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Ozzie says ...
Every year we have the same Christmas meal. I bake huge cinnamon rolls lathered in cream cheese frosting. Then the kids open their presents. For brunch we have bagels lox and cream cheese with all the fixings! Throughout the day we snack on various appetizers cheeses and salami's and crackers. And for dinner I always make a huge prime rib roast with twice baked potatoes and baby carrots cooked in butter and brown sugar. I have a large family and now that the kids are getting older they are able to help with the cooking. I truly love this time of year and get so much pleasure having all 10the of us around the dinner table for this special feast.
12/13/2011 9:53:26 AM CST
Gloria High says ...
A favorite holiday tradition of mine dates back to my grandma and her wonderful homemade country style cooking. She always made the best of the best dressing and the most magnificant rolls! These rolls were just plain rolls purchased from the grocery store but my grandma would mix up the best receipe for an icing she would apply to the top of the rolls before baking! The receipe called for some powdered sugar,melted butter and rum flavoring or real rum. Mix it together and spread on top of dinner rolls and bake for allotted amount of time and these rolls were the best of the best! I can still taste and smell them today! Wonderful memories of my grandma and so how I miss her so very much! I think I will have to buy some rolls and mix up some of that famous special icing of my grandma's!
12/13/2011 9:53:58 AM CST
Courtney says ...
Every year the Christmas dinner table was filled with vegetables grown in the tiny family garden in my maternal grandparent's West Virginia backyard. Hundreds of jars of vegetables lined the basement shelves. Our family's favorite vegetable was pink tip beans (pink tip half runners.) My grandfather told us an elaborate story about the origin of the pink tip (Holland) and how we were the only family in the United States growing these beans. All of us grandchildren were mindful of our responsibility to keep this heirloom seed alive. One holiday was spent with father's family in North Carolina. I was shocked to see a large bowl of pink tip beans on the table. A sweet little old lady said "Honey, I bet you've never seen picktip beans before." "Oh I have seen them before. My grandfather said he was the only person in the United States still growing pink tip beans." "Aw, your grandfather is joshing you. Pink tip beans are the only runners that grow in the cold rocky soil up here in the mountains." Every Christmas, after my enlightenment, my grandfather would still tell the story of the pinktip green beans and how we were the only family in the United States growing these very special beans. Then, he would look at me and smile with a mischievous little twinkle in his eye. It was our Christmas secret.
12/13/2011 9:54:25 AM CST
maryann says ...
For my family, it is an Italian feast with stuffed shells, Sunday gravy, shrimp scampi, bean and escarole soup and a buffet of assorted pastries, Italian cookies and more.
12/13/2011 9:54:50 AM CST
Julia S says ...
My family loves to get together hot pot, which is a Chinese style fondue. It such a comfort food when it's cold outside!
12/13/2011 9:55:39 AM CST
Megan Wilbers says ...
It may be common but it means so much to everyone, Sugar Cookies!~
12/13/2011 9:55:43 AM CST
Cheri says ...
Going to church services on Christmas Eve and coming home to egg nog and baked goodies. Special time!
12/13/2011 9:55:52 AM CST
Mirela says ...
Growing up my family ate fish on Christmas Eve. It was usually fried, with potato salad and some other sides and maybe a fish soup/stew. When I moved away from home, my husband and I started our own traditions, but it still had to be seafood. We don't eat meat on Christmas Eve, or animal products like butter or eggs (this is how I grew up, and I can't imagine doing it any differently), so there's no dessert on Christmas Eve until after midnight. As an alternative, for the past several years, I've been putting out a variety of nuts and dried fruit after dinner. It satisfies the sweet tooth, and gives everyone something to nibble on over drinks. Now, I can't imagine a Christmas Eve without the dried fruit and nuts.
12/13/2011 9:56:01 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 pudding - Chocolate Mousse!
12/13/2011 9:56:01 AM CST
Bill Doyle says ...
My late father made the absolute BEST bread and sausage stuffing for our holiday turkey! It was a big production that started days ahead of time and culminated on the day the bird was cooked whether that be Thanksgiving or Christmas.I can still smell the poultry seasoning permeating the house throughout the day. Now years later, and myself a Certified Executive Chef; it still brings me back to my childhood and helping Pop make his signature stuffing!
