Planning Christmas Dinner

It’s amazing to think that a week from today we’ll all be reflecting on our Christmas and recovering from the indulgence of the holiday season.

Until then, I’ve got a lot of work to do! This year we’re hosting Christmas Eve drinks, appies and a gift exchange, and then a smaller group for Christmas dinner on the 25th. My parents are coming over from Vancouver Island, and my brother and his girlfriend will join us as well.

So that’s three menus to plan – Christmas eve, breakfast the next morning and, of course, Christmas dinner.

I’ve got a plan for the first two, but haven’t settled on the specifics of the last.

Here’s what I’m thinking so far:

Easy Provencal Lamb

Barefoot Contessa

I love turkey, but it’s nice to mix things up occasionally. This leg of lamb recipe from Ina Garten looks amazing. Garlic, tons of rosemary and the roasted red tomatoes sounds delicious – and it’s festive looking too! It cooks together in one-pan, and no need to make gravy afterwards – the juices become the sauce.

Side dishes

Roasted Root Vegetables

My brother’s girlfriend is going to roast some root vegetables. Yum!

Carrots with Ginger and Honey

I found this recipe on Martha Stewart’s website. Sounds delicious.

Holiday Salad

It’s nice to have a fresh, crisp salad accompany an otherwise heavy holiday meal. This recipe looks interesting and features grapefruit, avocado, green onions and mixed greens. Very unique.

Another option is a spinach, pecan and cranberry salad, which feels like a more traditional fit.


My Mom’s the pie maker in the family, so maybe she’ll bring something over with her (hint hint Ma!). I’m thinking of also doing Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifles.

I came across the recipe on Pinterest. Seems easy to do as there’s no baking involved, and they look very impressive.


Are you hosting Christmas dinner this year? What do you have planned?

Happy Holidays,


3 Comments on “Planning Christmas Dinner

  1. Hi Kate! Love your idea of switching it up and having lamb. I too plan to make a salad to accompany the traditional turkey dinner and will add manadarin oranges as well toss in cashews that I sauteed earlier in the day in a little brown sugar and butter for a decadent dash of sweetness. Another side dish is a baked pecan and yam dish, however, no mashed potatoes this year as I’m trying to simplify and spend more time with my family outside of the kitchen! For breakfast could everyone just wing it themselves with a buffet of coffee, fruit, toast and/or cereal? One thing I have learned is that we don’t need to kill ourselves making everything perfect. A bonus is that Brian has agreed to do the turkey (men tend to love cooking protein) and I will only have to take care of preparing the stuffing for the bird. As always, everything you do is a success. Merry Christmas! Cheers, Monica.

    • Hi Monica! Thanks for visiting and commenting. Merry Christmas to you and Brian. Love your suggestions. I remember your baked pecan and yam recipe – my family members still talk about that dish from when I brought it to dinner years ago! Such a hit. Wishing you all the best.

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