Comments on: Christmas Dinner http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/christmas-dinner/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Sat, 15 Mar 2014 11:21:54 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Design Mom http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/christmas-dinner/comment-page-1/#comment-423341 Design Mom Tue, 18 Dec 2012 17:27:36 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=28187#comment-423341 So interesting, Lynn! I had a similar but opposite experience. I worked at the local movie theaters all through high-school and loved working on Christmas day. All the customers were in a such a good mood!

Our family festivities always took place in the morning on Christmas Day and by 10:00 I was bored to tears and glad for the chance to get out of the house. : )

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By: Laura http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/christmas-dinner/comment-page-1/#comment-423098 Laura Mon, 17 Dec 2012 14:28:13 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=28187#comment-423098 I agree with Raleigh. Those people are going to be staffed whether I go to their establishment or not… so I may as well help them make some money on a day that they probably will not make that much.

Not to mention the fact that we all watch Christmas movies, football games, listen to the radio, etc. Those things do not happen on their own. There are people who have to work to make those things run (think about the janitors cleaning up after the football games and even the athletes themselves who may be in a city far from their family on Christmas), but we don’t stop watching the movies or football games because people are forced to work them.

As someone in a multi-religious home who has worked on Christmas, stayed in on Christmas, and gone out on Christmas… I have to wonder. Isn’t the spirit of Christmas to celebrate Christ and his teachings? Not passing judgement on anyone else’s Christmas traditions should be first and foremost in that vein.

I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas in whatever wonderful way they choose to celebrate!

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By: Kristen http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/christmas-dinner/comment-page-1/#comment-423043 Kristen Mon, 17 Dec 2012 04:02:00 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=28187#comment-423043 We decided today to have lasagna for our Christmas meal. We’ll make it a day ahead and just heat it up on Christmas Day. It’s just my family of 5 and the kids love pasta over a big roast or bird anyway!

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By: Stoich91 http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/christmas-dinner/comment-page-1/#comment-422998 Stoich91 Sun, 16 Dec 2012 23:37:33 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=28187#comment-422998 A movie/meal sounds lovely, but I’m with Lynn – I really don’t like supporting places that are open on the holidays, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas. I know it sounds corny/hyper-critical/silly, but these places wouldn’t schedule people if they weren’t needed!

Doctors/ER Nurses/Army Personnel/Police/etc. are in a different category, and shouldn’t be compared to Taco Bell cashiers! lol :D They HAVE to do what they do on holidays; cashiers, not so much.

That being said, I know there are many people who celebrate OTHER holidays and are more than blessed to be payed overtime on holiday hours, then enjoy their family on a different holiday date. Also, it certainly is nice to have a no-stress, kick up your feet kind of Christmas after all the stress! :D Andy many people who DO work Christmas only work half the day, and get to spend the rest of the day with family. However, I’m not sure I”ll ever quite get used to the idea of service industry on Christmas day. It’s a little too hearkening to the days of child labor/etc. and I’d rather enjoy a bowl of cereal at home than a roast beef dinner at Outback on Christmas day.

Just my two cents! Still a really lovely tradition. Hope you have a wonderful holiday!

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By: Raleigh-Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/christmas-dinner/comment-page-1/#comment-422401 Raleigh-Elizabeth Sat, 15 Dec 2012 02:40:22 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=28187#comment-422401 I hope it’s more nostalgia than missing… but if it’s missing, maybe it’s time for a birthday cake! Ho ho ho!

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By: Raleigh-Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/christmas-dinner/comment-page-1/#comment-422400 Raleigh-Elizabeth Sat, 15 Dec 2012 02:39:11 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=28187#comment-422400 I grew up in a home where people had to work Christmas, and as such, I’m always grateful to those who are there for the larger public on that day – and it goes so beyond the restaurants and the movies, but the ER doctors and nurses, the police, the firemen, utility workers, and so many countless others for whom the calendar day doesn’t guarantee a day off. My husband has had to work Christmas two years in a row – and this year he’ll be working from Afghanistan, just as he did on Thanksgiving, and as he will be doing New Year’s, Easter, the Fourth of July, and every Saturday and Sunday between now and then, too. I am eternally grateful for the hard workers that keep the world going not on just this day of celebration, but for all the moms and dads missing big holidays, little celebrations, birthdays, and school plays – and everything in between.

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By: Raleigh-Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/christmas-dinner/comment-page-1/#comment-422398 Raleigh-Elizabeth Sat, 15 Dec 2012 02:33:57 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=28187#comment-422398 What a smart woman your mother in law sounds like!

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By: Raleigh-Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/christmas-dinner/comment-page-1/#comment-422396 Raleigh-Elizabeth Sat, 15 Dec 2012 02:33:09 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=28187#comment-422396 I hope you have a very merry Christmas, Anita. And my deepest condolences to your family… I am sure you’ll all have a very special Christmas this year – it sounds like you’re all working hard to make it a wonderful celebration already.

