My HUbs family has always done a special dinner at Christmas Eve. Ive always done it Christmas day. He's pretty stubborn about tradition where Im usally laid back, but Im not backing down on this because Xmas eve is when our son was born, so id like to keep that for his birthday. He also it was the norm to do it xmas eve, so i thought id ask fellow moms

When do you have your Christmas Dinner?

  • Christmas Eve

  • Christmas Day

  • Dont Celebrate Christmas

  • Dont Have a Christmas Dinner...other

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Submitted by at 10:35 AM on Dec. 16, 2008
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When do you have your Christmas Dinner?

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Submitted by at 10:35 AM on Dec. 16, 2008
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  • jtr01mommy
    Submitted by   at 6:14 PM on December 16, 2008

    we do both, one with my mother christmas eve, and one at my grandmas christmas day

  • justanothe...
    Submitted by   at 12:41 AM on December 17, 2008

    We've always had it on Christmas Eve that way Mom (that would be me now) doesn't have to do all that cooking on Christmas. She can just relax and with the invention of the microwave reheating the dinner from the night before is pretty simple.
    My dad did it that way as a kid (minus the microwave) and we did it like that as a kid so I've carried on the tradition. My husband knows he can work all he wants on Christmas as long as he is home in time for dinner on Christmas Eve...that's the important date for me.

  • beeky
    Submitted by   at 8:46 AM on December 17, 2008

    We have ours at midday on Christmas day.

  • Izsarejman
    Submitted by   at 11:53 PM on December 18, 2008

    When he's not in Iraq, we usually have it in the middle of the day on Christmas. We order pizza on Christmas eve and give the driver a very generous tip. Last year he was floored that we gave him a $50 tip. It's probably viewed as weird, but it's just us and we have no family nearby.

  • teach_ohio
    Submitted by   at 3:01 AM on December 22, 2008

    We have a big Christmas dinner on Christmas day..usually between 1-3 pm. That's when we all meet at someone's house, eat and exchange gifts with the other family..aunts, uncles, cousins, grandma...

    The past couple of years, since my mom has been with her BF, we have done a seafood night on Christmas Eve. We all get together and have whatever kinds of seafood people make...shrimp Alfredo, crab cakes...salmon..w/e. It's pretty fun to get together two days in a row!

  • jordanmari...
    Submitted by   at 3:59 AM on December 22, 2008

    I had to put other. We have to have our Christmas get togethers around everyone's work schedule. This year we had Christmas at mt MIL house yesterday (12/20) we have Christmas with my children, my husband, and I on Christmas eve, and we will have it on the 27th with my family. It changes every year. What is most important to me is that the whole family can get together, whenever that may be.

  • twarmymm
    Submitted by   at 8:52 AM on December 22, 2008

    i have always done it but this year my son has decided that he and wife and baby are staying home on chr. day so i had to change things........we are having heavy snacks like party foods on christmas eve eve and opening presents with them, and i am cooking steaks on christmas day with my other 2 children, spouses, and hubby and i am waiting till new years to cook the big meal.........just adding turkey and dressing to my new years that will probly be the new routine now that there are grandkids in the pic and the kids wanna stay home all day on christmas.............oh, btw, we do christmas eve at my moms but she cooks pizza, gumbo, or bbq for it and my son doesnt come to that either cuz his wife is a choir director and all the services on chr. eve mess that up for them so they go to her mothers later on chr. eve and do their chr. with them

  • RoseSiO2
    Submitted by   at 9:31 AM on December 22, 2008

    We do Christmas Eve. I would say that you need to go with who ever is more passionate about when it is, however, with your sons BD the 24th you maybe able to sway it to the 25th.

  • Kat770
    Submitted by   at 10:24 AM on December 22, 2008

    Growing up, my family always celebrated Christmas Eve. We had a special meal Christmas Eve, then opened family presents, then Christmas Day we had the "big" meal of ham and stuff, and had Santa's presents.

  • Gr8AZMom
    Submitted by   at 10:36 AM on December 22, 2008

    When SO isn't deployed we have a simple dinner on Christmas Eve and then we have a traditional dinner in the mid-afternoon on Christmas Day! This year, we aren't having either. SO is deployed so we will what ever I make on Christmas Eve after I get back from church services, and then whatever I decide to fix on Christmas Day. I have no family close by to come and visit, and the friends I have here all have their own plans so, it will be just the kids and myself. They will open their gifts (all clothing) on Christmas morning and then we will go about our day like any other.

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