A reply by The Silver Bunny to a Christmas based comment: "we do not celebrate Christmas. This is quite a common occurrence in France." Does this explain why my mother's family celebrated with the Christmas customs and food of so many different countries?
I actually called my mother to ask if she had any idea why Panettone was included in our holidays, since it seems to be an Italian (or Australian) thing. My Uncle Emile was married to an Italian, my Aunt Inez, so maybe it started there? I mostly remember my Aunt Inez at the Christmas Tom and Jerry parties, ladling out the creamy drink - sort of like an Eggnog, from the white ceramic bowl, emblazoned with "Tom and Jerry", matching the small white cups.
And we always had Springerle, the hard-as-rocks, Anise flavored, rectangular German Cookie with the raised picture design that took a special carved rolling pin to make. I love these and once I found a source for Anise Oil and the special rolling pin, made them every Christmas. And ate most of them myself. - not for selfish reason, but because no one else liked them. Didn't anyone appreciate the fact that they are practically fat free? Where other cookies had 1 cup butter per batch, these cookies had 1/8th of a cup per batch.
So here's a question: Are you the only one in your family that likes, say something as common as Fruitcake, the Black Jellybean of Christmas? Or something more obscure, like Pumpkin Spice Caramels? (Ick!!)