Growing up, my mom would make a really traditional Christmas meal - traditional Finnish that is, with a proper Christmas ham, lots of casseroles (carrot, swede, potato and liver, at the very least), carelian meat stew, carelian rice pastries, sweet, spicy bread, home made cheese, lutefisk, hering salad and lots more.
And, pasta and tiny meatballs. Not traditional at all, but my favorite food and mom wanted each of us to have his/her favorite there (my sister's was liver casserole, my mom and brother were nuts about lutefisk and dad was in heaven with the Carelian stuff) so we'd always have pasta and tiny meatballs. A few years ago I told mom we could leave those off the menu, as i was big now and enjoyed the more traditional food.
My nieces and nephew heard that and rebelled. For them, pasta and tiny meatballs are traditional Christmas food