We have ham or beef roast or pork roast, scalloped potatoes, fordbook lima beans (for DD), macaroni and cheese, turnip greens and corn bread, sweet potato souffle, corn casserole, rice cooked in the meat juice, and green beans. For dessert we just have samplers of the cookies and candies I've made the week before! It hasn't changed in 40 years, and until I a no longer able to do it, I don't anticipate any changes--other then my DS son, who is in the air force, comng home this year. This will be the first Christmas in 10 years that we've been able to have him with us. Yea!
Here is our usual Christmas Dinner; they all rave about it!
Baked Ham with Orang-Pineapple Glaze
Mashed Potatoes---make ahead-recipe at bottom
Dinner Rolls with Jelly
Cherry Cheese Cake--have gone to the 8-minute.
Candy, Cookies, ect, on the buffet.
***If anyone wants recipes for the potatoes, salads, cheesecake, let me know and I will supply them.
PM is easier for me.
We like ham, sweet potato casserole,fresh green beans, cheesy corn,home made rolls, and Christmas cookies (a variety of kinds) , relishes, cranberry and other salads. Sometimes we have sweet potato casserole and cheesy potatoes depending on the number of people coming.
One year I had dinner at a daughters house and she made chili with all kinds of finger plate foods. It was a wonderful repreive from a normal dinner
You guys are making me hungry!! My family wants (and expects) the same menu every year. Our crowd is small by your standards...only 10-13. I prepare ham, a green bean casserole (a must), a cornbread casserole, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, home made cranberry sauce, sweet pickles, olives and crescent rolls. For appetizers we have deviled eggs and an assortment of veggies and dip. No room for dessert but there's always plates of cookies and brownies.
I can't imagine cooking for 40 people!:shock: I would do a large ham, a couple of pans of cheesy hashbrowns, a hot vegetable dish and serve with small rolls for those who want to make sandwiches. Add pickles and carrot and celery sticks. Dessert would be whatever my guests want to bring. Maybe a couple of jellos with fruit in them.
I always make a salad, a good roast beef with veggies and mashed potatoes....then eggplant parmigiana and spaghetti. Dessert is usually pumpkin and coconut custard pie.
This year my DH and I will cook the turkey, dressing and gravy. We have invited lots of people from our church who don't have any place to go to come to our place for Christmas dinner. I wil have them bring all the rest of the dishes. So, for us, it will probably include dishes we aren't familiar with for Christmas. Can't wait to see what others bring.
You are a lady after my own heart. I also have herring, turkey, beef and ham and little dollar buns, potato salad, cheeses, sausage/thuringer. Then, too, it is cold enough outside that I can put everything in my walk-in refrigerator (it's called that in the winter, the front porch in the summer. I also have cookies, fudge, pies, I love the cheesy-potato casserole. Then the house is open from about 10:00 AM until about 7:00 PM for anyone of the family or the neighbors or friends to stop over, fill their plate and have a glass of wine (or whatever). Ever notice how during this time a house takes on a smell of its own? I love the smell of turkey and all the trimmings, the Fraser Fir Christmas tree, the egg nog, all the spices (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger. I love from November 1 until January 2. Then no more snow, no more icy weather, no more shoveling. They are saying Minnesota is going to have another mild winter. We didn't have snow for Christmas last year - I would like a nice snowfall on Christmas Eve and that's all!!!!!!! Then what isn't eaten is kept for New Years Day when I lock up the house, nobody comes in. We eat up the leftovers and watch football. That's my holiday-time and I'm not changing one little thing! I love leftovers!!!!! That's why I always buy extra for Christmas.
Originally Posted by NJ Quilter
I don't like Hallowe'en! I love to pass out the candy to the kids (or money, whatever) and see how they have grown, but I intensely despise (my mother always said "You never hate - but, you can intensely despise." I have used that all my life. Anyhow, I intensely despise, witches hanging from the trunk of a tree, ghosts, all that stuff. I don't buy any hallowe'en fabric at all one bit. I have one ceramic pumpkin that I made. It has a light in it and it goes in the window from 6-8PM on Hallowe'en. That's it! But I do go all out for Christmas. I love Christmas. Edie
We try to rotate Christmas dinner. When it's my turn, it is usually whatever I'm in the mood to fix. One year it was fried chicken, another year I put on a pot of soup beans, fried potatoes and homemade bread (it was a hit - not a bean left in the pot). Another year, I fixed spaghetti. Last year I fixed a huge roast, mashed potatoes, home canned green beans, etc. Always homemade rolls. My sisters prefer to fix breakfast, which is one meal I absolutely hate to fix for a crowd - everyone wants something different and the mess is ongoing. Since I always fix Thanksgiving, on Christmas I go by the KISS rule - Keep It Simply Simple.