Christmas Traditions: Shrimp Creole

I don’t want to talk about the fact that it’s December 23rd, and we are two days away from Christmas. (You’re probably thinking, “I don’t really want you to talk about it either.”)

Let’s talk about Christmas traditions instead!


Everyone has different holiday traditions! As a married lady, it’s been fun over the past decade or so getting to experience Karl’s family traditions and to share some of my own with him and his family. We’re on a rotation with family get-togethers, so this year, we celebrated Thanksgiving with my family in Maryland, and now we’re in Iowa for the Christmas holiday with Karl’s family.

On a non-food-related note, I’ve been trying to figure out a way for them to experience one of my favorite family Christmas traditions, which entails watching the 1970 “Scrooge: The Musical” with Albert Finney. It’s my favorite adaptation of A Christmas Carol ever, and my family almost never fails to watch it together during the Christmas holiday get-together. We also have a tradition of listening to an Alvin & the Chipmunks story record while baking Christmas cookies.

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Karl’s mother grew up in Montgomery, AL, and his father grew up in New York City, the son of Norwegian immigrants. There are all kinds of traditions to accommodate on both sides of Karl’s family! Christmas Eve is normally celebrated Norwegian style (more about that tomorrow), so tonight, Christmas EveĀ², we celebrated the Alabama Christmas Eve traditional dinner of shrimp creole.

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I’m sorry there’s no real recipe for you here – Karl’s mom did some on-the-fly adaptations to accommodate the spice-sensitive and veggie lovers of the family. The end product was a red bell pepper sauce base with onion, tomato, garlic and bay leaves with just a pinch of cayenne. Those who wanted it spicier added some crushed red pepper after plating.


Tell me some of your Christmas and holiday traditions for this time of year – food-related or otherwise!


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