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Friday, December 2, 2011

The Holidays are coming!!

The Holidays have arrived. With that comes parties and get togethers, with family or friends, or new/old acquaintances, or even people you are meeting for the first time.
What are some dishes you might take to a pot luck get together? What are some dishes you might make for your family Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or New Years dinner? Any old and tired recipes you want to steer clear of?
There are also traditions in families. Do you always have your holiday dinner with the same people at the same place? Do you travel? Do you host? Do you do anything special for your holidays?

My family celebrates Christmas. Here are some of our traditions:
1. We always have some sort of Advent calendar (Advent doesn't always start at the beginning of December. This year it started the Sunday following Thanksgiving!). This year, we have an interactive calendar. We have had a different activity every day. We've made Christmas chains where the inside of each loop has a tradition written on it. We've made a pine cone tree, and we've gotten things together to donate.
2. We eat tamales for Christmas Eve dinner.
3. We open one gift Christmas Eve, and it's always pajamas.
4. We watch "Holiday Inn" with Bing Crosby.
5. We read (usually) some form of Night Before Christmas (typically the Cajun version).
6. Christmas morning, all the kids have to wait to come down until the adults are ready.
7. Everyone opens their stockings together, the presents are handed one by one by "Santa". (One of the kids wears a Santa hat to pass them out.
8. We have coffee cake for breakfast in between stockings and gifts.

Some things my little family does for New Years:
1. For dinner New Years Eve, we go all out. Buy steak, lobster and have shrimp cocktail.
2. We stay up until midnight and have a toast with champagne.
3. We burn a green candle all the next day (on the 1st).
4. We eat at least one black eyed pea.

I'll post again soon, some ideas for pot lucks and family dinners!

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