HOME > Chowhound > General Topics >



Who all makes the same dinner for Christmas that they just had for Thanksgiving??

My family finally got tired of having the "traditional" turkey dinner for Thanksgiving and then 4 wks later repeating the same menu! Complete with the same disgusting recipes!

We finally decided to try a prime rib dinner and have been doing that for Christmas ever since. We shake it up a little with baked potato and not-so-traditional sides, like a tossed green salad and corn on the cobb. Seems kinda weird, but it's our new Christmas tradition!

What's yours??

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. In our family, Christmas is all about pasta. As our grandparents found it more difficult to host, we (a very large group) decided to bring a pasta specialty. Last year there were 22 different pasta dishes from savory to sweet, light to down right brick-heavy. Now that our kids are old enough to get in the act they (a group of 12) started their own tradition-salads. Our teen (a rather fussy eater) makes the howlin good garlic bread.

    Leftovers galore--but its a family act!

    1. I'm the same as you - usually T'giving is turkey, homemade gravy, cranberry-orange relish, and I always try and add one different food item each year, although mashed potatoes, "squish", as my sister calls it (squash), and green beans tend to be the veggies.

      Christmas has become something different - beef tenderloin or pork loin roast tend to be the entree choices.

      1. Yup, my mother always made exactly the same dinner on both holidays: turkey, oyster dressing, giblet gravy, candied sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes,cranberries (never, ever, ever from a can), something green and pumpkin pie.

        Now that we've all grown up, it turns out that on Thanksgiving the meat of choice is pork roast, of all things. But we still have to have some form of oysters with it, plus some pumpkin pie.

        2 Replies
        1. re: jillp

          Thanks to my Cuban-American niece-in-law, our extended family's regular Christmas dinner is now wonderfully garlicky roast pork, along with beans and rice, and finished with her great flan.

          1. re: gido

            We also always had pork roast on X-mas, though we are not from Cuba. My mom is Bolivian. She always rubbed it with lemon, garlic, cumin and aji(andean pepper) powder. Rice was a standard side to nearly all our dinners. I don't like turkey or chicken all that much.

        2. There would be a mutinous uprising heard around the world if I did NOT make a turkey with all the fixin's for Thanksgiving, but after that, anything goes. I'm single now and sons are 27, 25 and 23 and they cannot wait to eat Thanksgiving foods. Christmas Day is usually prime rib but doesn't HAVE to be, (ha! we ate an early Christmas dinner last year and then went out for Sushi at 6 p.m., it was a riot! I've never in my life gone to a restaurant on Christmas Day!) Easter is usually either lamb roast or ham but I'm not tied to either one.

          1. When we lived on the Canadian border of NY state my husband and I would go to Montreal on Thanksgiving day and have an upscale lunch in one of the better restaurants and dinner in Chinatown before heading home after some Christmas shopping. Now it tends to be turkey on Thanksgiving if we are having guests in. There are just the two of us so if we are going to do the meal we invite others. One that was fun was inviting a Vietnamese family. They had never had the American traditional dinner before. Their children were clammoring for mama to make them turkey after that.

            Christmas tends to be beef rib roast but I would not turn down a fresh ham if I had enough people around to help eat it. Got to have spoonbread with that, I posted recipes on 10/25 for it.

            1. We actually don't do a big dinner on Christmas Day -- we do the Feast of the Seven Fishes on Christmas Eve and a big brunch on Christmas morning but usually just get Chinese food (or eat leftovers) if anyone's hungry Christmas night.

              2 Replies
              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                I have never heard of this fish feast. Is this unique to your family or is this some thing that is traditionl in a certain religion. Please tell me more.

                1. re: bolivianita

                  It's an Italian thing -- you have a meatless meal during Christmas Eve (which is called La Vigilia), with seven kinds of fish and seafood and of course pasta and bread and side dishes and dessert, and the idea is to finish just in time to go to midnight Mass.

                  The seven "fishes" aren't set dishes, but a sample set would be:

                  baccala omelette with tomato sauce
                  scodella (fish soup)
                  shrimp with bayleaves and capers
                  fried sardines
                  linguini with clams, white wine and parsley
                  grilled whole branzini with salmoriglio (oregano/garlic/lemon/EVOO/salt)

              2. I think the Thanksgiving meal we have here is similar to my mother's Christmas day dinner. DH would probably like to have a second round of smoke-roasted turkey at Christmas but I prefer to have some variety. Last year it was a stuffed pork loin roast. Not sure what it will be this year. New Year we always seem to have something seafoody - lobster, oysters, fish or something like that.

                1. Does everyone "roast" their turkey? We have had very good luck convecting whole birds (both chicken and turkey), but we also do one fried turkey as well. I had never had a fried turkey until 2 yrs ago - it was sooooo juicy and yummmy! Talk about crispy skin that isn't good for you ;-)

                  1 Reply
                  1. re: BabyBee

                    Yes, I only roast it and am pretty sure I'd never go to the expense of buying a fryer and frying a turkey, plus I've read of accidents folks have had with those big frying cylinders. I wouldn't mind TRYING someone else's fried turkey just to experience it, (heh!) but won't go out of my way to make it myself.

