I think my favorite eats for a festive occasion is finger food...and my kids eat it up!
I think it all began when my mom served finger food one Christmas Eve in lieu of the traditional, regular every day dinner. It got rave reviews, so it became our new tradition. Traditionally Christmas breakfast came to include pumpkin bread and cranberry bread. For dinner, it was always turkey.
My kids have embraced these traditions, but we have mixed it up when it comes to Christmas Dinner. We like to do an Old English style dinner with roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. For the busy days leading to Christmas I get a smoked turkey and make homemade cranberry sauce to use for sandwiches to eat with a pot of soup. This year I used the turkey for a Tex Mex Soup and for sour cream enchiladas.
The Christmas Eve Savory Course
A few years ago I found these little slates to identify the cheeses. This year I finally remembered to try them out. I put the country of origin on the back, and the name of the cheese in front.
Then one year we heard tamales are traditional in San Antonio for Christmas Eve, and we were all in.
The Christmas Eve Dessert Course
Christmas Morning Breakfast
The kids and I agreed that this year the roast beef was the best ever. It's not often that I have time to just slow cook it in the oven. It all made for great, and short-lived, leftovers.