What do you have for dinner on Christmas Eve?

(59 Posts)
TallulahTwinkle Tue 12-Nov-13 14:38:48

(Apologies if already done)

Need ideas smile

flipchart Tue 12-Nov-13 14:40:23

It's just a normal meal to us.
Always has been,even when I was child st home.

HeirToTheIronThrone Tue 12-Nov-13 14:46:25

When I was little, always lasagne. I don't really know why (though now older perhaps for it's make-ahead properties?) but I really liked having the tradition. Nowadays usually fish, last year baked salmon with pesto crusty bit and olives - fish somehow seems a good 'light' option ahead of the next day's gluttony.

PenguinsDontEatPancakes Tue 12-Nov-13 14:49:15

We always have fish pie. No idea why. Always did growing up and do now. Sometimes 'posh' versions though.

MrsPresley Tue 12-Nov-13 14:51:07

Take away, usually Indian.

Lasagna. My dad did it one year and for some reason it stuck with DS and now we have it every year. I would love fish pie but am only one who likes it!

noddyholder Tue 12-Nov-13 14:53:20

We always go for a curry!

ouryve Tue 12-Nov-13 14:55:45

I cook a small ham to eat over the Christmas period, so we eat that, still warm, on Christmas eve.

If I've made some spiced red cabbage, then we have that with it. Some years, we just have veg and oven chips, and maybe top it with a fried egg. Delicious either way!

Dillydollydaydream Tue 12-Nov-13 15:01:55

We usually have a smallish buffet for dinner.

Isthiscorrect Tue 12-Nov-13 15:29:08

We have a lovely rich casserole with baked potatoes, always have done. It means its ready whenever we want it, so we can be flexible with timings. Lots of steamed veg, with something chocolate and creamy for pud with fruit. We always had lots of people turning up unannounced (which I love) including the 70 year old paperman ;-)

KungFuBustle Tue 12-Nov-13 15:33:50

Takeaway when we're at Mothers. When home it's boiled ham, cheeses and crusty bread.

evertonmint Tue 12-Nov-13 15:36:45

I love the ritual of our Christmas Eve dinner as much as Christmas Day really, mainly because it is much less effort but still totally yummy! We cook the Christmas ham on Christmas Eve so have that with mashed swede and carrot, cauliflower cheese and green beans. The swede/carrot and cauli cheese are always M&S bought to minimise effort required! We always have shop-bought profiteroles for pudding. Utterly yum!

enormouse Tue 12-Nov-13 15:37:03

Lasagne. It's come to be a tradition in our house.
We eat it whilst watching the Tim Burton batman films.

Chinese buffet ( after the afternoon panto) then home to crack open the baileys.

574ejones Tue 12-Nov-13 15:42:04

We cook a ham as well, so we eat that with cauliflower cheese or something else that's not too preparation heavy.

MyDaydream Tue 12-Nov-13 15:42:48

If its just the three of us we have steak and vegetables so were not spending hours cooking as neither of us is bothered about the big dinner. MIL does turkey and my parents either have beef or ham, so we'd have meet and all the trimmings if we visited family.

hoppingmad Tue 12-Nov-13 15:42:56

We have a buffet, always did as a child and still do now. It's just habit.
I'm liking the lasagne idea better though - mainly because I don't really like buffets!

eurochick Tue 12-Nov-13 15:44:42

Any old thing. We treat it as a normal meal. We do crack open the Xmas choccies and other treats on Christmas Eve though.

I get dinner table ready oh goes out with friends and gets drunk while me and the kids do cinema and pizza hut

GlitteredPinecones Tue 12-Nov-13 15:48:19

Usually just a small buffet.

mummratheevertired Tue 12-Nov-13 15:50:38

We've always had gammon and chips with pineapple and egg.

MrsOakenshield Tue 12-Nov-13 15:55:05

nothing special, but me, my mum and my sister always went to Midnight Mass, leaving my dad at home, and when we came back he'd have heated up sausage rolls and we'd crack open the champagne. Lovely!

RobinVanPrissy Tue 12-Nov-13 15:57:33

Don’t recall my mum doing anything special growing up, but since I’ve been in charge (reluctantly!) we have done it all for Xmas Eve dinner over the years.

