Christmas is the time of year where old and new traditions come together, and more often than not, they involve food. As an adult it can be tricky to find the balance between what used to be and what is now. It is important to value family traditions from the past but also create new ones so that everyone has a happy holiday.
I've known my husband since junior high school so when we started dating right after college, I was quickly added in to the family holidays. His grandmother is Slovak and so is her Christmas Eve tradition. The meal is made up of dishes that I had never heard of and included pretty much every food that I don't like (mushrooms, peas, coleslaw, fish, rare meat…) but I eat it. Because that is what you do. They graciously cook my meat so that it isn't bloody and for that I am eternally grateful. And I happen to actually like the pupacky (pictured above). They are little dough balls mixes with a syrupy poppy-seed glaze.
Christmas day is where I get to create my own food traditions. My parents come over Christmas morning and we enjoy a really yummy breakfast. Last year we made homemade donuts but the kids didn't like them enough to make them this year. This year we plan to try out an overnight french toast recipe. Maybe that will stick. Either way, it is certainly fun to try out new things. One recipe I will make every year is Wine Cake (above – recipe link in this post – look for the picture of the powdered sugared heart). When I first tasted it, it screamed “Christmas” to me. And I think I may be the only person to eat it. But I look forward to it so it's staying. Christmas dinner is all the yummy holiday foods that my husband and I want but don't get on the other holidays which we spend at other family member's homes. It's cheese potatoes, green beans and bacon, honey baked ham, rolls with bacon brown-sugar butter, anything and everything we want. What are your holiday food traditions? How do you balance new and old traditions?
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