It’s only 2 days until Christmas! I’m getting pretty excited! Are you done with all of your preparations? Since we are spending Christmas at the cottage, I am trying to make sure I am not doing things just to be doing them. Do we need tons of Christmas baking? No. So I bought chips and dip (the family fave) and I may make cookies if the urge moves me. If not, we will survive.
So much of Christmas becomes about what we think HAS to be done as opposed to what really has to be done.
Presents wrapped? Yep. Wrapped like Martha Stewart? Nope.
Snacks available? Yep! Made from scratch from old world recipes that take 4 days? Nope!
Bathrooms cleaned? Yep! Entire house clean enough for the white glove test? Nope!
Get the picture? Look around and see what really needs to get done, do that and leave the rest. No one will remember. Promise.
It’s all about hanging out with family…not how many gifts you give or how clean your house is.
And torturing the teenagers….always fun!
Anyway, I digress. One thing that I generally do not scrimp on is good food. Thankfully my family and I have pretty simple tastes so many of the recipes are family favorites that are easy as well as delicious. Still scratching your head on what to make this year? Here’s our Christmas Menu complete with links to the recipes (if they are on the blog).
Christmas Eve – It’s All About Appetizers!
Baked Buffalo Chicken Dip served with tortilla chips, carrots and celery
Lil’ Smokies cooked in cranberry sauce & barbecue sauce
Crackers with Olive Tapenade (buy in the grocery deli section)
Hot Appies (frozen from M&M store…yep, I am making frozen appies)
Veggies – cucumbers, celery, carrots and sugar snap peas
Chocolate Fondue for dessert
Christmas Breakfast – You HAVE to make it Ahead!
Christmas Dinner – All the Family Favorites!
Turducken from Echelon Foods – This is the one new thing we’re trying. It is a deboned chicken, inside a deboned duck inside a deboned turkey…stuffed with Italian sausage. YUM!
Kale and Brussels Sprout Salad (I will leave out the bacon and the pears this time)
And Sticky Toffee Pudding for Dessert. YUM!