Christmas Season Cooking for the Holidays — 45 Comments

  1. It’s so important and fun to keep the traditions of our ancestors!
    I learned how to prepare the Stedry Vecer Christmas Eve dinner
    from my mom who was a first generation Slovenka. Now, my daughter,
    who is 30, has learned from me. God’s will, she will teach her
    children when the time comes.
    Vesole vianoce!
    Jerry in Columbus, Ohio

  2. Yes we still have it on Christmas eve. Our family shares the wafer with each other and everyone breaks off a piece and makes a wish. we get ours at St Spehens. After we break off a piece we dip in honey. We also have a traditional slavic meal. we start with mushroom soup, we also had fried fish and bolbalky (little bread with sauerkraut) We are trying for the first time to make our own babka. My dad used to make my grandmother’s recipe but he’s not up to it this year

  3. I still make the onion and potato..we called it paprikas” potatoes…I guess because we topped it with the paprika too. The other potato dish was made with what my mom called rontash>>>> a blend of bacon fat. flour and ketchup mixed with milk and poured over boiled cubed potatoes….we kids called it pink potatoes because the cream took on a rosy hue….she also did this rontash with the mushrooms and onion but no cream.

  4. We shared the oblatky at Christmas eve dinner. My dad would break them and hand us a piece and he also dipped them in honey. I also bought them a few years ago at Holy Trinity

  5. we used to do the wafer with honey and garlic at my sister in laws house. also the pieroghi and kasadi soup which isa garlic and barley soup. and babalki with sauerkraut. sadly we no longer do this because my sister in law passed away two years ago and my father in law is now in Louisiana with my brother in law.

  6. That is actually the traditional way with the honey on the forehead. Personally, the sticky honey would distract me during the dinner as it is supposed to be left on throughout the meal.

  7. My grandmother would pass the oblatky around at Christmas Eve, she would make the sign of the cross with honey on our foreheads. I don’t know what that signifies.

  8. Yes we do. Its funny everyone tries to break off the tiniest corner piece to see who is left with the largest piece at end of night been doing it since I was a little girl. My grandma taught us & she turns 91 on Christmas day. I now taught my Puerto Rican family the tradition & they embrace it every Christmas eve as well.

  9. My mom says Holy Trinity in Perth Amboy still sold them last year and she just asked someone to pick her up some from there since she can no longer get out of the house… She said also try St. Stephens.

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