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What do you eat on Christmas?

I’m busy writing my column about which restaurants are open on Christmas Day and the descriptions of food are driving me crazy: Deep-fried cheesecake at Chukchansi’s Noodle Bar, a slow-baked sugar-cured ham at the Mountain Room in Yosemite and dim sum at Imperial Garden.

You can read more about which restaurants are open in this coming Wednesday’s column, but in the meantime, let’s talk about what people eat for Christmas (or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa) — whether homemade or from a restaurant.

Do you have a favorite traditional holiday food?

For me, it’s my Aunt Janet’s challah bread. (I’m not sure how that became a family tradition as it’s a bread traditionally eaten on Jewish holidays and we’re not Jewish.) It’s a light, fluffy bread delicious eaten with a meal and is great for leftover ham and turkey sandwiches. (That’s not my bread at right, but a file photo of challah bread by Bee photographer Craig Kohlruss.)

So what about you? Do you have a special dish you make every year or something you go out for every year?

Responses to "What do you eat on Christmas?"

Katie says:

Kuga (its a Russian German coffeee cake), German Sausage, and for dinner Prime Rib, home made french onion soup, salad, mushrooms and a baked potato. And it’s been that way for as long as I can remember! lol

Shelly says:

My mother-in-law — who is from Minnesota and of Scandinavian origins — serves lefse at Christmas. It’s a Norwegian flatbread, and the way our family eats it is spread with butter, sprinkled with sugar and then rolled up.

Aileen Imperatrice says:

Tamales are my favorite Christmas meal! I have so many fond memories of making them as a child and into my adulthood, along with my family. In recent years it’s become difficult to get together for the time it takes to make them ourselves, so we’ve bought them from friends and Casa de Tamales. It just wouldn’t be Christmas without tamales.

Ray Arthur says:

Roast leg of lamb. Hundred year old recipe.

Barbara says:

My grandma would make prettles, a breakfast meat dish that includes sausage and steel cut oats. I’m told it was a German heritage style recipe. Its pan fried and served with eggs. I’ve grown to love this, but remember hating them as a child. Its an aquired taste that my husband doesn’t like.

Damian says:

Tamales. all day. anything else would be uncivilized

Cheryl Church Nicholson says:

We make German food for Christmas… German Sausage, Vareniks (fruit and cottage cheese filling), and Beerocks… My Grandmother Elizabeth past down cookbooks and taught me how to cook German food when I was a young girl… I’m now teaching my granddaughters … Our German family name is Schwabenland…

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