I grew up in a big Italian American family so my Christmas traditions reflect classic NYC Italian stuff- big platters of cheese, sausages, and olives; homemade pastas and raviolis; lasagna; stromboli, stuff like that. You need a huge family to cook that kind of meal, which I don't have now, so it is highly edited down at this point in my life. Usually I do stromboli on Christmas Eve, that's my favorite part of what I had growing up. Last year we did a pasta dish inspired by the "feast of the seven fishes" tradition on Christmas day.
This year we're thinking of trying to do something more traditionally southern (that's where my husband's from). He unfortunately comes from a family of terrible cooks though, so we've been polling his friends to see what they're making. So southerners, what's on your traditional table (particularly side dishes)? We are pretty committed to a coconut layer cake for dessert but otherwise our menu is wide open!