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AZ says ...
Tamales.. My grandma used to make them. My mom does. I need to learn to make them.
12/13/2011 10:35:52 AM CST
Kelly Lentz says ...
I love the holidays in my family. Christmas Eve everyone (grandma, grandpa, kids, etc) gathers at my parents house for the traditional meat and cheese fondue. We've been doing this since I was born. Since we tend to be a jolly and competitive group, there are a few rules (don't steal other people's meat, etc). However the fun of the evening is breaking them and trying to not get caught. The evening is topped off by desert. My dad makes all the family holiday cookies from scratch - both my great-grandmas' recipes, etc. I can't wait!
12/13/2011 10:37:06 AM CST
Shereen says ...
My family is originally from Egypt and we have two traditions around this time of year . . . the whole family gets together on Christmas eve, and after we go to the Christmas Eve service at church, we make stuffed grape leaves (dolmades)with lots of garlic, brown rice, tomatoes and ground turkey or sirloin. So fun and so yummy! My mom also bakes an orange flavored cake (using orange rinds) and inserts a quarter wrapped in foil into the batter. Whomever gets the slice with the quarter in it, has good luck for the year! Thank God for family and traditions --it really makes life beautiful! Happy Holidays to everyone! :)
12/13/2011 10:37:16 AM CST
Debbie Rea says ...
My favorite holiday food tradition comes from my husband's side of the family. His mother makes the BEST pumpkin pie in the world, and everyone in the family--even the brother-in-law who doesn't usually like pumpkin pie--looks forward to her pies at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
12/13/2011 10:37:18 AM CST
Paula says ...
Growing up we always had a traditional Italian feast of seven fishes on Christmas Eve. I don't like fish so now in my own family we do some yummy tamales and a brunch with homemade waffles, fruit, quiche, and a green salad with a homemade citrus vinagrette...
12/13/2011 10:37:50 AM CST
Greta says ...
Growing up it was my Mommas homemade rolls....being G/F it is now the cranberry compote
12/13/2011 10:37:55 AM CST
Amy says ...
My favorite holiday traditions are oyster dressing, cranberry dressing, baked cinnamon sweet potatoes. I was raised in a family where they only eat fish, no meat, so our table is always unique and very tasty. We always finish dinner with a red velvet cake and marzipan.
12/13/2011 10:38:18 AM CST
Kristee B says ...
I love making our gingerbread house very year. I especially love that my 4 year old will be old enough to truly help and enjoy it this year!
12/13/2011 10:40:13 AM CST
Nan says ...
Where we are and who we are with changes every year for our family. In the end, I can always plan on making pumpkin pie from scratch. My pie crust is an old family recipe from my german grandmother. I always think of her teaching me how to make it when I was a young girl. There is a sense of pride when you look at the table and know you handmade all the food! My new endeavors now include changing recipes to make them dairy free since I have a child allergic to dairy. Shopping for ingredients is much easier when I'm at my local whole foods :)
12/13/2011 10:40:14 AM CST
Erica says ...
Here in NOLA we have many traditions for Holidays that are duplicated no where else ( King Cake or Reveillon anyone?). My favorite it gumbo. We generally go to my husband's cousin's house for chicken and and andouilee gumbo Christmas Eve and then I serve seafood gumbo as my soup on Christmas Day. I like to both fry my orka and add some file. I'm wondering if I should leave a bowl out for Santa this year? it does a great job keeping us warm!
12/13/2011 10:42:50 AM CST
Lori Thornburg says ...
Over the years our recipes have changed to healthier versions of my grandmother's favorites. Our very favorite is a steamed salmon.
12/13/2011 10:43:03 AM CST
Batya says ...
We always had the traditional food but what I remember te most and loved was that everything was homemade by my grandmother. Her from scratch pecan pie, with extra pecans, was my favorite. For New Years we had te traditional black- eyed peas and cornbread with ribs and sauerkraut !
12/13/2011 10:43:29 AM CST
Louise Shimmings says ...
My most treasured holiday tradition is being at home with all my immediate family members preparing Mincemeat Pies while listening to A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols being broadcast from King's College, Cambridge (UK). A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is the Christmas Eve service held in King's College Chapel. (The Festival was introduced in 1918 to bring a more imaginative approach to worship. It was first broadcast in 1928 and is now broadcast to millions of people around the world, including the USA. The service includes carols and readings from the Bible. The opening carol is always 'Once in Royal David's City', and there is always a new, specially commissioned carol). This is a tradition that my my mother handed down to me. As my mother died in 1987,before either of my own children were born, it helps me to enjoy the holiday by knowing that I am keeping her traditions going too.
