Do you have any traditions for the christmas dinner?

@Downwindz (2231)
Netherlands
December 8, 2009 7:25am CST
I have by now experienced that cultures are different with what they do and eat on Christmas evening. Beeing from Denmark we celebrate Christmas evening on the 24th including all the presents and such. But in the Netherlands where im currently living they celebrate Sinta Klass on the 5th of December, which is also okay but they dont even eat something very traditional. In my family we always have the same for the Christmas Evening Dinner and the Dessert, nothing changes and the foods just taste so much of Christmas, this article pretty much describes the Christmas Evening in my family; http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2450326/the_classic_danish_christmas_evening.html?=cat22 But what about your family? Do you have any traditional food you eat where your from? And does it seem like the same every Christmas where you just have this lovely feeling that you can taste the Christmas in the dinner?
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@bulastika (5967)
• Philippines
11 Dec 09
Yes..we have. But its a family secret..So I can't share it..Its how we believe it can bring good luck to all of us. We also have our own traditions in New Years eve. Its all about health and prosperity. Merry Christmas and a happy new year.
@Downwindz (2231)
• Netherlands
11 Dec 09
You make me currious, family secrets.... Our family dont have secrets related to Christmas or New Year, it is more based on beeing together and having a good time, value that we all are there :)
@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
10 Dec 09
We go to my mom's house for Christmas Eve every year for my side of the family. My mom usually takes us all out to dinner first and then back to her house for dessert, presents, and games. On Christmas Day we stay here and open presents and let the kids play and a couple of friends stop by for about a half hour and then we head over to my sister in laws house to spend time with my husband's side of the family, where my sister in law and her husband cook and we open presents and play games.
@Downwindz (2231)
• Netherlands
10 Dec 09
Ahh that sounds very nice also, and every year you know what is going to happen so it is nice and easy - and the kids they are like almost exploding until they get to unwrap their presents :) I remember back when i was a child, minutes felt like hours.
• United States
9 Dec 09
I will be making ham, baked potatoes, peas and rolls. For dessert I will put out fudge and cookies. We celebrate Christmas Eve with the family. My husband and I go over to his cousin's house and they have platters of sandwiches, chips and desserts. After dinner we sing carols and talk about past Christmases. We then open one gift. When my husband and I get home we put all the presents under the tree and hang our stockings. Then if he is a good boy I allow him to open one gift. We then have hot chocolate then watch the movie "How The Grinch Stole Christmas?" (the Dr. Seusse cartoon version).
@Downwindz (2231)
• Netherlands
9 Dec 09
Hello Randylovesdar Thank you for sharing your Christmas evening with us, it certainly sounds nice, and ham is so delicious... You make me all hungry. It must be a little wierd having to wait until Christmas day before you can open the presents, in Denmark we open them at the 24th in the evening, and you can feel the kids are almost exploding from eager during the dinner... I believe Christmas is alot about having a good time with the family remembering why we all love each other.
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
9 Dec 09
I cook a huge thanksgiving dinner so my kids don't really want all that again so soon [thank heavens, lol] so i usually make lasagna at christmas. One year i did a late breakfast or brunch if u want to call it that & they all seemed to enjoy that. They don't eat a big breakfast before they go to work so that may be one reason they liked it. I always love breakfast food so i enjoyed it to & it wasn't so hard on me. MERRY CHRISTMAS.
@Downwindz (2231)
• Netherlands
9 Dec 09
Hello Antiquelady Thank you for sharing your Christmas traditions with us, i can imagine when haveing the big turkey at Thanksgiving they are less likely to want a huge dinner again. In Denmark we dont have a such thing as thanksgiving, so we don experience the same issue, but maybe it would be the same if we had a huge thanksgiving dinner... Merry Christmas to you also...
@laglen (19782)
• United States
8 Dec 09
We alwys have prime rib, always pumpkin pie and chocolate pie and always mashed potatoes. The rest may change but those are the "always" stuff. For tradition, we celebrate on the 25th but open one gift on the evening of the 24th.
@Downwindz (2231)
• Netherlands
8 Dec 09
Yeah every country and culture are different, with how they celebrate Christmas. I have to say that the Prime Rib sounds declicious, and Christmas is alot about good food and celebrate together with the family, showing we all care and love each other. The presents are just a nice extra addition im sure alot of shopkeepers are happy that is there, so they can earn some extra in this period.