What do you eat on Christmas Eve?

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What do you eat on Christmas Eve?

Postby Kanga » 23 Nov 2014, 17:10

Just that really. I always think it is nice to start the festivities with a nice meal together but I can't settle on something relatively easy to cook & not too indulgent preceding Christmas Day. Last year dd and I made homemade spaghetti & sauce which was fun and could end up being a nice tradition for the children to be involved in.
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Re: What do you eat on Christmas Eve?

Postby qbm » 23 Nov 2014, 17:33

Goat curry! The goat comes from a local (ish) producer and is delicious but pretty expensive so we only have it very, very, very occasionally. Being curry we can make it on the 23rd which is great.
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Re: What do you eat on Christmas Eve?

Postby fourweewonders » 23 Nov 2014, 18:19

I have friends that eat their turkey on christmas eve, then order dominos on christmas day washed down with champagne.

I keep saying Id rather do this my cant get my lot onboard
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Re: What do you eat on Christmas Eve?

Postby pirate_han » 23 Nov 2014, 18:33

We sometimes have steak and chips and sometimes takeaway. The level of wrapping/toys to put together DH has left until the last minute directly impacts on this :D
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Re: What do you eat on Christmas Eve?

Postby handstand79 » 23 Nov 2014, 19:47

We always have sausage, heaven and earth mash and peas from nigella lawsons feast book. The boys love it and it very easy!
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Re: What do you eat on Christmas Eve?

Postby mamapup » 23 Nov 2014, 21:32

Normally schnitzel but this year we are having fish - booooo. Don't mind fish but it's not a patch on schnitzel.
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Re: What do you eat on Christmas Eve?

Postby madcatmummy » 23 Nov 2014, 22:28

We have no tradition at all. I'm on call again this Christmas eve so it'll be something that can be reheated in the microwave just in case I'm not around at dinner time!
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Re: What do you eat on Christmas Eve?

Postby Tintin » 23 Nov 2014, 23:47

We always have a Christmas Eve buffet. Mixture of hot and cold stuff, gets laid out on the table and can then be picked at through the evening. :-)
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Re: What do you eat on Christmas Eve?

Postby Treeb » 24 Nov 2014, 03:03

My family has no standard Christmas Eve dinner. Dh's family usually goes to his grandma's house and they have Sloppy Joes. We haven't started any new traditions of our own yet because so far we are still alternating going to one or the other of our parent's houses for a week or two around Christmas time. I suspect once the new baby comes travel will be a bit trickier and we might decide to stay home and start doing our own thing eventually, so maybe we'll start up a Christmas Eve tradition then.
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Re: What do you eat on Christmas Eve?

Postby lizandimo » 24 Nov 2014, 03:47

Tintin wrote:We always have a Christmas Eve buffet. Mixture of hot and cold stuff, gets laid out on the table and can then be picked at through the evening. :-)


This is what we always had when I was younger and I loved it! We haven't started our own tradition here yet, DH isn't big on traditions, so not sure I'll bother until DD is older.
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Re: What do you eat on Christmas Eve?

Postby Riotproof » 24 Nov 2014, 05:15

I do nibbles.. There's generally a lot of fresh fruit, cherries, mangos, rockmelon and proscuitto. Sometimes something easy like frozen sausage rolls. Smoked salmon cigars used to feature a lot.
Dips, crackers, generally bubbles. Olives, antipasto bits and bobs, cherry tomatoes, cucumber..
If I've made mince pies, then those.
I saw a cute idea for little Christmas trees with pita bread cut into triangles, spread with guacamole and tiny chopped tomato and a pretzel as the stump. Super cute. Not sure I can be arsed though.
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Re: What do you eat on Christmas Eve?

Postby LucyLastic » 24 Nov 2014, 12:42

Riotproof wrote:I saw a cute idea for little Christmas trees with pita bread cut into triangles, spread with guacamole and tiny chopped tomato and a pretzel as the stump. Super cute. Not sure I can be arsed though.


This.

Oh, if only I could be a*sed to do some of the things I have pinned on Pinterest, Christmas here would be fab!

My lovely mum always used to cook frozen sausage rolls (if you have time to make puff pastry on Christmas Eve, you're not doing Christmas right) on Christmas Eve and so I now do it too. I'm all for the nibbles school of thought as inevitably I still have all of my wrapping to do so I can just grab something everytime I remember another hiding place for a present bought in August... I always have such good intentions - why am I such a lazy a*se?!
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Re: What do you eat on Christmas Eve?

Postby Kanga » 24 Nov 2014, 13:15

Ooh I like the idea of a buffet. I usually cook a gammon joint on 24th to eat cold on 26th so might start that on 24th with nibbles etc. sounds easy & very yummy!!
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Re: What do you eat on Christmas Eve?

Postby Riotproof » 25 Nov 2014, 04:48

Lol. I'm thinking about the fruit tree thing. Now that I've seen one where you use an apple and a carrot as the trunk.
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Re: What do you eat on Christmas Eve?

Postby FestiveTidings » 28 Nov 2014, 10:19

It used to be a lasagne but the last couple of years it's been fish and chips as we've gone into Newcastle to see Fenwicks window late afternoon and then just picked them up on the way back. To be honest, I think I preferred it when we did lasagne but since its MIL's Xmas......
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