Traditional Christmas dinners are delicious but predictable, filled with dishes we love and wait for with anticipation. But this year you might want to surprise your family with some unusual Christmas dinner ideas. You might even find some new favorite recipes you'll serve for years to come.
Around the World
Try a Christmas Around the World theme with traditional Christmas dishes from countries all around the world. For example you could include roast beef and Yorkshire pudding from England. Or a small holiday goose with oyster dressing, a favorite dish from France. Decorate with small ceramic Santas from around the world, using one at each place setting. Set the table with traditional red and green plates or glasses to pull this Christmas dinner together.
A Victorian theme has a lot of romantic appeal. Serve a Victorian dinner with traditional recipes like butter-glazed Christmas turkey with sausage stuffing and jellied cranberries. Serve a tiered cake that was popular in years gone by, maybe something unusual like a Grapefruit or Coconut Cake. Cover your table with a white sheet topped with a white lace table cloth. Set tiered dishes in the center of the table to use for adding entrees and condiments. Use your best china, preferably antique, and your best silver place settings. Make it a true Victorian Christmas dinner with a sprig of mistletoe at each place with a handwritten place card. And don't forget the candles.
South of the Border Christmas Dinner
A south-of-the-border Christmas dinner starts with a Mexican soup such as a cream of jalapeno. For a main dish serve turkey or lamb roasted with chiles along with some sweet fritters and a roasted vegetable salad. End your Christmas dinner with hot chocolate--delicious with a few sprinkles of cayenne pepper. Cover the table with a festive green tablecloth. Then use Mexican-inspired pottery dishes. For a centerpiece, decorate a medium-sized cactus with battery-operated Christmas lights and a few ornaments.