The Christmas Menus are finalized!

Real Estate Agent with Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage

If nothing else, I'm organized!  In Canada, we never know what kind of weather will hit us at Christmas so I've always been one to get our celebratory meals in order: menus created, shopping lists prepared, pantry & fridge stocked, etc.    This year was no different even with the Covid restrictions in place and only my Sweetie heading into the shops, armed and ready with my extensive lists created for each shop. 

It will be a small Christmas gathering this year with only 3 people in our bubble.  Everyone else will be seen curbside only!

I created menus for Christmas Eve Buffet, Christmas morning, Christmas Dinner, the 28th being my Sweetie's Birthday, and New Year's Eve because we're not leaving the house again until well into the New Year!

Christmas Eve wouldn't be the 24th without our family's baked Ham as the centre piece on the buffet.  This year it will be an Oven Roasted Cranberry Dijon Glazed Ham

Of course, as per my earlier blog post, we'll have individual French Canadian Tourtierres. Everyone enjoys picking at a fresh Shrimp Ring with spicy Cocktail Sauce and this year we're also trying out Mac & Cheese Lobster Balls.  It wouldn't be a buffet without assorted cheeses & crackers too.  There'll be singing of carols and this year, thanks to Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker we'll be watching the movie The Bishop's Wife.

Before retiring to bed, we'll cut some of the ham into strips for the Colourful Ham Strata for Christmas Breakfast.  We have ALWAYS had traditional Eggs Benedict so this will be something different for only the 3 of us.  "Chock-full of eggs, bread, peppers, onions and cheese, the eye-opener makes an ideal contribution to brunch buffets and is a great way to start the day."

Anyone who knows me, understands I do not enjoy turkey but my Mother and my Sweetie love it.  They will be having a Herb Crusted Turkey Breast complete with Dressing,and all the fixings.  I will have Crab and Shrimp Stuffed Shells in a Sherry Cream Sauce

Of course, the traditional Plum Pudding will be set alight with Brandy for afters and mini Mince Pies with Rum Butter, my fave.

December 28th is my Sweetie's Birthday and I was inspired by Jamie Oliver's Festive Feast of Gravadlax (beet horseradish vodka dill cured Salmon) with Rye Bread Scones. Gravadlax

With that we'll have our Grey Goose Dirty Vodka Martini Dip - YUM! And possibly a Baked Brie too which he loves.  Weather permitting, we'll nibble at this outdoors in front of a roaring fire with glasses of spiced Vodka!

During the week, we'll be preparing the labour intensive work on our New Year's Eve dinner of Peking Duck - a first for us to try making ourselves so fingers crossed.  We found the Asian Pancakes so no worries about having to make them paper thin!

I hope you enjoyed looking at the different recipes and would love to know if you try any yourselves!

Together we can rejoice in saying goodbye to 2020!



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Sotheby's International Realty Canada, Brokerage*
Kingston, Ontario

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Comments (13)

Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a lovely spread you shared with us.  How wonderful that you are so organized for the holiday celebration. Cheers, A 

Dec 20, 2020 06:33 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Susan... now that's what I call a spread and then some! Enjoy... now you've made me hungry!

Dec 20, 2020 06:41 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Wowzers, I am envious of that spread!  Happy Holidays!

Dec 20, 2020 07:18 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Yum,  I wish you could send some with Santa to drop off at my house.  That Ham looks great.


Dec 20, 2020 07:22 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning and Merry Christmas Susan Emo I don't know where to start, but for sure, your home is the place to be at Christmas!

Dec 20, 2020 08:02 AM
Dan Hopper
Dan Hopper - Gold Way RE - Westminster, CO
Colorado Broker / Referral Services

What a festive spread you have there, Susan!  Love how you are adapting to the COVID restrictions,  Merry Christmas!

Dec 20, 2020 08:56 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Susan, you are very organized and know weather can prohibit a trip to the grocery store.   Enjoy your Holiday, looks delicious.

Dec 20, 2020 09:39 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Wow! Now that is holiday planning!  That ham looks marvelous!  What time is dinner?

Dec 20, 2020 10:52 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Susan- I am in awe of your planning and your menu!!! I think I'll take some time to rethink my menu!!!

Dec 20, 2020 07:26 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

I started reading your blog not hungry.  I finished it famished!  What a great line up of menus.  Merry Christmas!

Dec 26, 2020 04:40 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Wow Susan.
I'm feeling a bit inadequate here. I only plan one main meal on Christmas day. The love and planning you put into all of that are amazing. 

Dec 27, 2020 09:30 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Susan now we are looking for your Spring Menu:)Endre

Jan 30, 2021 11:14 PM
Susan Emo

Hi Endre Barath, Jr.    Rocky set up a July Challenge of summer delights so I included a few of my Spring/Summer faves!

Jul 17, 2021 10:07 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Susan you know I love you I was just teasing you and indeed will look forward to yousr Summer faves:)Endre

Jul 17, 2021 10:37 PM
Susan Emo

And I, yours!! 

Jul 18, 2021 10:33 AM