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Victoria says ...
My family is your very typical (but unique!) big, loud and obnoxious Italian bunch, but we modified the Seven Fishes to about four and concentrate on making them worth the zillions of calories. I have to say, though, that my favorite meal of Christmas time isn't the grand Christmas Eve dinner but the Christmas morning breakfast when my mom makes homemade Monkey Bread.
12/17/2011 7:21:50 PM CST
Gina Rossi says ...
No Christmas is complete without our family's traditional scungilli salad, a luscious mix of calamari rings and sometimes the tentacles, slices of conch ( the scungilli), and shrimp. The fish marinate in lots of fresh lemon juice, olive oil, sliced garlic, and red pepper flakes. The longer it marinates the better. It's served cold as a first course to our king crab and linguine extravaganza on Christmas Eve!
12/17/2011 4:54:25 PM CST
Eleonor L. says ...
We always buy a whole roast pork on Christmas eve and any very special occassions,and we always cook pansit which is a white rice noddles with chicken pcs.and vegetables mix all together as a filipino tradition,with a dessert of sweet rice cakes.
12/17/2011 6:21:59 PM CST
Jill Osborne says ...
My family eats fried oysters for breakfast every Christmas morning. Yum!
12/17/2011 6:09:07 PM CST
Cassie says ...
I took piano lessons for many years growing up and always played Christmas songs in the family living room. The family sang along to my fumbling music while sitting in front of the fire and sipping egg nog. This year, my mom and dad came to Denver to celebrate the season early. We were enjoying downtown where there are pianos decorated in winter themes. Spontaneously, I sat down and played a tune. Soon, my family and everyone around was singing Christmas tunes - again, to my fumbling music. It was an old tradition reincarnated and was a fabulous twist on an old theme...
12/17/2011 6:10:05 PM CST
Eddy says ...
Our traditional Chanukah treats are Beignets; we keep frying them all through the dreidl games.
12/17/2011 6:51:38 PM CST
Stephanie says ...
My mother-in-law makes the BEST whole wheat cinnamon rolls every Christmas morning. I always look forward to them. They're delightfully sweet...but not TOO sweet.
12/17/2011 7:54:12 PM CST
Jess says ...
We celebrate our Norwegian Heritage every Christmas. We have lefse and lutefisk. It isn't the tastiest dish in the world and we don't all like to eat it but we have so much fun trying it and laughing around the dinner table.
12/18/2011 9:39:11 PM CST
Liz says ...
My favorite holiday tradition is making sugar cookies with my family. Every year since I can remember, my brother decorates only the cookies he eats, my dad just participates in the taste testing, and my mom and me roll out the dough and decorate the cookies for Christmas.
12/18/2011 12:27:54 PM CST
[ Phyllis says ...
Our entire family makes and decorates Christmas sugar cookies. We judge the most creative, the prettiest, the craziest- any category we think appropriate. We eat some that night, the rest are part of dessert on Christmas day. We finish them between Christmas and New Year's. My son-in-law has quickly become the most adept at rolling the dough! Not bad for only two years into the tradition!
12/18/2011 5:55:20 PM CST
Yael says ...
Frying and gobbling up latkes followed by Chinese food and movies (with all the other Boulder Jews & Buddhists on Xmas eve). No standing in line!
12/18/2011 7:27:57 PM CST
Sue says ...
A tradition that we started over 15 years ago was to give my father a crown roast of pork for his christmas gift. He had always talked about wanting to try one and so instead of getting him another pair of pajamas, we tried the roast one christmas. It was a hit, and dad passed away 10 years ago and we still enjoy the roast every christmas day and toast to him!
12/18/2011 8:01:03 PM CST
Amy Butcher says ...
My mom or I, or both of us, make chocolate chip oatmeal drop cookies. They are the embodiment of my childhood in cookie form! One whiff of them baking in the oven transports back in time.
12/18/2011 8:53:35 PM CST
Stefanie says ...
It never seems like the holiday in my house until my mom bakes up a batch of her christmas fudge. I love helping her and then we pack up some for gifts and eat the rest. Other holiday foods are lumpy mashed potatoes and lots of green beans.
12/18/2011 10:30:24 PM CST
Karen says ...
In addition to the traditional cut out sugar cookies, I always make a several batches of cheese crackers that we cut into shapes, bake and decorate for a savory addition to all the sweets. YUM!!