We did something fishy for a few years – lemon sole, I seem to remember, and fish n chips from the chippie. We have done Indian and Thai takeaways (good for less washing up, but quite heavy the day before a big blow out). Year before last I did (a huge) Nigella’s ham in coke and served with roasted root veg, and we had the leftover ham with Xmas dinner. Then last year we did a buffet type thing (I did homemade sausage rolls and all sorts of Domestic Goddess-ery, which is most unlike me).

I fancy switching it up again this year, though …so will watch this thread.

CrotchStitch Tue 12-Nov-13 16:49:00

We don't really have a tradition but this year we will be having a lovingly handmade from M&S buffet with ham, cheeses etc.
Just the three of us and my DPs so not a big deal and I will stock up several times over the next few weeks when I am in town smile

Pooka Tue 12-Nov-13 16:55:56

Ham with something creamy (macaroni cheese/cauliflower cheese/daupinoise potatoes) and a green veg like runner beans.

wfrances Tue 12-Nov-13 17:04:37

party food as its ds birthday

Snowbility Tue 12-Nov-13 17:12:13

Steak and onions and chips, or maybe ham egg and chips as it's Dh's favourite dinner and we haven't done that one before or something slow in the oven - we don't have food traditions, we like to re-invent the wheel every year.

spicynaknik Tue 12-Nov-13 17:13:53

Baked glazed spiced ham served with macaroni cheese plus green veg and a glass of cider/appletise alongside. First slice of the yule log with cream for pud. Heavy on the carbs, helps induce sleep in excited little and not so little ones.

DTisMYdoctor Tue 12-Nov-13 18:36:36

We often have something quick and easy like a takeaway but I'm planning a small buffet this year with the Christmas ham & M&S nibbles.

We always have a cheese board (including some baked Camembert) with nice breads etc and some hot (veggie) sausage rolls - to be eaten after carol singing on the green. Mince pies, meringues, cream, berries to follow.

Maryann1975 Tue 12-Nov-13 20:49:38

Take away for us. Either Chinese or curry, normally Chinese if we remember to order it early enough as they deliver and the is so much else to do with I'll not let DH go out to collect if I can help it! Normally the dc have fish fingers and smileys/waffles, but they quite enjoy a Chinese with us now, so the tradition may change this year to incorporate them into the takeaway session.

working9while5 Tue 12-Nov-13 20:56:00

M and S rosemary lamb when at mum's as usually away next day to inlaws.

We're having party food at sil's. Lasagne is for Boxing Day here!

Homemade quiche, homemade quick cheese, sage and onion bread and salads. The quiches and bread will have been made in advance, froze, then defrosted on the day and warmed up, so you end up with a nice homemade meal with hardly any work!

ScornedWoman Tue 12-Nov-13 21:39:24

Christmas dinner! I've done it on Christmas Eve since I had DC. I remember hating having to stop playing to eat dinner, as a child. None of us wanted it, after a whole selection pack for breakfast, anyway! Also, you can eat a Xmas dinner out with crackers and Xmas music, without the Xmas day price hike :-)

bsc Tue 12-Nov-13 21:50:38

We try to have pork, usually in casserole form, with rice, sometimes sausages. After the children have gone to bed DH and me watch Love, Actually whilst building the playmobil, and wrapping the last gifts.

JaquelineHyde Tue 12-Nov-13 21:56:09

We go out for a walk once it gets dark to look at Christmas lights (and burn off some energy) then when we get home it's hot baths/showers all round whilst I make up a huge plate of bacon sandwiches and hot chocolate.

I bloody love Christmas eve grin

BankerMommy2010 Wed 13-Nov-13 07:17:08

Oooh I LOVE Christmas eve!

We normally have a takeaway, but the past years have been a disappointment, I think takeaways get too busy Christmas eve and you end up with a plate of slop...

I was thinking of doing a bit of a spread for me and hubby, fresh bread, olives, cheese, pate... I'll probably feed ds at lunch time with his main meal as he'll be too excited come tea time, he can have a little party tea.

I love Christmas eve, I "try" to make sure we're all tidy and organised so we can enjoy the whole day smile

FestiveEdition Wed 13-Nov-13 07:30:29

We have done it the same way for more decades than I want to count ....substantial cooked lunch (often casserole) so I know people have had a full 'meal'.....and then party food after the crib service and into the evening, because we always have close friends and family here.

