Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas Food Traditions

The shopping is done and the presents are wrapped and Frog Prince and I have settled down for a long winter's nap.

Okay, so maybe not a long winter's nap -- but, it's cold and snowy and the perfect time of year to share time together.  Although we are not traveling this year, and it will be hard to be away from our family members, we are looking forward to celebrating Christmas for this first time in our new home.

Wednesday we kicked off our Christmas Traditions, by enjoying a special dinner together of Roasted Red Pepper Soup and Pizza-Stuffed Pretzels.  

After dinner we celebrated the birth of Christ with friends at our church's Christmas service.  Then, we drove around to look at Christmas lights in the area before coming home to curl up on the couch and watch the Santa Clause; one of our favorite Christmas movies {coming in a close tie with Elf, of course!}.  Accompanying our movie was a delicious cup of snow tea and mint oreo cookie crunch!  We finished off the evening by sitting in front of the Christmas tree just gazing at the lights.  That's a tradition that I love.  

Today, we'll be watching the Polar Express complete with a finger-foods tray.  We'll have summer sausage, homemade crackers with cheese, grapes, homemade Chex mix and Caramel Cranberry Chex Mix.  Of course, there will be Christmas cookie goodies too.  

For Christmas Eve, we'll make easy Orange Cranberry Muffins for breakfast.  Our family tradition of Christmas Eve is a big pot of Chicken Chili -- it simmers in the crockpot all day, making it easy to have dinner ready after the Christmas eve church service.

It's been a tradition in my family to have this chili and homemade french bread for as long as I can remember.  

Just as St. Nicholas brings us a Christmas book every year, Santa brings our family a game every year and it's our tradition to play that game on Christmas day. Therefore, the last place I want to spend Christmas day is in the kitchen.  So, I chose meals for Christmas day that are easy to prepare and allow us to have a relaxing day.

For Christmas breakfast, we'll have Christmas Eggs and Lemon Blueberry Scones.  The Christmas Eggs are easily put together the night before {as is the cinnamon sugar coffee cake I debated adding to our Christmas morning menu}, and the scones go together really quickly too.

Christmas day, we're starting a new tradition -- rather than a turkey or ham, we're going with something unique and easily made in the crockpot.  This way we can hang out as a family and eat a delicious and special meal during the day.  We'll be making Boeuf Bourguignon and Artesian Bread.  The bread dough is made ahead of time, and takes all of 5 minutes to shape and 30 minutes to bake.  

Our final new tradition will be making cupcakes on Christmas night to celebrate Christ's birthday.  I've always wanted to do this, and Frog Prince had the great idea of making cupcakes where each person can frost and decorate their own cupcake just as one would decorate a Christmas cookie.  I'm very excited to start this tradition.  

So, there you have an overview of our Christmas food traditions.  What are yours?  


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  1. I love Christmas traditions, but I honestly think as far as food goes, we don't have many. My mom always makes this rice krispies wreath every year with food coloring and I loooove it! But outside of that, I don't think we have any. =]

  2. We go to the local paint your own pottery shop and make each of my girls an ornament with their handprints on it. We do this every year. It's so special to hang them on the tree each year. We also always get a family ornament and an ornament that represents something in their lives that year (cheerleading, etc.)

    On Christmas Eve we always make/decorate cookies. We watch A Christmas Story (THE best movie ever!) and read about the birth of Jesus. We also started a tradition of playing a game where we each take a turn and close our eyes. We are then given directions on what to draw (it's a snowman). We've gotten some very interesting snowmen!

    The girls each get to select and open one gift from under the tree before bedtime. That is something I can remember doing all throughout my childhood and I am so very happy that my girls do it too!

    Merry Christmas!

    P.S. - I love your blog!

  3. we started 2 new traditions this is making and decorating a gingerbread house from scratch and the other is reading THe real Christmas story on xmas eve. also i took the money my grandparents send for my kids and bought them each and oranment(something they are into or like this yr) and xmas pj's that they will open xmas eve.

  4. I'm starting a new tradition as well with my 4 year old, we're going to be making Jesus a birthday cake : ) I love teaching her the real meaning and starting traditions she can carry on to her children one day!

  5. Sounds like a nice, relaxing holiday spent just the way it should be: with family! Enjoy!

  6. The food looks delicious! One Christmas tradition we started many years ago on Christmas Eve is a $1 gift for the person whose name you drew although it's up to $5 now. It's almost better than the gifts on Christmas day as everyone tries their best to find something perfect. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  7. Your holiday plans sound wonderful and yummy - oh and cozy too (my fav). I hope you thoroughly enjoy. And your tree looks lovely - the blue lights photograph very cool. :)


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