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Christmas Dining Traditions
updated: Dec 24, 2012, 3:52 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

What are some unusual or special Christmas traditions for your family dining? One of my friends would prepare prime rib only once a year, on Christmas. Another would have duck only during this holiday, always with the TV off. Any family dining traditions for your December 25 dining?

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 COMMENT 357183P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-24 04:27 PM

Christmas and Thanksgiving would be the only time a decades old family tablecloth would be ironed carefully, and placed over padding to cover the table. Food would be prepared with special care, usually duck, not always prepared right, fresh cranberries, whipped sweet potatoes, and appreciation for life, each other and living in Santa Barbara.


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-24 04:45 PM

I like to put together a huge pot of lentil stew with potatos, carrots, tomato, chilis, onions, the whole 9 yards..Anyone who's hungry can have some it's not alot but enough for a few people.


 COMMENT 357196 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-24 05:45 PM

my husband's family had the tradition of primerib & yorkshire pudding. I got to slow roasting a 3 rib roast for us on the BBQ. Plenty for leftovers.

Growing up it was two meals, a large turkey dinner at 1 with all the usual side dishes, pan roasted potatoes, green beans fresh favas, dressing, etc. Then at about 7 we'd have cold boiled ham with English dry mustard, potato salad, iceberg wedges, and lots of condiments. Mom would also fix cold boiled tongue for Gram and her sister. Dessert was her famous lemon chiffon pie.


 COMMENT 357205 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-24 06:36 PM

We are having a pork roast. The real tradition are the people we share the meal with. This year a couple have the flu so we will really miss them!


 MACSCIDOR agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-24 07:29 PM

Homemade pizza on big, square cookie sheets with homemade crust -- every Christmas eve. Everyone 'decorates' with 'toppings:' cheese, tomato sauce, etc. (Probably mega-calories -- but our slim-family ate it only once a year.)


 COMMENT 357240 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-25 06:55 AM

Slovak Christmas Eve Dinner-Sauerkraut with pork ribs, Polish sausage and potatoes. But the BUCHTI is what we covet the most, small (1" TO 1-1/2") yeasted rolls coated in sweetened Poppy seed, honey and hot milk. OH YEAH!!


 COMMENT 357247 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-25 07:30 AM

I dont think the one comment should be deleted..I loved the warm stories , but unfortuantly this is a reality that I have seen also...we cant hide it or hide from it...


 COMMENT 357249P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-25 07:41 AM

My family when I was growing up did ham. Now we do fondue on Christmas Eve (we did cheese fondue for lunch and beef in oil for dinner). Decorated Christmas cookies for dessert. Christmas dinner is jeweled rice, a Persian recipe. None of us happens to be Persian; it just tastes great, and takes long enough to fix that it requires a holiday. Christmas morning is coffee cake and an egg and bread casserole.


 POTPOURRI agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-25 09:11 AM

My children complained about my frozen Arctic Salad every Thanksgiving and Christmas when they were growing up. I didn't make it for Thanksgiving a few years ago and they were disappointed and demanded I make "the pink stuff" for Christmas. It is ironic that as my husband and I get older and cut back our activities our "little rebels," who are in their 30's, are requesting we continue the old traditions.


 MTNDRIVER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-25 10:39 AM

We mix it up every year, a different kind of roast meat with all the fixings, but one dish we seem to always have is celery root salad. Leftovers are great as a sandwich garnish.


 COMMENT 357364 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-25 07:09 PM

I am alone here in Baja and decided to try that lentil stew as had never had that. But I did have lentils on my shelf. I left out the chilis. and added some bicuit mix like for dumplings, for my nine yards. Also made spaghetti.

The end of the world did not come last Saturday, and I found that being alone here was not the end of my world either. Just a quiet peaceful day, thanking God for what I do have, instead of lamenting what I have lost.

My five pups enjoyed the leftovers. Feliz Navidad from a Gringa in Baja.


 COMMENT 357473 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-26 04:21 PM

We sometimes fix shrimp curry, from a L.A. Times Magazine recipe circa 1979. Very simple and delicious. It was what my wife and I had for our first Christmas dinner together back in '79 or '80.


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