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Does anyone have Christmas Eve/Day Dinner? I know with my family we have Chrismas Eve Dinner. We have prime rib, yorkshire pudding and all the cakes, pies, cookies, fudge, candies and so on. My mother cooks the main dish and homemade cranberry sauce. And my sisters and I take all the side dishes and deserts. The grandchildren help with the deserts such as the christmas cookies, fudge and peanut brittle.
So if you have Christmas Eve/Day Dinner, what do you have? And do you do it all by yourself or do you have people helping you?
Generally, we do have Christmas dinner at home or with friends. Last year our closest friends were recovering from surgery so we went out to eat. There were easily 100 people in front of us in line! Then, a gentleman comes back and escorts us to the front. We were looking around for TV cameras or an angel or something, but he explained that all 100 or so folks were in a group and was just letting us go first. Whoo hoo! I don't recommend eating out over the homecooked version, but perhaps that's because I don't do the cooking. I like the Yorkshire pudding idea. Sounds lovely. (You didn't mention eggnog, but I assume that was just an oversight.) 8)
i eat festively from thanksgiving to new years and for the most part i do all the cooking. my mother comes over during her xmas break and we usually have some friends over xmas day for dinner which i guess is really the most formal meal i do, but even then....
so many parties, so much food, who can keep it all smushed into a 24 hr period!!??!!
however, now that my sister has moved to texas and i have moved to dallas, i am guessing it might be different this year.
"NO, NO, NO ! I mean JINGLE BELLS ! You know... Santa Claus and Ho Ho Ho and Mistletoe and presents to pretty girls..." * Lucy Van Pelt
"All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt!" * Lucy Van Pelt
Our Christmas dinner was always a mouth-watering-experience, consisting of a spread of vegetables and baked or fried fruits or ambrosia along with the turkey and homemade gravy. The homemade stuffing was delicious, and real mashed potatoes drowned in creamy butter topped it off. Don't forget the corn! Once my mother forgot; never again.
Dessert was always homemade apple pie with whipped cream or a slice of cheddar cheese and the choice of pumpkin pie or a sliver of each.
Somehow the entire family squeezed chairs around a huge table in the tiny dining room because it was absolutely necessary for everyone to sit at the same table, of course the children had their own table for several years as there were so many people gathered around.
I have a vegetarian brother who has inspired several new vegie dishes and the added option of fish for Christmas - yum. I'm not a fan of ham, my mom makes that for Boxing Day now so I can have left over Turkey if I prefer.
My husband makes a rather nice stuffing and twice we have cooked our own Christmas Dinners because one year my parents were out of town and the other time, we were away and there was ham for dinner so I insisted we cook a turkey dinner when we came home.
On Christmas Eve, I bring over my famous dips to snack with and my mom and dad team up to serve up a variety of tasty buffet snacks and wraps to the thirty or more people who pass through for the evening.
In many ways Christmas Dinner is the same as our Thanksgiving Dinner, but with more people stopping by and Christmas music playing in the background.
In years past when I lived in Md., all the kids visited us on Christmas Eve and this was our grand celebration. We had turkey and all the trimmings, with background Christmas music playing all the while. So much fun watching all the kids opening their gifts. Great memories and love to re-think them. Today it is very different. We live in Florida now and mostly have Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner with Sonny's Mom and cousins who visit yearly from Pa. Christmas Eve dinner is spent at DMIL's with Sonny's family visiting. Christmas day is the same. It is wonderful but do miss those Christmas Eve's with all the children visiting and partaking of the wonderful Turkey dinner I prepared for them.
Oh, Twinkle, this is my favorite Christmas wallpaper of all time. Every year I spend a lot of time just looking at it (especially the version where the lights twinkle) and thinking what that world was like.
I never really had a Christmas Eve dinner. As a child the one thing that stood out was going to church on Christmas Eve. I always looked forward to seeing the church decorated and singing Christmas Carols. I liked going to Mid Night mass cause I was always to pumped to sleep. Now that I am older and have used my gift of musicianship in the church, I'vd had the pleasure of leading people in Christmas Carols at church on Christmas Eve.
We do both in my family. My parents are divorced, but we all still spend holidays together, so we usually have Christmas Eve dinner at my aunt or my dad's house. Christmas eve dinner is comprised of something simple like spaghetti, nachos or tacos. Last year, we had a "Feliz Navidad" celebration and cooked all Mexican dishes and ate that Christmas eve at my aunts house. We watched Christmas movies and baked cookies afterwards. This year my sister wants us to order out Chinese food! I don't know why. :P Christmas day dinner is usually/traditionally at my mothers house and that's where we have the traditional holiday dinner. The turkey, ham, collard greens, mac&cheese casserole, green bean casserole, yams, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy...I should stop before I start drooling on my keyboard!