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Christmas Dinner

Christmas is only a week away! 

What is on the menu for your Christmas dinner?

We are having turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, deviled eggs, rolls, banana pudding and chocolate pudding pie. 

Will you be hosting Christmas Dinner or will you be going to a family members/friends house for dinner?

While you are visiting friends and family, here are .

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  • Pljohns

    I will be hosting both sides of the family (for the first time EVER-can you say "Christmas Vacation" in real life?) 

    DH will smoke a turkey and ham and I'll have mashed potatoes, butter beans, green bean casserole, rolls,deviled eggs, squash casserole, dressing, apple pie, pound cake, chocolate pie and a good many kinds of cookies as well.

  • Deborah Bartlett

    Having ham with pineapple rings, mashed potatoes, green beans, dinner rolls and cranberry sauce. Dessert will be cherry pie. <red for Christmas> and vanilla ice cream….don't forget the whipped cream!

    Here is where is gets confusing. My sister and BIL will meet myself and DH at my parents around 11 am. After we visit there, I will come home and cook our meal. My parents do not want a big fuss because they are getting up there in age and they both have their own health issues. My SD is having problems with his narcolepsy. My Mom is having baked mac and cheese, eye of round roast and corn. I am going to make potato salad and bring that. I will be making strawberry dipped pretzels and peanut clusters, brownies and chocolate chip cookies to bring over there. My sister is bringing a Carvel cake with her. She works at a grocery store and has no spare time to make anything this year. She and BIL will go to his family's for a huge Italian dinner later in the day. 

     

  • LK

    Oh, all these dinners sound so wonderful!!  Mmmm!!  Making me hungry just reading about them.  

    We do more of a Christmas brunch.  With my birthday and now DGS's birthday on Christmas it's just easier to do that and then do either a birthday dinner that day or the day before or after.  Usually make a big breakfast casserole the day before and refrigerate it over night and then bake it the next morning.  Also, muffins or cinnamon rolls or something.  This year we are doing Christmas at DS and DIL's house and they and DD are taking care of the brunch.  Need to talk with them to see what I can bring to help out.  Nice that the next generation is taking on the responsibilities!    DIL's family has Christmas later in the day so they head there in the afternoon.

  • Melissa G

    My dad wants to grill the turkey…we shall see how that turns out. At least I know the ham will be good….

  • Debbie Alves

    I traveled for Thanksgiving, spending it in Texas with my 89-year-old mother, stepfather, aunts and cousins. Sadly one cousin has lost her battle with ovarian cancer, but she wanted to host a big family dinner. All her children and her sister/BIL, their children, grandchildren, in-laws, her mother and us all went and helped. It was a happy day and she seems to be in a pretty good place – with a strong faith that comforts her. 

    My DC family-of-choice are all traveling for Christmas this year, so I’m planning on a nice dinner and a quiet binge session of old movies (Shirley Temple, anyone?).  I’ve learned not to over-schedule.  I spent years volunteering, but inevitably would get sick afterwards. A quiet day is just fine. I’ll spent New Year’s with some friends, but again, quietly. 

    Wishing all of you safe and HEALTHY holidays!

    Happy New Year! 

  • Melissa G

    Debbie, I am very sorry to hear that you lost a cousin. Sending you lots of hugs and prayers! 

  • Debbie Alves

    My cousin is still with us, but now in palliative care at home with her family and extended family around her. We grew up together — and one of the great ironies of life is that I have always been the one perpetually expected to die early from asthma or its complications (my first pediatrician told my mother not to get attached as I wouldn’t live to Christmas. This is my 63rd Christmas.). 

    I keep reminding myself that she’s had a relatively happy life, has a strong religious faith, and a large support network. All of which means that she is going to have one of the “better” deaths possible in our society. 

    One of the things I’ve been privileged to learn from my struggles with severe asthma is how to face impending death — openly, gently, discussing important things while I have time. I’ve learned that it is important not to wait, to tell people what they mean to you, what gifts they’ve given to you by sharing your life.

    Among her many gifts, my cousin has demonstrated every day the patient grace of someone who quietly dedicated her life to caring for her demanding, difficult parents, while still being a loving, supportive wife and mother.  She’s always been taken for granted by her parents and siblings, but never acted as if she’s resented her role.  It’s been a powerful lesson to see play out over the years.

    Now I hope she knows peace and they are able to control her pain. 

     

  • LK

    Debbie, Your cousin sounds like an amazing lady.  May she live her final days in peace.

  • dory2005

    We are having ham and bbq, mashed potatoes, dressing, cauliflower casserole, mac n cheese, green bean casserole, rolls, and pumpkin pie. My parents gave us a turkey, too, so we are having that for dinner tonight and tomorrow! 

  • Melissa G

    Debbie, I am so sorry for misreading. Your cousin sounds like an amazing woman. 

    Dory, sounds yummy! I am so ready for Christmas dinner!