Happy Holidays – Lorelei James – Breaking Christmas Rules

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One of the traditions we’ve upheld in our house over the years, is to actually mix up tradition. Sure, we put up the tree listening to our favorite Christmas carols, we bake cookies, we shop until we drop and then veg out watching holiday movie classics, plus we usually buy or make a new ornament or two to put on our trees.

But we rarely make the same meal twice on Christmas Eve. I love to experiment with new desserts and side dishes, and my husband, the meat expert, is always doing something different for our main course. I think that’s probably why Thanksgiving is my least favorite holiday — there’s little variation in the meal, everyone “has” to have the turkey, stuffing, cranberries, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie — so that’s why I love Christmas. It’s another day I get to break the rules 🙂

Happy Holidays!
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51 thoughts on “Happy Holidays – Lorelei James – Breaking Christmas Rules

  1. We don’t really have a Christmas traditions and they ones I do consider as such are simple and very open-ended so pretty much anything goes. We always cook up a storm in the kitchen and enjoy our favorite foods. Watching holiday movies is also very popular but I wouldn’t be surprised if we went sledding or skating or something spontaneous. Well, it’s a green Christmas this year so that won’t be happening but who knows what fun is in store.

  2. Our Christmas tradition is to make an old Dutch family recipe of cookies. We make the dough Thanksgiving weekend and the let it rest in the fridge for two weeks before baking them. They are loaded with dates, raisens, molasses, and sugar. Chewy goodness!

  3. Our traditions mostly involve eating until we’re in a food coma. I haven’t read one of Ms. James’ books, but would like to try one. I’ve always been afraid they were a little too much for me. I’m ready to take the plunge and try one. Thanks!

  4. God forbid we break any of the rules. I would have a mutiney on my hands. (and they are all bigger than me!) My kids love tradition and really get bent out of shape if things aren’t the way they always are. If I even suggest a change, they are up in arms. So, nope, no breaking of the rules. One day though, I want to run away from the chaos! Of course, then I would miss it.

  5. Is it a rule that you have to have your ‘It’s all about me’ Mother-in-law at your house? Cause I’d love to break that one!! Tradition wise, I always make a different challenging dessert. Merry Christmas

  6. Not much on tradition, I do something different every year. This year I’m having everyone over for a christmas day breakfast!

    Merry Christmas

  7. Christmas is the only time we get together as a family, small that it is, and we do have traditional turkey, dressing, smashed potatoes, tomato aspic, cranberries and a vegetable or two.
    I do two things different from “traditional” NO Christmas pudding. I bake an orange cake in my bundt pan and lovingly ice it with orange flavoured icing. 😀
    and the second thing is when I get the turkey ready. I stuff him Christmas Eve and put him in my truck overnight – he’s stays cold there and I can sleep in on Christmas day. I get up around 8am, flick the oven on, go get him, put him in the oven with the timer for an hour and climb back into bed until the timer goes off and then we get up for the day.

  8. Thanks so much for your post Lori. My side of the family has started mixing it up a little too. We do Honey Baked Ham sandwiches, bring different kinds of dips, and drink soda when we celebrate and open presents on my side of the family. I like it cause it’s easy clean up and no complaints from all the kids cause they get their hands on the presents without having to wait for us to clean the kitchen. oh, to be a kid again……

  9. I am breaking tradition this year. I’m making ham and mac & cheese. Happy Holidays!

  10. Love it! Its good to break the mold. I used to make an ornament for the tree every year but I haven’t in a few years now, I should get back into it!

    Thanks for the post and Happy Holidays!


  11. We tend to be pretty traditional. We do Christmas at our house on Christmas Eve so the change up occurs depending on what day of the week it falls and if my dh has a full day or only a half day off.

    And yeah I already have all of L’s great books.

  12. We usually do the same things every year. This year we decided to do the meals different. Christmas Eve will be grilled steaks and Christmas day will be experiments…LOL

    Merry Christmas!!

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  13. We’re pretty much breaking all the rules this Xmas 🙂 No traditional dinner or no gifts but it’s much less stressful and we will still all be together which is what’s most important. Merry Christmas!

    smaccall AT comcast.net

  14. We really don’t break the rules at Christmas. Every year my step dad swears that next year will be different and we are going to go steak instead of turkey, and every year he gets up and fries a turkey. Lol. Well maybe we break the rules a little by having a fried turkey instead of a baked one!

  15. We’re kind of traditional at Christmas. We normally have something different every year for our Christmas dinner but we do the same thing every Christmas Eve-we go to the drive thru holiday light display. All the money goes to charity. Then we all get to open one small present.

    Happy Holidays everybody!!!!

  16. We’ve pretty much gone against tradition by not putting up a tree or decorating. But I think that’s going to change because I’m starting to get back into appreciating how lovely they look.

  17. I guess I could say I’m breaking all of my mothers rules for how to celebrate Christmas. She is a stickler for doing things her way only. Now that my parents are retired and I have bigger home where they can visit, I have Christmas at my house. We are finally doing things our way and she can’t do anything about it! It’s about time too, I’ve only been married for 17 years and have 4 kids!

    Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!


  18. I am breaking traditions this year..NOW that College Brat is out of High School, last night, for the first time ever, I wrapped all of the presents and put them under the tree, instead of waiting for Christmas morning. I did that because for the first time since I had my daughter I am going to DRINK today…I already have my first Whipped Vodka Peppermint Hot Chocolate sitting here. We will be heading to my aunt’s house in about two hours and I plan on BYOBing it =) Then we’ll come home for a bit before we head to one of my brothers for a night of drinks, baking and games. College Brat has been warned she is my designated driver today.

