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Christmas without Turkey

Christmas Day without turkey 
Aug. 18, 2013 11:56 am 
Updated: Jan. 18, 2014 4:53 pm
For the past few years my family has planned on Christmas Eve for our family Christmas gathering.  It's the only way to get the large group together with all of the children growing up. So, for Christmas day, my husband and I invite all of our friends (who are also without family) over for Christmas dinner.  (Endearing called my Christmas "strays"). I let them know in advance that we will not be eating turkey.  I am surprised at the many "thank you"s I have gotten with that statement.  Last year we prepared the prime rib from the recipe Prime Rib with Aus Jus and Yorkshire Pudding.  We did not make the Yorkshire Pudding; we live in the South and that is not a dish we are accustomed to making or eating.  However, the Prime Rib was awesome.  Our friends have requested it again this year.  So we now have a new Christmas tradition that we share with our friends.  Don't worry, we will still have our turkey on Christmas Eve as that is a tradition that we don't want to let go of.
Aug. 18, 2013 1:15 pm
We do not have turkey on Christmas Day either, we've been having Prime Rib for many years. Hubby sears it on very high heat on the grill, then cooks it slow and low on indirect heat on the grill. It is delicious and everyone loves it! I like the idea of your gathering of friends who won't be seeing family on that day.
Aug. 18, 2013 4:30 pm
I will always have turkey for Christmas, it is a tradition in my family. but I also cook prime-rib, and fish, shrimp, lobster and clams and scallop. some people do not eat red meats, some don't eat anything but fish and I do not wish to force someone to eat something they don't normally eat. Yes I am busy cooking all day.
Aug. 19, 2013 2:11 pm
Nice blog. I would love to do a Prime Rib for Christmas, but alas, my in-laws are turkey people, so it will be turkey.
Aug. 20, 2013 12:05 pm
My in laws do turkey for Thanksgiving, and ham for Christmas. Really I feel that ham is more traditional then turkey for Christmas. But I am veg so I eat pasta! :lol: But it sounds like your friends are turkey-ed out from Thanksgiving and other Christmas celebrations so doing something different is more then welcome. I have always said if a tradition doesn't make sense-change it!
Aug. 20, 2013 2:39 pm
KingSparta - I'm coming to your house for Xmas. I'm flexible as long as someone else is cooking. Sounds wonderful. I have cooked so many Xmas dinners, I'm game for anything, just happy to get invited.
Aug. 20, 2013 8:10 pm
Already thinking of Christmas! :) We always have ham. I think everyone would freak out if anyone messed with that tradition! I'd be willing to change it up, but ham is probably most economical for the amount of people that have to be fed.
Aug. 20, 2013 10:41 pm
My mil refused to cook another turkey so soon after Thanksgiving. They had pizza for dinner on Christmas Eve, and prime rib for dinner on Christmas Day. After her kids started growing up and marrying, she set up a schedule that worked well for family holiday meals. One year, her family gathered for Easter Brunch, Thanksgiving dinner, and Christmas Eve, and the next, had Easter dinner, and Christmas dinner. This left the opposite meals to be had with the other families . . .
Aug. 20, 2013 10:44 pm
My cousin has taken over Thanksgiving dinner in my family, and has gone non-traditional after the first two years - many years, preparing tri-tip and shrimp. The rest of the family brings desserts and sides . . .
Aug. 21, 2013 1:43 pm
I too just want to add that our family got away from Christmas turkey a while back. we either have prime rib or ham or sometimes we just have a pot luck. the only thing we care about is all being together
Aug. 22, 2013 6:07 am
When I was growing up, it always was ham for Christmas dinner. But since I've been married, we break all the rules and have a traditional German sauerbraten meal. My husband's grandmother was from Bavaria, and that's how the tradition started.
Jan. 18, 2014 4:53 pm
My husband decided that he wanted chili for Christmas day this year because his family,like mine, had turkey for Christmas Eve and his mother cooked chili on Christmas day. So chili it was.
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