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    What are you having for Christmas dinner?

    I will start this by saying our family has always done pretty much the same meal for Thanksgiving and Christmas. This year I needed more room in the freezer, so I made a turkey in early October, made one for thanksgiving, and now being faced with yet another one, I was not looking forward to it. (You actually can get tired of even your favorite meal...) fast forward to earlier this month, and a good friend gifted us with a 10 lb pork shoulder. Guess what we are having for Christmas dinner? Right!
    We are having pork shoulder cooked with pineapple and dried cranberries, roasted carrots cooked under the roast, Christmas rice (white rice with red and green peppers and a little saffron for color), bean and pasta salad, pickled beets, sweet and dill pickles, corn bread, and scalloped potatoes. For desert we are having a choice of mandarin orange "Foam", Death by Chocolate cake, or bread pudding with apples and cinnamom.
    We are cooking it as a group. So, what's for dinner at your house on Christmas Day?
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    Since my daughter is not going to her in-laws this year on Christmas Eve we will be having two parties...on Christmas Eve we will be having a Raclette party....moose meat, chicken cooked on the Raclette with garlic butter ...different sauces, roasted potatoes and veggies ...probably a cheese fondue as well....I have made carrot cake and banana and poppy seeds cake.....then on Christmas day we will have the turkey supper with French Canadian meat pies and ragout....mashed potatoes and all the fixins....I will prepare cream pies or a bagatelle for desert....

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    We are having a prime rib roast for dinner. There is a turkey in the freezer but think I'll save that for February. I will go ahead and fix some scalloped potatoes and a green bean casserole. My daughter got a Mickey Mouse sour dough loaf at California Adventure a couple weeks ago, so we are having that instead of dinner rolls. My sister sent me some of her home canned cranberry sauce so will have that as well. We are not sure what else - I know for sure I will bake a pumpkin pie since I have all the stuff to make it.

    I really like breakfast on Christmas because my husband cooks and I get to sit back until it it time to fix dinner.

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    DD and I are getting together for rock cornish game hens, stuffing, green beans, roasted potatoes, carrots, cranberry conserve and lemon bars. We're sharing cooking duties and having dinner at my house. I can't wait.

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    We're having ham, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry relish and rolls. Then pie for desert, maybe I'll make a chocolate-cherry cake too.

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    Scallops with an orange- soy Demi glacé, spinach- feta cheese mini soufflé bites in puff pastry, spinach salad with pomegranate, Comice pear, pea cons and balsamic dressing, stuffed crown roast, mashed potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, green bean casserole, and butternut squash. You would probably think that I am feeding and army but it's only me and my DH as family is all back East. I love Christmas Dinner. Especially when the house is all decorated.

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    we are having bbq ribs and bbq and lasagna . and i will make 2 salads also. that way i can make
    it all the day before and enjoy the day. and every body loves it that i have different things to
    pick from.

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    Early snacks:
    chips and onion dip, jalapeño popper spread, cheeses ball Italian meats and crackers.

    Dinner
    Grilled marinaded flank steak, grilled onions, peppers and mushrooms baked potatoes, sweet potatoes (just to annoy my bil) peas, and Caesar salad.

    Dessert
    is the fudge, haystacks, and Christmas cookies that will be out all day too.

    I'm doing most of the meal mil is making the salad, her Caesar dressing is amazing, the dips and cheeses ball. The sweets are made by me, my 2 girls, mil, and 2 of my nieces.
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    Glad you posted this Madamekelly. We are still so undecided about what to fix. Until yesterday we weren't sure what we were doing for Christmas. My dad just got out of a week stay at the hospital for his heart. Now we can plan but it's all such late notice. I think we are having turkey, gravy, mac & cheese and vegie pizza, so far. That sounds very disconnected, doesn't it? Oh well, as long as there is some food on the table and we are together. At least dad will be there.
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    everyone has such an interesting menu. We have a small gathering this year, I am cooking turkey, stuffing, gravy,potatoes, carrots, and turnip. I have asked my guests to bring the salads, and dessert. pretty normal for us, except usually the host in our family does it all, this year we decided to divide it up. will make it so much easier. I just wish we had more family here, but thank goodness we have some, I need to be thankful, even though I will miss the ones that aren't here, guess that's pretty normal.

    Merry Christmas my friends!
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    Well, so far, it looks like my favorite dinners are being fixed by you California gals! What time is dinner? LOL! Don't know what we're having. We're going to DS and DIL's. What a treat! I have always (at least for the last 35 years) fixed dinner and had everyone here. It will be really nice to be waited on for a change. I'm getting too old to do all the work involved! Well, not too old maybe; just too tired!

