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Christmas Dinner…Finally

Sullie and I finally made it home for Christmas yesterday.

We arrived at my grandmother’s house around 1:30 and I immediately got to work helping my dad with Christmas dinner. We fed 16 people last night!

Despite all of the sickness (my dad, mom and nieces have all been really sick this week) and back and forth on when to actually celebrate, last night really did feel like Christmas. We had a house full of family, the house was fully decorated like usual and the gifts overflowed under the tree. How cute is my grandmother’s half tree that she’s started using these days? Makes lots of room for presents underneath!

We opened stockings before dinner and then did presents after.

I had a good helper in the kitchen to finish getting the spread assembled. Mac and cheese and sweet potato casserole…yum!

The full spread…a whole baked ham, sweet potato casserole, macaroni and cheese, butter beans, crowder peas, roasted carrots and parsnips and…

My dad’s homemade buttermilk biscuits! These are heavenly.

My plate, round one. I ate the ham sandwiched in the biscuit. Everything was so amazing. I went back for seconds on the mac and cheese, sweet potatoes and ham. My dad has been using a new mac and cheese recipe lately. This was my first time trying it and OMG, it’s so addictive. Check it out. It was a definite crowd favorite.

It was so nice to sit down and enjoy a meal with my family after a long and kinda tough holiday season. I definitely felt more at peace and truly content last night than I have in the entire month of December.

This is going to be a crazy long post if I jump right into the rest of the evening so I’ll break it into two…up next presents and dessert!

What is a “must-have” Christmas dinner item for you? I love having prime rib on Christmas eve and ham on Christmas day. Especially when the sides are things like mac and cheese and sweet potatoes!

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  • 1
    Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes December 29, 2012, 9:56 am

    So glad you had a nice belated Christmas, Jen! The mac and cheese sure does look delicious! For Christmas dinner, my family does surf and turf every year, and for Christmas Day, my favorite food is twice-baked potatoes. We usually have the potatoes for Thanksgiving and Christmas, so they’re definitely a holiday treat. 🙂

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    Fran December 29, 2012, 10:05 am

    I love that you were at your Mema’s for the holidays. Give her a big hug and kiss from her niece. Tell your Mom and Dad hey also. Are the small children Martha’s grandchildren??? Have a wonderful time with your wonderful family.

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    Matt @ The Athlete's Plate December 29, 2012, 10:56 am

    Looks like a delicious southern meal!

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    Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin December 29, 2012, 11:03 am

    This looks like such a wonderful night! I don’t think my family has ever had a casserole at one of our Christmas dinners but those two look amazing. We always have crab on Christmas Eve and prime rib on Christmas night.

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    Kerry @ Totes My Oats December 29, 2012, 12:47 pm

    That whole plate looks amazing! I like to have prime rib on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. My mom always makes it and it is heavenly! I also need mashed potatoes and gravy… mmmm!!

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    kat December 29, 2012, 1:00 pm

    Glad you finally got home to see family. So special. We are reeling from returning to Dallas after 6 days in NC…homesickness re-kindled for sure! I didn’t know you had brothers/sisters! Your niece is precious. Enjoy the rest of the holiday season.

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    She Rocks Fitness December 29, 2012, 1:36 pm

    So glad to hear that Christmas was a success and you are feeling better! Here’s to a New Year and lots of great things to come…A Christmas must have for me is always my Mom’s filet. She marinades it over night in TONS of garlic, parsley, olive oil, and of course bacon. It’s divine. PS: nice call on the ham sandwich in the biscuit.

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    Paige @ The Balancing Act December 29, 2012, 7:52 pm

    Yay for wonderful Christmas celebrations, regardless of when they actually happen! 🙂 My family usually does a traditional turkey dinner for Christmas, in which case my must-have would be the stuffing; however, this year we deviated a bit and had a Christmas brunch. My aunt made a delicious egg, spinach, and sausage casserole, and I tried a baked banana oatmeal recipe that turned out to be pretty yummy!

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