Our family has an unusual Christmas dish called macaroni schotel. Macaroni schotel is similar to casserole-type dish whose main ingredients are elbow macaroni, ham, cheese, and milk. Back home, at least when I was still lived there, this dish was considered pricey because of the ingredients especially the ham. That's why my sister and I were so excited when mom bought ham from our city's Chinatown. It happened several times that we had to buy another pack of ham because we almost finished it before mom had used it for macaroni schotel. Since then she would remind us the original purpose of buying the ham when we were tempted to steal slice by slice of it.
Macaroni schotel was a comfort food during Christmas in my family, and still is until now. Grandma lived with us, so our house got visited a lot by our extended family. Mom would make two squares (about 9x9 inches) macaroni schotel then sliced them thin so they would be enough for everyone. That little slice was actually a perfect size because in Indonesia, this dish was considered as a snack. The very slices would then be served on mom's best china collections that were only be taken down from shelf during special occasions. I miss those times. Hopefully I can come home on Christmastime someday.
May the birth of Jesus Christ brings joy, peace, and hope in your family.