While most holidays have some special foods attached to them, Christmas seems to have the most variety. It's probably because Christmas is celebrated in so many ways leading up to the actually holiday - and it usually involves food.
Here in the U.S. we typically have parties long before the actual day. Office, school, or just celebrating "the holidays" with friends. These parties often involve festive drinks like wassail or hot buttered rum. Cookies are another huge part of Christmas. It seems like everyone has their favorite kinds that they make year after year: shortbread, candy cane cookies, cathedral windows, cherry winks, mincemeat and more.
Then there is the actual Christmas feast which can include a day-long feeding frenzy from a family brunch to dessert after dinner. Some traditional dinner foods include prime rib, turkey, goose, or ham. The side dishes often are similar to those served at Thanksgiving and include sweet potatoes, green beans, or stuffing.
No matter how you celebrate at the holidays, we hope that these recipes will make things just a little extra festive for you and your family.
Colonial Hot Buttered Rum Made with heavy cream, water, brown sugar, butter or margarine, salt, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, ground nutmeg, rum crock pot
14 reviewsphoto: CDKitchen
Brown Sugar-Glazed Carrots Simple but delicious, carrots are glazed with brown sugar, butter, and orange peel. stovetop
9 reviewsphoto: gerlinpic
Christmas Wassail Made with apple cider, whole cloves, cinnamon sticks, pineapple juice, frozen orange juice concentrate crock pot
Pretzel Kisses Made with candy coated plain chocolate candy, round pretzels, milk chocolate kisses oven
5 reviewsphoto: dbcarney1
Cotton Candy Salad Made with pecans, Cool Whip, strawberry pie filling, cherry pie filling, crushed pineapple, sweetened condensed milk
Christmas Pizza photo: KookyCookingforKids Made with pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, pizza crust, green bell pepper, red pepper, frozen broccoli florets, olive oil, garlic salt, spaghetti sauce oven, stovetop Candy Cane Cookies photo: italiagurl83 Made with red & green food coloring, milk, flour, butter, baking powder, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract oven Marinated Prime Rib Made with fresh rosemary, beef prime-rib roast, dry red wine, onion, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, dried rosemary, dried marjoram, garlic salt, water oven
Christmas Fragrance Made with ground nutmeg, water, whole cloves, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg stovetop
2 reviewsphoto: CDKitchen
Peppermint Candy Made with red food coloring, peppermint extract, confectioners' sugar, corn syrup, water stovetop
1 reviewphoto: sgwaldal
Hot Apple Cider
Made with apple cider, whole cloves, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, crystallized ginger crock pot
1 reviewphoto: CDKitchen