It’s just not Christmas without baccala. Or, it’s not Christmas without Grandma’s orange rolls. The holiday foods that we grow up with have a way of becoming part of our own holiday traditions. Food editor Lorie Hutson gathered recipes from cooks, families and chefs that simply have to be part of the festivities or it’s just not Christmas. Also, correspondent Cindy Hval and her family tried the new North Side restaurant Hop Jacks and she has a review.
Find recipes and news in Wednesday’s Food section.
Buddy Guy, “Live at Legends”
The Pogues, “The Pogues in Paris”
“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days”
“Trouble With the Curve”
“The Guilt Trip”
“Monsters, Inc.” (3-D)
“This Is 40”
Today: A town’s festive spirit is threatened when all the dragons fly away right before Snoggletog – the winter holiday – on “Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury.” 8 p.m., Fox.
Tuesday: “First Freedom: The Fight for Religious Liberty” examines how and why the founding fathers protected the freedom of conscience in the Constitution. 7 p.m., KSPS; 8 p.m., KCDT.
Wednesday: “A Home for the Holidays With Rascal Flatts” raises awareness of adoption, with performances by Melissa Etheridge, Matchbox Twenty and Phillip Phillips. 8 p.m., CBS.
Thursday: Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Bush and Rosalynn Carter share holiday memories on “A White House Christmas: First Families Remember.” 8 p.m., NBC.
Friday: Part 1 of “Back to the Beginning With Christiane Amanpour” explores biblical stories and Middle Eastern locales. 9 p.m., ABC.
Saturday: The new series “Frozen Planet” examines Arctic and Antarctic wildlife. 9 p.m., Discovery.
Sunday: The Seahawks host the San Francisco 49ers at home on “Sunday Night Football.” 5:20 p.m., NBC.
Clarion Brass: “This Is What Christmas Sounds Like,” Monday at the Kroc Center in Coeur d’Alene, Thursday and Friday at St. John’s Cathedral in Spokane
Snoop Dogg, Wednesday, Knitting Factory
Spokane Lilac Festival Benefit Concert, Friday, Bing Crosby Theater
Soltice Snowflake Ball, Friday, Spokane Club
Soulful Christmas Party, Friday, Lincoln Center
sponsored According to two 2015 surveys, 62 percent of Americans do not have enough savings to handle an unexpected emergency, much less any long-term plans.