Susan Dendy, Tuscaloosa
My grandfather owned a dry goods store, Alley Mercantile, in Macon County. The entire family would work on Christmas Eve, since Christmas was their busiest season. Because everyone was always coming and going at different times, there would be a big pot of chili on the stove for people to eat when they were home. Alley Mercantile closed its doors 40 years ago, but we still eat chili every Christmas Eve. Only now, we gather as a family and eat it together.
Ashley Burns, Tuscaloosa
My husband Tim and I decided a few years ago to start a tradition of doing a big family trip at Christmas for our kids instead of doing a lot of gifts. Last year, we went to Stone Mountain Park in Georgia. This year, we’ll be heading to Tennessee. The most adventurous and tricky part about our trip is finding places to eat while traveling that are open on Christmas day.
Sarah Kate Neunzig, Tuscaloosa
My husband, Kai, was born and raised in Stuttgart, Germany. Once we started our family, there were some holiday traditions from his childhood that we knew we wanted to keep for our children to enjoy – especially since both of our children are dual citizens.
On Christmas Eve at his parents’ house we’ve traditionally had fondue or raclette. Christmas Day is usually the day for goose. We will again go to his parent’s house, where his mother has prepared a big, beautiful meal. We will have goose, sauerkraut, green beans, spätzle (a southern German noodle), and knödel (potato dumplings). Throughout the entirety of the holidays, there will be plenty of schokolade (chocolate), lebkuchen (gingerbread), and glüwein (warm mulled red wine) for our German/American family to enjoy.
Sheena Gregg is a registered dietitian and local “Filipino Foodie.” Follow her adventures at afilipinofoodie.com.