Schuang Family Christmas Traditions

As we wait for baby, we’ve started to think about what traditions we would like to pass down to him. This Christmas, we didn’t do a huge blowout meal like we usually do when we stay in NYC. It was only going to be immediate East Coast family and we didn’t want to be eating leftovers for a month. However, thinking about what we wanted to make for this edited all-day chow down made us realize that there are some dishes that have become Christmas to us. Baby just might be trying these dishes when he is old enough to eat solid foods.

My mom loves spiral ham. It was something that my godmother had served around the holidays as well. Leftovers are great for hearty sandwich making too.


We seem to always have a Christmas lasagna every year. It’s time-consuming (for my husband since this is his job) but the end result is always so amazing. This has sausage and beef, but meatless version would taste great to me too.


Panettone bread always makes an appearance. I’m not really sure why, as I’m the only one who seems to eat it, but I love breaking off a piece to have with a cup of coffee or tea.


It’s so much cheaper to make Italian butter cookies than it is to buy them. I’ve used a variety of recipes, but it seems that I should invest in better piping bags as they always burst when I pipe them out. In the meantime, I’ve been thinning out recipes with some milk so that I can make them with ease. With just one recipe, you can make a variety of different cookies. Our favorites are the Italian sandwich cookies with a jelly center and chocolate/sprinkle dip.

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