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    herberkids3
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    Default 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

    attack meds).



    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):



    Corn

    Green Bean Casserole

    Candied Yams

    Garlic & Chedder Mashed Potatoes

    Turkey Gravy

    Stuffing

    Deviled Eggs

    Cranberry jelly

    Cranberry/Apple Jello

    Noodles & Broth

    Turkey

    Pecan Pie

    Pumpkin Pie

    Gingerbread Cookies

    2 Cheesecakes (these were brought by my aunt who was our guest this

    year)



    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

    must.



    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!










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    armstrca
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    Default 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.
    <DIV dir="ltr" align="left"><SPAN class="203473316-03122007">
    <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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    <SPAN class="203473316-03122007">
    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.



 

 

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