Traditional Christmas Meals

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With Christmas coming quickly and Thanksgiving not far behind us, I can’t help but think about all of the amazing food we will be eating at all of our Holiday parties. My family has three main meals that we eat all with very distinct menus. We mix it up every now and then, but for the most part we stick with tradition and have the same foods each year.

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The first meal we have is typically the Saturday before Christmas. When I say meal, what I really mean is a party. It’s a get-together with my mom’s sisters and that side of the family, and well they are a bit… crazy. Completely nuts really. And most of our parties involve ugly sweaters, 80’s themes, karaoke, or, for this year, lip-synching battles. And you better believe there will be a least one Soul Train line. We have so much fun.

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Most of the food at this family gathering is finger foods mixed in with a ham, my Aunt’s AMAZING potato salad, some vegetarian foods for my cousin, and some dips and salsas that are out of this world. Here are a few pins that I am flirting with this year for the party:

Pin: Cranberry and White Cheddar Cheese Ball

Website: Eat. Drink. Love

Pin: Spicy Avocado Ranch and Bacon Dip

Website: The NY Melrose Family (recipe was written by Jaime of Mom’s Test Kitchen but I couldn’t find the source)

Pin: Gingerbread Cheesecake Dip

Website: Food Folks and Fun

 

The second meal is the most traditional meal of all because it was another meal that was mostly prepared by my Nanny. It is held on Christmas Eve night and always has the same menu. We have ham, green beans, deviled eggs, potato salad, rolls, Christmas punch, “Barbie” cups, and lots and lots of Christmas cookies.

My Nanny always made “Barbie” cups which I found out are actually Barbecups. The recipe from Pillsbury is linked below (click on the image). The image is from the Pillsbury website.

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The last meal is on Christmas with my Dad’s family. We usually take a few things left over from the other meals or my mom makes a batch of her sausage dip. It’s a big family with lots of eaters. We also usually have barbecue of some sort. For the majority of my life I ate deer barbecue and didn’t even know it. We also have amazing little ham sandwiches that my cousin makes and little cookies which I love (especially the haystacks!)

Here is a haystack recipe that is very festive that I can’t wait to try:

Pin: Holiday Haystacks

Website: Lemon Tree Dwelling

I cannot wait to eat some Christmas goodies at our parties. I love all of our traditions and can’t wait to spend the holidays with family.

If you want some more recipe ideas, check out the other 11 #merryblogmas bloggers:

Girl on the Move

Motherhood and Merlot

The American Mama

Blooming in Bedlam

Lisa Kerr: Life, Chronicled

Inspired Housewife

Verified Mom

Mommy’s Bundle

STL Motherhood

Babies, Bloodhounds & Booze

Goofball Mommy

Don’t forget to enter the Giveaway above and if you haven’t linked up with Mommy Needs a Timeout Thursday, you can do so here. We would love to see all of your recipes for Christmas!

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