ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Christmas Eve Dinner

Updated on August 29, 2015

Traditional Yet Simple

A few years ago, I boycotted crazy Christmas meals. The family made such a huge deal out of having 50 different items on the table that I would spend days getting everything ready and then by Christmas Eve, I was so exhausted that I couldn't enjoy a single minute of the holiday.

I decided to change all that and go with traditional yet simple foods. Now the family enjoys their favorites every year and I can enjoy the day too. I found a way to make the holidays more enjoyable and I hope you can too!! Cook what you want and enjoy your day. If you go with traditional yet simple foods, no one will miss a thing!

Turkey Can Stay

Turkey is one of the traditional yet simple foods that can stay on the menu. There's a little prep time involved but once you have the bird in the oven, you can relax which makes it an easy choice. It also makes the house smell really good and will bring back many memories if it's something you've grown accustomed to every year.

Turkey isn't the only tried and true Christmas Eve specialty. Scroll down for some more favorites!

Holiday Cookbooks

If you enjoy having a cookbook in front of you where you can feel the pages and see the illustrations of each recipe, check out some of the recipes in this holiday favorite.

Taste of Home Christmas: 465 Recipes For a Merry Holiday
Taste of Home Christmas: 465 Recipes For a Merry Holiday

This is a great cookbook with tons of holiday favorites. You can find plenty of traditional recipes plus plenty of new interesting ones.


A Delicious Alternative - Lasagna

Lasagna is my favorite!
Lasagna is my favorite!

New Tradition

Most years, I serve lasagna as our Christmas Eve dinner. It's a warm comfort food that most people welcome. Served with breadsticks and a salad, you have a perfect meal. I love tradition but one year I had just had enough of the ham and turkey and wanted to make something different. I love lasagna and make a pretty good one so that's what I made and it was a big hit with the whole family!

Mashed Potatoes with Gravy

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

Another traditional food item for the menu is mashed potatoes with gravy. Made with milk and real butter, you can whip them until they are smooth and creamy. Serve with butter and gravy for a wonderful tasty dish! Sometimes I think that kids would be happy with mashed potatoes for dinner with nothing more. Definitely a favorite at our house!

Everyone's Favorite.... Corn

Kids and adults love corn
Kids and adults love corn

If there's nothing else that the finicky kids will eat, you can count on them eating corn! Corn goes perfectly with mashed potatoes and poultry. You can eat it alone or swirl it in the potatoes. A little salt and butter will make them irresistible. Even the smell is wonderful!


A variety of olives
A variety of olives

It wouldn't be Christmas without a dish of olives on the table. We go through a few cans of black olives while the green ones sit a little longer. You can usually find a local store that sells specialty olives in the deli department. Try a few different flavors for a change!

Which Olives Get Eaten the Fastest at your House?

See results

Hot Chocolate Warms the Soul

Warm hot chocolate on a cold Christmas Day
Warm hot chocolate on a cold Christmas Day

The best hot chocolate I ever had was made with homemade whipped cream, so thick and delicious, with chocolate shavings sprinkled on top.

Did you know that it's simple to make homemade whipped cream? I never realized how easy it was until I did it by mistake. All you need is some whipping cream, sugar, and a little vanilla. You can get the whipping cream in your dairy section at the grocery store. It's usually pretty close to the milk. Pour it into a bowl, add a tablespoon or two of sugar (taste it and if you need more sugar, add it) and then put in a little vanilla. Again, you don't need a lot, maybe a teaspoon or two of the vanilla but taste your whipped cream as you add the vanilla. That's it. It just pour these three ingredients into a bowl and mix with an electric mixer until it fluffs up into the best whipped cream you've ever had! Put it on top of your hot chocolate and then add some chocolate shavings for a super taste sensation!!

Christmas Cookies

It's not Christmas without cookies
It's not Christmas without cookies

Christmas Cookies

A plate of Christmas cookies sitting out brings fond memories of childhood Christmases long ago. They have a comforting smell and the texture is like no others from any other time of year. While you're waiting for dinner to be ready, you can pop a cookie in your mouth and enjoy! I love spritz cookies but my favorite Christmas cookies are poppy seed cookies.

What are your holidays like?

Christmas Cake
Christmas Cake

Does Your Family Go Overboard with the Holiday Foods?

See results

Traditional or Not?

I changed up our tradition and made a new one.. lasagna! Have you ever done the same thing? Do you have the same foods every year or do you try new dishes? Do you have people bring dishes to pass or do you make it all? What about cookies? Do you make a lot or just one or two kinds?

What are your favorite traditional Christmas foods?

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)