October has passed and the holidays are here! What is it that makes the holidays so great? For some it may be the anticipation of getting gifts, but what about the food?After all, there is nothing quite like arriving after a long journey, walking in the door, and smelling waves of different scents saturating the air coming from the kitchen. The holidays are the perfect time of year to gather together and make some traditional Spanish holiday dishes. In the Latin culture, food is a form of expression and the process tends to involve the whole family. It is also a fun way to pass down and preserve family and cultural traditions. Here are some of my personal favorite traditional Spanish dishes:Pernil y Arroz con Gandules (Roasted Pork and Rice w/pigeon peas)A fulfilling main dish that is sure to please the whole family is Pernil, a succulent, slow-roasted marinated pork shoulder along with a side of rice with pigeon peas. Pasteles (Savory Meat Pies)Originating from the Caribbean, Pasteles are similar to tamales, except they are made from plantains rather than corn and are typically wrapped in parchment. Making Pasteles can be a process, where the whole family takes over the kitchen while making them, and they are SUPER delicious!Arroz con Dulce (Sweet Rice)Served with raisins or without, this traditional sweet rice pudding is sure to please anyone at your holiday feast!Coquito (Coconut Nog)This delicious spiced coconut eggnog treat is great to make for a holiday party or just sip on while decorating for the holidays!These traditional Spanish holiday dishes have tons of flavor, which will have everyone around your table feeling a sense of warmth, comfort and joy this holiday season.