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Shannon says ...
Our family has so many Christmas traditions.... we always make dough ornaments together and we always make a birthday cake for Jesus... Christmas is all about celebrating His birth, after all. But one of th main food traditions the we keep alive year after year is my mom's sweet potatoes w/ marshmellows. I'm not certain that anyone actually likes them, but it's not Christmas without them. Another food tradition is my sister's gingerbread men. She bakes them and when we all get together everyone decorates them together. They taste so yummy and it's such a great way for us to all spend time together. MERRY CHRISTMAS!
12/14/2011 7:06:39 PM CST
Marie Mitchell says ...
My mom usually makes roast beef and homemade Yorkshire pudding for her son-in-law (my husband), who hails from the Yorkshire region of England!
12/14/2011 7:07:18 PM CST
Stacey says ...
I am originally from Minnesota with a Scandinavian background (both Swedish and Norwegian have gotten mixed up over the years), and have taken up all the recipes that my great-grandmother used to make at Christmas--a whole smorgasbord! Artsoppa (yellow pea soup), lefse, Swedish rye bread, potato sausage, and much more. But mostly I became the keeper of all the different cookie recipes: Spritz, Krumkaka, Pepparkakor, Sandbakelser, and others. I'm just happy that we never kept up the tradition of lutefisk that other families continue to make!
12/14/2011 7:19:02 PM CST
Chloe says ...
Our family has always had a big Christmas Eve night together with a Huge Turkey breast (organic , of coarse ) and sweet potatoes with cinnamon and agave nectar ... topped with marsh mellows ...and lots of different vegetables , roasted. We read the story of the birth of Jesus and the young ones put on a skit. This is always at Grandma's house since Santa comes there first before their home on Christmas Eve night. And of coarse, there is always pumpkin pie, and usually other surprise desserts.
12/14/2011 7:19:43 PM CST
Jennifer says ...
Instead of a big, traditional dinner on Christmas, I make lots of little appetizers: bacon-wrapped dates, brie-en-croute, dips, crackers, veggies, salami, cheeses, etc. We top it all off with a cookie buffet,sampling all the good stuff we've baked over the holiday. It's so fun getting to pick and choose what and how much you get to eat, as well as having a variety of flavors at hand. It's a tradition that will continue for a long time, I'm sure!
12/14/2011 7:01:44 PM CST
Nadia S. says ...
I've always loved our Italian family tradition of doing the seven fish dishes for Christmas Eve dinner. I guess it's not so appealing if you're not a fish eater, though. We always have lots of other foods as well.. always a pasta dish or two and lots of veggies, of course.
12/14/2011 6:55:40 PM CST
Christine says ...
I don't do any baking all year, but for Christmas, I break out the Kitchen-Aid and make my famous (easy!)Christmas cookies. I'll make several batches and throw in different mix-ins: chocolate chips and walnuts, granola and dried fruit, peanut butter cups. Always a big hit!! Who doesn't love homemade cookies?
12/14/2011 7:01:43 PM CST
Hilary says ...
Though my family has few holiday traditions since my mother was an epicure who preferred to change the menu year to year, she often made Brandy Alexanders garnished with freshly grated nutmeg and dark chocolate shavings that we enjoyed while sitting in front of the fireplace. Along with clementines and nuts in the shell (which we'd always find in our stockings), this drink instantly transports me back to all those peaceful Christmas nights with my family.
12/14/2011 6:55:20 PM CST
Amy says ...
I make whiskey balls every year as my cookie gifts. It is something my mom always made. I only use Bushmills whiskey and since the cookies aren't baked, you have to be careful not to eat too many in one sitting. You may feel a little tipsy if you do.
12/14/2011 5:46:44 PM CST
Karen S. says ...
My husband I are both of Italian heritage and love to have the Feast of the Seven Fishes at our house Christmas Eve. Besides the traditional seafood fare, we do modern twists: i.e., I serve a vegetarian mock tuna as one of the options - blending chick peas, lemon, salt and dulce flakes.
