Ethnic Christmases

Since 1999, my family has been making food from a different country or region for our Christmas dinner instead of having similar meals for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. This year, we put our heads together to make a list of what we had each year, and this is what we came up with. It’s pretty close but we might be off a little. Some dishes we tried are included when we could remember some.

• 1999 — Cajun/Creole
Jambalaya
Gumbo
Bread pudding

2000 — Indian
Curry

2001 — Chinese
Egg rolls
Fried rice
Shrimp in lobster sauce

2002 — Mexican
Tamales
Sopapillas
Enchiladas
Flan

2003 — English/Irish
Standing Rib Roast
Yorkshire pudding
Trifle

2004 — Greek
Lamb
Baklava

2005 — German
Sauerbraten
Potato pancakes

2006 — Russian
Borst

2007 — French

2008 — Japanese
Tempora
Miso soup

2009 — Spanish
Pialla

2010 — Caribbean
Avocado soup (cold)

2011 — Swedish
Crepes/lingonberries
Herring various ways

2012 — Hungarian
Bean soup, creamy
Goulash
Baked Walleye with sauce
Cabbage/sausage/egg noodle
Kiffles
Bread

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