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Fairielover
12-23-2014, 05:22 PM
What are you serving for Christmas dinner?

Fairielover
12-23-2014, 05:23 PM
We're having ham.

ikslo
12-23-2014, 05:34 PM
We switch it up every year. DH cooks. :) This year I believe it is clams casino, leg of lamb, and crab stuffed potatoes. And wine.

dragonfly
12-23-2014, 06:53 PM
Roast beef for the two guys, haddock chowder for me.

Avalon
12-23-2014, 06:56 PM
Our Christmas dinner has been written in stone for generations. There is turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts & carrots, and cranberry sauce. Since marrying my Ukrainian husband, we have added cabbage rolls and perogies. I have suggested making some changes, but it usually upsets at least a few people. Last year, I did something crazy and bought turkey "parts" instead of roasting the whole bird. It's as close to a compromise as I have achieved so far.

Elly
12-23-2014, 07:06 PM
Turkey, roast potatoes, roast parsnips, SPROUTS (I don't think my husband has had his annual sprout yet), gravy, bread sauce, stuffing, cranberry sauce. Followed up by mince pies with brandy butter. We are ex-pat Brits and this is our taste of home :D

AddlepatedMonkeyMama
12-23-2014, 07:48 PM
Lasagna! It's a tradition that began with my sister-in-law years ago. After hosting both Easter and Thanksgiving, she wanted an easy meal that could serve a large crowd. I'm only serving six, but it's a dish we all enjoy and all I have to make with it are homemade rolls and salad (plus dessert, of course!).

Jeni
12-23-2014, 08:15 PM
We had ham. It was good, but if I eat it more then once, it makes me sick. I tried to get steak, but dh said no. Boo. Oh well, went well and we had a lot of left overs.

dbmamaz
12-23-2014, 09:25 PM
Dh's tradition is a meat pie xmas eve, so we'll do that, then ham for xmas - but as if it were a turkey, with mashed potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, 2 veggies, pumpkin pie. also lots of cookies and candy (all home made) and I'm going to make a vegan cheese ball - I cant wait to try it. It gets good reviews and its safe for me! Of course, same with the 7-layer bars I just exhausted myself making - and I actually did NOT like those. I mean, they're ok, but I prefer my spice cookies - which are a ton easier. and my caramel corn which is also easier.

IEF
12-24-2014, 12:29 AM
I'm just thawing a tofurkey because peeling the chestnuts for the stuffing that has been a family tradition for generations takes all the time I want to spend in the kitchen.

The tradition for this generation was that my ex had the kids for Christmas Eve while I made Christmas dinner. Then I had little ds. He has a different father and exy's kids are all grown up now, but the tradition was just too deeply ingrained so he takes little ds anyway even though they aren't related at all and he's old enough to be the tyke's grandfather.

Life is strange.

Tanaqui
12-24-2014, 01:21 AM
I'm just thawing a tofurkey because peeling the chestnuts for the stuffing that has been a family tradition for generations takes all the time I want to spend in the kitchen.

The tradition for this generation was that my ex had the kids for Christmas Eve while I made Christmas dinner. Then I had little ds. He has a different father and exy's kids are all grown up now, but the tradition was just too deeply ingrained so he takes little ds anyway even though they aren't related at all and he's old enough to be the tyke's grandfather.

Life is strange.

That's great that you're on friendly enough terms for that, though.

alexsmom
12-24-2014, 02:10 AM
We are skipping dinner and grazing on *little courses* all day. DS8, DH, and I picked things we liked that were fairly easy.
Orange Cinnamon rolls with mimosas for breakfast (I love this new *tradition!*)
Then later, Croissants with brie or berry jam and butter.
Cheddar cheese ball or honey-goat cheese mini balls and crackers.
Tortilla chips with salsa or six-layer dip.
Homemade rum balls and bread pudding.
Hubby requested, and gets (partly because he wraps almost all the kids presents):
Ruffles chips with Ranch Dip straight from the can
Bagel Bites.
Plus Baileys (with cherry and chocolate flavor), hard ciders, and fresh apple juice for the kids.

