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Posted: 12/4/2012 8:33:18 AM
Hope it isn't too early to discuss but I am looking for new ideas.

On Christmas Eve I usually try something new. In the past I have done a beef roast but DH isn't a carnivore like the rest of us. The last few years I have done fondue, cioppino, Asian inspired finger foods, and Tamales.

For Christmas I prefer ham and DH prefers Turkey. There will only be 6 of us so making both seems like too much. I am not as motivated to cook a big meal like I do for Thanksgiving.

So what are your traditional meals for these days?

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Posted: 12/4/2012 8:38:59 AM
Christmas Eve it is just DH, DD and me. We make chicken wings and fries and pig out.

Christmas Day there are 6 of us. I make ham, 2 kinds of Polish sausage, and some kind of potatoes or mac and cheese.

We're pretty simple.

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Posted: 12/4/2012 8:45:47 AM
Years ago when my mom had gone back to work and didn't get home till say 7:30, my dad started making a pot of chili with all kinds of other things. Crackers, cheese, pickles, snacky things. We always had an open house sort of thing, so when mom got home dinner was ready, and it didn't make any difference what time other folks could drop by, there was always something hot for them to have.
Christmas Day, it was the big traditional dinner.


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Posted: 12/4/2012 8:56:24 AM
Chicken Stew with Dumplings. A family tradition.


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Posted: 12/4/2012 9:03:07 AM
I make a shrimp and crab pasta for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day changes every year depending on who's hosting.


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Posted: 12/4/2012 10:15:49 AM
For many years our Christmas dinner was an easy appetizer bar. we had cheese and crackers, lunch meats, dinner rolls, chips and dip, a veggie tray, fruit, etc. We had a meal time and then we snacked off and on through the rest of the day.

Now my family has switched to prime rib for Christmas dinner. I donate the prime rib from our side of beef and then I'm off the hook for providing food and help for all other meals during the season. (We have several group meals with my siblings and parents during this time.) Heck, I don't even have to cook it. Anyway, we're discussing doing steamed veggies and a light pasta side to go with it.

My husband's family does a traditional turkey dinner, but it's a large family and everyone pitches in to bring the food.


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Posted: 12/4/2012 10:19:52 AM

For many years our Christmas dinner was an easy appetizer bar. we had cheese and crackers, lunch meats, dinner rolls, chips and dip, a veggie tray, fruit, etc. We had a meal time and then we snacked off and on through the rest of the day.

This is what we do. There's just so much going on Christmas that to add the work of making a big meal is just too much. Mom will bake a ham for sandwiches and the rest of us will bring the rest of the stuff.




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Posted: 12/4/2012 10:36:51 AM
We usually go to Chili's on Christmas Eve after our church service (usually it's just a play with the kids and a small sermon).. we get in about an hour before they close and it is very nice and quite.

On Christmas I try to make a special breakfast like a casserole and then it is appetizers and usually with the in-laws. I think this year due to dh work schedule it is going to be just our immediate family.. so not sure what I will do.



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Posted: 12/4/2012 11:13:04 AM
Christmas eve switches every year- we do dinner with SIL and we each plan whatever we want. Last year it was my turn and we had lasagna, salad, garlic bread and tiramisu for dessert. This year it's their turn and my BIL said something about a beef tenderloin. I have made crown roast of pork and prime rib in the past.

Christmas day it it just DH, DS and I. We have crab legs and some kind of salad for dinner.


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Posted: 12/4/2012 11:16:13 AM
Want something fun and leisurely?

Raclette!

It's a "fondue-type" idea, but it involves having a heated stone grill on the table top and people individually cook up what they want to eat as you sit around the table and chat. We love it, and whenever our girls bring friends home from college, they always ask if we can do raclette one night.

You can google and find lots of recipes, and here is a link to the wide variety of Raclette Grills on Amazon. We have one with a granite top. What is fun is that while you cook on top of the stone/grill, underneath you are broiling cheese (raclette) on potatoes or on thin slices of crusty bread! Yum!

It's a fabulous, customized leisurely meal. Perfect for those times when you want to enjoy talking/visiting while you dine!

