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The Best Christmas Recipes!
We love Christmas!
And we have a feeling you do too if you’re here. We know the holidays center so much around food, so we want to make looking for those Christmas recipes as quick and simple for you as possible.
We’ve broken it down into several sections:
- Christmas Cookies
- Christmas Breakfast Ideas
- Christmas Appetizers
- Christmas Side Dishes
- Christmas Dinner Ideas
- Christmas Desserts
- Christmas Drink Ideas
We’ve broken things down even further for you when it comes to Dinner Ideas, so be sure to check out our:
We want to share all of our best tips and tricks to help you with all your holiday meal planning.
PLAN YOUR MENU IN ADVANCE. Think about the following…
- How many courses will there be?
- How many dishes in each course?
- How many sides with your main dish?
- Can you buy any of the dishes to make cooking easier?
- Which dishes can be made AHEAD OF TIME?
- Can some of the recipes be made in the slow cooker or on the stove to free up the oven?
- Can you make food assignments to make it less overwhelming?
DO AS MUCH AS YOU CAN AHEAD OF TIME + GO SHOPPING EARLY!
Christmas Recipe Game Plan
Answering these questions and putting together a game plan will help you come cooking time.
Plan a cooking schedule: Work backwards from your intended serving time. Decide on the following:
- What order do the items need to be cooked?
- Can anything go in the oven at the same time?
- What can be cooked on the stove top? Crock pot?
- What can be made ahead of time? Will it need to be reheated?
Prep as many of the ingredients as possible ahead of time.
Doing these things will help your holidays be more enjoyable and less stressful!
A LUNA TRADITION
Every Christmas Eve, we ALWAYS have Mexican food. It’s tradition!
Although the menu changes up slightly each year, we typically always have the following:
To prep for this we always cook the meat up a few days ahead of time and then we will make salsas the day before or the morning of. Enchiladas can also be made ahead of time, and then we do all the frying right before family comes. It’s easier than you think and always SO delicious!
Check out all of our Favorite Christmas Mexican Food!
Gifting Christmas Cookies
Here are some of our top tips for packaging and gifting cookies this holiday season:
- The easiest is to put the cookies in a store bought holiday box or bin. Dress it up by putting piece of tissue paper, or holiday napkin, in the box before placing the cookies inside and finish it off with a pretty bow of ribbon or twine.
- Wrap in Cellophane: Place cookies on a holiday plate and cover with plastic wrap. Then, place the plate in the center of a piece of cellophane, bring all the sides up over the plate and gather them together. Tie with ribbon, tulle or twine.
- Bake the cookies the same size and stack them in a large mouth mason jar. Cover the lid with Christmas fabric or paper. Tie a ribbon around the top and add a cute tag.
- Save those Pringles cans! Wash and dry, then wrap the can with decorative holiday paper. Stack the cookies in the can, cover with the lid, and top with a gift wrapping bow. So easy!
- A brown lunch bag is pretty in its simplicity. Stack cookies in a brown lunch bag. Fold the top over and punch two holes. Thread a simple ribbon through, tulle or raffia also work, and tie the top closed. Add a cute tag to the front of the bag.
For even more tips, be sure to check out our Christmas Cookies post.
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