The Sunday before Christmas is a meal to be remembered. I’ve thought long and hard as a mother about what life will be like once the kids leave home and I’ve decided two things. I need traditions for them to pass on AND bring them back home. Traditions for my husband and I to keep doing when Christmas feels a little different or lonely but this one thing makes it still feel like the holidays.
That’s how our Christmas dinner was born.
Of course there is always turkey and ham and the traditional holiday dinner menu, but we love to change it up a bit and make it a night written in the stars, literally.
There’s star lights hanging from the ceiling, a nativity in the center of the table and then a meal that is based off of foods found in Jerusalem.
I decorate with battery operated candles around the room (ps they come with a remote so turning on and off is just the click of one button).
Nativity Dinner Appetizers
All the lights are turned off, appetizers are held in the kitchen which include:
- Hummus and Unleavened Bread
- Halloumi Grilled
Christmas Place Settings
We might one day try dinner on the floor, big ol’ white sheets hung like a tent even but for now a table is easier for our small children. Because of that I went with the idea of setting a careful, but beautiful table that would feel peaceful but still special without being over the top.
How to Make Wreath Name Tags
I do not enjoy being craft, but I do like the order and special buzz that comes from names on plates. I chose to buy long stems of rosemary and tie it with twine then print names on shiny card stock and that was that!
Drinks for Christmas Dinner
Depending on your beliefs and family traditions as well as guest ages your drinks may vary. We go with grape juice with sprite or 7Up because growing up, Mom would can her own grape juice and it was such a treat when she pulled it out and added some pop to it.
Thank you for being a part of our family too. We see you. We read your stories and know your names. You are a part of the Oh Sweet Basil family and the reason we do what we do. It is for you. Thank you for supporting and loving us. We feel so blessed and grateful for our followers. And now we hope you gather your family for a night under the stars and remember the real reason for the season.
- Herbed Chicken Thighs
- Wild Rice and Chickpeas
- Unleavened Bread
- Gingerbread Cake with Lemon Sauce
So from our family to yours, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!
Thank you for sharing your lovely tradition and your delicious recipes!
Thank you so much for your support Mindy!
I tried printing the recipes for your Nativity dinner by clicking on your menu and it said “Error…page not found”. I was able to find the gingerbread cake and the humus recipes when I clicked on them, . but not the others.
Hi Linda! I’m so sorry for the frustration! I’m not sure what is going on. All the pages open up fine on my end. Here are the direct links for the rest of the menu:
Jerusalem Chicken – https://ohsweetbasil.com/jerusalem-herb-chicken-thighs-recipe
Wild Rice and Chickpeas – https://ohsweetbasil.com/wild-rice-and-chickpeas-with-crispy-shallots-recipe
Unleavened Bread – https://ohsweetbasil.com/unleavened-bread
Let me know if that doesn’t work.