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Andy Andersen
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When I was a kid, we always had Campbell's tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches (with the highly rated Velveeta). I moved from Iowa to California when I was 24 and kept the tradition alive in my apartment.

When I was 26 I met my wife to be and went to her house for Christmas eve dinner. Guess what? Her family had always had tomato soup and grilled cheese. Our two sons have moved away but are coming home this year for Christmas. One of the things both boys requested was tomato soup and grilled cheese.

I believe I have now had tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches for at least 55 years in a row on Christmas eve. And next Saturday the tradition continues.

Any other traditional Christmas eve dinners with some staying power?
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Scotch and plate of passive aggressive family rage. Usually followed up with a dessert of...oh wait a minute, everyone usually storms out before that.
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Perogies, Polish Sausage with horseradish and ketchup on the side, deviled eggs, ham, and assorted Christmas cookies and sides.

Traditional Polish/Slavic American Christmas munch!
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MWChapel wrote:
Scotch and plate of passive aggressive family rage. Usually followed up with a dessert of...oh wait a minute, everyone usually storms out before that.


Sooo, are you some long lost relative?
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My dad's side of the family has Caesar salad (with homemade dressing) and shrimp scampi on Christmas Eve. Now that I have married my wife (Italian roots, and our families frequently have Christmas Eve dinner together) we have Caesar salad and pasta with crab sauce.
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sunshiny wrote:
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Scotch and plate of passive aggressive family rage. Usually followed up with a dessert of...oh wait a minute, everyone usually storms out before that.


Sooo, are you some long lost relative?


No, he just takes part in an almost universal tradition of families gathering together on the holidays just to realize why they all split apart in the first place.

My family? My dad makes eggs. Christmas day.
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MWChapel wrote:
Scotch and plate of passive aggressive family rage. Usually followed up with a dessert of...oh wait a minute, everyone usually storms out before that.




Last week the emails started coming in, fighting about christmas crap.
I told them last year, we should disband and join other families to share the "cheer".

Potica is the only food based tradition we have. I can't wait!
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Orangemoose wrote:
I moved from Iowa

Where in Iowa? I lived in Iowa City from 2000 till 2008

Orangemoose wrote:
Any other traditional Christmas eve dinners with some staying power?

No traditional dinners for Christmas eve, but for my family as a kid that was when the Christmas tree went up and we decorated it. My dad said that way the tree would always last that much longer after Christmas.

To this day I always resist putting up a tree till Christmas eve, but my wife tends to veto me & when my son was still a kid so would he.

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MWChapel wrote:
Scotch and plate of passive aggressive family rage.

The saying goes; No one knows how to push your buttons like family because they're the ones who installed those buttons.
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Billythehut wrote:
Orangemoose wrote:
I moved from Iowa

Where in Iowa? I lived in Iowa City from 2000 till 2008

Orangemoose wrote:
Any other traditional Christmas eve dinners with some staying power?

No traditional dinners for Christmas eve, but for my family as a kid that was when the Christmas tree went up and we decorated it. My dad said that way the tree would always last that much longer after Christmas.

To this day I always resist putting up a tree till Christmas eve, but my wife tends to veto me & when my son was still a kid so would he.



Des Moines from 1953 - 1979 when I made my fateful move to California (met my beautiful bride there) and then to Delaware in 1988. l figure to move to Michigan in 2013 to be near my youngest son. But would move to Iowa in a minute.
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Orangemoose wrote:
Billythehut wrote:
Orangemoose wrote:
I moved from Iowa

Where in Iowa? I lived in Iowa City from 2000 till 2008

Orangemoose wrote:
Any other traditional Christmas eve dinners with some staying power?

No traditional dinners for Christmas eve, but for my family as a kid that was when the Christmas tree went up and we decorated it. My dad said that way the tree would always last that much longer after Christmas.

To this day I always resist putting up a tree till Christmas eve, but my wife tends to veto me & when my son was still a kid so would he.



Des Moines from 1953 - 1979 when I made my fateful move to California (met my beautiful bride there) and then to Delaware in 1988. l figure to move to Michigan in 2013 to be near my youngest son. But would move to Iowa in a minute.


Des Moines is great, they've got a decent Art museum, it has a nice Giacometti. I spent some time in CA too, I was in Berkeley in the 90ies.

