We asked on Facebook: What are your favorite Christmas and Hanukkah food traditions?
Seven types of seafood on Christmas Eve is an Italian tradition we still carry on at our house. Then, midnight Mass, followed by some grilled homemade sausage with peppers and onions afterward.
– Pam Ali
Making my Mom’s recipes for applesauce cake and Christmas tree cookies! Of course, there’s turkey and dressing and mashed potatoes … My mind is wandering!
– Lynda Wagner
Mom’s homemade chocolate fudge at Christmastime.
– Mark Hall
Latkes, brisket and applesauce! Mmmmm.
– Jacki Hart Nielsen
My Mom’s molasses cookies and sand tarts and a big pot of shrimp and crab gumbo!
– Karen Ivey
Pizelles are a staple in our home for Christmas. Lasagna for Christmas dinner and then, either wedding soup or scrapelle soup. Who doesn’t like Italian food?
– Lauren Abbruzzesi Fuhrman
Good ole Southern tradition of turkey and cornbread dressing.
– Dave and Schel Heydenburg
– Carolyn L. Sunseri
Ditto Carolyn L. Sunseri. She, Stephanie Sunseri Doyle, the Sheriff’s mom (my sister, Yvonne Trochesset) wouldn’t have Christmas without homemade ravioli.
– Andrea Pieri Sunseri
Seafood gumbo. Oyster stuffing and homemade wheat bread, with local fig and blackberry jams.
– NormaJean Nelson
Family homemade ravioli on Christmas Day.
– Charlie Tombrella
Homemade applesauce and latkes.
– Kim Smith Mytelka
– Shane Gonzales
For Chanukah, potato latkes and sweet kugel. For Christmas, tamales and enchiladas.
– Susana Finkel
Our Italian tradition of my homemade Italian sausage, (like my Dad used to make), arigini (rice balls), my wife Angie’s lasagna and the vino.
– Alfio A. Tropea
Christmas breakfast menu always includes biscuits and chocolate gravy.
– Debbie Morris
Mom’s homemade lasagna. And lots of pies.
– Kristen Carlson
A really great seafood dressing.
– Keith Gray
My mother-in-law’s cornbread dressing, and butterscotch pie. My sangria!
– Mandy McGuire Rider
My darling wife, Janet Sheehan-Guidry, makes an amazing pumpkin pie from an Old World recipe handed down from her father. The recipe uses fresh baked pumpkin, molasses and tons of spice. It is unlike any I have ever tasted. Served warm from the oven, with whipped cream melted over it! That pie, a Bailey’s coffee and some cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies on a cold December night is yuletide heaven!
– Jim Guidry
Christmas Day is all about the oyster stuffing rather than the bird itself. But on Boxing Day, the delectable turkey sandwich with lashings of mayo is one of the best bites of the year!
– Holly Thorson
Hot coffee — out of a pot, along with spicy tamales.
– David Herrin
For Christmas Eve, homemade wassail, cranberry chicken, cherry cheese cupcakes, peanut clusters. For Christmas Day, one turkey in oven and one fried, grandmother’s cornbread dressing, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes/gravy, strawberry salad, relish tray, bacon wrapped asparagus. Yum, yum, yum.
– Treva Weddle Wimbrow
Real wassail, slow brewed and smelling up the whole house.
– Chris John Mallios
Definitely my grandmother’s recipe from Europe. Potato latkes topped with either sour cream, applesauce or sugar.
– Lynn Donovan
– Jeffrey Kunz
Being of Hispanic decent, my childhood memories for the holidays would be wanting to help make tamales and maybe a pot of menudo would be made within the holidays. For sweets, grandma would make homemade empanadas and buñuelos — it’s like a fried tortilla sprinkled with sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon. But like most families with aging and the passing of our older loved ones, those traditions fade and get lost.
– Chris Gonzales
– Becky Dundee
I like beef and seafood on Christmas Eve, then traditional turkey dinner on Christmas Day. That’s the way I grew up.
– Joyce H. McLean
– Jamie Grimes McFarlane
My grandmother used to make date-and-pecan-filled chewy cakes every Christmas. Now, I do. It’s cooked on the stovetop, then baked in the oven. Excellent for breakfast with coffee!
– Jan Johnson