    Merry Christmas to everyone! And a Happy and Blessed New Year!
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    The only day our family will be together is Sunday, Dec.28. Our GD will be baptized at the 11 am church service. Another daughter needs to be at her in-laws by 5 pm for a party. Two grandchildren still NEED naps. So we need a quick lunch so that we can open presents before naptime. So, we are having chili!

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    My menu has changed (in my mind) several times. Christmas Eve will be herb crusted pork roast, "fancy" rice (jasmine rice with stuff in it) & peas. Christmas day will be simple with grilled steaks, twice baked potatoes, 7 layer salad and oddly DH has asked for glazed carrots. (My mom's recipe) coconut cake, fudge, cookies for dessert. AND blackeyed peas for New Years day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NanaCindyLou View Post
    AND blackeyed peas for New Years day!
    YES!!!!!! Me too last year we were in costa rica new years day and it was the first time I can ever remember not having black eyed peas I was kind of disappointed. Also I liked your discription of fancy rice..."rice with stuff in it" made me giggle.
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    Christmas Dinner: Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, candied sweet potatoes, a veggie casserole (broccoli and onion?), corn, salad of some sort, frozen strawberry dessert....

    Christmas Brunch: I dunno yet

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    Same Christmas meal as the last 20 years and longer..... Ham, cheesy potatoes, mac and cheese, sweet and sour meatballs, brocolie and rice casserole, three bean salad, cold slaw, hot rolls, honey, pickles, butter, pumpkin cream pie, pumpkin pie, chocolate cream pie, whipped cream and whatever any guest bring. All for forty plus people on Christmas Day.

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    we're having a roast beast and mashed potatoes
    what's for desert, it's up in the air right now.
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    I will bake a big ham. The bakery will provide the cakes, pies and bread. A local catering service is preparing all the favorite sides for me to pick up. I don't cook on holidays. DD will make a Christmas punch and my SIL makes great fudge.
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    i think i need a nap after all that

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    We are having rare Prime Rib on Christmas Eve and baked ham on Christmas day with our family. I love both!
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    Christmas Eve--swedish meatballs, boiled potatoes, vegetable, air pudding, coleslaw with the hot dressing, cookies. It's only DH and I, so I will not be require to make that terrible fish.

    Christmas Day--turkey with apple sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans with basil, pumpkin pie. Probably leftover coleslaw, homemade rolls. More cookies.

    Boxing Day--Leftover turkey casserole.

    New Year's Day--roast pork, some sweet potatoes, some vegetable. Rice pudding for dessert. More cookies if there are any left. LOL.
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    I guess mine will be as always, Turkey and cornbread dressing, gravy made from some of the dressing and turkey gravy, baked honey ham, sweet potato casserole scalloped potatoes, broccoli rice and cheese casserole,green beans and cranberry salad. Dinner rolls, and for desert pecan, pumpkin and chocolate pie's. Christmas cookies and fudge. When I look at my and all the other great meals we are all planning I have to stop and be so thankful for all God has blessed us with. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.

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    Steak, shrimp, a baked potato, fresh green beans sauteed in olive oil and garlic and seasoned with soy sauce.

    Haven't decided on desserts.
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    I don't know yet! The oven died and I am not going to replace with a rush purchase. I just don't want to deal with picking one out or letting go of the moolah. It cannot be repaired. Sooooo, I just don't know yet what it is going to be just stuff on the stovetop and crockpots. This was the year I was going to bake a different cookie each of the twelve days before Christmas; guess I was not suppose to that! We will be getting brand Honey Baked Ham and my gang loves the stuff and probably would be happy with just that. Something tells me this year is going to be the best, stress-free cooking Christmas ever!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krisb View Post
    Christmas Eve--swedish meatballs, boiled potatoes, vegetable, air pudding, coleslaw with the hot dressing, cookies. It's only DH and I, so I will not be require to make that terrible fish.

    Christmas Day--turkey with apple sausage stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans with basil, pumpkin pie. Probably leftover coleslaw, homemade rolls. More cookies.

    Boxing Day--Leftover turkey casserole.

    New Year's Day--roast pork, some sweet potatoes, some vegetable. Rice pudding for dessert. More cookies if there are any left. LOL.
    How about your coleslaw with hot dressing recipe? And green beans with basil? Please and Thank you!

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