Lunch is then followed by gift inspection and assembly (last year a gigantic remote-controlled flying clown-fish dominated my living room all day long!), games, chatter, and free flowing champagne for some, and a bit of napping for others. Capping off the afternoon with a white elephant exchange is a family tradition that always results in a lot of laughter and often some tears -- particularly when someone steals your awesome Ghirardelli assorted hot cocoa beverage kit, and in its place you are left with a poem about your mother's feet!
So, while our Christmas dinner is always festive family meal, it is marked by simplicity out of necessity. A very good cut of meat that needs little attention while roasting in the oven, surrounded by a few simple sides, most of which can easily be prepared the night before, works well for us. Here's what we have planned for this year.
Christmas Dinner Menu - 2013
Baby Romaine Lettuce Salad with Blue Cheese and Radish
Herb Roasted Leg of Lamb with Pan Gravy
Honey-Glazed Chicken Drumettes
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Olive Oil Green Beans
Tomatoes with Fresh Mint
Homemade Cookies Galore
Christmas Spiced Coffee