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Just curious to know what all of you Chowhounds for the upcoming holiday do for dining. Home stedders (spelling?) or outbound dining? Carry in--something along the lines of Chinese carry out--which Hubby and I succumbed to a few years ago-after cancelling a Christmas Day dining out dinner at a high end restaurant on account of heath issues.

Okay-here is a thought--when I was growing up turkey was the main course for Thanksgiving dinner.
Christmas was ham and a turkey with all of the sides. Nothing like a white bread, white turkey, mayonnaise, cranberry sauce with STUFFING the next day after X-mas. Killler sandwich. Actua;;y better then the formal Christmas dinner--those leftovers. !!!

Then there was turkey and./or ham salad. Those leftover sweet potatoes were "fried up" in a skilllet-so were the mashed potatoes. We had brussel sprouts-with bacon and a sauce (don't know what it was as a kid, but we all loved that vegetable prepared by my Mom. We never had that obnoxious mushroom soup- French 's oniongreenbean bake. (As an adult--hate to admit that I like it--but never make it).. Sauerkraut with sauteed onions--must be a Baltimore thing-especially with turkey on Thanksgiving. Of course cranberry sauce--the jellied kind that comes in a can. As a kid--one year my parents substituted the "WHOLE CRANBERRY SAUCE." I was in a frantic fit. How dare they bring in that stuff and add mandarin oranges and whatever.

So, what are your specific holiday dinner traditions? Am certain that all of you have some intriguing stories to tell to entertain us during this hectic season where we can use a break and reflect back on the foods that made our holidays so special and memorable. FoiGras

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