I'm always curious what people eat for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day...all over the states...all over the world.
When I lived in Romania, we traditionally ate the best chicken soup, sarmale (cabbage rolls), pork roast and chicken, mashed potatoes, other winter vegetables, cakes, cookies, more cakes, more cookies...did I mention cakes and cookies? It was a 3 day feast and you would have cakes and cookies for visitors and carolers (who would come on Christmas eve late into the night) I went caroling with my students a couple times. I ate the Christmas feast with my husband's parents in 2001. We weren't dating in 2000 and we got married in 2002 and left in November. Our friends have gone to visit my in laws for the feast. My MIL could open a restaurant...easily. She is an amazing cook and baker.
|chocolate cake (cake on the bottom with pudding, whipped cream and chocolate shavings)|
|Elena (my MIL) holding cozonac (cinnamon fruit and nut bread)|
|Strawberry Cake (cake, strawberries, jam, pudding, whipped cream!)|
|cornuleti (sweet rolls with walnuts and sugar or poppy seeds...I requested these...and she made 50!)|
Here in South Texas, it is very common, at least in San Antonio to eat tamales for Christmas Eve, along with queso and chips, and other appetizers...at least that's how my family has been doing it for years. Christmas Day is much more traditional with turkey or pork, mashed and sweet potatoes, my great grandmother's oyster dressing, Bama's green jello salad,pecan pie, and more.
What is your family eating for the holidays?