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Holly says ...
One of our family's favorite holiday tradtions is chocolate chip pancakes on Christmas morning. Although it may sound simple, it's anything but! Our middle son has severe food allergies and doesn't get to partake in a lot of the holiday treats that his siblings can enjoy. We finally found a recipe for a sweet breakfast treat that all of our children love and can eat together! We make a big production of taking turns mixing the batter, adding the chocolate chips...it's become a very special tradition for us.
12/13/2011 9:48:11 AM CST
Sarah says ...
We have T-Bone's every Christmas!! :)
12/13/2011 9:48:24 AM CST
Dale says ...
Traditionally my family had a standing Rib Roast Beef (au jus gravy)popovers, with home-made Mashed potatoes, buttered and sugared peas, preceded by fresh crudites with bleu cheese dressing. Then the next day thinly sliced left-over roast beef with horseradish and mayonnaise on Bauernbrot (thin sliced rye)..with sliced red onion...mmmmmm Dessert was home-made Christmas cookies!
12/13/2011 9:49:02 AM CST
Audra says ...
Our tradition is to make a stew and invite friends over for a lunch and cookie decorating. I cut out and bake all the cookies ahead of time, prepare icings and sprinkles, make everything nice and we have a fun party with lots of children. Even the adults make a cookie or two! My daughter's look forward to this every year and we always have friends asking us, "Are you going to have a cookie party this year? If so, we want to come!"
12/13/2011 9:49:04 AM CST
Christina says ...
My mother has a recipe for Date Nut Bread that has been passed down several generations and I look forward to it every year. She only makes it for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and if I don’t get a piece of it with whipped cream cheese on top… my holiday is just not complete. It’s not too sweet, and the cream cheese compliments is perfectly. Mmmmm… I can taste it now!
12/13/2011 9:49:09 AM CST
Lynne says ...
Growing up, I loved gathering around my grandparent's table with all my cousins. My grandpa would make Polish sausage from scratch as a complement to my grandma's homemade pierogies (fried in butter, of course). After my grandfather passed away, the tradition faded. Now my husband and I gather with my parents, brother, niece and nephews and *we* make dinner from scratch and try to get the kids involved too. The holidays are hectic and I don't look forward to much, but I always look forward to that chaotic Christmas dinner celebration.
12/13/2011 9:49:17 AM CST
hanna says ...
My family has chill on Christmas eve. Not sure why but it's just want we do!
12/13/2011 9:49:18 AM CST
Christina says ...
I am famous in my family for the cinnamon bread that I make for Christmas morning. One other holiday tradition is the lasagna that my mom makes for new years eve. I recently moved away from my family, but my husband and I are hosting a new years eve dinner and I plan to make lasagna using mom's recipe.
12/13/2011 9:49:20 AM CST
Nicole says ...
Every Year I bake over 100 cookies in multiple varities and distribute to my 15 family members. They look forward to them each holiday season and I really love to bake them as well!
12/13/2011 9:49:22 AM CST
Arelys says ...
Our Holiday tradition is cooking a roasted pork shoulder and rice with green pigeon peas every Xmas. Plus, Rice pudding made with coconut milk for dessert. Mmmm!!
12/13/2011 9:49:28 AM CST
Marco Pontes says ...
I grew up in Brazil where most people eat turkey for Christmas. Another big Christmas tradition in Brazil is preparing a variety of cod dishes, which is an inheritance from our Portuguese ancestors. So, every year I like to cook at least one cod recipe for our Christmas Eve dinner.
12/13/2011 9:49:29 AM CST
Ana says ...
One of my favorite holliday traditions is to eat Panettone for breakfast after opening presents on Christmas morning! I am from Brazil and Panettone is quite popular there for Christmas, especially in a family with an Italian grandmother like mine. It may sound simple but it is so nice and remind me of my childhood, my patents, and my grandmother. We didin't have a lot of money growing up so the Panettone was always a treat. Today I just love eating it with my son after he opens presents. He loves Panettone and is a tradition we kept and both enjoy, as it brings us closer to our Brazilian family, even though we are a few miles away! Ana
12/13/2011 9:49:43 AM CST
diane oconnor says ...
Cookies ... it has to be the many kinds we make each year. They bring back such wonderful memories of my Grandmother and Mother. I just love pulling out old recipe cards with notes written by family members. The wonderful smell floating through out the house as the cookie bake and the many basket made for gifts. It is that one part of Christmas that is so special
12/13/2011 9:49:48 AM CST
Pamela McAlpin says ...