I moved to IA when my 1st wife became a professor at the UofI, but that marriage crashed & burned that same year. Three years later I met my present wonderful wife, a beautiful Iowa gal. However as nice as IA can be I was happy to move back to Mass where I was born & raised.
My son's grown, & he still lives in IA, but he's flying into Boston for the holidays this week, I've been looking forward to seeing him!
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Roast Pork
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Black Beans and rice
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Food I never ever liked. So, after moving away from family we have started our own Christmas Eve tradition: Churrasco on the grill with lots of yummy bread, wine, love, and good cheer.
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Christmas was always brunch at my grandparents' house, with ham, eggs, kielbasa, bobka (homemade bread), etc.

New Year's Eve we would stay up until midnight and have a ham sandwich on my grandmother's homemade bread, with Welch's sparkling grape juice.

For New Year's, my grandfather made eggnog with inches of cream, and chili. My grandmother made pierogi.
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Christmas eve

Tamales (so we are guaranteed to have something to open)
Refried beans
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This going to sound strange but...
On Christmas Eve we spend all day at my Mom's an hour away, then leave for 5 o'clock church. An hour later we are starving and we haven't been home all day and no one feels like cooking and of course there is nothing open except....Waffle House!
It started out as a last resort, sort of joke, but now the kids (now teenagers)DEMAND we go there every Christmas Eve

At least here in Ohio they banned smoking a couple years ago. (That was always the worst part.)
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EgorjLileli wrote:
Roast Pork
Yuca with Mojo
Black Beans and rice
Bread
Turrones

Food I never ever liked. So, after moving away from family we have started our own Christmas Eve tradition: Churrasco on the grill with lots of yummy bread, wine, love, and good cheer.
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When I was a kid we had cold sandwiches for Christmas eve dinner. My folks ran two to five ( depending on the year) Card & Gift Shops so by Christmas Eve we were beat. After moving to my own place in 1980, the older couple down the street often invited me to share in their Nochebuena feast with their family. I kept their traditional Roast pork with black beans and rice as my new tradition after I moved to Virginia. I haven't found Yuca in my local Harris-Teeter yet!
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I should add some to my soup and cheese story. The first year I went with my wife to be to her Dad's house for Christmas eve dinner we were late and her Dad was pissed. Something about ruining the grilled cheese sandwiches. The start of a somewhat rocky relationship.
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I bought a big brick of Velveeta on Friday. I'm having your Christmas eve dinner for lunch today!

Our new-ish traditional Christmas eve meal (7 years running) is tortiere (a French-Canadian meat pie) and mashed potatoes w/ butter.
I first had tortiere when I was 14 y.o., and on a French language student exchange trip, to Jonquiere, Quebec. The tortiere that we had there was made with rabbit (these days it's almost exclusively made with hamburger) and OMG was it ever delicious!

Oddly, like many more people than I thouught there would be here, we have perogies as well-- only as a Christmas dinner side dish. That's right; turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy and perogies on the same plate!
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teejay wrote:
This going to sound strange but...
On Christmas Eve we spend all day at my Mom's an hour away, then leave for 5 o'clock church. An hour later we are starving and we haven't been home all day and no one feels like cooking and of course there is nothing open except....Waffle House!
It started out as a last resort, sort of joke, but now the kids (now teenagers)DEMAND we go there every Christmas Eve

At least here in Ohio they banned smoking a couple years ago. (That was always the worst part.)


On the day before Easter, my grandparents would take us to their church to bless the baskets, and then we would go to Kentucky Fried Chicken. The first time Sam and I went to KFC together, I told him it reminded me of my grandparents and Easter.
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We've adopted my wife's family tradition of surf and turf. The exact composition varies from year to year, but there's usually three rounds of different seafood dishes followed by steak.
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Christmas is my birthday and we almost never had guests for Christmas. My parents thought it best to make sure I got to really celebrate my birthday the same way everyone else in our house house did on theirs. So, my choice was always the big turkey dinner on Christmas Eve. Then, my favorite turkey and stuffing sandwiches for lunch on Christmas and my choice for birthday dinner.

It was always beef fondue with a dessert of Christmas cookies and Chocolate fondue.

Yumm!!!

-Helen

PS. Nowadays, we always seem to be on the road on Christmas Eve, so it's diner food. Meh.
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When my brother and I were young, my mother would make Ham for Christmas Eve and Turkey for Christmas. You were either eating ham and turkey for weeks afterwards. One year, my brother and I, being little smartasses, protested. My mother, eventually, told us we can decide what we're having Christmas Eve and she decides Christmas. We didn't believe her so. . . we choose Krystals.

We've now had Krystals on Christmas Eve for over 28 years. . .
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