If all goes as planned, I will be curled up on the couch Sunday morning sipping coffee from a Christmas mug.

It might only be mid-November, but in the Vanden Berge casa, we begin celebrating Christmas early. And with playoff games taking up the next several weekends, I've decided to get a jump start on my holiday decorating.

The first thing on my list of things to do? Dust off the Christmas dishes. This will be done Saturday, just in time for Sunday's annual Thanksgiving feast I will be preparing at home for the five of us. (My family likes leftovers so I always cook a turkey dinner for them before the official holiday.)

Indeed, much of the holiday season is celebrated with food. Every family has holiday traditions. My mom prepares prime rib on Christmas Eve. I make a special breakfast casserole on Christmas morning, and a big pot of clam chowder for Christmas Day.

Then there's my mother-in-law's fudge, my sister-in-law's sugar cookies and my mom's pecan pies.

I know many of you must have special dishes you whip up this time of year as well.

As the holiday season nears, the Empire-Tribune is giving readers the opportunity to share their favorite holiday recipes by submitting them online.

From desserts to appetizers, breads, main courses and drinks, we want your best flavors of the season.

To submit, simply e-mail recipes to news@empiretribune.com. The recipes will be posted on our website at www.empiretribune.com under the Holiday Recipes tab at the top of the home page.

Please include your name, city in which you reside and a note about why the recipe is special to your family.

The Holiday Recipe tab will remain on the website until after the new year.

And in case you're interested, I've already posted my Christmas morning casserole.