I love Christmas and I love Christmas traditions. I have to admit that our family traditions have morphed quite a bit in the past years as the family grows and changes. One of my current favorite traditions is our immediate family celebration: Cousino Fondue Fest. We’ve been doing it during the day on Christmas Eve. Everyone brings various fondue ingredients and dip-ables, we cook the fondues together, and then begin the long process of eating our meal. It is nice because we have other family parties with the big traditional dinners, so this is different and delicious.

This was the first year my sister and her family participated since they have been out of state when we started this tradition. I asked Ben (10) what he thought of it, “I wish we had been part of this tradition before.” If that isn’t a rousing endorsement, I’m not sure what is.

We set the big dining room table up with fondue pots in the middle, and dip-ables surrounding them. We label the fondue forks with names on labels, set out small plates, and just have at it.

Here’s the fondue round up:
Cheese fondue – adult version – wine, swiss, gruyere (AMAZING)
Cheese fondue – kid version – either cheddar or monterrey jack cheese
Meat fondue – turkey / chicken / beef broth, garlic, salt and pepper
Chocolate fondue


  • Bread cubes
  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • asparagus
  • broccoli (pre-steamed)
  • carrots
  • apples
  • oranges
  • strawberries
  • pineapple
  • bananas
  • marshmallows
  • pretzels
  • pound cake cubes
  • cookies
  • anything else you can think of to dip!

Dinner takes a long time as everyone dips and munches but it is a lot of fun. Usually after the gift opening, round two happens where people graze through again.

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