Christmas Dinner Recipes and Ideas

The Christmas Feast, Fun, and Folklore!

Roast Goose Christmas Dinner Recipe
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Browse our top Christmas dinner recipe ideas, from ham and rib roast to goose and lasagna. We’ve also added Christmas side dishes, appetizers, and drinks—plus, lots of holiday crafts, entertaining tips, folklore, and fun!

A warm Christmas, a cold Easter.
A green Christmas, a white Easter.

10 Christmas Main Dishes

Roast Goose

Nanna’s Baked Ham

Roast Turkey With Apple-Pecan Stuffing


Rib Roast with Potatoes

Best Ever Beef Roast

Lasagna With Two Sauces


Cranberry and Port-Braised Short Ribs

Roast Leg of Lamb with Potatoes and Rutabaga

Pork Crown Roast With Cherry Cornbread Stuffing

Roasted Chicken With Root Vegetables

10 Christmas Sides


Roasted Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus

Herbed Mashed Potatoes

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Holiday Creamed Onions

Sweet Potato Casserole

Artichoke, Leek, and Mushroom Ragout

Classic Green Bean Casserole

Yorkshire Pudding

Dinner Rolls

Curried Butternut Squash

5 Christmas Soups


Curried Apple Squash Soup

Whalewalk Inn Italian Stuffed Mushrooms

Individual Party Quiches

Roasted Chestnut Soup

Curried Kwanzaa Stew

    5 Holiday Drinks


    Photo Credit: Comstock/Thinkstock

    Non-Alcoholic Eggnog

    Light Wassail

    Mulled Wine

    George Washington’s Christmas Eggnog

    Classic Christmas Punch

    More Christmas Recipe Collections

    Learn to Cook and Entertain


    Gift Ideas and Christmas Crafts

    From the Almanac General Store:


    Holiday Food Gift Ideas from the Kitchen


    Christmas Crafts


    Illustration: Margo Letourneau

    Christmas Tree Care and Holiday Plants


    Photo Credit: Jupiterimages/Thinkstock

    Just for Fun: Christmas Trivia


    Christmas Weather Folklore

    • Lengthened winter and tardy spring are both good for hay and grain, but bad for corn and garden. 
    • December changeable and mild, the whole winter will remain a child. 
    • A warm Christmas, a cold Easter.
    • A green Christmas, a white Easter.
    • December cold, with snow, brings rye everywhere. 

    Happy feasting and merrymaking to all our readers from the editors at The Old Farmer’s Almanac!


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