What are your Christmas Eve Plans/Traditions?

frankdatank's picture

There is such a big mix of people on here, I was wondering what goes on in Fishtown on Christmas Eve

Tom Hillman's picture

when our family gets

when our family gets together the dinner plates are of the twelve days of christmas . The plate you get is the part you sing ! It is usually a mad dash to get the twelve plate .

lauraska's picture

We usually go to my family's

We usually go to my family's house in North Jersey. The last few years, my dad has gotten a platter of sloppy joe sandwiches. In North Jersey, a sloppy joe is a double decker cold sandwich on rye bread, with either ham, roast beef, or turkey, plus coleslaw, swiss, and russian dressing. Our favorite deli also makes its own ice tea. My dad, my brother, and I, are always trying to eat healthy and get to the gym, so we consider Christmas Eve sloppy joes to be our one indulgence. So we have a sloppy joe lunch or dinner and exchange gifts and hang out...and then go over to my aunt's house for a real Christmas meal and some more presents!

snailgem's picture

Tom Hillman wrote:when our

Tom Hillman wrote:

when our family gets together the dinner plates are of the twelve days of christmas . The plate you get is the part you sing ! It is usually a mad dash to get the twelve plate .

there are 12 days of christmas? why do i only get 2 off then?

netable's picture

Go over my Sister's. and

Go over my Sister's. and have a Feast of Seven Fishes' with meatballs, chicken Alfredo, Sausage and Peppers' Braciole liguini Salad etc (OMG, I am so freakin Hungry Now!) and then we all Exchange Gifts so that none of us have to get up and run around Christmas Day, we can just all Veg out on Xmas day, especially since we all have ingi =)

However as much as I love Xmas eve, it is Hectic =)

Good thing my Sister' doesn't work, because I use the "I work all Day excuse' and not have to help with anything, I just give out gifts and eat =)

netable's picture

Oh, I forgot to say that I

Oh, I forgot to say that I appreciate all the hard work that my Sister Andira puts into making Xmas Eve Spectacular, like it was when we were kids, She really does a great job, and even though she will never Cook as good as my Mom, it's still delicious' and she does it to make us feel as though our Mom is still here =)

Ang, your the Best..............

netable's picture

lauraska wrote:We usually go

lauraska wrote:

We usually go to my family's house in North Jersey. The last few years, my dad has gotten a platter of sloppy joe sandwiches. In North Jersey, a sloppy joe is a double decker cold sandwich on rye bread, with either ham, roast beef, or turkey, plus coleslaw, swiss, and russian dressing. Our favorite deli also makes its own ice tea. My dad, my brother, and I, are always trying to eat healthy and get to the gym, so we consider Christmas Eve sloppy joes to be our one indulgence. So we have a sloppy joe lunch or dinner and exchange gifts and hang out...and then go over to my aunt's house for a real Christmas meal and some more presents!

We call that a corn beef special club sandwich here =)
Our Sloppy Joe's are manwich style sandwiches

george's picture

Christmas Eve is always

Christmas Eve is always spent at my Dad and Stepmom's house in Miami. She's Cuban, so the night is really "Nochebuena" with a mix of traditions (turkey next to plantains, black beans and rice next to the cranberry sauce).

Never spent the holidays anywhere other than South Florida. One of these years, I'd like to rent a place up in Vermont or wherever and have a whole 'Currier and Ives' type Christmas but 75-degrees has its merits, too.

