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What is your family's traditional Christmas meal?

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P.S. How do you make ribbon salad? Is that a jello type salad?

Yeah...it's a layer of green jello, then a layer of some kind of goop (I think it's crushed pineapple, marshmallow, etc...?), then topped with a layer of red jello. I think Mom says it's kind of labor intensive, and it takes great skill not to screw up the top jello layer. All I know is it tastes awesome, and I totally associate it with Christmas....ever since I was a little boy!

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We traditionally have pancakes & sausage for breakfast, skip lunch and do turkey with the trimmings for supper. Then later on Christmas night we have the pumpkin pie!

But we started Weight Watchers this last May, so we're trying to figure out how to do Thanksgiving/Christmas in a "point friendly" way!

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We traditionally have pancakes & sausage for breakfast, skip lunch and do turkey with the trimmings for supper. Then later on Christmas night we have the pumpkin pie!

But we started Weight Watchers this last May, so we're trying to figure out how to do Thanksgiving/Christmas in a "point friendly" way!

Yikes! That might be a challenge! Best of luck though! Maybe it could be your "gift" to each other this year (a nice, big holiday feast) ;)

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Prime rib w/ giant baked potatoes and a homemade Caesar salad. My parents make Christmas dinner for the fam and have everyone over; I think it's all of our favorite meal of the year. She also makes these roasted, sweet onions with a mushroom soup. Kind of like French Onion soup but with a buttery, sweet, onion you cut into with a fork. Mmmm. Makes my mouth drool just thinking about it.

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Prime rib w/ giant baked potatoes and a homemade Caesar salad. My parents make Christmas dinner for the fam and have everyone over; I think it's all of our favorite meal of the year. She also makes these roasted, sweet onions with a mushroom soup. Kind of like French Onion soup but with a buttery, sweet, onion you cut into with a fork. Mmmm. Makes my mouth drool just thinking about it.

Funny...it's THESE kinds of memories that get me the MOST excited for the holidays! I can't count how many times I've been at a restaurant and had someone "rave" about the french onion soup. I refuse to ever try it, because I reserve that for Christmas Eve!! My wife has already accepted the responsibility of stepping up to the plate whenever my mother is no longer capable of it!! :)

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Funny...it's THESE kinds of memories that get me the MOST excited for the holidays! I can't count how many times I've been at a restaurant and had someone "rave" about the french onion soup. I refuse to ever try it, because I reserve that for Christmas Eve!! My wife has already accepted the responsibility of stepping up to the plate whenever my mother is no longer capable of it!! :)

Don't get me wrong, I still like a good bowl of French Onion soup! But nothing compares to momma's homemade! :D

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Yikes! That might be a challenge! Best of luck though! Maybe it could be your "gift" to each other this year (a nice, big holiday feast) ;)

I agree!! I have been watching what I eat/dieting and exercising since June 13th. I have lost 35 lbs. BUT! Thanksgiving and Christmas meals I'm sticking to tradition! I will increase my exercising after Thanksgiving day for a week and again after Christmas.

We have the traditional ham and turkey, baked beans, etc. Topped off with at least 10 (have to have everyones favorite ya know) different kind of pies/deserts.

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I agree!! I have been watching what I eat/dieting and exercising since June 13th. I have lost 35 lbs. BUT! Thanksgiving and Christmas meals I'm sticking to tradition! I will increase my exercising after Thanksgiving day for a week and again after Christmas.

We have the traditional ham and turkey, baked beans, etc. Topped off with at least 10 (have to have everyones favorite ya know) different kind of pies/deserts.

With 10 deserts you know how to live.

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Mike, the ribbon salad seems similar to what I made for my little boys birthday this summer. Though yours sounds a lot better being that it's red and green and may contain some yummy goop in between layers :)

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With 10 deserts you know how to live.

Well, I don't eat or sample all 10. There are usually 15 to 20 people at this meal. : )

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My wife and I have a family party on christmas eve. Last year we had a home made chinese buffet.It was awesome. Christmas day last year my wife worked so my son and I

went to the grand parents house's for lunch and dinner. Two turkey dinners in one day, phew, I slept great that night. This year we are hoping to have another family party but with a turkey dinner with all the fixings. My wife is off this year but I will probably have to work over the hollidays.

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We have a family party at our house on Christmas Day. After watching our diet all year long, this is our cheat day! Everyone brings 3 or 4 (about 20 or so total) of their favorite appetizers and we graze on those all afternoon. We have a big sit-down meal (at our house once again) for Thanksgiving with all the usual so Christmas is our day of "And now for something completely different" - John Cleese.

For the Christmas party at my mothers house, we have something non-traditional but themed, like Chinese, Mexican, or Italian which is decided a few weeks before.

You are making me salivate just thinking about this!

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Smoked turkey,baked turkey,fried turkey,turkey,turkey turkey LOL!

Also my sisters seafood gumbo YUM!

Homemade rolls,lots of different homemade treats.Rice dressing with & without {my preference} liver.Sweet peas,potato salad.Cornbread dressing yuck!

And to wash it all down,my favorite COKE!

Now I'm hungry LOL

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We never really had a traditional dinner. It changes from year to year, but I seem to recall ham and turkey being the most common. Pumpkin pie is a main stay, of course. These days, actually about the last 20 years, the whole family is never together on Christmas Day. Christmas Eve is for the family, Christmas Day is in-law day.

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Probably the Salvation Army soup kitchen this year. I spent all the money on controllers and my display.

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We do a seafood boil. Crab legs, lobster claws, clams, shrimp, crawdads, keilbasa and pototoes with all the condiments to go with and various desserts. Cook it all up and dump it in the center of a table and enjoy! Mouth-watering, finger-licking good!

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