Sunday, December 2, 2012

Advent Calendar 2012 - Dec 2nd

December 2 – Holiday Foods
Did your family or ancestors serve traditional dishes for the holidays? Was there one dish that was unusual?

As my wife and I both still have parents and extended family alive and close by, we virtually always spend major holidays with them, and usually with each side.  Two holiday dinners for the price of one! 

My family usually had one of several traditional meals when I was growing up.  Either the traditional turkey dinner with all of the trimmings, or else a similar dinner featuring ham.  Since we kids were somewhat picky eaters, it was just easier, as well as traditional, to go with the proven winners.

Even today my in-laws usually do the turkey dinner.  Scale it up to feed 40 or more, though.  Every sub-family brings one or more foods for the group.  Breads, vegetables, desserts, salads, etc.  The meat course is provided by the parents. 

My parents have done some different things in the past few years, in part because there are now so many grandkids that their tiny house gets overcrowded, and it's not very well set up for cooking and feeding the multitudes.  Sometimes we do have the turkey dinner, with some concessions to the kids like macaroni and cheese.  Sometimes we'll all meet at a local buffet restaurant.  Plenty of variety that way.  We have even on an occasion or two got a room at a local hotel, then had the holiday meal there.

What are your holiday meal traditions?  You can share your story by following the link below - you don't even have to have your own blog!

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