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Dec 4, 2008 11:53 AM

Christmas Eve Traditional Meals

Just saw a post on the Pennsylvania Board about cheesesteaks on Christmas Eve. Reminded me of our standard - burgers and dogs on the grill. Doesn't matter what the weather is - warm, cold, rain, snow -whatever. For about the past 35 years we've been doing burgers and dogs on the Weber. Even the grandchildren are now expecting the meal before they hit the sack and try to stay up all night to catch Santa in the act. Just wondering what others might be doing?

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  1. If we were going to my Aunt's house for Christmas Eve, we'd be doing the traditional Italian fish dinner. Since we're going to my in-law's, it's going to be dry chicken and frozen veggies. My fil may make a lasagna.

    BTW--when I was younger after every midnight mass my Mom and I would go to Nathan's in Coney Island and get hot dogs and fries. It was one of the only places that would be open around 1:30 A.M.

    1. While Mom was still able to cook, she would always make roast loin of pork with mashed poptoes and her Bavarian red cabbage. Once she got too old to be able to cook, we invited her over and started our own "traditional" Christmas Eve dinner - chinese food. The kids were small then and even now when they come home for the holidays, we still have our chinese food on Christmas Eve.

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      1. re: RichK

        Sounds like my Christmas Day feast - being Jewish, I was raised on Chinese on Christmas. Even in Israel, I searched out Chinese on Christmas Day.

      2. Great idea. I'm in Chadds Ford. We tend to do a roast beef for Christmas dinner, but because my daughter is leaving for the Caribbean at 6:00 Am on Christmas Day (our present this year), we've kicked it back to Christmas Eve.

        We usually go to friends on Christmas Eve that have a great spread. A few years ago, when Christmas fell on an inopportune day, they moved it to the day before and called it Christmas Adam (since Adam came before Eve). Still, great food!

        Before that, it was usually a turkey breast and some veggies. So the folks who wanted turkey and the folks who wanted beef could be satisified within an 18 hour period

        1. At my mom's house, we'd pick up a variety of seafood salads, smoked fish, cocktail shrimp, etc. up at the fishmonger (a German chain, but nevertheless good seafood).

          At my dad's, one tradition was potato salad and wieners. Pretty low-key.

          The *real* traditional German meal is a tie between carp (generally boiled to a mush) or goose with braised red cabbage and some potato side.

          1. Thankfully, my Dad's wretched potato soup was retired when he remarried. It was a tradition started early in his marriage to my mother when he forgot about the potatoes he was boiling. Soup was made by adding skim milk, salt, and pepper. It was not good.

            A tradition that my Norwegian step-mom (via Minnesota) started that I more than happily adopted (and pleased my Norwegian MIL to no end) was fruit soup. It's warm, sweet, but was somehow just perfect for the super-cold midwestern winter.