12/13/2011 10:43:59 AM CST
Pamela says ...
Part of my family is Polish, so we celebrate a vegetarian Christmas Eve. We have borscht (which I have grown to LOVE) and mushroom soup as well as a number of meat-free entrees. I look so forward to it every year!
12/13/2011 10:45:58 AM CST
Amy says ...
My grandmother is French-Canadian and always made a French Meat Pie for Christmas. Years ago, my parents moves ud to Maine and my family still lived in Rhode Island and the meat pies in my home went by the wayside. After college, I started making them to bring to my parents each year, using my grandmother's recipe that was handed down to her from her mother, who had the recipe handed down to her from her, etc. It's a deep-rooted family tradition that I intend to continue should I have children.
12/13/2011 10:47:11 AM CST
Laura Johnson says ...
The only tradition in my household was each year my mother would attempt to make peanut brittle.. The amazing thing is it NEVER turned out right! I have started my own tradition with my daughter and that is to try new recipes each year! It is the time of year to splurge so why not try new things?? This year will be an Amaretto Bread pudding, and about 5 different cookie recipes along with candy! I can't wait to get started.. See you soon WholeFoods, have to get shopping.. ;-)
12/13/2011 10:47:37 AM CST
Karin says ...
traditional, mushroom, & chocolate fondue on New Year's Eve!
12/13/2011 10:49:30 AM CST
Jule says ...
The holidays are all about quality family time for us. Nothing fancy, just relaxation and lot of love. We always bake Zimtsterne, a traditional cookie from our native Germany, spread out blankets in the living room, and listen to a great audiobook (Lord of the Rings) whilst sipping hot chocolate, extra whipped cream. Unlike in America, we exchange presents Christmas Eve. Since the budget has been tight the last few years, we've all agreed to only buy one present, secret santa style. It's great fun and it turns the attention off the materialistic holiday atmosphere and highlights the importance of just being together! Happy Holidays!!!
12/13/2011 10:49:38 AM CST
Nasreen Allen says ...
When I visit my family, we have a tradition of eating rum balls (mmmmmmm) and pasties. My grandmother's family moved here from Finland, so we've incorporated pasties into our holiday tradition. Pasties are dough filled with meat, potatoes and onions, then folded over and put in the oven. Some people like their pasties with gravy but we eat ours plain.
12/13/2011 10:51:30 AM CST
Dana says ...
I look forward ever year to my Granny's Graham cracker cake. It is a secret recipe but a few years ago she gave it to me and we both make and share these great cakes with our family and friends! My husband's favorite is his mom's chocolate gravy and homemade biscuits.
12/13/2011 10:51:48 AM CST
Kelly says ...
Every year my mom and I make her grandmother's shortbread cookies. We spend the time rolling the dough, cutting out different shapes and decorate them with colored sugars!
12/13/2011 10:52:42 AM CST
Tiki says ...
One of my favorite things about the holiday season is making Christmas sugar cookies with my daughter. We make the dough, roll it out, cut shapes, bake and then decorate. We even made one last year to look like her!
12/13/2011 10:53:12 AM CST
Rachel says ...
A tradition I have been accustomed to is making nut stollen with my in-laws. They have made it every year since the kids, now all adults, were little. The dough is made on Christmas Eve and the baking is done on Christmas morning. Arriving at the house of choice on Christmas morning, we are all a part of the chopping of the walnuts. Everything is mixed, spread and the scent of cinnamon, sugar and fresh baked bread fills the house. The guys are in charge of grinding the beans for coffee and making pot after pot. It's a wonderful and warming way of welcoming the family together before the presents are opened. The first great gift of the day. Family.
12/13/2011 10:54:02 AM CST
Francine Speaker says ...
When my nephew was about 4, he came to help me make Christmas cookies. I had out the traditional tree, star, Santa, etc cookie cutters. He spotted my alligator/crocodile cutter and wanted to use that one. And so the Christmas Crocodile was born. White jimmies make for a toothy grin and a green jimmy/red nonpareils wreath around his neck puts him in the holiday spirit. Christmas wouldn't be complete with out one or two now.
12/13/2011 10:56:35 AM CST
Sarah Kimmes says ...
Greetings! Nothing says, "the holidays are here" more than Russian Teacakes or Pecan Puffs (as they are known in our family) Now, I just need to learn how to make them wheat-free. Coconut flour + ?????? What are the holidays without holiday cookies?! Joyous Holidays to All!
12/13/2011 10:57:56 AM CST

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