Last night’s Christmas party held for my husband’s work got me thinking and asking myself, what is Christmas food?
Yes, like last night you have your turkey and stuffing but what special something does your family do that is different than others? Last year my mother-in-law made a squash puff with marshmallows and it blew me away! To me that is untraditional but perhaps not for her family.
There are holiday food traditions in my family like a small tray of smoked oysters, cracking open pistachio nuts (long time ago), eating our family’s veggie dip and/or crab dip, preventing winer scurvy by eating many mandarine oranges and drinking copious amounts of tea.
In my earlier years my mom would go to the Latvian bakery and pick up some Piragi (bacon buns) and Little Caraway Buns. My grandma, her Mom, would wake up and make my parents coffee and we would all eat these treats very early in the morning. That is the taste of my childhood Christmas.
What are your traditional family Christmas foods that are not quite traditional?
Is it not amazing we all have different holiday food traditions? Let’s celebrate all the fun ways we enjoy food and the holidays. I may give some of your ideas a try in my own kitchen.