When I was grow­ing up, my fam­ily had a num­ber of hol­i­day tra­di­tions we al­ways ob­served.

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Many were started by my great-grand­par­ents, while oth­ers were added over the years. One year, af­ter learn­ing how to make ravi­oli, my mother de­cided we’d make hun­dreds of them on Christ­mas Eve day. We’d gorge on them for din­ner and freeze the rest to en­joy all year long. This tra­di­tion lasted al­most 20 years.

One tra­di­tion I try to ob­serve ev­ery year is to make fruit­cake —one that peo­ple won’t turn their noses up at. I’ve been pretty suc­cess­ful with it so far, but this year, I think I’ve come up with the best one yet. I com­bined fruit­cake with my fa­vorite up­side­down cake recipe to cre­ate a de­li­cious mashup, and ev­ery­one who’s tried it has loved it (page 48).

Our vis­ual pro­duc­tion di­rec­tor, Stephanie March­ese, couldn’t imag­ine a Christ­mas with­out a gi­ant pan of her fam­ily’s lasagna (page 50). With its in­tensely fla­vored sauce, oo­dles of noo­dles and melty blan­ket of cheese, it’s hands down the best lasagna we’ve ever tried. We think your fam­ily will agree.

I’d love to hear what some of your hol­i­day tra­di­tions are.

note—or, bet­ter yet, tag me in a photo of your tra­di­tion. Maybe I’ll add it to my list this year, too.

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