Christmas Day is a wonderful day filled with love, joy and the sense of peace and goodwill. It can also be, for many, a very busy and stressful day, especially if you’re the one hosting it.
Most families have two or more relatives to visit during the day and chances are your guests will come at different times. This makes planning a sit-down Christmas dinner very difficult and unpleasant for any host. Christmas should be a day of fun and relaxation with our loved ones, not a day filled with stress and anxiety. This year, plan a care-free day with the intent of enjoying the day with family and friends, even if you are the one hosting the day.
Christmas dinner doesn’t have to be a glorious sit-down, dining room table, meal. Thanksgiving is the day for that. One of the easiest ways to enjoy guests on Christmas is to serve a Christmas buffet. Fill the dining room table with great foods and holiday treats and let your guests help themselves. This way you can serve food all day which allows your guests the freedom of enjoying their day without the restriction of time. It also allows you more time to spend with your guests opening gifts and enjoying each other’s company rather than running around serving a meal and cleaning up afterward.
Here are some ideas for your buffet that are simple yet, enjoyable:
-Roast beef sandwiches on Kaiser or Kimmelweck
-Sliced Ham – can be eaten plain or as a sandwich offered on a choice of breads and rolls
-Cheesy potatoes casserole- recipe for this delicious side dish is below
-Green bean casserole – recipe can be found on the label of French’s Fried Onions, which you will need anyway
-Vegetables – your choice
-Relish tray – pickles, olives, etc.
-Baked beans and/or a pasta dish
-Shrimp with cocktail sauce
-Pies – homemade or ready-made
-Plate of Christmas Cookies and Candies
-Beverages – don’t forget the eggnog
Of course, this is just an example of foods you can offer with your buffet. The idea is that the food should be good, yet simple to serve and easy to heat in a microwave as needed. If you have a crock pot or two this would be a good day to utilize them. For easy clean-up be sure to use paper plates and plastic utensils whenever possible.
Most of the menu can be prepared the night before and heated on Christmas Day. This will allow you the luxury of having more free time to enjoy the day the way the day should be enjoyed. Christmas truly doesn’t have to be a hectic, stressful, busy day as long as it’s planned out well.
Cheesy Potatoes Casserole
2lb bag frozen diced hash browns (thawed)
1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tsp. salt
1 can cream of chicken or cream of celery soup
1 pt. container sour cream
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Topping – 2 cups crushed Cornflakes, 1/4 cup melted butter
Mix all ingredients, accept for the topping, together in a large bowl until well blended. Spread in a greased 9″ x 13″ pan. Sprinkle with 2 cups crushed Cornflakes and pour over 1/4 cup melted butter. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 45 – 60 minutes or until cheese is bubbling and hot.