Every family has unique holiday traditions, from baking cookies
to re-watching Elf
for the 100th time. You might have been practicing some traditions for so long that you don't even remember where they came from, which makes it even more special to start your own. Because festive meals and treats have the power to connect us all, here are our top 10 food-related Christmas traditions and holiday recipes
that you’ll want to pass down from one generation to the next.
Gingerbread Reindeer Donuts:
Donut people will love the warming spices in this cake-like dough, made just a little healthier with Greek yogurt. Bake in a donut pan, and have fun decorating into reindeer with melted chocolate, sprinkles, and pretzels.
Cinnamon Bun Christmas Tree:
It's always acceptable to eat frosting-covered dough on Christmas morning, but why not modernize it a bit? Bake it in a Christmas tree shape for a centerpiece-worthy breakfast.
Baking Christmas cookies is a common tradition for a reason: It's fun, it's creative, and anyone can do it. Use our step-by-step guide to bake cookies in unique, adventurous shapes, like festive penguins, llamas, and Disney characters.
DIY Fa-La-La Slab Pie:
Gussy up homemade pie by laying out the dough on a rimmed sheet pan, filling it with your fave fruit, and topping it with adorable, seasonal phrases also made of dough.
Savory, meat-filled tamales are a holiday tradition in many households. Mix things up by making this sweet version, which has chili powder in the dough for a hint of spice and chocolate sauce in the center for gooeyness.
This medley of pineapple-infused eggnog, coconut rum, and caramelized pineapple wedges proves that summer and winter can collide deliciously — and that eggnog coladas should be your secret weapon at every holiday party.
Gingerbread House Place Cards:
Give the decorative gingerbread house a more practical purpose with these memorable place cards. They'll tell your guests where to sit and
serve as an automatic party favor.
Mason Jar Cocktail Stocking Stuffers:
Need a signature gift to give to neighbors and coworkers each year? These easy, customizable cocktail kits come together with mini liquor bottles, peppermint and cinnamon sticks, and printable labels.
Mulled Wine Hot Chocolate:
Combine your fondnesses for mulled wine and hot chocolate with this warming, brown-sugary beverage, which will mellow you out even after a long day of gift shopping.
Marshmallow Candy Kabobs:
Whether you use them as stocking stuffers, table decorations, or a midnight snack, these kabobs make a kid-friendly holiday tradition. Spear them with homemade marshmallows, chocolate truffles, cake balls, or any sweet you like.
Learn how to Light It Up with our tips and DIYs that create new spins on old traditions. We keep the best but tweak the rest so you can have a memorable experience that’s uniquely you.
Do you plan on adopting any of these traditions? Tweet us and tell us some of the traditions you look forward to the most during the holidays @BritandCo.
Additional reporting by Ashley Tyler
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