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Chris says ...
Mine has to be making and decorating the little christmas cookies. Nothing else makes it feel like xmas until the christmas cookies are lined up out of the oven.
12/13/2011 10:07:41 AM CST
Kathy Gervasio says ...
Our tradition is stufoli...italian honeyballs. As there was no recipe we all got together with my inlaws and as we made them measure and when she said "it needs to feel right "we made up the recipe. This was all video taped. As my beloved mother in law passed this year at 96 years old we will make them in her memory carrying on the tradition for a new generation, maybe watching the video for insipration and a few tears I am sure.
12/13/2011 10:08:07 AM CST
marina says ...
12 days of baking with my family using old traditional recipes that have been passed in my family for generations. Christmas eve we gather for a all seafood day, and Christmas day is a meat feast, both accompanied with all goodies baked ahead of time.
12/13/2011 10:08:28 AM CST
Robin says ...
Every year after my husband, kids and I decorate the Christmas tree, we indulge in ice cream sundaes!
12/13/2011 10:09:15 AM CST
jenn huff says ...
every year i make a cranberry relish that mu husband's grandmother had made. she passed the same year i met my husband so although i never got to meet her i get to be part of her by making this for him every year taking him back to a special place in his heart that he shares with his grandmother
12/13/2011 10:09:19 AM CST
Christine says ...
My favorite holiday tradition is making Christmas cookies.
12/13/2011 10:09:49 AM CST
Krista says ...
For as long as I can remember, my family has made dozens and dozens of cinnamon rolls to share with our friends and family around Christmas. Almost nothing smells better than fresh cinnamon rolls!
12/13/2011 10:09:51 AM CST
Leane L. DeFranicis says ...
We have a tradition on Christmas Eve of having a German meal. Fleish soup, German bread,cold cuts and a variety of cheeses.
12/13/2011 10:09:59 AM CST
Martha Mattes says ...
We always used to eat Stollen (a German Christmas bread) on Christmas morning. My grandmother (first generation in the U.S.) made it, and after her passing my mother carried the tradition on. We would be munching on Stollen for ages, since the recipe made so much. I haven't made Stollen in several years due to my busy schedule-it is truly an all-day project. But I'll probably purchase or order some. Fröhliche Weihnachten!
12/13/2011 10:10:12 AM CST
L. Cerasuolo says ...
Peanut butter kiss cookies - the only thing my mother ever baked from scratch and now I bake them with my own daughter. A lot of singing, dancing, and laughing can be found on our recipe.
12/13/2011 10:10:42 AM CST
Ana says ...
Tradition for my family is making our Christmas meal together! In Venezuela we make Hallacas, similar to tamales, that we only eat at Christmas time. Really good homemade Hallacas filled with the best meat and pork, plus all the special seasoning and veggies my mom makes! Nothing beats this special meal, accompanied by chicken salad, pork and the best bread with ham! Just thinking about it, makes me hungry! Oh wait... i am missing desserts~
12/13/2011 10:11:00 AM CST
Seth says ...
My family makes beef stroganoff every Christmas Eve, an unusual holiday meal choice.
12/13/2011 10:11:04 AM CST
Ali says ...
Unfortunately like so many, I am from a broken and troubled family - so we had no Christmas traditional foods to speak of. However as an adult and a member of a very special Anonymous fellowship, we host a 3 day (72 hours) gathering with back-to-back meetings and delicious Food brought by members. This gathering is open to anyone who desire unity, support, and HOPE thru the Holidays. Therefore, I have made it part of My Christmas tradition to always bring something healthy, delicious and comforting. Every year I try a new healthy receipt and my dishes have always been a hit. I now have a Wonderful reputation in my Cincinnati Community for being a "Great Cook!" - more importantly, my being of services has filled me with the true meaning and spirit of Christmas.
12/13/2011 10:11:54 AM CST
Pip Hunt says ...
My mum and I immigrated from the UK when I was a child. Her mince pie recipes are the best around! She uses almond meal instead of wheat flour and adds a scoop of brandy butter on top before sealing the mini pies with their lids. We warm them slightly and nibble on them with a warm cup of tea after a day on the slopes. This year, my mum is in Australia studying for her master yachtsmen, so it's up to me to replicate them.....
12/13/2011 10:12:34 AM CST
Kathryn says ...
Every Christmas Eve since I was a baby my grandmother made ciopinno loaded with shellfish and crab legs...nothing made Christmas like the smell of ciopinno cooking in the kitchen. Now that I've moved across country and have my own children, it's been many years since I've had Christmas with my entire family but that's a tradition I've carried with me to this day. Ciopinno every year on Christmas Eve but now with my own homemade French baguettes. I absolutely refuse to make it any other day of the year :)
12/13/2011 10:12:45 AM CST
Janice Lilburn says ...
