Like my friend, Magaly, good food plays a part in our celebration of the holidays.
My Mom's side of the family always made a Jam Cake, which is a rich dark spicey cake with nuts, strawberry Jam and currants, and two kinds of raisins in the batter. The cake is made by November 15, put in refrigerator for 5 days, then it is dredged with rum and wrapped in cheesecloth. It is then dredged in rum 3 more times before it is served on Christmas (although we do it on Solstice Eve), but not before it is iced with cream cheese and powdered sugar frosting and decorate with red and green cherries.
From my Father's side of the family, we always make posole and red chile to eat on Christmas Eve along with tamales and tortillas. The new addition to this recipe is Tres Leches cake. Margaritas are the drink of the evening and my favorite are Blue Margaritas. This is about the only time I have anything to drink all year.
Just like most folks we have cookies that must be made or it isn't the holidays. Our favorites are biscochitos, pecan sandies, chocolate chocolate chip and pecan pie cracker candy. I usually make fudge to give to the neighbors.
I really like the idea of sharing our traditions etc and will participate in the next 3 Sundays with Ms. Misanthopia.