salt lake city style, best christmas traditions

Merry Christmas!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. And no matter how you celebrate, Christmas is nothing without traditions. So we thought we’d share our favorite traditions that make us look forward to Christmas Day.

salt lake city style, best christmas traditions

Rebecca’s Lazy Christmas

My favorite part of Christmas day is the calm and quiet. My husband and I used to spend Christmas day visiting family (who I LOVE), but that made for a somewhat hectic day full of traveling and splitting time between family members. Last year we decided to spend Christmas day at our home, alone, for the first time and it was wonderful.

After spending the month of December in a whirlwind of gift shopping, spending time with family and attending holiday parties, I look forward to enjoying Christmas day by waking up late, staying in pajamas, eating all day long, watching a Christmas movie marathon, catching up on some reading, maybe even a midday nap. Basically barely leaving the couch and letting myself be completely lazy with absolutely no guilt.

I don’t know if two years a tradition makes, but I definitely consider Lazy Christmas to be my favorite holiday tradition.

salt lake city style christmas traditions

Emily’s Christmas Sausage Souffle

When I was just a young child, my grandmother would have everyone over on Christmas morn to open gifts and enjoy a delicious Christmas brunch. The highlight of the meal was her sausage souffle; cheesy and delicious, it was just one of the reasons why Christmas Morning was the most magical morning of the year (the presents that Santa left also played a good part). As our family grew and the grandchildren started their own families, Christmas Morning at Grandma’s became a thing of the past, but the Sausage Souffle Brunch still lives on.

These days, we all gather in different homes for Christmas brunch, but, I’m glad to know that my nieces and nephews will one day make Grandma’s sausage souffle for their own families on December 25th, and new generations will enjoy the magic of gathering around the table on Christmas Morning and taking part in a tradition started by my Grandma.

Jen’s Oyster Stew

As a third-generation Scandinavian (like so many in Utah), our holidays are full of almond spritz cookies, lingonberries, and lutefisk. (Confession: I can’t choke down the latter, but the slimy stuff is supposedly delicious). But my favorite tradition by far involves something equally fishy – a huge pot of oyster stew for Christmas morning breakfast.

It all started with a can of oysters bought on a near-empty store shelf in Oklahoma City. It was the first Christmas morning for my newlywed grandparents in the midst of WWII. As a member of a U.S bomb squad, my Grandpa was headed back abroad in just a few days. On the sparse shelves of the local general store were a few cans of salty oysters, which they mixed with milk and butter at their subsidized apartment for a Christmas morning breakfast stew. Our family has cooked a pot on Christmas morning ever since, and present-opening just doesn’t seem right without the subtle smell of salty fish in the air.

As a kid, I often wished for waffles over oysters (I may or may not have whined and begged – sorry, Mom). Now, I can’t imagine Christmas without the salty stew. Fortunately, I’ve added a delicious spiced coffee recipe to the holiday menu.

We hope you’ve all had a very Merry Christmas. Any traditions you love that make Christmas special for you?

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