My mother loved the holidays. She would get this excited look in her eyes just after Thanksgiving as she made her list of the cookies, pies and cakes she would make for Christmas. One year, she even made divinity and homemade caramels. It was always a time for family and feasting. I miss her.
12/13/2011 9:50:40 AM CST
Jillana says ...
For the last 55 years, our family gathers around the holiday table in anticipation of the deliciously prepared meal with all the fixings. A staple at our family table, a tradition dating back even before I was born, was the brightly colored, lightly lime scented, melt in your mouth green jell-o salad. Now this is not your typical jell-o salad, no my mother's recipe is so scrumpdillyishus, sometimes I could even skip dessert, yes, it is that good. Pineapple, cottage cheese, lime jell-o, melted marshmallows, are all the starring ingredients in this fluffy and timeless tradition. December 25, 2011, it will be front and center on our holiday table - it's a tradition!
12/13/2011 9:50:45 AM CST
Juliette says ...
Our Christmas day dinner always includes Yorkshire pudding. My mother has perfected a recipe that has been handed down for generations, and nothing tastes more like Christmas to me. I'll take it over mashed potatoes any day!
12/13/2011 9:50:47 AM CST
Nancy Walton says ...
No one in our family likes turkey. Really! And so we've opted to eat out over the years, either at our local church or some Chinese Restaurant, but this year I want the homey-ness of a Christmas family dinner. Starting with Butternut Squash Soup, I will be cooking a chicken instead, having wild rice with Pecans, and stringbeans topped with melted cheese. My mother is from the south so we'll have a side dish of okra fritters. For Dessert? Hmmm....nothing like Chocolate Mousse!
12/13/2011 9:51:06 AM CST
Jennie Wojtaszek says ...
My family ancestors are mostly from Denmark, and on Christmas morning we all share a family breakfast of these wonderful round hollow crepe-like pancakes called Aebleskivers. As my siblings and I siblings have grown up and moved away from each other, we continue this tradition with our families - every Christmas morning. The new wives are taught how to make them - with the right pan as a gift - and the new husbands all LOVE them! It's kind of cool to think that we are all doing the same thing Christmas morning, even when we cant be together. We continue handing down this tradition - and now the grandkids are learning to make and enjoy them too!
12/13/2011 9:51:15 AM CST
Yelena says ...
While my family is a loud & festive group of Jews from Russia, I married a good ol' Wisconsin farm boy. So as you can imagine, there is lots of randomness around the holidays. We always go to his mom's family on Christmas eve for appetizers and good conversation. And then we celebrate Christmas day the Jewish way: at a Chinese restaurant. For us the holidays have always been a time to see all sides of both families.
12/13/2011 9:51:48 AM CST
Shannon says ...
My Mum makes the best Ponche-de-Creme (Trini alcoholic eggnog, essentially).
12/13/2011 9:51:49 AM CST
Debbie says ...
I grew up with candied yams, green bean & artichoke heart casserole, and pecan pie for the holidays. Now I am making those recipes vegan and gluten free!
12/13/2011 9:52:04 AM CST
Bria says ...
I enjoy baking hundreds of dozens of cookies with my sister as a tradition that my slovak grandmother taught us. I love making some of the recipes that she learned from her grandmother! We give the cookies as gifts over the holidays, and everyone always looks forward to them...along with the stories :)
12/13/2011 9:52:20 AM CST
Karen says ...
My family makes cinnamon buns with white chocolate cream cheese frosting together every Christmas morning to wake up the stragglers with the amazing smells that fill up the house! YUM!
12/13/2011 9:52:26 AM CST
Kristen G says ...
My family is Italian so every Christmas Eve we have seven fishes along with homemade pasta. We also make homemade mozzarella sticks for the kids. This day is so special to me because as the oldest grandchild I have been the only one allowed to help my grandmother cook for the past ten years. My entire family comes over, usually about 25 people. In the evening we all do a gift exchange. This has always been my favorite day of the year because our family is all together and my family has been doing this tradition for over 50 years. Additionally my family is involved with the local fire company so Santa Claus always comes to our house on a fire truck.
12/13/2011 9:52:32 AM CST
Cindy says ...
I enjoy baking cookies for my kids, family and friends. Recipes from my Grandmothers, Wonderful Memories! Spritz, frosted sour cream cake cookies, chocolate crinkles, shortbread, peanut butter blossoms, candy cane cookies...Yumm!!
12/13/2011 9:53:04 AM CST

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