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How many courses are you doing for xmas dinner?

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Mollymoofer Fri 19-Dec-14 22:25:31

Thinking of going for four because it's a special occasion but it does feel gluttonous...

VitalStollenFix Fri 19-Dec-14 22:27:12

2 I suppose, but a wide selection for people to choose from. I'm planning more a buffet type thing than a sit down and be served in courses. That way everyone can eat what they like best.

AMerryScot Fri 19-Dec-14 22:28:04

We just have the one. No one has the space for pudding.

ohtheholidays Fri 19-Dec-14 22:29:18

3 courses here.Still deciding on First course though.Main course usual turkey with all the trimmings plus glazed gammon.Third course they have a choice I've made Christmas pudding ice cream,there will be mince pies with custard or cream and I've bought a massive chocolate bottle shaped ice cream as well.

Would do 4 courses but we like to have a cheese board out in the evening with the tea.

VitalStollenFix Fri 19-Dec-14 22:34:14

Your family don't have pudding tummies, AMerryScot? grin

Mollymoofer Fri 19-Dec-14 22:35:47

Yes, just discussed it with dp and having considered cheese and xmas cake came to this conclusion: 'Four courses is just fucking stupid. And would actually be more like six anyway.'

Chennai Fri 19-Dec-14 22:36:45

We just have one, although we have pudding a few hours later so you could call it two.

We used to have starters but everyone got too full and we agreed that we'd just go straight to the main event.

Mollymoofer Fri 19-Dec-14 22:45:11

I'd like to do that but inlaws would be hmm.

JoanHickson Fri 19-Dec-14 22:47:10

We have three. We tend to spread them out though so we have plenty of room for a varied main meal.

Clairej81 Fri 19-Dec-14 22:55:30

I am doing a two course Christmas dinner. A main course of Turkey and all the trimmings and a festive cheese board for dessert. I will do a sweet dessert for DS as well to keep him entertained while I clear away main course.

AMerryScot Fri 19-Dec-14 22:55:50

Over the years, I have always yearned for the times where we could have the fullest of Christmas fare. We have pretty much always had Christmas on our own, so just DH, me and 5 DCs. We've never had the space for multiple courses. I always think how lovely it would be to have extended family for Christmas just so we could have more trimmings.

What we tend to do (and I haven't decided yet for this year) is to have a very light lunch - home made soup, or smoked salmon sandwiches - after church and then start cooking for a post Queen's speech dinner.

We have a fairly full-on main course and everyone can have as much as they want. It's good food, so seconds are in demand. We really like our savoury food in our family, so there is no concept of leaving room for pudding.

GreenEyedMonster14 Fri 19-Dec-14 22:56:46

3 bur I wish it was only 2!

ExitPursuedByABear Fri 19-Dec-14 22:59:45

I usually do soup first. This year I want to do amuse bouche of soup in ramekins, then a diddy prawn cocktail followed by Turkey.
Not sure about an extra pud yet.

HollyJollyDillydolly Sat 20-Dec-14 08:55:58

3 but only 2 at the table.
Dh and I have a baked Camembert and crusty bread while waiting for everything to cook. Then the christmas dinner and pudding up the table with the dc. We'll have christmas pudding but the younger dc have requested a snowie snowman from Sainsbury's.
Food is just an inconvenience for them on Christmas Day as they just want to play with all their new things.

HeyMicky Sat 20-Dec-14 09:01:07

Hot canapés and main, then break for the queens speech, then pudding and cheese

HollyJollyXmas Sat 20-Dec-14 11:22:01

Smoked salmon starter an hour before dinner.


We have pudding much later, probably 3-4 hours after our meal.

Nobody has room for anything more!

Alexaa Sat 20-Dec-14 12:41:44

~Canapés (Mini bruschetta and smoked salmon roses on rye toast)

~Starters (Roast shrimp with oyster sauce and butternut squash soup)

~Main course

~Pudding (Christmas Pudding and New York Cheesecake)

After Main Course we have a cheeseboard then wait an hour or more before serving dessert. We also sometimes have a potage with the Starters but not sure this year

OsloGin Sat 20-Dec-14 12:46:41

We give people some small snacks when they arrive. That's with drinks. Normally tiny bruschetta, tiny blinis etc.Then we just go straight to the main course. Christmas pudding usually happens at about 7pm.

TheSpottedZebra Sat 20-Dec-14 13:01:17

We spread it out a bit too. Canapés an hour or so before the main.
Then we sit down to the main. Then we're usually stuffed so have pudding (which is never an actual Xmas pudding as we're all haters) a few hours after the main. We have pudding in the front room as the kids are keen to get back to their toys, and the grownups are keen to have a bit of a slump on the sofas.

Cheeseboard might be tea, with over bits and bobs.

We used to do starter, but it's just too much really. We don't do all the chocolate things in he morning either, as I am a meanie.

disneymum3 Sat 20-Dec-14 13:45:34

Starter x3
So =7


WorraLiberty Sat 20-Dec-14 13:53:03

One course

Then if the kids want dessert later, they can raid the fridge/freezer.

Kaekae Sat 20-Dec-14 13:57:12


ZeViteVitchofCwismas Sat 20-Dec-14 14:02:31

3, it takes the starter to relax, deep breath large glass of fizz. and wind down for the main...

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