Every family has their own traditions, from when to open gifts (Christmas Eve at night or first thing Christmas morning) to what to serve as the holiday meal.
Growing up, turkey was the usual highlight, with tourtiere (meat pie), mashed potatoes, peas, carrots, cranberry sauce (whole berry, in a can thank you very much) and dessert, which was usually buche (french word for yule log) or a fruit pie. I remember having this meal at my grandmother’s house (mom’s side), and also at our house growing up. When I started hosting the holiday meal at my own home, I stuck to the same formula. Christmas was usually turkey, New Year’s was usually ham. I made some minor tweaks (i.e. my carrots were topped with a maple/butter sauce, my desserts were something different every year). But the rest? Never mess with tradition. 🙂
This year, we’re visiting family for the holidays and after several years’ hiatus, I get to enjoy my mom’s Christmas meal this year! And I’m SO excited. 🙂
What do you serve for your holiday meal?
Is it the same as when you were growing up?