There is nothing quite like holiday foods. My earliest memories of holiday food at Christmas revolve around Christmas Eve at my uncle's home. Of course, the main thing on my mind was presents and how soon we would get to open those presents. And, we wouldn't get to open the presents until after dinner. So, let's get this dinner thing over with as soon as possible. All of the kids would eat dinner at the kitchen table, while the adults would eat downstairs. Our parents would fix our plates and give us each our own bottle of Coca-Cola. After we ate the "nutritious" stuff, we could have those wonderful cookies that were sitting on the table in the dining room. My mother's side of the family was very large and we had literally "tons" of food to choose from. I don't remember specific dishes here, but I do remember how much we all loved having our own bottles of Coke. No wonder we couldn't go to sleep that night!
Christmas Day was spent with my father's side of the family. All the food was wonderful, but there were several items that became staples in our holiday traditions. My aunt made a delicious dessert called Cherry Delight. It consists of a graham cracker crust, cream cheese, Dream Whipp, and cherry pie filling. I think my brother could have lived on Cherry Delight alone! She also made Divinity Fudge like I have never tasted before. My mother started making buckeyes every year and she continues to do so. We also have a cheese ball each Christmas that even my kids look forward to. We usually don't make any of these things at other times of the year, because they are so associated with Christmas that it wouldn't seem right. It may not be politically correct or even medically sound, but I think at Christmas there is nothing wrong with eating something just because it tastes so good!