12/19/2011 9:52:40 AM CST
Janet says ...
My memories of my grandparents home in New Orleans revolve around the foods and aromas from my grandmother's kitchen. She always had an assortment of cookies, including date pecan pinwheels, anise meringues, pecan spice, vanilla wafers and sugar cookies. We would have shrimp and stuffed crabs for appetizers. Then main course was always a medium rare prime rib from my grandfather's meat market on Magazine street. Mirlitons stuffed with shrimp for a side. My parents had continued to create the same wonderful foods and now I will continue the tradition with my family.
12/19/2011 7:39:01 AM CST
yvonne schenck says ...
I don't eat meat so my favorite dish around the holidays is Scallops with Bechamelle sauce and good gruyere cheese. we also have a cheese plate with Gorgonzola and pears. sometimes I make belgian endive salad with Bleu d'Auvergne and walnuts.
12/19/2011 9:49:58 AM CST
Lora Reynolds says ...
My family comes over for a prime rib dinner. We then make a birthday cake for Jesus and read the story of Christ's birth and sing happy birthday and the kids get to blow out the candles. I want my kids to grow up knowing the true meaning of Christmas and this is a great Christmas tradition, plus they get chocolate cake!
12/19/2011 9:44:49 AM CST
annie says ...
I love to cook and tend to make different kinds of food every year because I can never settle on just one thing (cracked crab one year, roasted beef tenderloin the next, seafood-heavy Italian dishes this year) . However my mom, who doesn't cook, happily puts out her go-to appetizer every single year on Christmas eve: A block of cream cheese covered with red pepper jelly, served with crackers. No matter what kind of meal we're having that evening, it doesn't feel like Christmas eve until everyone starts digging into "Mom's Christmas Special", which is actually quite yummy despite its simplicity. It's the only holiday food she makes, and she's adorably proud of it. We like to have it with cocktails and/or champagne.
12/19/2011 10:54:26 AM CST
Leah says ...
My mother is Jewish and my father is Catholic so our holiday traditions have always been a little, well, nontraditional. As the years have passed and diets have changed, we've tried it all, but the one constant has been my dad's favorite cherry wink cookies. We've tweaked them a bit; vegan-ized them, substituted out the sugar, you name it, but the holidays just aren't complete without those moist delicious nut and date cookies rolled in corn flakes and topped with a cherry! Happy Holidays!
12/19/2011 12:27:15 PM CST
Kimberly says ...
My oldest boy is autistic and on a restricted diet. We are learning that he likes to help out in the kitchen. So our tradition now is to make grain free cookies! (almond flour!)
12/19/2011 1:06:37 PM CST
Courtney says ...
Being from the south we have LOTS of food related traditions but one of my most fond is of making pecan candy with my mimi (grandmother). The sight of her 5ft tall frame standing on a stool over the stove. The smell of carmelizing sugar and butter filling the house. Getting popped with the back of a wooden spoon for trying to snag already cooled pieces off the counter before all of the bags for family were finished. Absolutely nothing better!
12/21/2011 12:43:22 PM CST
Kristine says ...
When I was younger we'd drive up north to the UP to see my Grandparents. There was always a ton of snow because she lived acrossed the street from a hillside park sledding a big part of these holiday visits. We'd come in from the cold and put our gloves on top the warm stove to dry out. We'd have coffee with warm milk and fresh warm Nisua, a Finnish cardamom bread. Just the smell of cardamom is enough to remind me of my Grandma's kitchen in the UP.
12/20/2011 10:41:54 AM CST
angie lilly says ...
This time of year I am a huge sucker for frosted sugar cookies and chocolate walnut fudge!!! mmmmmm! Can eat both until I am sick! LOL
12/20/2011 9:04:01 AM CST
Jordan says ...
Growing up my mother would always make a traditional Chanukah dinner. To this day she uses the same recipe to make her potato latkes and every year they seem to get better and better. She doesn't take any shortcuts and puts her heart into each batch. She hand grates 10 potatoes and 3 onions. She then drains the mixture and adds six eggs, garlic, salt, pepper, a cup of flour, and some baking powder. This is followed by several hours of frying in a skillet on the stove top. I cant imagine celebrating any other way! Now that my sister and I are older the three of us compete every year to see who makes the best batch.
12/20/2011 12:27:55 PM CST

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