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Posted: 12/4/2012 11:21:24 AM
We do casual food. On Xmas eve we order in pizza and have icecream. We used to make homemade icecream but we don't always have time to prepare it. Then on Xmas morning we have a traditional breakfast. Toast, eggs, bacon ect. And I usually make cinnamon rolls too. Then for Xmas dinner we either go all out and cook a ham and sides or we go the lazy rout and have a sandwich bar with various deli meats and salads.


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Posted: 12/4/2012 11:21:38 AM
If it were up to me I would have a prime rib but DH doesn't like it. maybe I will do it anyway... Just need to figure out something for him.

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Posted: 12/4/2012 11:31:18 AM
Christmas Eve is homemade manicotti (this can be prepared ahead of time and so you can pop it in the oven while you're having appetizers). Served w/a salad & garlic bread it makes for an easy sit-down meal if that's what you're going for. Good if you're trying to stay away from red meat.

Christmas Day on the other hand, my dad springs for filet mignon.




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Posted: 12/4/2012 11:40:29 AM
Christmas Eve we have friends over so I usually try something new but something that doesn't require me to be in the kitchen lots once they are there (so perhaps curry, casseroles or other things that can be prepped and put to cook before they get here).

Last year was some sort of fish, butter bean and tomato casserole served with corn, fresh bread (the part baked stuff you finish off in the oven) and rice, perhaps also green beans. Sides tend to be simple also.

Christmas Day is the full traditional day for us (we don't do Thanksgiving in the UK so this is our BIG meal of the year).

My mum buys and cooks the meats and brings them over, a turkey crown (just the breasts rather than the legs and everything else) plus a ham joint. Then just lots of vegetable side dishes.

The left over meats are added to a buffet style supper (cold meats, cheeses, crudites, dips etc) then we split the cold meat between us, though we have the bigger portion as there are five of us as opposed to just the two of my parents. Anything I think we will struggle to eat within a couple of days meatwise I slice up and freeze ready to defrost for sandwiches in the following weeks.





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Posted: 12/4/2012 12:10:30 PM
At my house for Christmas Dinner, we are having buffalo chicken dip, chips and salsa, cheese/crackers/pepperoni and a fruit/veggie tray for appetizers.

For dinner, we are having pulled pork sandwhiches, coleslaw, baked beans, devilled eggs, chips and mac and cheese. Easy stuff that I can make ahead the night before and put the pork tenderloin in the crockpot that morning. I don't want to spend the whole day cooking and since no one likes to help cook or clean up, that's what I'm doing.

There will be 10 people here that evening, but probably only 5-6 of us will eat.








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Posted: 12/4/2012 12:16:36 PM
Christmas Eve for us is all seafood... lobster, shrimp, scallops, salmon cakes.. all either baked stuffed, boiled(Lobster), or fried.. Fish on Christmas Eve is traditional Italian.. and probably more special than Christmas Day.

Christmas Day I'll either do ham or beef, twice baked potatoes, salad, and some other side dish.. maybe something with squash or sweet potatoes... it will be preceeded by a fruit salad with sherbert, maybe a soup and then pasta of some kind,

lot's of desserts,

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Posted: 12/4/2012 12:35:40 PM
Christmas Eve is all about soup and appetizers. This year, Christmas Day will be Ham, a cheesy potato crock pot dish, scalloped corn, some type of gelatin salad and dinner rolls. Our guests are bringing dessert.





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Posted: 12/4/2012 12:59:51 PM
3kidmama, that looks really cool. Thanks for sharing it.

I have no idea for Christmas Eve. I've been too busy planning Christmas day. Oops! Christmas Eve will be something pretty easy though. For Christmas day I'm thinking of doing a balsamic and onion pot roast, glazed carrots, asparagus with cream sauce, Hasselback sweet potatoes, mac & cheese for the kids, and rolls. Haven't decided on dessert yet.



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Posted: 12/4/2012 1:07:21 PM
Christmas eve is at my brother's sister in laws house and it's cuban food ( they are cuban) pork , rice and beans, shrimp, etc.

christmas day is by me:

antipasta
Italian wedding soup
lasagna or baked ravioli
ham
sweet potato pie
risotto
pineapple filling

not sure what for dessert yet

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Posted: 12/4/2012 1:09:36 PM
Christmas Eve will be a roast chicken dinner with rolls, mashed potatoes, roasted root veggies, and fruit salad. Chocolate cake & cherry pie for dessert.