12/14/2011 3:04:57 PM CST
Donna F. says ...
My favorite holiday food tradition is baking and decorating holiday cookies.
12/14/2011 3:26:53 PM CST
Adele says ...
My favorite tradition for the holidays is preparing foods with recipes that have been in my family for generations.
12/14/2011 3:28:37 PM CST
Jennifer says ...
Latkes of course! (The secret is to squeeze all the liquid out of the potatoes and onions.) My family still talks about the year I fried them in duck fat. They were beyond delicious.
12/14/2011 6:46:06 PM CST
Debbie Anderson says ...
Fruit Cake!!! Whole Foods makes the best I've ever enjoyed!
12/14/2011 6:38:45 PM CST
David says ...
Buckeyes made by my grandmother. I only wish she could make them for me with bourbon like she did for the adults when I was a child.
12/14/2011 7:11:17 PM CST
mjskylark says ...
For the last 30 years, I have made Duck A l'Orange for Christmas Eve Dinner. This year will be no different. My children (all grown) will never let me fix anything different!!!!
12/14/2011 7:12:01 PM CST
Cynthia says ...
We love to make a salad with pears, cranberries, fresh greens, toasted almonds, goat cheese, and balsamic vinegar.
12/14/2011 7:28:07 PM CST
Julia Vo says ...
Peppermint Bark!
12/14/2011 7:28:44 PM CST
Peter says ...
My favorite, despite being Irish, is to make Gravlax with a mustard dill sauce. See you next week to pick up the salmon and dill/
12/14/2011 7:29:03 PM CST
Sabrena says ...
Both my mother and husband had Dec 25th birthdays. My mother always had a beautiful birthday cake and a sweet and sour boiled dressing Slaw My husband was a minister and had three services Christmas eve so we always had spaghetti with meat sauce and eggplant. His favorite was a birthday apple pie which we had after the spaghetti. My mother passed away three months after my husband of 40 years suddenly left this earth. The holidays are challenging
12/14/2011 7:37:18 PM CST
Melanie says ...
It is a Jewish tradition to light a Menorah. (A 9 branch candelabra) which reminds us of how the macabees had only enough oil to burn for 1 day but it lasted for 8. When our kids were little they always wanted to be the one to light the candles, so we ended up collecting menorah's and anyone who comes to our house gets to select candles and light a menorah of their own. Usually we have friends over and sometimes have as many as 10 or 12 lit at once.
12/14/2011 7:39:10 PM CST
Deborah says ...
My family is English and Welsh. Every Christmas since I was a small child, my mom & dad spend days making Old English Plum Pudding with Hard Sauce. It takes hours to grind the suet with a hand grinder and then my parents would take turns kneeding the mixture before placing it in a cheesecloth and steaming it in a double boiler for hours. The hard sauce was ridicuously sweet, which made up for pudding! You couldn't eat it without it. My family served it to everyone who stopped by during the holidays, and our family was known as the one who kept this Olde English tradition alive.
12/14/2011 7:41:18 PM CST
Teri says ...
During my childhood we went to my maternal grandmothers home on Christmas Eve. It was a great time celebrating tradition and family. My mom's sister made a delicious fresh mushroom soup. It brings back great memories now when my cousin repeats the recipe for our get-togethers.
12/14/2011 8:18:13 PM CST
Susanne says ...
Baking and decorating Christmas cookies - yum!
12/14/2011 8:29:06 PM CST
Karen Czerniejewski says ...
The first Christmas Eve that my husband and I were together we went to his house for dinner. His father made a ham with Pepsi sauce (cola and brown sugar). This is something they had always made for Christmas. It has been 40 years and we still get together, now at my daughters, who has learned to make this dinner, and enjoy our holiday ham!
12/14/2011 8:28:44 PM CST

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