Sunday, December 2, 2012

Advent Calendar - December 2 - Holiday Foods

(Note: I originally posted this in 2011. Despite my hope that we might develop some new food traditions, it hasn't happened yet!)

Our family’s Christmas dinner menu was the same as at Thanksgiving:
  • Roast turkey
  • Stuffing
  • Jellied cranberry sauce (yep, out of a can)
  • Mashed potatoes and gravy
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Green beans
  • Dinner rolls (if someone didn’t forget to put them in the oven!)
  • Fruit salad (assembled as a group activity on Christmas Eve)
  • Pumpkin pie

Public domain photo from
Wikimedia Commons.
(I only take pictures of pies!)
Nothing out-of-the-ordinary or unusual…and it hasn’t changed much since I was a kid!

We tried having roast beef once for Christmas, and it just didn’t seem right. My son and his wife like to have a ham as well as a turkey, and I bake a lemon meringue pie in addition to pumpkin pies.

One would think that our crazy mixed-up German-English-Cuban-Mexican-Tongan family would have more ethnic dishes on the menu! Maybe I’ll see if I can get some new traditions started.

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© 2012 Denise Spurlock


  1. Yes, we have always considered ourselves a "nice, normal" family in every way.

    1. This is about as "white bread" traditional as it gets...don't you think it would be nice to have something a little different?