My favorite dessert tradition is my grandmother's cheesecake, it is not your traditional cheesecake. It is made with ricotta and lady fingers and topped with strawberries. It is the yummiest cheesecake in the world! I never knew there was a different type of cheesecake until I went to the cheesecake factory when I was in college for the first time! My grandmother has declared herself off duty now. After raising 9 of her own kids and taking care of most of the grandchildren and great grandchildren I think we can grant her time off. But the recipe has been passed to me and not her children! I hope I don't mess it up! Wish me luck!
12/13/2011 10:13:14 AM CST
atxitmom says ...
I can't believe I'm sharing this with Whole Foods, but since it's my ex-husband's tradition, I'll blame him ;-) On Christmas Eve, they have Chef Boy-ar-dee canned ravioli. I continue this on for our daughter. For my family, we often have "silkies" on Christmas day. They are similar to crepes or Norwegian pancakes. They are thin and generally spread with butter and brown sugar, rolled up, sliced in half, then eaten. Yum!
12/13/2011 10:14:53 AM CST
Kelly says ...
We are trying to start new food traditions. We are tired of turkey and big amount of a meat product so we are trying more side dishes including vegetarian and raw dishes.
12/13/2011 10:15:22 AM CST
Cheryl flynn says ...
My mother for over 50 yrs has made greek butter cookies. As an adult I have had this cookie with my coffee in the early hours of xmas morning by myself before the kids and husband awake. As someone who can cook pretty good....i just cannot make them like she does. She is in her 70.s now and one of my neices is learning the technique. I am not sure if they will ever be the same as Mom.s....but I will relish this cookie again this year. Let me point out, that she brings me the cookies xmas eve day, so I am sure to have it in the morning
12/13/2011 10:15:48 AM CST
Kris Liane Norbraten-DuVernay says ...
When I was a child my grandparents (from the coast in East Texas) and parents made turkey gumbo on Christmas Eve while my Grandpa dressed up like Santa. Now, in my 30s, my husband and I live in Colorado and have brought the tradition back to life. We roast the turkey then boil parts down to make an amazing, nutrient-rich bone broth; we make a home-made (gluten free) roux then make the gumbo like my Grandmother and Mom used to make. It takes me back and tastes amazing.
12/13/2011 10:16:15 AM CST
Sarah Melusky says ...
The Italian side of my family does the seven fishes on Christmas Eve. We have a birthday cake for Jesus' on Christmas day after dinner to celebrate the real meaning of the holiday. Pork and saurkrat new years day is a popular polish tradition in my family. They say to start the new year with pork because pigs only move forward.
12/13/2011 10:16:42 AM CST
Gina says ...
Christmas food tradition in my family would be posole,carne adovada,tamales and appetizers on Christmas eve. Then when you are full of warm,spicy goodness its time to go to Old Town Albuquerque and see the beautiful Luminarias in the Plaza.
12/13/2011 10:17:07 AM CST
Jule Marine says ...
Breaded Pork Cutlets. My Sicilian mother used to offer Veal Cutlets, before it mattered, and then seamlessly transitioned to thin, pork cutlets, lightly breaded and in a creamy white gravy, they made a terrific side dish at Thanksgiving and Christmas. She would hammer those cutlets into tender, thin pieces. Fresh Garlic was also beaten into the meat before it was browned in olive oil and rosemary. Pulled from the flame and lightly breaded, they were baked for a couple of hours while the gravy simmered on top of the stove, in a pan not a pot, for wider stirring, rich, thick olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, flour wisked in, and salt and pepper until smooth. Cooked and stirred over medium heat until browned, about 10 minutes. Gradually stir in milk and cream so that no lumps form, and continue cooking and stirring until thickened. If the gravy becomes too thick, thin it with a little more cream.( but why?) After an hour or so pour over cutlets, cover with tin foil and sit in a house full of aromas..... Serve with Chianti. La vita è bella.
12/13/2011 10:19:14 AM CST
Cathrine says ...
Christmas is my most favorite holiday!! My parents are from Norway, therefore we have a very scandinavian holiday. My mom cooks, bakes, and preps for weeks prior to Jul, while my dad is in charge of the glog!! Christmas eve we go to church early evening, then come home, drink glogg and chit chat while dinner is finishing up. Then we gather around the table for a crown roast and bratwurst! After dinner we open gifts, drink more glog, akvavit, coffee, cookies...ect and have a great time!! Christmas Day close family friends come over and we have a typical norwegian smorgasbord filled with eggs, salmon, herring, ham, meatballs, potatoes and sardines, ect. It is definetly the best time of year!!!
12/13/2011 10:19:57 AM CST
JB says ...
We are changing tradition this year and doing Italian: pastas, antipasti, breads, wine... Tiramisu!
12/13/2011 10:20:06 AM CST

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