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amy says ...
as long i can think xmiss eve my family and i opened our gifts and and went to 12am mass every year for 14 yrs. and im now 21 and i know my family is going though ALOT of money promblems this year so this year we are not buying gifts we are making them. this year i made everyones fav cookies. and because i live in wisconsin our house and tree are green and yellow this year. and this is my 1st year without my nana which will be hard but thats life. will thats my story. and sorry about my sleeping.
12/13/2011 10:00:15 AM CST
Louise says ...
One of the favorite food traditions in our house is the sweets bake off by my daughters. It's simply delicious.
12/13/2011 10:00:34 AM CST
Katy Martin says ...
Every Christmas morning the women in my family get up before everyone else and bake cinnamon rolls to eat while opening presents. After being diagnosed with celiac disease, making cinnamon rolls became more difficult, but thankfully with all the great GF options available now, we are able to continue our tradition once again.
12/13/2011 10:00:52 AM CST
Teresa Black says ...
My favorite holiday food tradition is baking sugar cookies with my husband's family. We get together at his cousin's house and the kids do all of the work, with a little help from their grandmas. Rolling out the dough, cutting the shapes, frosting and decorating. Depending on the weather, the kids go out and sled and the grown ups stay in and watch football and sip wine.
12/13/2011 10:01:14 AM CST
Caroline says ...
My family originates from Poland and our Christmas Eve tradition is making Pierogies, but meatless (Catholic tradition). We make three types: potato and cheese, sauerkraut, and prune. We boil them and keep them warm in the oven for dinner after mass. A butter and onion sauce is put over them and we have sour cream for the ones who want it! These take nearly all day to make, but are delicious - the secret is using leftover potato water in the dough to help seal them properly.
12/13/2011 10:01:33 AM CST
Jordana says ...
Which one?!!! My mom's homemade pumpkin pie and rum balls. Recently I discovered a recipe for the yucky brussel sprouts and now is everyone's favourite.
12/13/2011 10:01:49 AM CST
shannalee says ...
My favorite holiday food tradition is one we just started this year, the first Christmas my husband and I have been married: a holiday pie party. Part open house and part Christmas event, everyone brings a pie of their choice (or some other accompaniment) and we all share. This year, we made a brown butter cranberry tart with a hazelnut crust and a chocolate tart, and our friends brought lemon meringue, key lime meringue, pumpkin cream, candied apple, two kinds of ice cream, apple cider and wine. It was a nice twist on a cookie exchange or potluck, and we had so much fun.
12/13/2011 10:02:03 AM CST
Sarah Leibov says ...
Latkes (potato pancakes) are a must have for most Jewish families during Hannukah. The smell of cooking potatoes and onions in oil can be overwhelming though. I tried to make them a few years ago and set off the smoke alarm (twice). Now I wait to eat them at my aunt's annual Hannukah party- she makes the best latkes!
12/13/2011 10:02:18 AM CST
Lorraine says ...
On Christmas Eve my family will gather in the kitchen and make our traditional Italian Christmas Eve dinner. Each family member including the children has a job and a dish to help prepare. My kids LOVE this tradition and I hope it will carry on for many years with their families. Buon Natalie!
12/13/2011 10:02:23 AM CST
Karin says ...
We used to do shortbread and gingerbread cookies, but my sister developped a wheat allergy and so we've moved to rely on chocolate macaroons and poppycock...not a bad trade-off, I'd say! As for non-dessert, my mom's mashed potato casserole is to die for. It's full of butter, sour cream and some other cheese too and is such rich creaminess with a bit of a crust from the oven bake that it is making my mouth water and tummy rumble as I write this.
12/13/2011 10:02:48 AM CST
Patti Martinez says ...
Our favorite traditions are my granddaughter and I baking sugar cookies while decorating the tree and then on Christmas morning making cinnamon rolls before opening presents. Unfortunately this year my granddaughter will not be with me, she had to go back to her abusive mother, thanks to the court:-( She's a very unhappy eleven year old now, but when she gets to come visit, we love going to Whole Foods together. It's a fun place to shop!!
12/13/2011 10:03:35 AM CST
Lorraine says ...
In San Francisco - Dungeness Crab on Christmas eve. It's so easy - melt butter in the microwave, whip up a simple green salad, pour a crisp white wine, cover the table in paper and start cracking!
12/13/2011 10:03:41 AM CST
Rebecca says ...
My favorite traditions for the holidays are actually many! My family bakes cookies together, and we have multiple religions in our home, so we also enjoy a night of Hannukah with homemade Latkes....Then comes Yule on the Winter Solstice, and we have a rich spread of foods with hot mulled wine and cider. Finally for Christmas, we have sweet rolls or pancakes for breakfast, enjoy some smoked salmon and hors d' orderves, then we have a delightful family dinner... :) Whole Foods Market helps us pull it all off! :)
12/13/2011 10:03:56 AM CST
Molly Lavrans says ...
