Everyone I know has special foods for Christmas, and my family is no exception! We experimented during the years that the girls were small, but a few things really stuck and will hopefully continue into the next generation.
Lefse–you have already seen this post, but you haven’t heard the rest of the story. Truth is, my kiddos didn’t care one way or another about lefse, or much of the Norwegian part of their roots…until my oldest went to St Olaf College in MN. As a member of the orchestra, she was steeped in Christmas Fest tradition which meant wearing Norwegian sweaters and eating Smorgasbord for dinner that week. Of course lefse was on the menu, and her inner Norske came bubbling up. This year she asked for us to make lefse when she gets home!
Gingerbread–not the cookies, but the colonial style, which is like a heavy cake. This is always served during the last week of piano lessons…it is a learning experience for many. 😆 I am always surprised at who won’t even try it, even though it is warm and smelling heavenly straight from the oven.
Curried Fruit–I never expected this to be on the must have list, but since leaving home, the girls insist that this MUST be part of Christmas breakfast! It is easy…I take canned peaches, pears, pineapples and mandarin oranges, and sometimes apricots, drain them and put them in an oven safe dish with 1/4 cup butter, 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1–2 teaspoons of curry. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.
Bear Bread–It is evidently NOT Christmas without bear bread…any bread recipe works as long as it is shaped into a bear for each girl…who cares what the parents get! Bears are easy, a large “roll” for the body, a smaller one for the head, even smaller ones for arms and legs, then very small ones to make two ears, a nose and a belly button. Last year they asked for a very small corgi bread for the dog, so he wouldn’t beg for theirs. More great pictures and directions at Bread experience.com
Pomegranate–one in each stocking…they ignore them hiding in the back of the fridge until Christmas morning. 😊
And, how could I forget? (Well, I did, so I had to edit!) After Christmas Eve service at church we sit in the living room with the Christmas lights on the tree and eat ou red velvet cake. It started when the girls were tiny, singing Happy Birthday to Jesus, and now it is a treasured family time.
Not quite the normal special foods listing, but a meaningful one at our house! How about you? What special foods are showing up at your home during Christmas season?