Just canvassing or rather looking to steal good ideas for starting a new Christmas eve meal tradition at our house. When I was growing up our Christmas eve meals tended to include several of cheese fondue or beef fondue, artichokes, something shrimp-based, lobster bisque and a wackload of appetizers depending on the number of attendees. My parents used the opportunity of moving to Canada (from the US) to create their own new thing and leave midnight mass, plum pudding, etc., behind so it was always a smaller and kind of hippy dippy affair. Plus, there was the added bonus of the smell of our neighbours trinidadian curry permeating everything (yum!).
A few years ago when chowlet #2's arrival was imminent we put our foot down and said Christmas eve and Christmas morning would be spent at our own house. Since then we have been adrift looking for new traditions.
There are two complicating factors however. The first is that my mom spends every other Christmas eve with us. While we would probably be happy with a Sushi, Korean, Thai bonanza, not so much for my mom. The second is that chowlet #1 and myself are gfree. Sigh.
Any ideas? Or better yet, do you have any traditions that you just love, love, love that you would be happy taking root in someone else's house?