Andres's picture

Traditional Italian

Traditional Italian Christmas eve meal Fried Calamari Fried Shrimp,Boiled whiting,
Spaghetti with clam and red sauce,salad,Cheese,Pastries and lots of homemade red wine.Christmas day more of the same left overs.

jmminarik's picture

Every year I have a

Every year I have a tradition of not waking up dead. It's a tradition I hope to continue in perpetuity, or die trying.

lauraska's picture

netable wrote:lauraska

netable wrote:
lauraska wrote:

We usually go to my family's house in North Jersey. The last few years, my dad has gotten a platter of sloppy joe sandwiches. In North Jersey, a sloppy joe is a double decker cold sandwich on rye bread, with either ham, roast beef, or turkey, plus coleslaw, swiss, and russian dressing. Our favorite deli also makes its own ice tea. My dad, my brother, and I, are always trying to eat healthy and get to the gym, so we consider Christmas Eve sloppy joes to be our one indulgence. So we have a sloppy joe lunch or dinner and exchange gifts and hang out...and then go over to my aunt's house for a real Christmas meal and some more presents!

We call that a corn beef special club sandwich here =)
Our Sloppy Joe's are manwich style sandwiches

Yeah, except that they don't have corned beef in 'em. :)

Lisa33's picture

Since Tommy and I have been

Since Tommy and I have been together, we go to his parents' house on Christmas Eve. His mom is the organist at their church, so we go to Christmas Eve mass (Lutheran) and check out her program and then we all go home and hang out. Christmas day we open presents, one at a time, so everyone can see what everyone got. Tom's sister always buys a ton of funny presents for everyone, so it's lots of fun.

Then we go to my sister Carolyn's house for Christmas dinner, and to play with all the toys the kids got; I mean, to play with the kids. Yes.

Pre-marriage times I'd always come home from NYC and go to my mom's for Christmas. One year my sister and I both had to work the next day (in the city) so we wound up back in NYC Christmas night, searching for a bar that was open (surprisingly, most of them were closed). The old days...

Shovelled_Up_Dead_Corpses_Rotting_You's picture

no traditions. not going to

no traditions. not going to travel out into the burbs to see my family until Christmas Day. will probably go over to Standard Tap for their secret special firkin :D

Larry99's picture

We celebrate the traditional

We celebrate the traditional Polish Christmas Eve called "Wigilia" ...sort of like the Italian 7 fishes since there's no meat. There's beet/mushroom borscht, brined herring, cured salmon, fried smelts, flounder, 3 kinds of pierogis (mushroom, saurkraut and potato; homemade by myself and my sister!) yummy deserts and lots of champagne. After dinner we sing both English and traditional Polish Chrsitmas carols. Location varys from year to year; this year it's at my cousins house.

jbette01's picture

We have a traditional Slovak

We have a traditional Slovak dinner called 'vilija' (vah-LEE-ah)...

In our family, the matriarch starts the dinner by blessing every member of the family and making a cross with a small bit of honey on their forehead. Then we have mushroom/sauerkraut soup, bolbalky (sweet dough balls), fish, potato pirohy, and creamed peas.

Then we head to 'midnight mass', which is at 9 PM... if you are a guest at dinner, you are now hoping that the strange food plus the crazy incense at church doesn't make you nauseous.

In my case, I come home, down about a dozen chocolate covered pretzels and head to bed and wait for Santa! :)

tudor's picture

Due to late shopping habits,

Due to late shopping habits, wrap gifts like crazy.

Kat's picture

We're going to mass at St.

We're going to mass at St. Anne's, come home, eat tons of appetizers, drink "Santa Clause Milk" which is milk, vanilla, cinnamon and sugar, read "Night Before Christmas" and put the chickies to bed. Then we bring all the loot downstairs and set everything up. Then I don't sleep because I cannot wait to see the look on the girls faces when they come down the stairs!

On Christmas we just hang out, watch movies and I cook and cook and cook!

dan's picture

Christmas Eve worship at our

Christmas Eve worship at our church,
then at midnight I say a Christmas prayer at The Last Stop.

