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jean emery says ...
My daughter comes to my house early christmas afternoon. I have a fire going and presents under the tree. And all we have is 'nibbles' . . . shrimp and cocktail sauce, fresh fruit, cheese and crackers, olives....easy and all ready so we can just sit, relax, talk and enjoy the fire, christmas carols, and time together.
12/14/2011 8:35:24 PM CST
Shirley says ...
Turkey with stuffing made of saltines. Thanksgiving, Christmas, it's all good. Stuffing is good any time.
12/14/2011 8:55:34 PM CST
Cathy Cooke says ...
The tradition in my grandmothers shortbread. This recipe is simple but very special. It has 3 ingredients you can buy from the store the rest of the ingredients come from the heart. This recipe was my grandmothers favorite and passed down to my mom who continues to make it every year ( my mom is 85). This shortbread melts in your mouth.
12/14/2011 8:56:16 PM CST
Bethany says ...
Every Christmas Eve since I was a little kid my family has had burritos and nachos with margaritas for the adults. I can't imagine a cold Christmas Eve mass without a comforting spicy meal beforehand!
12/14/2011 9:13:56 PM CST
Kimberly says ...
In my opinion, stockings are the most exciting part of Christmas morning- but, even that didn't make me want to miss preparing breakfast with Dad. Although I helped in some way as long as long as I can remember, I was probably in my early teens when he taught me to make omelets one Christmas morning. He shared his secrets for flipping, explained the importance of cooking the vegetables prior to adding, and taught me how to crisp bacon perfectly. I lost my father a handful of years later, but the time we spent together in the kitchen will always be some of my best memories. Christmas morning isn't the only time I put his omelet training to use, but it's certainly the most important.
12/15/2011 3:35:21 AM CST
Rebecca says ...
Every year since I can remember, my mother always made cranberry muffins, put birthday candles in them and then sang "Happy Birthday." It is probably funny to other people but it was always a tradition of ours. Then, my whole family (even my Jewish dad!) went to church.
12/15/2011 4:22:40 AM CST
Maryann says ...
Baking cookies with my siblings!
12/15/2011 5:20:21 AM CST
tracy bourne says ...
It isn't Christmas without my grandmother's roll-out cookies, my mom's kiffles (cookies) and my dad's chicken bar-b-q.
12/15/2011 5:22:13 AM CST
Eve Abreu says ...
We make loaves of "Pumpkin Bread" and give then out to friends, neighbors and family every Christmas. It's us great joy to share these bountiful loaves of bread.
12/15/2011 5:33:34 AM CST
Wendy says ...
Every December I go to my Swedish lodge for the Julbord and indulge in Swedish meatballs with lingonberry sauce...my absolute favorite!
12/15/2011 5:47:06 AM CST
Maggie M. says ...
We make a cranberry tart share on Christmas morning, which we'vesuccessfully veganized. Christmas eve, we gather for dinner before church, and the tradition has been to make black-bean and sweet potato burritos!
12/15/2011 6:02:47 AM CST
hany says ...
old family recipes like: steamed sweet rice cake[chestnuts,dried jujubes,cinnamon,sesame oil,pine nuts] ,a kind of punch made w/dryed persimmons,...
12/15/2011 6:03:24 AM CST
johnetta reeves says ...
My families favorite holiday tradition for the past 7 years has been to add more healthier items to our list. but we don't make it boring we make it exciting and tasty, a better word may be delicious. Before we started this tradition we would eat buffet style and everyone would just stuff ourselves with all the heavier foods and end the day saying " My I'm stuffed". But we have changed that every year, we now sit down at the table restaraut style with an always delicious vegetable soup. The first year we started off with a scrumpious butternut squash soup with fresh herbs which really intensified the flavor, another years a fire roasted tomated soup with roasted garlic and onions pureed. It is part of the excitement being served an always new and delcious soup over family conversation. Being served such new dished always initiates the topic of other delicious foods we have eaten througout the year. Our family enjoys talking about good food! Then after the soup, we do the same thing with the salad. Every year we serve a new and innovative salad (always something that compliments the main meal. This year at Thanksgiving we served a salad of butter lettuce with a light dressing of Fraiche mixed with fresh tarragon and toasted poppy seeds. It was delicious and a nice introduction to our main meal.
12/15/2011 6:09:50 AM CST
Leslie says ...
I make a cranberry sherbert which was my grandmother's recipe. I have the delicate crystal bowls that she used to serve them in.
12/15/2011 6:18:00 AM CST
Richard says ...
My favorite food tradition is eating cookies and milk well into the night
12/15/2011 4:53:19 PM CST
Minda says ...
Christmas Eve we have cheese fondue and invite anyone whom we encounter who does not seem to have plans. We have pears, apples, sausage, mushrooms, other veggies and all sorts of bread options. It is pure heaven, communal and easy. It doesn’t hurt that I married a man who had two fondue sets!
12/15/2011 5:09:46 PM CST
amber says ...
I love tamales- we make them as a family and its always a fun time together!
12/15/2011 6:53:03 PM CST
Michaela says ...
Mu favorite holiday traditions started when I was a child and we used to bake all kinds of German Christmas cookies. We baked for hours and they were so yummy. Now that we are in America and I spend Christmas with my husbands family we start cooking for Christmas dinner the night before making casseroles, dressing, cakes, and yummy side dishes. So different but what a wonderful tradition we know have and I hope to pass on to my son.
12/15/2011 6:52:34 PM CST
Danielle J says ...
As a Jew, my favorite holiday tradition is the annual family Chrisnukkah party that we organize with our neighbors. So much fun!
12/15/2011 6:50:23 PM CST
Jolene says ...
Every year my grandmother makes a big batch of pecan candy. Now that I live far away, I make it myself. It is delicious, but I can only make it in December because it just feels wring any other time of the year!
12/15/2011 7:19:51 PM CST
Nancy says ...
Making Very Green Christmas Tree cookies...Started when my children were young.. one year someone put too much color in... Cookies made mouth green Became a favorite of youngsters after that... they are now grown with families of their own and every one continues to make them. Last year my daughter and 2 grandchildren came to visit and we make them together.
12/15/2011 7:14:19 PM CST
billiejean says ...
There are so many things I love about Christmas, and this time of year! I love that every year, our family that lives the closest get together and we have a meal and exchange presents.We always do what we call "White Elephant". Which is when we find items in our home that we can wrap up and give at Christmas. It's so much fun seeing what people will give!Last year, I thought it was so funny when my brother had placed a wee little bookmark in a HUGE box! My cousin was expecting something more. :)
12/15/2011 7:47:15 PM CST
katherine garcia says ...
My favorite tradition is drinking homemade hot apple cider with cinnamon sticks while opening gifts on Christmas day.
12/15/2011 7:59:16 PM CST
Carole says ...
Our family always serves fresh and smoked polish kielbasa for breakfast and/or dinner. Breakfast includes scrambled eggs with all of the fixings. Dinner includes sauerkraut and sausage that has been heated in the crock pot on low for most of the day. Holidays are not the same if it should be missing!
12/16/2011 9:16:46 AM CST
Jo says ...
When I first moved to so Fl, I met a wonderful Italian family. then I was introduced to my first traditional Christmas eve dinner. The Seven Fishes. Every year Mr C. prepared an entire meal around seafood. It was great. Now that he and his wife has passed on, it's only a memory. I do my five fish in one dish now. Soup based on a San Fransico dish. Merry Christmas
12/16/2011 11:07:46 AM CST

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