The Christmas Meal: What’s Your Family’s Tradition?

by in Family, Holidays, December 18th, 2012

Holiday Dinner PartyThere’s no doubt about it that turkey is synonymous with Thanksgiving. Maybe this year your family ate something other than turkey, like ham, but the bird really does symbolize the holiday no matter how you look at it. But what about Christmas? Is there a food symbolic of Christmas? Not really. Everyone does something different; maybe that’s what is so special about the holiday.

FN Dish wants to know, what do you traditionally serve up around the holidays? Do you repeat the same turkey menu from Thanksgiving? Do you do a British-style prime rib with Yorkshire pudding? Or a Southern glazed ham with biscuits? Or a crown roast of pork or lamb? Every family has its special Christmas meal. What’s yours?

Vote in the poll below, and let us know in the comments what’s your family’s Christmas tradition.

Looking for holiday menu ideas? Check out Food Network’s Holiday Central.

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Comments (11)

  1. lcsa99 says:

    We never really do anything special for Christmas dinner, but we have a huge breakfast that morning. Each of us get to pick one thing (it's almost always the same things!) and then we end up eating it all day, just warming up whatever we want as we get hungry. It's a fun tradition that makes things much more relaxed than Thanksgiving.

  2. Kathy B says:

    Am I missing the poll? Can't see it. We do a bone-in ham with potatoes Anna, green beans (no casserole since husband has high blood sugar) and cranberry ice – essentially a sorbet that takes the place of cranberry sauce, which none of us like. After Christmas, the ham becomes a wonderful 16-bean soup!

  3. dee says:

    Christmas breakfast is tons of food after santa time with the children! it's anything special someone wants to eat , one year it was Gingerbread houses small one that everyone decorated then ate! lunch is skipped for a early dinner of standing rib! yummy!(last year we used Tyler's fantastic!!! recipe).

  4. Brenda says:

    We have Beef Wellington using Harrod's recipe along with potato gratin and green beans followed by the highlight…Plum Pudding with Hard Sauce. For little treats a bowl of Sugar Plums.

  5. Shannon says:

    We bake a ham and a lasagna for dinner on Christmas eve. It's called compromise..the children "need" their ham and my husband "needs" his lasagna. Christmas day is so hectic with people coming and going we can't really do a sit down so the ham is excellent for leftovers and to pick at all day long, it can be sandwiches, cold slices or warmed up. I always have olives, pickles, a cheese plate and Rye bread available for any and all to snack on thru the day.

  6. Katherin906 says:

    As our family is French Canadian ancestry, the traditional meal includes Tourtiere (Meat Pie). (In addition to the ham, potatos, veggies, and dessert).

  7. Ant Pammy says:

    Lasagna Christas Eve…we do not do the 7 fishes (being Italian American) but we do have hot crab meat dip and shrimp cocktail….Christmas Day is whatever anybody wants….we raid my sister's refrigerator

  8. guest says:

    Each person in the family chooses and makes his/her favorite appetizer and we have a progressive dinner.

  9. Kristina Roper Graber says:

    Our family has a traditional Swedish Julbord on Christmas Eve with pickled herring, potatoes, ham, meatballs with lingonberries, a potato anchovy gratin, potato sausage, liver pate, and lots of cheeses and rye bread. All chased down with aquavit and beer. We start the evening with a hot spiced wine. On Christmas Day I get a break while my husband makes Couscous with lamb, chicken, vegetables topped with harissa.

  10. Kristina Roper Graber says:

    Our family has a traditional Swedish Julbord on Christmas Eve with pickled herring, potatoes, ham, meatballs with lingonberries, a potato anchovy gratin, potato sausage, liver pate, and lots of cheeses and rye bread. All chased down with aquavit and beer. We start the evening with a hot spiced wine. On Christmas Day I get a break while my husband makes Couscous with lamb, chicken, vegetables topped with harissa.

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