So really unorthodox, and pretty unhealthy. But its one day, I can live with it. We didnt feel like going out to dinner, and didnt want the hassle of a big traditional dinner that DS8 wasnt going to like anyways.
And if all goes well, we will play family games between grazing episodes.

inmom
12-24-2014, 08:40 AM
I'm not hosting Christmas and we'll be at each family, so I'm not making much. My brother hosts my side of the family on Xmas eve. He provides hot roast beef sandwiches, the rest of us bring pot-luck dishes. There are seven other couples, and 20 grandchildren ranging from age 6 to 34, so there's plenty of food.

We're going to my dh's family on Christmas day (grudingly---veeeerry long story). Not sure what she's serving, but we have tickets to go see Unbroken later in the day, so we'll be skedaddling out of there in the afternoon.

However, we will be cooking for Boxing Day--ham and lots of other stuff. Dh is in charge of cooking that day, so I've gladly turned over the reins.

Merry Christmas everyone!

fastweedpuller
12-24-2014, 09:21 AM
Like Inmom, we're grudgingly going to dh's family for the day. I sound like such a scrooge ('tis the season), especially since my MIL is a fabulous present-getter, but the food. Oh the food. Oh how can food be so disappointing, people? And they don't want us to bring anything.

I haven't even thought about dinner tonight for just us though. Something green and flavorful though!

happy holidays!

MNDad
12-24-2014, 01:33 PM
Don't laugh; but our long-standing tradition is vegetarian sushi. We've been pickling tsukemono all month for that.

Sadly, I forgot the sake. May have to brave the xmas eve crowds.

inmom
12-24-2014, 01:52 PM
Don't laugh; but our long-standing tradition is vegetarian sushi. We've been pickling tsukemono all month for that..

So very cool. Can we come over?

MNDad
12-24-2014, 02:00 PM
So very cool. Can we come over?

The more, the merrier. :)

Mariam
12-24-2014, 04:43 PM
We are staying home for the the Christmas holiday so for Christmas Eve - stir fry, to try out our new wok. On Christmas - Pork chili verde, rice, tortillas.

I am hoping to do something more special for New Year's Eve.

halfpint
12-24-2014, 11:24 PM
We had about 15 people over for solstice (my first one hostessing!) with a mix of vegetarians and omnivores

braised duck breast (killed 4 birds)
vegetarian lentil stew
couscous salad (brought by a guest)
rolls
apple pie

plus random snacks brought by guests

then the kids made/decorated sugar cookies to take home

Elly
12-24-2014, 11:33 PM
However, we will be cooking for Boxing Day--ham and lots of other stuff. Dh is in charge of cooking that day, so I've gladly turned over the reins.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Wow, you referred to Boxing Day!

That's the day we'll start on the left overs - bubble and squeak (DH's speciality)
Elly

Accidental Homeschooler
12-25-2014, 09:49 PM
We had beef tenderloin and it was melt in your mouth divine. I am already looking forward to next Christmas when I can have it again. I hope you all had joyful celebrations!

crazyme
12-25-2014, 09:54 PM
Another Tofurkey in the crowd! I like to make fancy meals at Thanksgiving, while the husband really, really LOVES the normal carb-loaded Thanksgiving fare (and cranberry sauce in a can...), so we settle on having that meal on Christmas, when we are just hanging around in our jammies anyway. I think we will have to upgrade to two Tofurkeys next year. Darn growing boys.

dbsam
12-25-2014, 10:18 PM
I bought a tofurkey roast but never made it.

On Christmas Eve we spent the day at the museum so we ate there and then had dinner at my sister's house (she made prime rib so we ate the side dishes). Today it was just us at home and I intended to make a Christmas dinner (including the veggie roast) but we grazed all day and decided to go down to the beach instead. (Since it was a balmy 43 degrees and we needed to get out of pj's for a bit.) Now, at 9:15 everyone is starved and we're tired of grazing so I am making a quick meal of tofurkey Italian sausage, mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts, and salad - not a traditional Christmas meal. We did have some traditional sweets the past few days...nut roll, apricot roll, spritz cookies, peppermint bark and pumpkin pie.

alegre
12-28-2014, 10:12 PM
We did Latin American Christmas this year, so red tamales and hot punch.

beachbum
12-28-2014, 10:58 PM
my parents stayed with us Christmas eve so I did a rib roast, parsley potatoes, steamed carrots, Brussels sprouts, brown steakhouse bread, sangria, and an Italian Mascarpone cheesecake. For Christmas day it was just the 3 of us for dinner, we had a turkey breast, green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry apple salad, yeast rolls, and pumpkin pie.