Christmas Dinner will be out at a local hotel. Lots of festiveness and no dishes.



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Posted: 12/4/2012 1:23:48 PM
Christmas Eve has not changed at all since I was a little girl. The entire family will go to my grandmother's house and it's Posole, Red Chile, Tamales and Chile Rellenos.

Christmas Day is just immediate family and is sort of whatever. Some years we do all the fixings and others we do easy stuff. This year I'm thinking all the fixings again which means Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatos, some kind of veggie and dinner rolls. But, I'm usually the only one who does the cooking so we shall see. I may change my mind.

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Posted: 12/4/2012 1:26:40 PM
Thanks for all the ideas!

I love the Raclette idea. I think we will do that on New Years Eve when my MIL and SIL are here.

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Posted: 12/4/2012 1:51:49 PM
Christmas Eve is always Chinese at a local restaurant. It is actually DH tradition with his Dad. They have been doing it for close to 30 years.

Chritmas Day if we are home the 4 of us it is a brisket and just a bunch of sides. There is snacking that goes on all day it seems.



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Posted: 12/4/2012 1:52:51 PM

Christmas Eve is all about soup and appetizers. This year, Christmas Day will be Ham, a cheesy potato crock pot dish, scalloped corn, some type of gelatin salad and dinner rolls. Our guests are bringing dessert.


So very Midwestern of you! LOL. Exactly the kind of thing my mom always did and we loved every bite!

My kids have requested tacos for Christmas dinner. I might just accommodate them.


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Posted: 12/4/2012 2:00:10 PM
We're a little non-traditional in our family...

Christmas Eve night, we pop a bunch of popcorn, I buy boxes of movie theater candy from the dollar store, and we watch Christmas movies for hours. Nobody is ever hungry enough for a real dinner.

This past Christmas, I was due to give birth at any moment and I was not in the mood to cook. When my grandmother was alive, she used to go out for Chinese for dinner on Christmas Day. We couldn't find a Chinese restaurant that was open in our town, so instead we had pancakes at IHOP (a very packed IHOP at 8pm on Christmas night) and tipped our server @ 100% instead of 20%. He even brought the check folder back and asked if we had written something down wrong. (I was actually kind of shocked that more people don't overtip on Christmas night.)

We're still debating whether to go back to IHOP or choose one of the other restaurants that's open on Christmas, but we did decide that going out and tipping 100% of the bill was going to be our new tradition.

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Posted: 12/4/2012 2:11:48 PM
We have our daughter, SIL and 3 grandkids for Christmas Eve.

We are having pork loin manhattans on homemade bread with homemade mashed potatoes.

We also have:
shrimp cocktail
veggies and dip
cheese and crackers
olives(black and green)
party mix
cranberry punch
decorated cupcakes
and the finale: chocolate fondue with everything imaginable to dip


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Posted: 12/4/2012 2:20:17 PM
Christmas Day is just Dh and I. I am going to make overnite french toast casserole, bacon, eggs and fruit for brunch.

Later in the day will be leftovers from Chistmas eve and other snacky foods!


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Posted: 12/4/2012 2:23:40 PM

We're still debating whether to go back to IHOP or choose one of the other restaurants that's open on Christmas, but we did decide that going out and tipping 100% of the bill was going to be our new tradition.



What a GREAT idea that is!!!! awesome!!!

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Posted: 12/4/2012 2:33:26 PM

We're still debating whether to go back to IHOP or choose one of the other restaurants that's open on Christmas, but we did decide that going out and tipping 100% of the bill was going to be our new tradition.


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Posted: 12/4/2012 2:42:38 PM
Christmas Eve we often have Veal Picatta. Christmas day Cornish game hens stuffed with a stuffing made with apricot brandy, apple juice, pecans and corn bread stuffing.

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Posted: 12/4/2012 2:51:15 PM
Our Christmas Eve dinner is informal. My mom, aunts, uncles and cousins and I all gather at my grandmother's after we get done w/ our evening church services. We have appetizers (different every year) until everyone gets there. Then we have dinner: oyster stew w/ oyster crackers (we are Swedish & Norwegian so it's a cultural tradition) and chili with cornbread (for those who don't appreciate the finer side of an oyster). Someone usually makes a dessert, it's never the same every year.

