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may delory says ...
I buy organic apple cider at Whole Foods and brew with rum or brandy & cinnamon sticks.
12/17/2011 11:07:07 AM CST
Robin says ...
My favorite holiday food tradition was a really simple one. While we were opening presents, my dad would make scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and fresh biscuits. Then we would all sit on the floor eating and passing around presents.
12/17/2011 11:35:47 AM CST
Joe says ...
For the past two years my cousin Timm and I get together on Christmas Eve to bake some goods for our family Christmas party the next day. Timm and I are in every essence baking partners and we share a passion for vegan baking, so although we live in different parts of the country, we always get back together to bake for the holidays - Vegan style!
12/17/2011 11:31:09 AM CST
Dustin M says ...
Debating politics and religion with relatives.
12/17/2011 11:35:34 AM CST
Rose says ...
I make soups and breads and have an open house for those alone. Its wonderful...feeding people and visiting with friends!
12/17/2011 11:08:14 AM CST
Tiffany says ...
Mother makes Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate! To die for! For Christmas eve, mother serves a simple meal. Besides the PB Hot Cocoa on the stove, she also prepares her pineapple glazed ham & swiss cheese sliders. Finally, her "sopas" or filipino version of chicken noodle soup, the difference is the cream and shells she adds to the soup. Merry Christmas!
12/17/2011 11:11:50 AM CST
Lena says ...
We make a delicious crabmeat & shrimp pasta salad w/shell pasta, chopped red & green bellpepper & onions, mayonnaise, pepper & salt.
12/17/2011 11:13:03 AM CST
Nicole Herman says ...
We all share in cooking the entire meal on Christmas Day. My two young sons and I have a great time cooking together!
12/17/2011 11:15:44 AM CST
Maureen G says ...
A family tradition passed down from great-grandma was to make nut rolls to share as gifts and to eat. We now have a family group gather before Christmas (and Easter) and make these rolls
12/17/2011 11:17:56 AM CST
Isabelle says ...
My grand mother is from a small town on the north coast of the st laurent river in canada, so i grew up with a variety of meaty goddness and extremly sweet desert all with extremly french name. From a "cipate" ( a beef, pork and patato stew like) to "sucre a la creme" (maple fudge like) it was everything to keep us warm in a cold winter night. I now try to continue these tradition in much warmer climate, but it really is just about the memories!
12/17/2011 11:27:39 AM CST
Eric says ...
While putting up the Christmas tree and decorating the house, we listen to Christmas music. After we're all done, we have vegan hot chocolate with candy canes and watch a Christmas film. On Christmas day, every year, I get to have a wonderful vegan feast with my family. There's nothing better than a cruelty free holiday season!
12/17/2011 8:06:47 AM CST
Angela says ...
One of our family traditions is making yummy vegan lasagna on Christmas, along with some vegan caramel pecan bars (from Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero), and enjoying my loved one's company.
12/17/2011 8:01:06 AM CST
Monika says ...
Our family food tradition is to make gingerbread cookies. The fun part is naming and decorating the cookies as they come out of the oven We've had gingerbread cookies with names like "Fat tummy", "Twins", and "Sugar foot."
12/17/2011 9:07:01 AM CST
Julie Strunk says ...
Since high school I have made a cheese ball at Christmas. Over the years I've been invited to parties because I bring the cheese ball! Now I make one for many of my neighbors every year and deliver them on the 23rd or 24th of December. In some households, the cheese ball is gone by the end of the day. Others share them at holiday gatherings. My recipe will be carved on my tombstone some day!
12/17/2011 9:04:58 AM CST
Josh says ...
Well I am Jewish, but nothing like a honey spiraled ham for the holidays - add some sweet potato mash with brown sugar and I am good to go!
12/17/2011 11:24:55 AM CST
Stefanie says ...
I'm still in college (my last year!) and ever since I was in high school, I have made candied orange peels (from a Whole Foods recipe!) after classes finish in December. After a few years of success, I quickly realized that the demand was high enough that I triple the recipe - and triple it I did! Although it takes a few dedicated hours of peeling, slicing, and stirring, I love making them. It's so rewarding to be able to provide people with an unusual, delicious gift, that is a labor of love... and cheap to boot!
12/17/2011 11:04:49 AM CST
Diane says ...
I am always in search of a healthier, tastier version of all the holiday classics we love to make at home. Last year, we made cranberry sauce from scratch and jarred several as gifts. It was delicious and filled with fun memories. I plan to do something similar this year.
12/17/2011 11:50:38 AM CST
Candice B says ...
One year I decided to use almond extract in my regular old toll house chocolate chip cookies. My uncle went nuts and everyone loved them. They now request them at every family holiday gathering :)
12/17/2011 11:52:03 AM CST
Ryan McAdams says ...
My family has a couple traditions. One, my mom always makes sausage balls on christmas morning. Since I was a kid, i've woken up to the aroma a warm sausage balls on christmas morning. Even though I'm grown and dont' live at home anymore, she still makes them every year. Our other tradition is that we never make the same meal two years in a row. We started that a few years ago after my Grandmother passed away and we stopped having a huge family gathering. Since it's just me, my mom, sister, nephew and stepdad now, we make a different meal every year. One year it was Italian with my mom's homemade spaghetti, the next was steak and shrimp, then last year we made an asian meal, courtesy of some awesome recipes by the lovely Rachael Ray! I believe this year we're bringing back the steak and shrimp cause it was just awesome, but rest assured next year, it'll be something different. Merry Christmas to everyone at Whole Foods. Your store is affectionately called my "Mecca" because anyone who loves cooking and loves making good food simply has to shop in a food heaven such as Whole Foods. Merry Christmas everyone!
12/17/2011 12:52:24 PM CST
Lisa W. says ...
Floor Picnic. Years ago, when my 5 children were very young, I was completely overwhelmed by the holidays. With extended family out of state, it was just us. In a feeble attempt to cobble together a festive meal, but too tired to set a holiday table, I spread out a blanket on the floor, and made a mish-mash of finger foods: cheese fondue with apples and bread, pigs in a blanket, shrimp, quesadilla, and yes, chicken nuggets. It was a hit. My kids now expect 'Floor Picnic' every year. Right down to the nuggets.
12/17/2011 1:02:34 PM CST
Jennifer Cox says ...
Our family tradition is tamales for Christmas dinner. Our relatives grew up in South Texas and brough this tradition to our family.
12/17/2011 3:11:38 PM CST
Lisa H says ...
Southern Supreme fruitcake. And dinner out!
12/17/2011 3:48:31 PM CST
Michelle m says ...
We are now Vegan this year well have to make a new tradition with Vegan stew, tofurkey and dark chocolate pumpkin muffins
12/17/2011 4:30:58 PM CST
Sarah says ...
My family started a tradition of fondue on Christmas Eve about 6 or 7 years ago. We have a traditional Swiss cheese fondue, soup, and salad for dinner before the candlelight Christmas Eve service at church. Then we come back for dark chocolate fondue with fruit, cake, and (my brother's favorite) marshmallows. It's a little out of the ordinary, but it's easily my favorite family tradition.
12/17/2011 5:17:52 PM CST
Nancy says ...
We make batches of homemade toffee to share with service providers and friends. Have to admit that we love to make it, but we also love all the rave reviews, and the comments from those who wait to receive it each year.
12/17/2011 5:25:22 PM CST

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