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Old 12-02-2014, 12:00 PM   #1
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What's for X-Mas Eve Dinner?

I usually make a smorgasborg but this year I am thinking of making a typical turkey dinner. What are you guys making? Do you have any "hit" ideas? Mine last year was chili. I did a chili bar during appetizer time. Everyone raved about it.
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Old 12-02-2014, 12:03 PM   #2
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Whoops, Christmas Eve not New years Eve! Lobster dinner at Old Towne Ale House. They run a special every Wednesday.
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Old 12-02-2014, 12:08 PM   #3
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We always do a beef tenderloin on Christmas Eve.
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Old 12-02-2014, 12:20 PM   #4
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We do traditional dinner on Thanksgiving. On Christmas eve the outer family gets together and we do several different appetizers. Everyone loves it
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Old 12-02-2014, 12:24 PM   #5
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we do "snack night" on xmas eve and then bring the snacks back out for lunch on xmas.

things like... veggie "pizza", beer bread, chilli sauce/grape jelly meat balls, chicken wing dip, shrimp, cheese....
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Old 12-02-2014, 12:34 PM   #6
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We don't do a real meal either....Appies. I can make most of them beforehand or just grab out of the frig. Everyone is plenty full by the end anyway and the kids have plenty of room for the cut-outs.

I usually do - meatballs in sauce (throw in the crockpot before heading to Mass), taco dip, veggie tray, cheese & crackers and shrimp with cocktail sauce plus cookies.
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Old 12-02-2014, 12:38 PM   #7
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We do a mix of things - appetizers, slider or finger sandwiches, always chili and oyster soup, and about 5 shrimp cocktail rings. The appetizer theme is always a huge success at Christmas (for our family).
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Old 12-02-2014, 12:39 PM   #8
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Tradition in my family is to have sloppy joe's and Ballreich potato chips for Christmas Eve dinner. We do apps on New Year's Eve.
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Old 12-02-2014, 12:50 PM   #9
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Here in Texas we do Mexican food night. Homemade tamales, beans, Spanish rice, guacamole, tortillas, enchiladas, salsa, etc. Yummy!!
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Old 12-02-2014, 01:10 PM   #10
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We usually have to work Christmas Eve until mid-afternoon (if it's a weekday). Then we rush home and get to the early (5pm) family service at church. Its usually only a 45 minute service or so and then we head over to the Chinese Buffet for dinner (we have a really nice one nearby). Some years we have my DH's family over so then we head back to our house for gifts and light snacks (they all have an open invitation to join us for church and Chinese too but rarely do). If we aren't seeing DH's family that night, after Chinese we usually drive around a little and look at lights before heading home to some Christmas movies and getting the kids to bed.

We do a traditional turkey dinner on Christmas Day with my family. My mom and aunts cook it. I usually get assigned something easy like rolls or a dessert
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I usually make a smorgasborg but this year I am thinking of making a typical turkey dinner. What are you guys making? Do you have any "hit" ideas? Mine last year was chili. I did a chili bar during appetizer time. Everyone raved about it.
We do a smorgasboard (usually there's a ham, lasagna, swedish meatballs, cold cut platter, salad, and some kind of veggie plus whatever else someone brings) and lots and lots of dips and finger foods (including buffalo wings, shrimp, veggies & dip, mini hot dogs, dips, etc) and tons of cookies and deserts.
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Old 12-02-2014, 01:23 PM   #12
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I would LOVE to do an evening of all appetizers! However, a few years ago my parents started joining us and my Dad would not be happy with no "real" meal for Christmas Eve.

We have a few limitations regarding our diets, so it really doesn't leave us a lot of choices for a "special" meal. DS is allergic to poultry so no chicken, duck, or turkey.... and because of his allergy I substitute lean pork for a lot of chicken recipes, so no pork for Christmas dinner. For health reasons I prefer to limit cured meats so no ham. DD is studying to be a marine biologist and hasn't eaten seafood for 10 years and I respect her standing on this, so no seafood. No one is particularly fond of big pasta dishes like lasagna. So we are down to pretty much just beef (or something exotic like alligator or ostrich I suppose!). For the last two years I've done a prime rib. Honestly, I don't love it but everyone else does and it really isn't terribly hard. I also do a twice baked potato (crowd favorite), a green salad, green vegetable and a special dinner roll. For dessert we do a small assortment of homemade cookies and squares. I hate baking, but DD enjoys it and it gives her an excuse to do a bit of baking.

Anyhow, I'll be following this thread closely.... I'd love to find something OTHER than the prime rib to make!.................P
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Old 12-02-2014, 01:30 PM   #13
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We have a family gathering at my brother's each Christmas Eve. Our traditional dinner is seafood gumbo for the appetizer, followed by a huge prime rib ("roast beast" to our family in a nod to the Grinch Who Stole Christmas) and various sides. Afternoon "snack" is a hot crab dip. Dessert is usually pound cake and my brother's homemade chocolate truffles (yum!).
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Old 12-02-2014, 01:30 PM   #14
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Pizza! This has been the tradition in my family since I was born. Some years we pick it up, some years it's homemade, but always Pizza.
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Old 12-02-2014, 01:42 PM   #15
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Anyhow, I'll be following this thread closely.... I'd love to find something OTHER than the prime rib to make!.................P
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Easy and delicious! I think I'm going to make a hollandaise sauce to go with it this year too.
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