Everyone brings a plate of something, so that not all the organisation falls on me ....those who are coming to stay usually bring easily transportable M&S platters, or similar.
I love it. Only ever know half the stuff that will be on the buffet when its finally laid, so I actually really enjoy it. And a bonus that there are always lots of willing hands to help.
Chocolate log takes centre stage, for the children, and it is the first time they are allowed to cut into it.

wilsk002 Wed 13-Nov-13 11:14:34

We just have a picky dinner, crackers, cheese etc, v.yummy!

On my own, but last year I actually had a Christmas dinner on 24th and fried chicken and sticky rice on 25th. Year before..... too long to remember grin

SparklyFucker Wed 13-Nov-13 11:28:30

Proper boiled ham, so that there's left overs for boxing day and beyond.

MadBusLady Wed 13-Nov-13 11:30:09

Tapas. I can't remember how it started, but it works really well - includes a lot of cold meats and other stuff that needs no preparation, and people who want to take it easy and make room for tomorrow can do so.

Spirael Wed 13-Nov-13 11:34:13

We have a family tradition on Christmas Eve that everyone can choose their own meal and have anything they want. Requested in advance obviously, so the appropriate ingredients can be acquired.

The challenge is then to get the weird combination of meals all on the table at the same time. It's manic in the kitchen, but a lot of fun and everyone joins in with the preparation and the cooking!

Pizza Hut. Have done it every year since we got married, can't remember why it started but DC love it now!

Lamb casserole in the slow cooker. Apple crumble and custard for pudding.

MegBusset Wed 13-Nov-13 13:21:23

Takeaway curry. Occasionally we have one on Boxing Day too blush

DH and I are vegetarian (DC aren't)

We have Christmas Eve Lunch of fish fingers (for DC) vegetable grills for DH and I, lots of lovely chips (triple cooked chips) and salad.
Then DH and I have trifle, DC have ice-cream sundaes.

Late evening we do a buffet.

Lasagne is Boxing Day (made and frozen ahead) but last year we made pizzas (I got a KMix stand mixer so I had to try out the dough hook)

Floralnomad Wed 13-Nov-13 17:02:46

We always have a buffet type arrangement and eat it as we watch whatever film we have agreed on .

EugenesAxe Wed 13-Nov-13 17:07:27

Salmon and asparagus pasta has become a bizarre, unseasonal, tradition. It's lovely even if the asparagus is from Peru or wherever.

AaDB Wed 13-Nov-13 17:21:24

Christmas eve is Chinese takeaway and ds will join in this year.

Boxing day is a munch ( wine, cheese, bread, crackers, baked Camembert, olives etc).

Tortoise Wed 13-Nov-13 17:22:59

We always have takeaway :-)

tethersend Wed 13-Nov-13 17:26:25


2kidsintow Wed 13-Nov-13 20:29:58

I boil/roast a large-ish ham joint and we have it with pineapple/egg and veg and either mash or chips. Then there's plenty left over for sliced ham on the table for Christmas tea and on boxing day, when I only want to have leftovers for tea. smile

Taffeta Wed 13-Nov-13 20:30:31

Sausage rolls, crudités, dips, crisps, mince pies. Maybe some Christmas cake.

cupcakeicing Wed 13-Nov-13 20:32:03

Party food buffet.

BiddyPop Wed 13-Nov-13 22:35:50

A couple of years we got a mix of Scandinavian and more Spanish types of buffet things, and had a sorta smorgasbord/tapas type of meal. Cooked meats, cured meats (Parma ham, salami, brasaeola), various cheeses, olives, hummus, squid rings with chilli and garlic, prawns with sweet chilli sauce for dipping, tomatoes, crispy lettuce, peppers, bread sticks and nice crusty bread.

I really like that.

Last year, we went back to one of the tried and tested - just cooked ham, just cooked spiced beef, potatoes and veggies. It's ok, but I prefer the lighter "picky" meal. The ham and beef is what we both got growing up as wel though.

BearsBeetsBattlestarGalactica Thu 14-Nov-13 08:38:53

This year is my first proper christmas eve as a lone parent.

I'm planning on doing a picnic whilst watching a christmas movie.

ThreeMyselfAndI Thu 14-Nov-13 09:28:51

we always settle down to a christmas film with a take away usually Chinese.

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