Christmas Day we have a formal dinner together. Appetizers vary year by year. Dinner is usually a really nice cut of beef cooked fancy, like a big beef tenderloin, prime rib roast or Steak Diane. My grandmother makes homemade crescent rolls (but I have learned how, so this year is my turn) and some sort of potato dish, my mom makes green bean casserole & a veggie tray, and my aunt makes the strawberry pretzel jello dessert that she decorates with slices of kiwi laid on top to look like a Christmas tree. Those are the only guaranteed dishes. The other side dishes vary from year to year based on who is coming, how many are coming, and things that we like or want to try. Dessert is my mother's red velvet cake cheesecake.


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Posted: 12/4/2012 3:57:51 PM
Christmas Eve we always order in Chinese food. It is just the 5 of us - we spend the night watching movies and pigging out.

Christmas Day we're at DH's sister's for dinner, so I don't worry about that.

But I'm on brunch detail for 13 people. I always make bacon, scrambled eggs, some kind of baked french toast dish or fancy bread (one year I did brioche, another year cinnamon rolls), fruit & dip and then a cheese platter and some appetizer type nibblies to munch on.


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Posted: 12/4/2012 7:34:59 PM
Christmas Eve is always a busy day/evening. Hubby owns a retail store and is open until late afternoon. We have 2 church services and our daughter sometimes is involved in singing. With that much craziness, I started putting a ham in the oven in the afternoon. Take it out and throw some baked potatoes in -they are set on a timer and are finished when we arrive home. Table is already set with the Christmas dishes and while everyone gets their drinks and the cheesebread is baking-the salads are put on the table.
This is the only time all 7 of us are together and this year my mom will probably join us as this is her first Christmas without my dad.
We house hop on Christmas Day-usually ham and pot roast at one and turkey at the other.

Except for last year-nephew at strep so that get together was postponed a day. We had ham for 3 meals in a row as SIL didn't make a turkey this year-she made a ham......oh well!

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Posted: 12/4/2012 8:22:40 PM
Christmas Eve is at MIL's house & we do appetizers. She makes those sweet & sour meatballs & I look forward to them all year

For breakfast - dh & I love the casseroles you make the night before; the egg bakes or the french toast...but our kids just don't eat that much of them. So, a few years ago we switched to Monkey Bread & they love it, so that's the tradition. Monkey Bread, bacon & mimosas for mom & dad.

Christmas dinner I'm doing 2 pans of bake ziti. I do a chicken alfredo pan & a red sauce. I used to get a little fancier, but I spent too much time in the kitchen. I can make these the night before & enjoy our company more...we have close to 20 come for Christmas dinner. Everyone else provides appetizers & desserts...I just do the zitis, salad, bread & I might make some tortellini soup...it's a casual dinner for us, but super yummy.



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Posted: 12/4/2012 8:25:36 PM
Typically, DH will do a Turkey or Ham with all the fixins. This year, he says he just wants to go out to Chinese. Works for me.




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Posted: 12/4/2012 8:32:56 PM
Christmas Eve menu - crabmeat pasta, Caesar salad & garlic bread

Christmas morning - creme brulee French toast with sausage

Christmas dinner - port marinated beef tenderloin with cranberries, pommes Anna and bundles of stringbeans wrapped in applewood bacon, dessert to be determined - open to suggestions!

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Posted: 12/4/2012 9:13:33 PM
Every year we do Lasagna on Christmas Eve.

On Christmas day we do cinnamon rolls for breakfast, finger foods for the day and then Prime Rib for dinner.


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Posted: 12/4/2012 9:36:20 PM
Christmas Day is usually just the four of us. I used to make a big traditional meal with ham, etc. About 4 years ago, I started making surf and turf. We have steak, lobster tail, twice baked potatoes, veggies, salad, and dessert.

Christmas Eve is usually something simple before church.

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Posted: 12/4/2012 9:36:34 PM
We do the seafood thing on Christmas Eve; lobster, shrimp, etc. Christmas Day changes every year, but it's usually a "fancy" dinner - Beef Wellington, fresh ham, turkey, last year it was filet mignon. My favorite day of all, though, is the 26th; my dad makes a seafood bisque that's incredible. Mmmmm.... can't wait!


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Posted: 12/5/2012 5:43:46 AM
Ham here. No help to you.



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