    I am making sure tomorrow’s blog posts are ready to go, so I won’t be checking them drunk at midnight =)


  19. In my family we usually have roast for dinner on Christmas since my Dad is not a turkey fan. It seems we do the same things most every year. I think we find comfort in the traditions.

  20. We usually do the norm every Christmas, year after year. Mostly because we’re so limited on time, my hubby works Christmas Eve & Christmas Day so we only get to see him for a few short hours.

    Didi have fun and be safe!

  21. I’ve broken tradition with my extended family by not being with them on Christmas Day. I wanted to do something different and we went to a movie! I mix it up year to year. This year my oldest daughter is hosting dinner. This is a first!

  22. After raising my 7 kids with traditions I grew up with they’d go nuts if I ever tried to change it. lol So no breaking with traditions here.
    Happy Holidays.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  23. The only tradition we have is Oyster stew on Christmas Eve. Now today, I was trying to get my Christmas dinner done ahead of schedule and baked the pie. Our son came out for the morning to cut wood and I talked him into staying for dinner, hubby smelled the pie and kept looking at the stove, so I caved. I told him, if he ate it all today, there wouldn’t be any tomorrow, but as son won’t be here tomorrow, I let them each have a piece. Merry Christmas Eve to one and all, for our ranch to your humble homes.

  24. We have pot luck at my daughter’s house with their friends before going to Christmas Eve services. Since many of their friends are in the choir it often turns into a last minute rehearsal, which is great fun. Merry Christmas Lorelei, Didi and everyone else!

  25. We used to go to my grandparents house on Christmas Eve (it’s also their anniversary 67 years this year) Once all the grandkids got married it became harder to get everyone together. For the last few years we’ve gone to my sisters last year was seafood this year is lasagna (sp)….

  26. Christmas Eve is always the same food: my cuban family roast a whole pig……but there’s always something fun about the meal. Love my big Cuban family!!!!!

  27. The one really big tradition we have is meeting at Grandma’s house Christmas night, and she has saved everything from when her boys (my dad and his brothers) were little. And all of us grandkids, 14 grandkids and 16 great grandkids, search through it all trying to find interesting things. I can remember at least 2 Christmas ending up in bloody noses due to lost boxing gloves being found! So I guess another tradition could be that someone usually ends up in physical pain it’s just a matter of waiting to find out who it will be and what it will be from!

  28. We keep it simple for breakfast but I usually leave it up the kids for what the meal will be. Thanksgiving is so traditional, so Christmas has been tacos, chile rellenos, shish-ka-bobs, prime rib… This year is Shrimp Chowder.

  29. We always have a beef roast as part of Christmas dinner, but the rest of the menu changes each year.
    Everyone brings something – appetizer, entree, side dishes or dessert.

    Happy Holidays!

  30. Once my mother in law moved to another state, we finally got to enjoy our Christmas Eve family time. No set food traditions. Sometimes it’s cracked crab, sometimes turkey, sometimes prime rib, even had lasagna a time or too. It’s whatever anyone has the urge to make. And the same for desserts, whatever sounds good, make a batch and bring it over.

    Happy Holiday

    cathy m
    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  31. We don’t have too many traditions from year to year, but this year is the first that we’re hosting at our place–I guess we’ll be making some new traditions 😉

    -flchen1, posting from DH’s account
    f dot chen at comcast dot net

  32. We don’t really go againt the norm.We always go to my parents house Christmas Day.
    I do try a new recipe each year.This years didn’t turn out so good..lol

    Merry Christmas everyone


  33. My parents give us Christmas jammies (yes even my husband gets them now) on Christmas eve!


  34. We DO occasionally go against the norm. Last year, my hubby and I got takout from a cafeteria and ate it on the beach. It was cold and our food got cold quickly, but it was memorable!


  35. We don’t do anything out of the norm. Maybe when the boys get older I will think about changing it up some. Right now it is all I can do to keep it running as usual.


  36. This year we have been opening presents for three days so that my two year old doesn’t get too overwhelmed by the presents. It has been great- the holiday seem longer it has been lots of fun!

    Great giveaway!!

    tiglilygirl at yahoo dot com

  37. We still have mostly the same traditions as when my boys were little. The only difference is we change up each year is the meat dish. Lol I did not make my broccoli casserole one year and let me tell you I now get a phone call reminding me to bring the broccoli casserole. Happy Holidays, everyone. 🙂

  38. We’re still making out tradition up as we go along. This year we made cookies from my grandmothers recipe for Santa. Later today we will have Turkey with mashed potatoes, corn on the cob, as well as a nod to Puerto Rico with fried plantains, black beans and rice. I love taking all the good stuff from friends and family and making something new.

  39. The only thing that changes is what day we get together with my mom’s sister. Her birthday is Dec. 26, so if Xmas falls on Sunday or Monday, making the day after a regular work day, we celebrate Christmas & her birthday on Christmas day. If it is a year when the day after Christmas is also part of the holiday, then we get together on her birthday.

    Christmas eve is always spent with my dad’s family & Christmas morning with the immediate family.

    drainbamaged.gyzmo at gmail.com

  40. We do all the usual stuff like getting a tree and all the traditional food. The rest depends on the weather. This year we haven’t got snow so there won’t be any sleighing or skating.

    claudigc at msn dot com

  41. we open new jammies on Christmas eve and then the rest after Santa comes on Christmas morning….
    the other tradition, it has to be past sunrise before the kids can wake me on christmas morning!


  42. We are breaking tradition and for the first year since we’ve had our kids (all adults with families now) It’s just going to be my husband and I Christmas morning. Then we will go visit each of our kids/grandkids throughout the day.

    Thank you for the chance to win one of your books.

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