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Old 11-29-2011, 02:25 PM   #1
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Christmas Eve - What Food Do You Have?

This year there will be just 3 of us, all adults! I just do not know what to make and would appreciate any suggestions.
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Old 11-29-2011, 02:58 PM   #2
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DD for me - so not that much!!! Sorry not much help.

Most Christmas Eve's we don't do anything special. In Europe, I think they eat fish??
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Our family usually has a food buffet similar to Thanksgiving, except they do ham instead of turkey. Certain other years, they've bought Subway sandwiches or pizza. Still other times, they've bought those big frozen lasagnas and had salad and garlic bread.
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We usually don't have a dinner but there's dips (7 layer, spinach, etc) and snack/appetizer type foods.
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We do chili rellenos and taco salad and rice and beans and chips and salsa. good old fashioned southern california mexican fiesta.
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We usually don't have a dinner but there's dips (7 layer, spinach, etc) and snack/appetizer type foods.
That's what we do.
Deviled eggs, various cheese and meats, olives, pickles, veggies, dips - things like that.
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We don't have any set traditions for meals, but I always make Jesus a homemade (from scratch icing and all) chocolate birthday cake!
We also make reindeer food. You mix glitter and uncooked oats and spread it out in the yard Christmas Eve night. The glitter attracts the reindeer and then the oats keep them busy with a snack while Santa is busy inside!! DD's are 12 (today!) and 16 and we still do it just for the fun of tradition!!
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Italian here so this is the BIG meal for the Christmas Holiday for us. There are usually up to 28 people gathered around my table! I make shrimp/scallops scampi over pasta, a turkey with all the sides and various appies and desserts. Thank JUDDD it's an UD!!

Christmas dinner is very low key and it's usually prime rib and sides for about 6 people. BIG difference from the night before!
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My neighbors are Italian and have the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve
It's just a "snacking" thing...make a little batch of calamari, eat, hang out for a while; make a batch of smelts, eat, hang out for a while...
make some scallops, eat, etc...We started talking/drooling about it the day after Thanksgiving, haha!

They also make a walnut, garlic, and oil pasta dish that is simple and yummy.

In many Latin American countries, they have a party on Christmas Eve and the food is laid out but you can't eat it until midnight!

Our (Mexican-American) tradition is tamales but I don't do it every year; it's kind of a pain by myself. When I'm with my family and we get 3 or 4 people making tamales, it's fun. We start making dozens/hundreds of them a week or so before Christmas and then eat them for days (even for breakfast!!!) and exchange them with neighbors.

Chiles rellenos sound really good!!! I've been wondering what to make for Christmas; that might be the answer!!!
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We always have the whole family (my side and DH's side of the family) over for Christmas Eve. Everyone always brings something (cannoli, crab dip, chicken wing dip, bread boat, taco salad dip, homemade rum balls, and such...). We also do a meat...one year we deep fried a turkey, another year we did an assortment of venison, one year bacon-wrapped pork loin, meatballs, this year it will be traditional polish sausage made with marjoram. Usually there's some seafood...chilled shrimp, steamed clams, bacon-wrapped scallops. I do a variety of dips, sweets, cheeses and other munchies. BUT, I always make a traditional southern red velvet cake. Soooo worth the trouble!

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My neighbors are Italian and have the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve
It's just a "snacking" thing...make a little batch of calamari, eat, hang out for a while; make a batch of smelts, eat, hang out for a while...
make some scallops
, eat, etc...We started talking/drooling about it the day after Thanksgiving, haha!

They also make a walnut, garlic, and oil pasta dish that is simple and yummy
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I'm not sure where you Italian neighbors are from but Christmas Eve in an Italian household is NOT a snacking thing. It's a full sit down dinner where I come from. Both my Grandparents were "straight off the boat" so I tend to think the way they did it is what is done in Italy. My Grandmother did the seven fishes, I just do 2 fishes now because no one eats the eels, salted cod fish, calamari, stuffed squid or mussels anymore.

That pasta dish, BTW should have eels in it also, besides the walnuts, garlic and olive oil.
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I'm not sure where you Italian neighbors are from but Christmas Eve in an Italian household is NOT a snacking thing. It's a full sit down dinner where I come from. Both my Grandparents were "straight off the boat" so I tend to think the way they did it is what is done in Italy. My Grandmother did the seven fishes, I just do 2 fishes now because no one eats the eels, salted cod fish, calamari, stuffed squid or mussels anymore.

