Ultimate Recipe Swap: Christmas Food Traditions

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Christmas is the time of year when you can take a day — or twelve — and throw a little caution to the wind. Celebration can be cause for a little “fun food,” as we like to call it. There are so many wonderful recipes that are part of our family’s traditions come Christmastime.

Christmas Tree Scones and Cinnamon Rolls take turns at Christmas Breakfast. Desserts may range from Jesus Cookies to (The Best in the Whole World) Streusel-Topped Pumpkin Pie to Pretzel Berry Dessert. If we’re at my parents’ house, Toffee Dream is the dessert to fight over. Holiday dinners often feature beef of some sort and Cheesy Potatoes.

Long ago we claimed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day as our own. With divorced parents on one side of the family, we felt that it was easier on our kids not to be chasing all over the state. So, we’ve enjoyed the luxury of this special time at home. The food prep can be as simple or as elaborate as I want it to be. This year we’re going to feast!

Christmas Eve: Ham, Scalloped Potatoes, Green Beans, Cornbread, and a Buche de Noel for dessert.
Christmas Day/Dinner: Grilled Shrimp, Rice Pilaf, Green Salad, Cheesy Biscuits, and Pretzel Berry.

I am really looking forward to making the Buche de Noel. I’ve done this three or four years in the past. (But, alas, no good pictures.) FishPapa and I first had this on our first Christmas when he came to visit me in France. My French Mom (Salut, Michele!) prepared a veritable feast. I think there were ten courses on Christmas Eve alone. And then we did it all over again the next day.

photo source: Martha Stewart

A Buche de Noel, or Yule Log Cake, is a Christmas tradition in France. It’s simply a jelly roll decorated like a log. Can’t wait to make one this year. I’ve got some visions of Playmobil dancing in my head. I’ll be sure to report back….

What are your Christmas Food Traditions? Share them with us so that we can be inspired.
Normally, URS involves posting a recipe, but I realize that this is a super busy week. Feel free to post your recipe or link up a post that explains your food traditions. Or just leave a comment. Either way, pop in and say HI and tell us what you enjoy eating at Christmastime.

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  1. Madame Deals says

    I am going to try your Pretzel Berry dessert for Christmas! It sounds so good! I am not sure what berries I will use yet; whatever I find at the store!

    Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. we always have ham, mashed potatoes, rolls, baked beans, fruit salad and/or green salad. mom usually likes an apple pie but this year i talked her into a cherry pie which i think is the perfect christmas dessert because it's the perfect color.

  3. Since I'm 7 months pregnant and can't travel for the holidays, this will be the first year my hubby and I will be alone this Christmas. I didn't know you had to have a Christmas EVE special meal?!? OH NO!! I really didn't have much of a Christmas growing up so I have no idea how to make it special for my family. I hardly ever knew it was Christmas until something was tossed at me unwrapped with a mumbling of "Muhurmur Christmas.." We will be having turkey with dressing on Christmas day, DEFINITELY cranberry sauce out of the can, Vegetables that I can't remember right now… pineapple cake that's to die for, and something else I can't remember. It's on a post it note in the pantry.
    -Sahsha's Mummy

  4. FishMama says

    You don't HAVE to have something special on Christmas Eve. We just like to. I prefer the Eve to the Day. I just want to be lazy on Christmas Day.

  5. We declared Christmas at our house when we had our first daughter. We told the parents they were welcome but we wouldn't be traveling; the 'believing' years are far too special to miss out on (in my opinion).

    We always have soup for dinner on Eve and then to candle light service at church. Big meal on Day; this year it's lasagna.

    Traditional food when my family is together to celebrate is eggnog – add rum, chocolate syrup and whip cream. Mmm.

  6. Heather says

    Its Ham Sandwiches and Appetizers on Saturday with the family: see my link!!
    (Sorry about the double post of the link :-/)

    Christmas Day is my Hubby's favorite. LASAGNA!!

  7. I posted a picture of my strawberry-stuffed french toast that I serve every Christmas morning. Everyone seemed to like it so, I am linking up my cupcake version which is quite frankly, even better:-)

  8. SarahJane says

    I honestly don't remember having special dinners eve or day growing up. We had a full breakfast on Christmas morning; that was the real treat. Cinnamon rolls, eggs, bacon, sausage, hashbrowns, and eggnog cut with milk.

    Dh and I have not celebrated Christmas with family for six Christmases and we have been inconsistent with setting our own traditions.

  9. Growing up we always did a big turkey dinner with my grandparents. That is what we still do if we are visiting family. If we stay home, I do a smaller version for us (with a few friends).

    This year is our first Christmas in Africa (Republic of Congo). Last night we had a Christmas party with lots of Congolese foods– fufu, saka-saka, and other things I don't know the names of. Maybe we will start some new traditions.

  10. My family is rich in Christmas traditions, and it's hard to pick one. But I blogged about one of our favorite Christmas treats the other day, so I posted that one here. Thanks for hosting this awesome carnival every week! I love discovering new blogs and new recipes!

  11. Jessika says

    Monkey bread-pull apart cinnamon rolls-have been our traditional Christmas breakfast since I was a child. My mom used to make the yeast rolls herself! Now we use Bridgeford and the recipe is on the package, I think. This year my brother is making them and putting his spin on the recipe so there will be more butter, cinnamon and sugar and he's making a couple pans. Mmmmmm!

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