Since before Thanksgiving, I've posted some of my favorite recipes for holidays and get-togethers with family and friends. Thanksgiving itself has always been fairly traditional in my family, with ham, turkey and dressing, pumpkin and pecan pies, along with plenty of side dishes. Christmas was where we usually changed things up a bit. Ham was a standard for some years, but more often we served something special that we didn't typically have throughout the year. Meals like steak and shrimp, Italian Heritage Casserole, a buffet of appetizers, brunch, and lasagna have all shown up at our Christmas celebrations. We also would vary the time our family would eat: morning, mid-afternoon, late-night, we've done it all!
One thing my mom did every year, though, was make cookies and candy. Of the candies, Divinity had to be my favorite, unless it was her Chocolate Coconut Balls. Or the Peanut Butter Balls. And she makes the very best Chocolate Chip Cookies, whose recipe I would share with you, but it's a closely guarded family secret!
What are some of your family's holiday (especially Christmas!) traditions?