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I thought it would be fun to share our traditions surrounding food, now that the winter holidays are upon us. So what do you make and eat for parties and family celebrations? What do your kids help you cook or bake? What traditions have been handed down from your extended family or adopted from your DP/SO's family? Anything you typically snack on as you decorate or wrap presents or...?<br><br>
We celebrate both Hannukah and Christmas. I make latkes sometime during Hannukah, and we do a couple of different things for Christmas. I make cookies of all different kinds with the kids, and usually make pepparkakor (Swedish gingerbread) too. On Christmas we usually have some kind of beef -- a tenderloin or roast, with fancy potatoes (last year was a blue-cheese-potato cake; this year it's going to be accordion potatoes) and a splurgy veggie (out of season asparagus or artichokes or similar). Our family tradition that we started a few years ago is Christmas Eve cheese fondue, with bread and sausage and apples and olives and pineapple for dipping. And we always do something special for Christmas breakfast, like a cheesy egg casserole or a baked pancake and sausage or a decadent coffee cake.<br><br>
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Well, dh, the kids and I don't eat land animals, so on Christmas day my mom fixes some type of fish or seafood as the main dish. Then lots of sides like sweet-potato casserole, mashed potatoes, green beans and broccoli. My Grandma makes homemade rolls. I usually make a pecan pie, and also help make lots of the other foods. As far as cookies, I always make cut-out sugar cookies and seven-layer bars. This year, I'm doing lots of baking and candy-making to give away. My kids always like to help with any baking I'm doing. My mom always makes an Italian Cream Cake for Christmas day as well. It is hands down the best cake I've ever tasted. Far beyond any other Italian Cream Cake I've tasted.<br><br>
This year, on Christmas Eve, I'm doing a brunch for just dh, the kids and myself. I'm making homemade cinnamon rolls (Alton Brown's recipe), chickpea gravy over biscuits (from Vegan With a Vengeance), and some type of quiche.
 

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Cut out cookies. The kids are getting old enough to start helping with that which means the cutting will have to be moved to the kitchen table so we all have enough room. DH's family's tradition on Christmas Eve is to have crab legs and steak or, if FIL got lucky that year, venison. I decided that was a pretty good tradition so we've kept it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Except DH doesn't hunt so I usually do buffalo or something like that. No real traditional Christmas day meal yet, though this year I might do ham. I'm getting a food processor this year so I might do potato pancakes or something like that.
 
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