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Christmas, like all holidays, is steeped in tradition. My favorite, and perhaps the one that brings us ever closer to family and friends, is the holiday feast. We all spend a great portion of our time cooking, baking and, the best part, eating our finest recipes, some of which have been passed down through many generations. It is time well spent because we get to do something very special for those we love, as well as for ourselves. These are some of my favorite menus and recipes for the Christmas season. For Christmas Eve, I chose an elegant and delicious feast featuring roasted beef tenderloin. With easy side dishes and a make-ahead first course and dessert, you can enjoy the festivities along with your family and guests. Christmas Breakfast is based on a special holiday menu that my mother made every Christmas morning. The Christmas Dinner Buffet, featuring baked ham and roast beef with make-ahead sides and desserts, is another old family tradition that is perfect for visitors making the rounds. All of the menus come with preparation notes and each recipe with similar options. If you do not find what you are looking for, use the search box above or browse the Recipe Files for many more choices. No matter what holiday you celebrate during the winter season, get cooking, set your most festive holiday table and enjoy.



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Christmas Eve Menu
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French Onion Soup


Horseradish-Crusted
Beef Tenderloin Roast

with
Creamy
Horseradish Sauce



Baked Potato Slices


Sautéed Green Beans with
Bacon and Tomatoes



Red Velvet Layer Cake
with Creamy Frosting


Preparation Notes

This is an elegant and delicious menu that will delight your family and guests and, with a little planning, it is very easy. Make the beef broth for the soup and freeze for several months or refrigerate for up to three days. The horseradish sauce can be made up to three days ahead and refrigerated. Bake the cake one or two days ahead, wrap the unfrosted layers in plastic wrap, and refrigerate. The morning of the event, make the frosting and frost the cake. If necessary, rinse and snap the green beans and refrigerate. About two hours before dinner, prep the potato slices. While they are baking, finish the soup, prepare the beef and cook the beans as indicated in the recipes. Serve the soup about 30 minutes before the main meal. That is it. Relax and enjoy the festivities.


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Fresh Orange or Tomato Juice


Mom's Fluffy Scrambled Eggs


Cheese Grits


Bacon and/or Sausage


Buttermilk Biscuits


Cranberry-Orange Nut Bread


Assorted Fruits and Berries


Coffee, Tea and/or Hot Cocoa

Preparation Notes

On Christmas Day, my mother always served a hearty breakfast after the presents were opened. She made a beautiful table setting using her red depression glass. Eventually, I took on the tradition. Like Mom, I change the menu on occasion, but the basics of eggs, meats and quick breads remain. This is an easy menu, most of which can be made that morning with little effort. The cranberry bread can be made a couple days ahead and refrigerated, or several weeks ahead and frozen. The fruit and berries can be prepared and refrigerated the day before. Christmas morning, make the biscuits, meat, eggs and grits. If needed, keep them in a warm oven until serving. Put out jam, honey, softened butter and cream cheese for the biscuits and cranberry bread. Serve the juice cocktails with or without a little gin or vodka.


Christmas Dinner Buffet
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Brown Sugar and Mustard Glazed
Baked Ham

and/or
Slow-Roasted Beef Sirloin
Tip Roast Au Jus



Mini Sandwich Buns


Holiday Macaroni and Cheese


Homemade Baked Beans


Seven-Layer Salad


Cranberry Sauce or Relish


Assorted Christmas Cookies


Classic Eggnog

Preparation Notes

This is a simple, informal menu that can be prepared on or prior to the event, reheating dishes as needed. That is a plus for those who receive visitors at indefinite times because some people are visiting several homes on Christmas Day. See the individual recipes for specifics. Whether you need both ham and beef depends on the number of people you expect and personal taste. In my family, ham is traditional, but we sometimes serve both. Either meat can be made up to three days ahead, sliced and served at room temperature, or covered and gently reheated in the oven in a little of the cooking juices. Make cookies several weeks before Christmas so you have them for the entire season. The eggnog can be made several days ahead and served when needed. To make matters even easier, purchase festive paper plates and cups for serving. Sit back and enjoy the day. Merry Christmas!


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Horseradish-Crusted Beef Tenderloin Roast

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Homemade Baked Beans from Scratch

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Jam-Filled
Thumbprint Cookies
(Bird's Nests)


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