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Do you have special foods for the holidays or other special occasions that bring memories to the forefront for you? Each family sets their own traditions over time, but food traditions seem to carry through the generations.

My friend Chickie gets together with her parents for her holidays every year. Her mother insists that they serve chili for dinner, and they also do a shrimp salad every year. Apparently her mother always had chili on the table when she was growing up in Montana, and she has passed that, rather unusual holiday food item, on to her family. I'm not so sure I would go for chili for my holiday meal, but to each their own.

My DH and I have cheese and Honey Baked Ham for dinner. I blame my mother for that - she bought us the first ham we had. They were (still are) expensive and as newly weds, we couldn't afford something like that. But she sent us a gift certificate for one, and we fell in love. We have one a year - always for the Christmas season. I'll be picking up our annual ham tomorrow morning. YUM! Add cheeses and Christmas cookies and I'll be in fine fettle to celebrate Christmas, Solstice, Hanukkah and every other holiday of the season.
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I've always wanted to try one of those hams. They look incredibly delicious.
Thay are amazing and actually worth their incredibly expensive price. Minimal waste, maximal taste. Phenomenal.

- Erulisse (one L)
We always have ham. It used to be Honey Baked, but for the past couple of years, we've bought Kentucky Legend. It's just as good, and possibly better.

Most of our food traditions revolve around cookies we don't make at any other time of year. One reason why I've always looked forward to Christmas.
I've never heard of Kentucky Legend. It sounds interesting. I may have to give that a try one of these days.

Ummm...cookies. We used to make spritz cookies, thumbprints, snickerdoodles, crescents and meringues. So good!

- Erulisse (one L)
Mom and I made spritz cookies last night. Sugar cookies (using a family recipe that makes me dislike most other sugar cookies) will come later this week.
I don't eat meat anymore, but back when I did, Honey Baked was the best! There is always a huge waiting line outside of their store right before the holidays.
Right now, I am planning my last minute baking. :)
I plan on being at Honey Baked right when they are scheduled to open. At least our weather is cooperative. I've done this before in miserable and very cold weather, but we're having a very mild winter so far.

- Erulisse (one L)
We are having a four rib roast - Mmmmmm.

Chilli does seem odd for Christmas dinner.
Chili sounds very strange to me also :-)

Loved your lovely card. So pretty. Thank you!!!

- Erulisse (one L)
Well, apart from the turkey (at Christmas - goose is at New Year in our house...), we have to have pigs in blankets (cocktail sausages wrapped with bacon, chestnut stuffing, potatoes roasted in goose fat (carefully eked out since last new year!), roast parsnips, and - the most essential of all, slow cooked spiced red cabbage. We only begin to relax into the season once we now that the cabbage, apples and onions are in the salad drawer and so we will have cabbage.
I miss my Christmas goose. When I was growing up, we would all gather at Tante Vera's house for Christmas goose, red cabbage and dumplings. So good! I still look back on those days with a golden glow even though I'm sure my cousins and I were often bored and raising hell.

Your pigs in blankets sound heavenly, along with the chestnut stuffing and, of course, the red cabbage. Heavenly!

- Erulisse (one L)