Merry Christmas Everyone!!! It is our tradition that my family comes over every Christmas Eve night for a fancy Christmas dinner. Growing up my dad worked at a hospital and usually had to work on Christmas day so Christmas Eve became our families special night to celebrate Christmas together.
As a little girl we would go to my Aunt Joyce and Uncle Jack’s for a formal Christmas dinner and my aunt would make a deliciously fancy meal. My sisters and I would wear our matching velvet Christmas dresses and my aunt would set the table with real candles and a cross stitched tablecloth that my mom-mom made. There was always a beautiful decorated tree and a fire going in the fireplace. Some years there was beef or lamb and even one year we had a basked Alaska but there was always teddy bear bread.
I looked forward to this Christmas family celebration all year long. I loved dressing up and spending time with my aunt and uncle, my mom-mom and my two older cousins who I looked up too. The night seemed almost magical:). We now all grown up and we keep this family dinner to our own families but I am thankful for the memories and Christmas inspiration I have due to this night.
Since having our oldest son, Bennett, Jason and I cook a fancy dinner my immediate family and significant others which has since grown to 16! The first Christmas in our Town Traditional I made this same dinner and our family loved it so much that we make the same menu every year. Jason and I joke that we should have started with a less fancy dinner but there’s no going back now… everyone expects it now and we do too:). We serve beef tenderloin and a lobster corn chowder every Christmas Eve.
I bought these beautiful Christmas bowls from Longaberger just for our Christmas Eve lobster soup! We had our holiday Champagne punch ready when everyone got here and my sister Tiffany and her husband Andrew brought a baked brie appetizer. Meanwhile my brother John and my soon to be sister in law Kristen were making our families favorite recipe for potato casserole. Jason was also in the kitchen cooking the beef tenderloin and whipped up some horseradish cream to go with it. Meanwhile my sisters, Kristen, and Audrey were there to help me set the table and we had a lot of fun chatting and dancing while we set it. I will not post any of the videos of the girls dancing but my sisters, Audrey, and I love to dance!
My mom lent me my mom-mom’s Christmas tablecloth and I added some red accents to the dining room to create a white, gold, and red tablescape. We also used my Longaberger Christmas bowls I bought especially for our corn and lobster chowder. We had 12 at our dining table and 4 at the kids table.
I even added some red Christmas balls, red candles, and a vintage Santa to go with the gold accents and my new gold Christmas wreath.
For the kids table I laid out a vintage tablecloth I found at the thrift store years ago. The candle centerpiece is from Longaberger.
After dinner we exchange gifts while the chocolate soufles bake. Yum!!!
After dessert the kids go to bed and the adults play a board game and our new tradition is to end the night in the hot tub. I am hoping to get my parents in with us one of these years but the night usually goes well into Christmas day:). I hope you have enjoyed reading about my families Christmas Eve dinner and that it will inspire you to create a fancy Christmas dinner of your own:). Merry Christmas!
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