I’m a planner. I don’t like to be caught off guard by things, and I don’t like to “wing it”. So, it’s no surprise that I started thinking about our Christmas Menu weeks ago, and created a spreadsheet to organize it. 🎄😂📋
Although we are having a smaller-than-normal Christmas gathering this year, with just the kids and my mother-in-law, I will still be responsible for feeding people three major meals.
We will be having our main Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve this year, because it’s my husband’s year to work on Christmas Day. The plan is eat and open gifts on Christmas Eve. Then he’s off to work at 6:30 a.m. Christmas morning, and I will prepare brunch for the kids and hang out with them, and begin preparing the food for Christmas Night. Then, when he arrives home, we will have hot appetizers and charcuterie with our small gang.
Thankfully, I enjoy cooking and feeding my people. 💕
However, my husband and I both have 5 days off together at the end of winter break, so I’m definitely looking forward to some relaxing, lazy days at home after Christmas, as we ring in the New (hopefully better) Year. 🙏🏻🥂
For many years, when my kids were young and it was just the three of us, I always made a very special Chrismas Eve dinner. I’d get out the good China, set the dining room table “fancy”, and cook up a fun and festive holiday dinner for the three of us.
It began as a way to occupy myself while I was alone when the kids were gone having Christmas with their dad, and turned into some of my very favorite Christmas memories. Now, I still love to set a pretty table and make a special dinner for the people I love, especially at the holidays.
What’s on the Menu?
I’m always interested in what other people serve at the holidays. Around here, we make all the traditional dishes for Thanksgiving dinner, so for Christmas, I feel like we can branch out a bit.
Below is the plan for our menu this year. I’ve linked my tried and true recipes that I’ve already posted in the past, and will share the new recipes with you soon.
Christmas Eve Dinner
- Cranberry Pistachio Cheese Log (pre-dinner appetizer)
- Spiral Ham with Brown Sugar Glaze
- Beef Tenderloin with Cherry Balsamic Reduction
- Winter Green Salad
- Loaded Au Gratin Potatoes
- Maple Bourbon Brussels Sprouts
- Homemade Yeast Rolls
- Mini Peppermint Cheesecakes
Christmas Morning Brunch
- Overnight Sausage & Egg Casserole
- Christmas Tree Danish
- Fresh fruit
- Christmas Mimosas
- Coffee Bar with TJs Batons
Christmas Night Appetizers & Charcuterie
- Shrimp Cocktail
- Bacon Wrapped Chestnuts
- Hot & Cheesy Corn Dip (wth tortilla chips & carrot sticks for dipping)
- Party Meatballs
- Jalapeno Popper Cups
- Charcuterie Board
- Spicy Roasted Nut Mix
- Cranberry Lime Spritzers
- Leftover desserts from Christmas Eve
Several of the recipes that are on our menu will be appearing on the blog very soon. I promise to share them with you as soon as I get them typed up and photographed!
I’d love to know what’s on your Christmas menu. Share it in the comments if you have a minute! Because if I’m honest, I’ll probably be starting to write the 2021 menu pretty soon. 🤣
Wishing you the happiest of holidays,
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