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Nontraditional Christmas dinner

Discussion in 'Traditions & Memories' started by oldncrusty, Mar 30, 2019.

  1. oldncrusty

    oldncrusty Tinsel Straightener Merry Forums Member MMC Premiere Member

    For those of you who don't have the typical traditional turkey, ham or roast beef type meals, what do you serve, and how and why did you or you family get out of the usual foods generally served? Also how did your family react?
    I normally do ham. I switch it up sometimes, but when I do, it has still been fairly traditional (crown roast, game hens, turducken). I am talking about people who do things like chili or lasagna or deli sandwiches. Foods people don't normally associate with Christmas.
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  2. Minta

    Minta Charles Dickens' Editor MMC Lifer Christmas Card Exchanger Christmas Crew

    Most of the time had the traditional dinners Christmas eve/Christmas day however this year I want to switch it up on Christmas Eve. I am planning on having a buffet for Christmas eve with meatball sandwiches and a lunch meat platter and my family is on board with this idea. Now that the kids are older, we have out grown some things we used to do so it's time to try something new. Several years ago when the kids were really little we would do Lasagna for our Christmas eve dinner since I could make it a head of time.

    Last year we did a turkey dinner Christmas eve and a ham dinner with extended family on the 23rd so we had plenty of left overs which we used for dinner Christmas day. It was the first time I had NOT cooked on Christmas day. While it was nice and relaxing it was also missing something.
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  3. MerryCarey

    MerryCarey A Voice from the North MMC Lifer MMC Donor Kringle Radio DJ Louann Jeffries Award Christmas Card Exchanger Christmas Crew Santa's Elf

    My BIL's family usually prepares a turkey and ham, but the rest of the meal is pretty much potluck---everyone pitches in, so there's a variety of side dishes and makings for sandwiches; dips and other noshes for pre-meal nibbles; and for dessert, it's overkill ... cake, fudge, cookies, and ice cream. So, partially traditional, partially not, but nobody leaves hungry!
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  4. Bamanole22

    Bamanole22 Merry Forums Newbie Merry Forums Member

    About 20 years or so ago when I was a kid, we spent Christmas Eve day at Grandma’s. We all had lunch there and stayed until around 4:30.

    On the way home, Mom realized we didn’t have anything at home for dinner, so we picked up food from the nearest place to home at the time, which was KFC.

    To this day, we still do KFC at her house every Christmas Eve because of it. It’s literally the only time I ever have KFC. None of us particularly like it, unless it’s Christmas Eve.
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  5. oldncrusty

    oldncrusty Tinsel Straightener Merry Forums Member MMC Premiere Member

    My brother lives in Japan, and over there, KFC is the traditional Christmas dinner!
    Apparently when KFC first started over there, they did a big advertising campaign convincing people this was a traditional western Christmas dinner. Apparently the advertisements worked, and the rest is history.
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  6. shrcpark

    shrcpark Reindeer Feeder Technician Merry Forums Member MMC Premiere Member Christmas Card Exchanger 2018 Ornament Exchanger

    Our family usually has Chinese food or order out for Christmas dinner. We were stuck one year, we thought we were going to each a traditional dinner. End up, the kids did not like all the food, so we ate at a diner. Since then, we eat Chinese food or some type of buffet.
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  7. Mr. Hankey

    Mr. Hankey Elf Supervisor MMC Premiere Member

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  8. Contented

    Contented Elf Supervisor MMC Lifer Christmas Talk Alum 2018 Ornament Exchanger

    On Christmas Day we stick to traditional turkey and ham but on Christmas Eve we grill ribeye steaks,baked potatoes,rolls and a nice salad.We still have unlimited desserts.Because everyone brings something sweet.
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