                  2. On Christmas Eve my mother used to make a huge prime rib dinner, and we would celebrate at our house. Then on Christmas Day we would go to my grandfather's for dinner, and everyone would bring something. The dinner was usually turkey, ham and all the normal side dishes so it was Thanksgiving and Easter dinner all rolled into one.

                    Now that my grandfather has passed and my grandmother is in ill health, we just celebrate with the immediate family. For Christmas Eve dinner we have appetizers, like cold shrimp, pate, meatballs, asian chicken strips w/thai dipping sauce, assorted cheeses, dips and spreads, with Christmas cookies for dessert. On Christmas day, we have cookies for breakfast, and graze the leftover appetizers for lunch & dinner. We also have enough leftover apps to last us at least for the next few days. We all love this, no one has to cook on Christmas and clean up is minimal.

                    1. Our tradition is to have breakfast for our family on Christmas morning. We cook up any and everything-country ham, sausage, bacon, biscuits and gravy, eggs, pancakes, etc. This leaves our married children free to go to the in-laws for the big meal. They seem to really like this arrangement.

                      1. Thanksgiving is pretty traditional...turkey and all the trimmings. Christmas Eve, the whole family gets together for either country ham and sweet potato biscuits OR Whole roasted beef tenderloin with fresh rolls slathered in horseradish sauce. We round out the menu with a crockpot full of collard greens, cheeses, antipasti tray, meatballs and the Christmas cookies and fudge. We wash it all down with copious amounts of alcohol and homemade eggnog...for the brave. Christmas Day we're on our own to do with as we please. Fiancee' and I usually make a big pot of soup or roast some oysters. Nothing fancy, just damn good.

                        1. In my family, Thanksgiving can vary a bit. We always have turkey, we always have giblet gravy, and we always have sage and bread stuffing, but apart from that, the rest is a bit of a "ooh, I saw an interesting recipe in ..." But Christmas, Christmas dinner is SACRED. Prime rib, garlic potatoes au gratin, persimmon pudding. Gravlax as an hors d'oeuvre, and some spinach dish -- usually creamed.

                          Christmas day breakfast is also traditional with pancakes and turkey gravy, but Christmas eve varies. I've been trying to start a tradition for a seafood stew and champagne. We had oyster stew two years ago, and last year this absolutely fantastic crab stew from Food and Wine.

                          1. We pretty much do the French Canadian Tourtiere for Christmas Eve dinner. Taste of home but back in NY state just across the border. Last Christmas Eve I got the pie made and put it out on the table on my screened porch to cool until baking time. We have 3 standard poodles and my youngest had manners to learn and to her everything needs to be tasted, a true chowhound. Time came to put the pie in the oven. My DH went out to the porch to bring it in. When he came in he looked a bit surprised and asked if the pie had looked as it did then when I put it out on the porch. Well no! Half of the mashed potato topping was missing. The Loulou had discovered a hole she could get through and had helped herself. We kept wondering why she insisted on going back out the minute she came back in but was smart enough to demand to come in through a different door than the one to the porch. We baked it off anyway and it was tasty with the gravy. This year, no holes in the screening and the Loulou (very aptly named poodle) will have to go with out her gratis mashed potato.

                            I wish I had photographs both of the pie with partially missing top and the Lou helping herself. I am sure she had quite a mashed potato beard at one point. You would not believe what this girl has eaten. It is mind boggling.

                            2 Replies
                            1. re: Candy

                              I am planning to make my French Canadian Grandmother's tourtiere recipe for the first time this holiday season - double lard crust, veal/pork/beef filling. No potatoes - I know there are several variations on this dish. I will probably post about it and maybe you can share yours as well :)

                              1. re: julesrules

                                You know wht? It was a double crust made with lard. And it was most of the top crust she ate off. I don't know where mashed potatoes came from in my thought processes. The recipe I use comes from a book published in the 70's. The Cooking of Provincial Quebec and is very simple. Just a good short pastry for 2 crusts and the fillling cooked up and baked in the shell consists of a pound of ground pork cooked up with a chopped onion, S&P to taste, some savory, ground cloves 1 bay leaf and 1/4 C. boiling water. Simmer it all together in a skillet for about 20 minutes and then remove the bay leaf and skin off any fat. Pour it into the pie shell and top with the remaining crust. Pierce the top to let out steam and then bake at 375 F. about 30 mins. or until the crust is golden. I think we had the mashed potatoes along side with gravy and for some reason we always have green peas.

                            2. Our Christmas crowd is a lot smaller than the Thanksgiving crowd, and we usually have very different foods. On Christmas, sometimes we do seafood or a piece of beef, but since really I'm the only one of that group who likes turkey (and probably had plenty at T-giving), we never do a T-giving repeat. In our family, the T-giving meal is full of favorite dishes, so my only opportunity to try something new is with the desserts, and then just barely. With the Christmas meal I have a little more leeway, though half the group then is vegetarian, so I keep that in mind too.