Ftown66's picture

I used to go and visit all

I used to go and visit all my friends parents houses that i grew up with on christmas eve. Little partying at every house. But many have retired and moved away and a few have died. I just usually stay in and relax that day now and wait for A few relatives that stop buy my house now.

netable's picture

Larry99 wrote:We celebrate

Larry99 wrote:

We celebrate the traditional Polish Christmas Eve called "Wigilia" ...sort of like the Italian 7 fishes since there's no meat. There's beet/mushroom borscht, brined herring, cured salmon, fried smelts, flounder, 3 kinds of pierogis (mushroom, saurkraut and potato; homemade by myself and my sister!) yummy deserts and lots of champagne. After dinner we sing both English and traditional Polish Chrsitmas carols. Location varys from year to year; this year it's at my cousins house.

Larry, by chance do you make the ones with strawberry's in them, I would buy them off you!!!!!!

My neighbor, Anna who passed away use to make them for me all the time' and the Frozen ones at Krakus or the Deli on Allegheny doesn't taste anything like hers' I think they use a Strawberry substitute or something' but they sure dont taste like hers'

I miss her and her perogies' =)

Larry99's picture

netable wrote:Larry, by

netable wrote:

Larry, by chance do you make the ones with strawberry's in them, I would buy them off you!!!!!!

My neighbor, Anna who passed away use to make them for me all the time' and the Frozen ones at Krakus or the Deli on Allegheny doesn't taste anything like hers' I think they use a Strawberry substitute or something' but they sure dont taste like hers'

I miss her and her perogies' =)

hmmmm, I've never heard of pierogies with fruit filling? I guess you could put fruit inside a pierogie but I'm not familiar with it. It could be a regional thing; do you know where your neighbor was from? My grandmother was from Vilnus in Luthuainia and my grandfather was from Warsaw - no fruit pierogies there.

The only similar thing that I know of are 'Blintzes' which are another Eastern European/Polish/Jewish thing. They are sort of like a Polish enchilada with like a farmers-cheese filling. You typically fry them and pour a sweet fruit topping over them. I think sometimes they are filled with just fruit too instead of the cheese. I remember my mom used to make them for breakfast. At one time you could buy frozen ones at the supermarket; not sure if they still sell them?

netable's picture

No, I have no idea what

No, I have no idea what Part she was from,

Thanks though!!

biggeo's picture

i'll be working till midnight

i'll be working till midnight

snailgem's picture

netable wrote: Larry, by

netable wrote:

Larry, by chance do you make the ones with strawberry's in them, I would buy them off you!!!!!!

as larry points out, you might be thinking about blintzes, which are sometimes made with strawberries added to the cheese filling. they're most delicious when the fruit is fresh.

dan's picture

I've heard of sweet

I've heard of sweet pierogies.

Here's an example:
http://www.polishpierogi.com/sweet-pierogi-p-17.html

netable's picture

dan wrote:I've heard of

dan wrote:

I've heard of sweet pierogies.

Here's an example:
http://www.polishpierogi.com/sweet-pierogi-p-17.html

Thanks Dan!

There is also this other dish she use to make, it was with Rice and Strawberrys and hot milk, it was like a "hot Cereal" and it was so good.........

tudor's picture

Mine now also includes

Mine now also includes buying wrapping paper, after the seemingly endless roll from pervious year finally ran out.

rtsaidred's picture

I'm getting ready for family

I'm getting ready for family to come to dinner. We have a traditional Ukrainian Christmas Eve. It's a meal with no meat and no dairy products. We have tomato mushroom soup, borscht, kolach (bread), fish, potato pierogies, and a bunch of other stuff. Then it's off to church, then home to enjoy the peace of Christmas Eve. Tomorrow, family comes back to my house for brunch. Spend the afternoon relaxing then I head off to my best friend's house to hang with her and her daughters.

george's picture

I miss Anna too, netable.

I miss Anna too, netable. Think about her all the time.

netable's picture

george wrote:I miss Anna

george wrote:

I miss Anna too, netable. Think about her all the time.

It's so weird that she isn't on the step when I drive around the corner' and I always look at her door like I expect to see her there'

She was awesome, made me nuts but was awesome