ONE. HOLY WAFER
We eat a broken up piece of holy wafer which has the consistency of chewable cardboard. Good start.
In between every course my father and uncle take a shot to toast to the meal. They call it pee-a-wah-ta-ing (no idea on the spelling). I have yet to find this 'tradition' anywhere online.
Whole cloves we're talking here. Skip.
Shrimp bisque that my dad made. Probably the best dish I'll have all night.
The smell is awful. I skip this dish.
FIVE. COLD POTATOES
They're not even cut up or seasoned or anything. I've dabbled with different ways of heating these over the years: sneaking out to the microwave, holding them above the candle flame, etc. My most recent discovery was putting them in the soup. Genius move.
SIX. MUSHROOM GRAVY
Not really fond of shrooms, so this one is out for me as well.
SEVEN. PIEROGIES (varenyky in ukrainian)
Cheese, potato, or sauerkraut are the options here.
EIGHT. MAC & CHEESE
This is a new addition and has nothing to with the traditional meal since eggs or milk or cheese are not even allowed.
According to my grandma we're supposed to shout 'khristos rodyvsya' meaning he is born. I should note my family is not very religious, but we try to keep this tradition alive. It makes my grandma happy when I try to say khristos rodyvsya to her over the phone, but I can't really pronounce it.
What are some of your holiday traditions??