Every year, my family celebrates Christmas Eve by preparing and eating a "Shepherd's Dinner" together, where we attempt to recreate the dinner that the shepherds in the Christmas story might have had eaten out in the field. We lay blankets down in the living room, and make a spread of foods that, in our minds, they might have eaten: flat bread, dates, grapes, sausage, olives, milk and honey, maybe a pomegranate or two. We would bring our stuffed animals and lay them around - some of which were applicable (sheep, camel, dogs) and some that maybe were not (penguins, dragons, prairie dogs). This tradition started when my siblings and I were but wee youngins, and it captured our imaginations so that we have continued every year since. While our historical accuracy may not be on point, this tradition holds a very special place in my heart.
12/13/2011 10:04:01 AM CST
Sri K. says ...
I LOVE to bake and I always look forward to the holidays so I can bake to my heart's content - my family always looks forward to my pumpkin cheesecake for Thanksgiving and various cookies for Christmas.
12/13/2011 10:04:10 AM CST
Ann Marie McDonald says ...
I am from Jamaica and my favorite thing is the rich fruit cake that we serve. It is not the American version of fruit cake. Ours is filled with prunes and raisins sometime cherries soaked in rum and wine. For the best flavor the fruit should be soaked for about a month ( or the whole year if you are a planner.) Some like theirs dry but I prefer a moist dense cake. So after it is baked keep dousing it with that rum and wine. :) Best thing EVER!
12/13/2011 10:04:27 AM CST
Jennifer Zunino says ...
My holilday traditions are evolving this year .... I went vegan earlier in the year with my family attempting vegetarianism and it has changed most every aspect of our typical holiday fare. Change is good and is helping to make my family and myself healhier, more compassionate humans. We are trying recipes for cookies, classics and more, all with a new twist. I love that no matter what we are in it together and really enjoying the holidays!
12/13/2011 10:04:31 AM CST
Carol says ...
Our African American family added a regular non Thanksgiving dish to our feast...Lasagna! So every year when we had family gatherings somebody would make a huge pan. Another non Turkey Day dish was shrimp and yellow rice. Awesome!
12/13/2011 10:04:45 AM CST
katie says ...
My family has fondue when we get together for Christmas. This has been our holiday tradition since I was a small child and its wondeful to share it my children now.
12/13/2011 10:05:23 AM CST
Mona says ...
Growing up, my family did not have a very healthy lifestyle. I was always told that Brussels sprouts were "horrid little cabbages" and that any kind of greens were nasty, slimy things. Having taken the time to educate myself about health and fitness while in college, I was mindful when creating my own holiday menu for my family. It includes Brussels sprouts glazed with balsamic vinegar and kale simmered with garlic, onions, and ham. In 2001, my parents came for their first Thanksgiving at my house and I made them each take two bites of the new foods, just as they had done with me when I was a child. To their shock, they loved both dishes. So my favorite holiday food tradition is making my parents eat their veggies!
12/13/2011 10:05:31 AM CST
Patti says ...
A Christmas Food Tradition in our home is my special seasoned brisket! It's an old family recipe. It cooks slow in the oven for 6 hours making our mouths water the entire time. It just wouldn't be Christmas without it!!
12/13/2011 10:06:17 AM CST
April M says ...
Our family loves to make my husband's grandmother's homemade recipe for dinner rolls. It definitely is a multi step process but well worth it and fun to hear my husband say they taste just like his grandma's!
12/13/2011 10:06:23 AM CST
Rachel Hong says ...
Every year on Christmas Day, my family from my father's side would gather at my grandparents' house. Although my aunts and uncles have lived here for over 20 years, they cannot go through a day without eating Kimchi (Korean Spicy Cabbage). We would have American dishes like glazed ham, mashed potatoes, lasagna, and sweet corn. However, there would be a big bowl of kimchi in the middle and another bowl filled with rice. For dessert, we top it off my having a family gingerbread house competition and a toast with Korean rice wine (makeoli) which is my family's version of a classic egg nog!
12/13/2011 10:06:30 AM CST
Erika says ...
On Christmas Eve we eat fish. E.g. Salmon baked in the oven.
12/13/2011 10:06:42 AM CST
Regis says ...
Using up our left over turkey to make turkey hash is my holiday tradition, done in tribute to my Grandma who taught us creative ways to use left overs and leave behind less waste. Her turkey hash along side a bucket of Texas iced tea was always a treat! I make this every year, but leave out the shortning from her recipe and throw in chopped spinach.
12/13/2011 10:06:52 AM CST

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