12/13/2011 9:56:21 AM CST
Christine says ...
Every Christmas Eve we celebrate it with Swedish meatballs, Korv(swedish sausage), Vortlimpa (rye bread w/orange peel & anise),Carrots w/cheese sauce plus swedish hard tack & farmers cheese. For desserts swedish spritz from my Nanny's recipe, they just melt in your mouth. Brings back wonderful memories of holidays of early time and place.
12/13/2011 9:57:00 AM CST
Amy Verhey says ...
My favorite holiday food tradition is our breakfast on Christmas. My family is full of five completely different foodies. We each enjoy our certain treat but as a whole love to dine on unique, comfortable or extravagant but most importantly wholesomely good food. Breakfast has never been eggs and bacon with my family and the feelings on Christmas morning add to our meal. My favorite is a dutchbaby pancake with lemon and powdered sugar, chicken-apple sausage links and fresh squeezed orange juice, WITH pulp. It isn't Christmas without this, bon appetit.
12/13/2011 9:57:25 AM CST
Rose says ...
Our favorite holiday tradition is to have totally edible decorations on the tree, on the holly on the mantle, etc. String popcorn and cranberries, decorate cookies to hang on the tree, candy canes, popcorn balls, lollypops, gingerbread men,chocolate santas (inc white chocolate)... good to sneak a snack, and nothing gets thrown out, and start again fresh the next year.
12/13/2011 9:57:40 AM CST
Georgia says ...
My mom always made us baked stuffed shrimp on Chrismas evev for the 2 of us. She passed in 2008, but I make it to celebrate her spirit on Christmas Eve ever since.
12/13/2011 9:57:40 AM CST
Lauren says ...
My favorite tradition is Italian. I love the Christmas Eve Night of the 7 Fish, and Christmas Day, nice manicotti or lasagna with meatballs, yum!
12/13/2011 9:57:59 AM CST
Charlotte says ...
My sister always has a small family get together on Christmas Eve. We all live a distance from each other, so it is really nice to look forward to getting together and bringing a dish. Mine is sweet and sour meatballs.
12/13/2011 9:58:13 AM CST
Lori Miroth says ...
cooking in general
12/13/2011 9:58:15 AM CST
melissa marriott says ...
Our favorite holiday tradition is making Christmas cookies while we listened to Christmas music like Bing Crosby and Charlie Brown:)
12/13/2011 9:58:17 AM CST
Will says ...
We have dinner at home with all the family. It's more of a pot luck meal where everyone brings their favorite dishes. I make my 9 layer dip to start, my grandma's recipe for meatloaf and my famous cheesecake for dessert. Yum.
12/13/2011 9:58:41 AM CST
Nick says ...
My mother is French so we celebrate Le Réveillon. On Christmas Eve, we have a traditional french roast goose dinner and stay up until midnight.
12/13/2011 9:58:43 AM CST
Laura says ...
I make all the handed down recipes from my grandparents. My Gran Gran's hot chocolate recipe, my Mimi's cornbread dressing, my Mamaw's Christmas cookies and my Goggie's mandarin orange fruit salad. It makes me feel like they are still here with us celebrating our Savior's birth.
12/13/2011 9:58:55 AM CST
Laurie says ...
Definately making and enjoying my dad's stollen recipe. He puts extra almond paste in it for me :)
12/13/2011 9:59:01 AM CST
GG Baird says ...
My favorite holiday food memory is my Grandfather making smelt on Christmas Eve!!! The whole house would stink like fish, but it is so good!!!! I carry on the tradition still!
12/13/2011 9:59:10 AM CST
Miller Murphy says ...
I've only been a mommy for a year now, but a tradition we've decided to start last year for our son's first Christmas is to get him a special ornament each year. Since we're Irish, the ornament last year was an Irish flag with a shamrock and the saying Erin Go Bragh. This year with was Snoopy Santa with his little Woodstock elves.
12/13/2011 9:59:29 AM CST
Heather Jaynes says ...
Tofurky and other vegan deliciousness.
12/13/2011 9:59:53 AM CST

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