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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.

CiderwithBuda Tue 12-Nov-13 14:52:51

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.

Notonaschoolnight Tue 12-Nov-13 15:46:06

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.

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