my pickup truck. That way, I'm able to visit friends with the treasure and shuck some out at the truck over beers.
12/13/2011 9:45:37 AM CST
Jason says ...
Every year I have made ginger snap cookies and take them to the people that I work with. Over the years I have slowly but surely become a vegan so over the past three years I have made my cookies vegan and gluten free. SO many people have this perception of vegan food as being wierd, so I love to see the look on peoples' faces when they love them and I tell them that they are completely dairy free.
12/13/2011 9:45:57 AM CST
Kristen says ...
Every year my dad and I make fudge, peanut brittle, and cookies.
12/13/2011 9:45:58 AM CST
Andrea says ...
My favorite holiday food tradition is baking cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve. I bake sugar cookies shaped like trees, stars, gingerbread men, and angels and decorate them with buttercream frosting. My boys LOVE them. They stay up waiting for me to finish and then eat a few and put a few out with milk for Santa.
12/13/2011 9:46:07 AM CST
Felicia B. says ...
My favorite holiday food tradition is baking cookies with my children and then watching Christmas movies and eating the cookies on Christmas Eve! :)
12/13/2011 9:46:39 AM CST
Teresa says ...
On Christmas morning, our oldest child gets up early and makes a large pancake breakfast usually with chocolate chips and other add-ins. We have pancakes and orange juice BEFORE we open presents.
12/13/2011 9:46:46 AM CST
Sydney G. says ...
My family doesn't do a traditional Christmas dinner. We all pick a dish, whatever happens to sound to good and that what we have. Sometimes it several random things, and sometime we all end up sticking to a certain cuisine (Mexican food is a popular one with us). I have very found memories of our Christmas meals & I can't wait to continue on with this tradition when I have kids of my own.
12/13/2011 9:46:47 AM CST
Amanda says ...
Peanut butter fudge from Thanksgiving to Christmas
12/13/2011 9:46:51 AM CST
Stacey says ...
For the last few years, my sons (Ages 9,6 and 4) and I have built a gingerbread house Christmas Eve day. We bake the walls and roof a few days in advance so we have a sturdy foundation to build on. It keeps us busy and happy, nibbling on candy while building a better house than the year before. It helps us get through the last, long day of waiting for Santa! After Mass, we make homeade toasted ravioli and snack until bedtime...
12/13/2011 9:46:58 AM CST
Pearl says ...
All the girls in our family making cookies and desserts on Christmas eve for Christmas day. So yummy!
12/13/2011 9:47:05 AM CST
Debra says ...
For many years my husband and I lived quite a distance away from our families and could not afford to travel to see family all the time. Early on, we started a tradition of having a Christmas Eve dinner of Leg of Lamb, Wild Rice Pilaf, and a vegetable, and then we would celebrate our son's birthday (He is a Christmas baby!) Now our son will be 32 years old this year, and we still continue to hold true to the tradition of the Leg of Lamb and celebrating his birth.
12/13/2011 9:47:09 AM CST
joanna rose says ...
I come from a sicilian family and Christmas eve is a huge thing in my house. We celebrate the feast of the seven fishes and the three generations of women (my sister my mother my nonna and ) all get together in the kitchen to cook a huge feast of steamed lobster,fried scallops,steamed clams,linguine with clam sauce,crabs,and baccala which is salted cod..we also have various other things as well. this year my husband is home from Afghanistan from war and he will be celebrating with us and our son.
12/13/2011 9:47:15 AM CST
Karen says ...
The tradition in our family comes from a time when my husband was in the military. Our home was a place for his military friends to be home away from home and I would make loaded bake potatoe soup, rib eye steaks, chinese chicken salad, fried noodles......i just tried to make whatever it was that reminded them of home.
12/13/2011 9:47:45 AM CST
Susan says ...
If it's hanukah, it's time for latkes. I have great memories of helping my Granny, my mother, and my mother in law grate potatoes and onions and fry the latkes. These days I use a food processor but the taste is still the same and the house still smells for the same number of days after, reminding me of this glorious once a year treat.
12/13/2011 9:47:54 AM CST

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