We’ve attended quite a few Christmas parties this month. One of the topics that seems to come up at each party is what everyone will have to eat on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Over and over I have heard people say, “Every year we have…” Whatever filled the blank was part of that family’s Christmas tradition and something that everyone looked forward to having.
In my own family, we always had an appetizer buffet all afternoon and evening on Christmas Eve. We would put out a huge variety of both hot and cold foods and let everyone graze throughout the day as we watched Christmas movies, wrapped last minute gifts, and visited with family. Of course, Christmas cookies were also part of the fun spread!
I still remember the excited voices of my children asking if we were going to have their favorites on the Christmas buffet each year. On Christmas Day, we would have the more traditional turkey or ham (or both) for dinner and always, always, banana pudding for dessert.
Now that our children are grown and live in other states, we don’t always get to see all of them at Christmas. We’ve adopted a new Christmas Eve tradition in the past few years of going out to dinner with a group of friends. Often, we go to a Japanese hibachi restaurant and are entertained as our dinner is made in front of us. This takes away a lot of the time and work of food preparation, and makes for a very enjoyable and relaxing evening.
We will still have our traditional dinner on Christmas Day. This year it will be turkey. Some of the other yummy and interesting Christmas dinners I’ve heard people say they will have this year are: beef brisket, Cornish hens, lasagna, clam chowder, roasted chicken, crab legs, pork loin, and tamales.
Interestingly enough, I haven’t heard a single person mention having roast goose, figgy pudding, roasted chestnuts, mincemeat pie, or Dundee cake (Scottish fruitcake). What will be on your Christmas table?