I can happily say that I do not do any preparations the day before Christmas,as I simply have masses of fresh tropical fruits,nuts,and anti-pasto style goodies and dips for visitors to enjoy at their whim,if and when they can manage this with all the other feasts they will have already eaten,or are still about to enjoy elsewhere! Very Easy,Very delicious and Very much enjoyed!!
Oh I wish I was that organised! I wait till the last minute then run around like a headless chicken. Of course, this usually means that I'll forget to buy or do something really important. Thank goodness this has been the first Christmas in about 35 years that I haven't had to cook for anyone! Bliss!!
Colleen, I hope you never have to cook for Christmas Day again! I've only had Christmas at our house for the family ONCE. Lucky me. That was for about 16 family members. It was a yellow & green theme, before those colours became the Australian colours!!! Everything on the table was yellow & green, & those were also the Christmas tree decoration colours as well. (I didn't mean to bore you with all that, but now I have. Sorry)
I never have cooked a day before or days before.
I do it early on, before they use to come.
No longer cook for folk now, just myself and my son.
It was a task when I did cook, but I also had a big house and plenty of room to move.
I was also a lot younger! that helps....lol
One never has people 'FOR Dinner'. That means they're the food!
People are asked 'TO Dinner'!
Did much entertaining in the '70's-'80's.
Found it very relaxing, as would start perusing my wonderful collection of Recipe Books, at minus one month. It was all 'Cordon Bleu' cookery, which I'd studied. On THE day, my young son helped. He's now a Head Chef, with Patisserie Certificates, & a B.Hosp.Mgt.
Notes written, so I'd not forget ANYTHING, however minor!
Prepared on the day, all, as that's usually the type of Menu I'd decided upon.
We'd an open-plan Kitchen/Dining area, & even if I was in Kitchen, I could still talk, & listen to my Guests.
I'd ensure my Guests had some 'commonality' with each other, & ourselves. This made for a conversation starter, if they hadn't met before.
Good nights ensued, ending with Coffee, Liqueurs, Cheese Platter, & Chocolate Mints.
I really, really enjoyed these nights.
Sadly, they no longer happen.
At end of night, I'd write up my Guest Diary, with Date, Guests' names, list of foods eaten, wines consumed.
That way, I NEVER doubled-up on a Menu, & knew which Guests had been together.
During the evening, Dishwasher was packed by me, run, then unpacked by hubby, so upon retiring for the night, or early a,m., there were NO dirty dishes to see come morning!
This was our routine which served us for many years'.
No, I don't need too, as we NEVER have visitors! I'm far to nervous to cook for more than my husband & myself! The last 4 Christmas's we've had in Melbourne, with our youngest daughter & her lovely in-laws.