That pasta dish, BTW should have eels in it also, besides the walnuts, garlic and olive oil.
Well, it's a very big family with very little money, so that's how they have to do it...dole it out slowly!!!
Or else a couple of the boys would make off with $30 of seafood on their plates before the rest of us got any.
Sometimes they can only afford two or three fishes...I am going to try to help them out a little this year.

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Our family usually has a food buffet similar to Thanksgiving, except they do ham instead of turkey. Certain other years, they've bought Subway sandwiches or pizza. Still other times, they've bought those big frozen lasagnas and had salad and garlic bread.
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My family is getting together on Christmas eve and then Christmas day is individual family time. Im loving the idea of the subway sandwiches. I may have to suggest that for this year.
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Traditionally we have our main celebration Christmas Eve. It used to be Oyster Stew till my Dad decided he was allergic after 30 years. =\

Now we have a buffet style of various foods. Spam salad, meatballs/weiners, ham, rolls, dips/chips, yum yum salad...the list goes on.

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My family is getting together on Christmas eve and then Christmas day is individual family time. Im loving the idea of the subway sandwiches. I may have to suggest that for this year.
Subway has a party sub - it can be made several feet long at least. I think you have to give them 24 hours notice, but ask your local shop. They box it up for you and then you set it up along your table. They give you packets of mayo and dressing and stuff, and the toppings like lettuce and tomato come in bags too, and you can pre-assemble or everyone can slice off how much they want and fix it like they want.
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We don't have any set traditions for meals, but I always make Jesus a homemade (from scratch icing and all) chocolate birthday cake!
We also make reindeer food. You mix glitter and uncooked oats and spread it out in the yard Christmas Eve night. The glitter attracts the reindeer and then the oats keep them busy with a snack while Santa is busy inside!! DD's are 12 (today!) and 16 and we still do it just for the fun of tradition!!

Love these ideas! I told my 3yr old last night about the Reigndeer food and he got sooo excited!
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This year there will be just 3 of us, all adults! I just do not know what to make and would appreciate any suggestions.
My first Christmas eve on this WOE, too. I have one guest coming...so three of us as well. I am thinking of that cabbage roll soup, without the rice. And homemade bread (for DH and guest) and salad with fat free WaldenFarms dressing. That and some apps (for them) and a simple dessert should round it out. Nothing fancy...just sustenance.
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This year there will be just 3 of us, all adults! I just do not know what to make and would appreciate any suggestions.
My first Christmas eve on this WOE, too. I have one guest coming...so three of us as well. I am thinking of that cabbage roll soup, without the rice. And homemade bread (for DH and guest) and salad with fat free WaldenFarms dressing. That and some apps (for them) and a simple dessert should round it out. Nothing fancy...just sustenance.
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My mom used to make Cornish game hens with wild rice stuffing every year for Christmas Eve. They were so good! She made a glaze with orange marmalade and soy sauce! Then, one year, I went to St Louis with my boy friend and his mom and sister to visit some of his family and mom and dad went out to eat. We've been going out to eat on Christmas Eve ever since. Everyone (mom, dad, IL's, kids, DH) goes!
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We also make reindeer food. You mix glitter and uncooked oats and spread it out in the yard Christmas Eve night. The glitter attracts the reindeer and then the oats keep them busy with a snack while Santa is busy inside!!!
That's so sweet! It reminds me of the Epiphany tradition of leaving out food for the Three Kings' camels.

In some countries, Santa doesn't bring the toys, the Three Kings do--
and the children put out little boxes of hay or cut grass for the camels.
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Then, one year, I went to St Louis with my boy friend and his mom and sister to visit some of his family and mom and dad went out to eat. We've been going out to eat on Christmas Eve ever since. Everyone (mom, dad, IL's, kids, DH) goes!
We usually go out to eat Chinese on Christmas Eve, right after 5:00 p.m. church.
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We don't have any set traditions for meals, but I always make Jesus a homemade (from scratch icing and all) chocolate birthday cake!
We also make reindeer food. You mix glitter and uncooked oats and spread it out in the yard Christmas Eve night. The glitter attracts the reindeer and then the oats keep them busy with a snack while Santa is busy inside!! DD's are 12 (today!) and 16 and we still do it just for the fun of tradition!!
We do reindeer food too!

Happy Birthday to your DD!!!
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We'd have a ham and 3 or 4 pasta dishes Christmas Eve (gotta sleep through Midnight Mass ya know) and spend all day making ravioli and sauces for Christmas Day Dinner.
Growing up that was.
Now I keep it much simpler lol.
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