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Southern Christmas Dinner Recipes & Holiday Planner

Find your menu planning inspiration in this post of Southern Christmas Dinner Recipes & Holiday Planner. I also have a free Holiday Planner for you to help keep you organized through this busy time of year.

A few years ago, four to be exact, but who’s counting….I did a post of Christmas dinner recipes and menu ideas. It remains a popular post during the holiday season and I update it a bit each year with new recipes.

This year I decided to do a new post, with all of my best recipes for a traditional Southern Christmas Dinner. Consider this the ultimate list of recipes for a holiday dinner.

Let us start a bit earlier in the day since you may have guests staying at your home because I have a few breakfast ideas too.

Christmas Breakfast & Brunch Recipes

The BEST ever Country Ham Breakfast Casserole recipe, with Clifty Farm Country Ham Biscuit Slices

Easy Christmas Appetizers & Finger Foods

Christmas appetizer

These easy and elegant appetizer recipe ideas are perfect for holiday gatherings or to keep guests happy before the big Christmas dinner. 

Traditional Christmas Side Dishes

Thanksgiving Rice Dressing with Sausage

We all know that it is the side dishes that are the real star at the holiday table. While the cornbread dressing is always mentioned as being among the most favorite for many, all of the sides are delicious.

If you didn’t see what you were looking for on the side dish list of recipes, check out recipe index or use the website search box. I have hundreds of recipes on the site.

If you still can’t find what you need, leave me a comment or send an email and I’ll do my best to help you find it.

Southern Christmas Main Course Ideas

How to make the perfect prime rib for Christmas dinner

The main course of the holiday meal sets the tone for the entire dinner. Some choose to do a near repeat of Thanksgiving with a roasted turkey dinner, others a beautiful glazed ham or switch it up with a prime rib beef roast.

So whether you choose to host a casual, formal or buffet style meal – these main course recipes will fit into your dinner menu plan.

Southern Christmas Desserts

Delicious layered Southern coconut cake recipe with frosting topped with flaked coconut

The dessert table! Pies, cakes, and puddings…there is so much to choose from to satisfy our sweet tooth after an already indulgent holiday meal. That’s okay though because the holidays only come once a year.

Holiday Cookies & Treats for Sharing

Best ever Christmas Cookies - easy recipe

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is baking special treats to share with family, friends and neighbors. 

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Small Christmas Dinner Ideas

If you’re not feeding a crowd this Christmas the you might like these ideas for more intimate gatherings.

I wish you all the happiest holiday season! If you’re still searching for holiday gifts for the special home cooks in your life, check out my Holiday Gift Guide.

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Wednesday 18th of December 2019

Fantastic post! A lot of selections and they all sound great. Thank you for the time and effort put in on this post. Merry Christmas!

Julia Jordan

Wednesday 18th of December 2019

Mary, Thank you so much for your kind comment. Merry Christmas!