One of my favourite Christmas traditions springs from my Danish roots. My Grandpa Chris was from Denmark, and so were many others from the small farming community where I grew up, so to me these were as much a part of Christmas as gingerbread men, the tree and hanging up stockings on Christmas Eve. Their Danish name is aebleskiver, but they are more commonly known here as Danish pancakes.
To make aebleskivers you need a special cast iron aebleskiver pan. These used to be very hard to find in North America, but now, thanks to the Internet and the growing popularity of these little Danish pancakes, there are lots of online sources if you decide to give them a try.
The trick to making these is in the turning. You fill each hole about 2/3 full with batter. Let it cook until the bottom half is nicely done, then with a pointy object (I use a chopstick, but a skewer or knitting needle also works well) you carefully pry the bottom away form the pan and quickly flip it over so the top half cooks.
I don't know how authentic this is, but we always roll them in a bit of sugar. It not only adds to the flavour, I think it also makes them look very Christmassy.
Of course, there is nothing healthy about these. But sometimes food benefits more than our bodies. In this case it nourishes the memories of my childhood, and hopefully will have a place in the memories of my children. That's how tradition works.