Food is always a part of wonderful gatherings, isn’t it? MK Fisher (no relation, but I wish there was) said something sorta like this, “Food isn’t everything, but it is a part of everything wonderful.”
Our family traditions:
Stockings: usually packed with good stuff to eat, including an orange at the bottom.
Christmas eve: Swedish meatballs (I married into a Viking family), and Nantucket cranberry pie (my side of the family)
Christmas morning: a egg sausage casserole, cinnamon rolls, coffee and OJ
Christmas night: roast beef and popovers ( I’d never made a roast beef before and was scared to try! If I messed it up, it would be a costly mistake. I followed Barefoot Contessa’s recipe to the T…and it was SUBLIME. Amazing! A new tradition for us.)
What are your food traditions during holidays?
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One of the dishes that my grown sons “demand” each Christmas is breakfast pizza. Now this dish can be served at any time of the day not just breakfast, but the boys insist on having it. It is simply a crust of crescent rolls, topped with eggs, Italian sausage, and cheese. I like to add onions, green peppers, black olives etc when I make one for myself but the boys want theirs plain. We could not have our Christmas celebration without it.
Traditions change and evolve. Now, with 3 grown unmarried children the tradition is getting together in a somewhat central location and eating a meal in a restaurant. The tradition is the family gathering; the food is secondary.
The food and decorations can be fun, but the family gathering to celebrate the Christmas holiday is what is important to me.
This year we had Indian food for Christmas.
We always have ham for Christmas dinner, turkey for Thanksgiving, on Christmas my family wants ham. I usually do potato salad, baked beans, deviled eggs, chips, this has been our tradition for several years. My 3 grown daughters always request my homemade choc chip cookies & magic cookie bars, I always fix each of them a tin of goodies to go with their gifts.