19 Recipes That Would Be PERFECT To Serve At This Year’s Holiday Dinner

by Brittany Bennett

Once construction starts on Rockefeller Center's taller-than-the-North-Pole Christmas tree, it's considered appropriate to start thinking about your Christmas menu. Even if you're still stuffed from your Thanksgiving offerings, it's never too early to start day-drooling over glazed ham or morning pastries laced with peppermint bits. It's a question as loaded as your stocking, but, do you know what to eat on Christmas 2017? There is an abundance of merry options to add to your day of scarfing down festive sides available, seemingly, only one day out of the entire year.

Christmas day consumes a lot of energy. Your entire entity is dedicated to oozing excitement for a whole 24 hours. Giving gifts is an adrenaline rush. Presents under the tree are launched at. Family members rotating through the front door require gleeful greetings. And don't even get me started on all the energy it takes to howl all those Christmas carols straight from your diaphragm. My mother might be Jewish, but I have grown up to believe that she could conduct an orchestra in a recital of every single Christmas carol to ever exist. The day gives a lot, but takes a lot of you.

To make it through the day, and maintaining a merry demeanor, you'll need to eat. And eat a lot. Keep it on theme with holiday festive dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Don't pass on these Christmas inspired treats. Instead, pass them around the table.

Peppermint Rice Krispie Snowballs

There will be a lot of hot cocoa served throughout Christmas day. It basically takes the place of coffee while opening presents in the morning. Pour yourself a tall glass and ornament it with a krispie treat from A Spicy Perspective!

Red Velvet Santa Hat Brownies

Santa isn't the only one who deserves cookies by the fireplace on Christmas. While you whip up your usual batch for Old Saint Nick, set aside something sweet for yourself like these red velvet Santa hats as instructed by Cookies & Cups.

Eggnog Donuts

There are a ton of savory items you can dig into on Christmas. But there's nothing like starting your day with a slurry of sweets, like these eggnog inspired donuts from Inside BruCrew Life.

Make Ahead Breakfast Casserole

My Baking Addiction makes it easy to wake up on Christmas with a casserole that can be assembled the night before.

5-Ingredient Cranberry + Brie Cinnamon Sugar Puff Pastry Swirls

You'll have enough of these pastry puffs by Half Baked Harvest to go around the Christmas tree a few times. And if everyone needs another batch anyone can whip this recipe up in almost instant gratification! The recipe takes 20 minutes from start to finish!

Christmas Morning Coconut French Toast

French toast is a morning staple. Shower your typical bread in a blizzard of coconut flakes for a wintery slew of sweetness. This Christmas morning recipe by i am a food blog will have you running downstairs for breakfast, not presents.

Pull Apart Christmas Bread

Eating is already fun as it is. The added activity of pull apart just adds to the thrill. Dress your bread up as a reindeer and you'll never be leaving the dining room. This recipe by i am a food blog will get your entire family gathered in the kitchen.

Smoky Sun Dried Tomato and White Bean Dip

There are a lot of cookies to be devoured later. This dip served on the appetizers table by A Better Happier St Sebastian will give you a little something savor before the impending sugar rush.

Sweet and Salty Christmas Mix

Besides the cheese cubes and match sticked vegetables on the snack table, add Taste and Tell's salty and sweet snack mix to the, well, mix.

Juicy Roast Turkey

Turkey isn't just for Thanksgiving, guys. Natasha's Kitchen gives us the rundown on how to prepare a juicy bird for your table once again.

Slow-Cooker Honey Glazed Ham

If you're not one for turkey, or just need a break from pesky tryptophan, carve into a ham. The Kitchn shows you how to achieve gourmet this Christmas.

Spinach Pasta with Roasted Broccoli and Bell Pepper

Looking to stay on theme with Christmas this year? Look no further than a very green and red pasta dish by Cookie + Kate.

Cranberry and Brie Puff Pastry Wreath

All wreaths are inviting. Especially edible ones. Gather your family and friends around this puff pastry round by Simply Delicious Food for merry munching.

Brown and Serve Dinner Rolls

These dinner rolls by My Baking Addiction can be made in advance and are the perfect carbohydrate to soak up the contents on your Christmas dinner plate.

Honey Mustard Brussels Sprouts

With all the sweets circulating the day, you'll need some vegetables to side with the main event. These brussels sprouts by The Kitchn will do the trick.

Bacon Wrapped Veggie Bundles

And here we have vegetables served like presents with bacon being the bow. Consider this recipe the gift you'll be talking about for Christmases to come from A Spicy Perspective.

Creamy Cauliflower Gratin

Damn Delicious knows how to whip up a side that'll fit perfectly on your Christmas dining table.

Candy Cane Brownie Pie

Pass a slice of this minty-chocolate pie by Something Swanky around to get amped on singing those Christmas carols.

Homemade Peppermint Patties

End the merry evening with an assortment of classic Christmas cookies. Add these peppermint patties from Mel's Kitchen Cafe to the mix to capture the crisp freshness of mint.