One of the easiest ways to host a giant holiday dinner party is to make one giant ham for everyone to enjoy. I know cooking a whole ham sounds intimidating, but trust me — it shouldn't be. To prove it, here are some easy Christmas ham recipes that are sure to impress even the pickiest of aunties. Who knows, they might even ask to take a few slices home. That's when you know you've made it.
As is true with most holiday traditions, the Christmas ham is an evolution of a significantly earlier tradition. In Tudor, England, the grander homes would center their Christmas meals around a boar's head, according to The Spruce. The edible centerpiece was a holdover from the Germanic celebration of the Norse figurehead Freyr, aka the god of agriculture and fertility, who was often pictured with a boar. A blood sacrifice was believed necessary in order to ensure a good harvest the following fall; killing a boar became tradition. Today, the Christmas or "Yule" ham has taken the place of the boar's head.
One of the best reasons to serve a Christmas ham is that leftovers often abound. Host a ham meal and you'll be eating well for at least a week. (If you're feeling like you're swimming in ham — my apologies for that image — this list also includes a host of ideas for post-Christmas brunch, weekday lunches, and what to do with that giant ham bone.)