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11-25-2007, 11:44 PM #1herberkids3Guest
Christmas Dinner- On a Budget
For the first time ever, we are actually just staying home for
Christmas day this year. Since we moved, we now live at least an
hour from any relatives, and it's just hard trying to get the kids
up, get presents opened, get dressed, and get to someone's house by
11am when we have an hour of travel time (or longer) involved.
Last year, we were home by mid afternoon, as we just visited 1
family member in the same town, as opposed to going to see my family
over an hour away, and staying the entire day, or even several days.
We just stuck a ham in the crock pot that morning, and had that and
some potates and what not for dinner. Nothing fancy, and certianly
nothing I would classify as a Christmas Dinner.
Part of our desicion to stay home was made by my husband's family
celebrating Christmas on the 16th this year- his aunt always hosts
it, but she's a nurse, so one in 3 or 4 years, she works on
Christas. That's happening this year.
That got me thinking that Nick's grandma will be alone on Christmas,
so I invited her. Unfortunatly, she hates driving in the winter, so
that meant I needed to invite Nick's mother, sister, and our neice
as well. His mother & sister are horrid people to which I can't even
begin to explain. Suffice to say, neither of us likes having either
of them in our home (they tend to steal medications my son takes for
adhd, and any pain pills we occasionally have, along with my panic
After inviting the 4some, I talked with my step-mom, and thought it
would be nice if my dad & step-mom came down for the day as well, so
I invited them. Frankly, I'd prefer them, as would my husband (he
can't stand having his family over anymore than me).
Now, this leaves me with a dilemma- I have an extra 6 people to feed
for Christmas. Easily, this will be the largest crowd I've ever fed
for a meal. One year a few years back, my aunt, step-mom, and dad
came for Easter dinner, but the kids are several years bigger, much
hungerier, and what not.
I don't neccessarily want to go cheap, and I can afford to pick up
stuff as long as I spread it out over the next few weeks. But, being
the tightwad I am, I also like to keep the costs down.
I'm doing a ham dinner, but with 7 adults and 4 kids, I don't know
that 1 boneless ham will be enough. I don't want to make up a
turkey, too much meat along with a ham, I think.
I would love some appetizer ideas, along with sides. My thoughts are
changing it up from Thanksgiving, which I've put on for our own
family for the past 3 years now.
To give you an idea, this year for Thanksgiving, I made (or in some
cases, bought premade):
Green Bean Casserole
Garlic & Chedder Mashed Potatoes
Noodles & Broth
2 Cheesecakes (these were brought by my aunt who was our guest this
I'm figuring the yams & stuffing are out, as with the 2 cranberry
dishes & the turkey.
I only eat corn, and I don't want to get rid of the casserole, but I
want at least 1 more vegetable side dish. Potatoes and gravy are a
I want some appetizers, though, aside from or in place of deviled
eggs. Maybe 2 or 3 ideas?
I'm going to pick stuff up that isn't fresh over the next few weeks,
so the costs will be spread out. I want a nice big meal, with enough
left overs to send home some with everyone, and still have plenty
for our own fridge.
Maybe a 2nd meat- meatballs? I'm not sure what.
I'd love your ideas!
12-03-2007, 12:40 PM #2armstrcaGuest
Christmas Dinner- On a Budget
<DIV dir="ltr" align="left"><SPAN class="203473316-03122007">Christmas dinner -we never have a formal affair. Just sandwiches and whatever - and it is serve your own. What about that idea? Getting a honey baked ham (or cook your own spiral sliced), then have sub buns, sliced cheeses, lettuce, tomatoes and condiments (several types of mustard and some mayo), festive paper plates and let everyone serve themselves. You can to the mini sausages (old smokies) with the chili sauce and jelly for more nibblers. Several bags of chips, have a sharpie out and make everyone label their cup (before they put ice in it) and 2L bottles or iced tea.
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<DIV dir="ltr" align="left"><SPAN class="203473316-03122007">Oh.. and don't forget to lock your valuables and medsin your car <grin> so the relatives don't take them.
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For the first time ever, we are actually just staying home for Christmas day this year. Since we moved, we now live at least an hour from any relatives, and it's just hard trying to get the kids up, get presents opened, get dressed, and get to someone's house by 11am when we have an hour of travel time (or longer) involved.