(Closed) What is your traditional holiday meal?

posted 6 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
4575 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I don’t do any cooking for x-mass but my mother in law makes these delicious to die for Colombian Empanadas….ahhhhhh i look forward to that and my mother (who lives literally couple blocks away) makes lamb….i love it all….i started working out even more, so i can eat all i can in a couple of days lol

Post # 4
7901 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

For Christmas, my family’s traditional meal is paella.

(I personally like that our Christmas meal is not at all a repeat of Thanksgiving.)

ETA: this year, Darling Husband and I are on our won for Christmas because I cannot travel due to impending childbirth. I’m planning to make Gnocchi alla Romana (which is made with semolina, not potato) with some kind of sauce involving winter greens, pine nuts, and goat cheese. We’ll probably have homemade NY-style cheesecake for dessert.

Post # 5
344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

aaah I can only advice you to make some tamales LOL! That’s what we have aside from the turkey.We’re a Mexican-American family mix so we make our traditional tamales but still keep it American with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, pie (any kind) and of course a good Champurrado. YUM! 

Post # 6
590 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012 - St. Philip Catholic Church/Arcadia Brewing Co.

One of my Grandmas does meatballs and sauce from scratch (that is actually the only thing she can cook, but she does an AMAZING job with them so it’s really not a problem)

The other does prime rib with traditional “Sunday dinner” type sides though they change from time to time. 

Depending on what holiday and where, we have one of those two things. Oh and on Christmas eve we get together with family friends for homemade ravioli.

Post # 7
6830 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

As years go by the tradtional Christmas meal at my grandmothers was ham.  Now days on actual Christmas we normally go to my parents and they have a “snacky” meal. Little smokies, meatballs, meat tray/cheese/veggie tray. Kind of meal.

My DH’s family is very traditional and is usually Turkey dinner. Now my IL’s will be here over the weekend and my SIL is having the Christmas is having Chili. Yeah not pleased about that and I don’t eat others chili but my own.  Plus my son can’t eat chili yet and my Darling Husband and Father-In-Law are not happy not doing turkey.

Post # 9
3942 posts
Honey bee

@mayflowerbride13:  Christmas Eve is fish. Although this year my Father-In-Law requested we also have prim rib. ugh.

Christmas Day is Lasagna, salad, homemade meatballs and sauce, garlic bread, and about 100 different desserts, appys and snacks.

Post # 10
2216 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Christmas Eve – Typical Italian food such as smelts, lasagna, cavatelli, meatballs

Christmas Day – Meal #1: Turkey and all the fixings, Meal #2 (which I need to make): steak or salmon with potatoes, broccoli casserole, and green casserole

Post # 11
7437 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

We have tamales on Christmas Eve, and prime rib on Christmas Day.

Post # 12
1108 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

For a starter my dad always makes a huge pot of soup (used to be my grandma who made it but dad took it over after she died) which is basically a chicken stock with ravioli in it and lots of cheese.

Then we have turkey, ham, potatoes, turnip, carrots, beets, green beans and salad.  

For dessert my aunt always makes delicious trifle and there are usually other misc. dessert items too!

Post # 13
5494 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

Our Hanukkah meal changes every year but our three traditional staples every year are latkes with caviar and champagne.  It’s my favorite holiday tradition and I look forward to it all year long.  My mom makes the latkes the old tradiational way so the edges are crispy and the inside is soft.  

At DH’s parents house, for Christmas his mom always makes lasagna, (and a bunch of other stuff that changes from year to year).

Post # 14
1427 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

This year I’m doing a standing rib roast, yorkshire pudding, creamed corn and creamed spinach. When we go visit my IL’s after Christmas, I’ll be making my brined turkey for the belated celebrations.

Post # 15
1425 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rosehill Community Center

Haha, our traditional big meal is on Christmas Eve, and is called “Dumpta Greeta” (or something like that).  It consists of corned beef, ham, and sausages, traditionally boiled together in a big pot (but we now just boil them for a bit, then finish in the oven), served with rye bread (dunked into the liquid the meats were boiled in), pickled red cabbage, and applesauce, with root beer to drink.  I can’t remember where my family says this comes from, Sweden or Netherlands or something, but apparently it is from somewhere our family comes from.  

Christmas day tends to be similar to thanksgiving, which is also good, but I tend to eat so much else that day that I don’t need much dinner!  

Post # 16
6830 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@mayflowerbride13:  DH and I plan on making Turkey on Sunday for Darling Husband and Father-In-Law.  So still getting turkey. 

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