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By: Raleigh-Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/christmas-dinner/comment-page-1/#comment-422392 Raleigh-Elizabeth Sat, 15 Dec 2012 02:32:00 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=28187#comment-422392 That sounds so wonderful, Jen! Hooray for new traditions!

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By: amyks http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/christmas-dinner/comment-page-1/#comment-422354 amyks Sat, 15 Dec 2012 01:19:58 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=28187#comment-422354 We always did a birthday cake for “baby Jesus” too when I was growing up…lasagna or a chicken and wild rice casserole were on the menu for Christmas dinner. Christmas eve was spent at my “Nana’s” house with a full on buffet of appetizers and snacky type foods. I haven’t been home for Christmas in twenty years, this post makes me miss those family traditions, even though I am making my own memories and traditions with my children!

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By: Lynn http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/christmas-dinner/comment-page-1/#comment-422253 Lynn Fri, 14 Dec 2012 22:47:58 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=28187#comment-422253 Agreed!
I worked at the movies as a teen, and would often get stuck with a holiday shift, no overtime pay included. I do my best to not go anywhere or do anything that isn’t absolutely necessary on holidays.

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By: SunnyDay http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/christmas-dinner/comment-page-1/#comment-422185 SunnyDay Fri, 14 Dec 2012 21:22:07 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=28187#comment-422185 Totally agree with you!

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By: Jen http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/christmas-dinner/comment-page-1/#comment-421716 Jen Fri, 14 Dec 2012 07:06:00 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=28187#comment-421716 we started a new tradition, a christmas eve party. we invite our friends, make it a potluck and have a big party. christmas day is just family. my husband does almost all the cooking. he loves holiday meals and loves making them.

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By: Anita http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/christmas-dinner/comment-page-1/#comment-421695 Anita Fri, 14 Dec 2012 06:01:52 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=28187#comment-421695 I love doing crackers and meat and cheese. Sometimes it looks like Ritz and bologna, and other years we make cheeseballs (which are easier than they look), but it’s fun and yummy and easy.

This year, however, we are having an all-out turkey dinner for Christmas Eve, just like my dad had when he was a kid. He’s missed it all these years, and since my mom passed away recently, we want his Christmas to be extra-special.

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By: Megan Flowers http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/christmas-dinner/comment-page-1/#comment-421514 Megan Flowers Fri, 14 Dec 2012 00:12:52 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=28187#comment-421514 I keep it pretty simple. I roast a prime rib, serve it up with some mashed potatoes or Mac and cheese and either a Caesar salad or some kind of green veggie. For dessert either cheesecake or pie. This is my gift to whoever is here to celebrate.

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By: heather http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/christmas-dinner/comment-page-1/#comment-421327 heather Thu, 13 Dec 2012 20:55:34 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=28187#comment-421327 I invited about 20 family members over for Christmas dinner a few years ago & made things I never cooked before. Chicken tetrazzini , oyster stew & a choclate something from scratch. It took weeks to prep and days to clean. NEVER AGAIN. This year I’m attempting to make my first roast for only about 8 people and they are bringing sides. Hopefully unstressful.

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By: Jillian in Italy http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/christmas-dinner/comment-page-1/#comment-421263 Jillian in Italy Thu, 13 Dec 2012 20:04:33 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=28187#comment-421263 My mother-in-law decided a few years ago that she would have her Christmas Eve feast (for 25) catered. And I think it’s the smartest thing. That way she can relax with all the family members that come from far and wide and the 9 grandchildren get all of her attention. And I have to admit that the food is absolutely delicious (Belgium really does have the greatest caterers!).

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By: Katherine http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/christmas-dinner/comment-page-1/#comment-421168 Katherine Thu, 13 Dec 2012 18:56:06 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=28187#comment-421168 We host Christmas Eve every year and it almost always includes beef. I go all out with my husband as my wing man. Christmas morning involves pj’s, a leisurely brunch with whomever is at our house and watching our boys open their presents. My mother-in-law does Christmas day dinner at one of our houses and this year it is going to be mine. But, seeing as we just found out that my husband has to work, I wouldn’t mind heading in to meet him at a restaurant with the entire family and have dinner out. Of course, I have some convincing to do!

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By: Raleigh-Elizabeth http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/christmas-dinner/comment-page-1/#comment-421160 Raleigh-Elizabeth Thu, 13 Dec 2012 18:23:27 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=28187#comment-421160 Sunshine, that sounds so nice!

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By: Sunshine http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/christmas-dinner/comment-page-1/#comment-421159 Sunshine Thu, 13 Dec 2012 18:21:26 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=28187#comment-421159 For many years we have been the only family in town with children, so grandparents and aunts and uncles would come to our house (pjs required!) to watch the children open presents and to eat a yummy christmas breakfast – something easy to make ahead and just pop in the oven, like cinnamon rolls or overnight french toast. It’s fun to drink your coffee and eat a special breakfast in pajamas with wrapping paper all around! The pressure is off!

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