Oyster Stew And Your Other Favorite Christmas Foods

Robert Siegel and Audie Cornish share some of the responses to our listener call-out for Christmas food stories. You can submit your favorites here, just put "Christmas food" in the subject line.

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

You people really like to eat and you're not shy about it, either. That's the takeaway from our call out on Friday's program. We asked you to tell us about what you usually eat on Christmas Day, regardless of whether you celebrate the holiday.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And we have an inbox stuffed with interesting fare. Most popular so far, waffles for breakfast on Christmas morning.

CORNISH: Also, cookies, oyster stew and Chinese food. Separately, though, not together.

SIEGEL: Kathy Hamilton(ph) of Annandale, Virginia, told us about why her family eats out. Her mother used to get so stressed cooking for the holidays, Hamilton writes, "one year, I suggested that we just go to the movies and get Chinese food. She was resistant, but went along. As the fortune cookies were being served, she said, this has been the best Christmas ever. None of us had to cook and none of us has to clean up. We're doing this every year."

CORNISH: Some of us here would like to sit down with Aniya Stipelkowsky's(ph) family for Christmas dinner after reading here note. They have a traditional Polish spread, often with perogies and a beet root soup.

SIEGEL: And then, there's the smoked eel and its special holiday presentation.

CORNISH: Stipelkowsky writes, "every year, my dad thinks it's hilarious to put a grape into the eel's mouth as if it were a suckling pig with an apple."

SIEGEL: Well, we wanted to hear more of these stories. Tell us what you eat on Christmas Day and also how you array it. Write us at NPR.org and click on Contact Us at the bottom of the page and put Christmas Food in the subject line. We'll pick a few of your stories and share them on the air Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

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