Our Christmas meal has several traditions passed down from both my wife's family and mine, in particular the standing rib roast, Yorkshire pudding, and the children drinking from their silver cups given to each at their birth. One tradition we started ourselves was ending the great feast with a "Yule Log," made by a local pastry shop. It's amazingly good and the kids love it because its very festive for the occasion.
"Yule" comes from Germany, a term used to describe their pagan Winter festival. The "Yule Log" was a large piece of wood dragged in from the cold outdoors and put in the middle of the celebration for heat, light, and other symbols associated with the Winter event. In recent centuries, bakers started creating a chocolate cake to look like a Yule Log. Hence the tradition was born.
Merry Christmas and enjoy!