Christmas Dinner Tradition

The first time David and I hosted Christmas dinner at our house (2012), we wanted to start a new tradition. We decided to base the entire meal around the Christmas story. Our four courses were fit in throughout readings from both the Old and New Testaments.

First we set the scene in Roman times with recipes inspired by ancient Roman dishes. Then we had carrots three ways to represent the wise men, using spices originating from the East (curry, coconut, ginger, etc.). The main course was lamb (the Lamb of God) on a bed of fries and green beans (straw in the manger). Dessert was a king’s cake (typically for Epiphany) with a trumpeting angel sugared on the top to announce the Good News.

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Verse 1: Luke 2:1-5

1st– Roman-style starter: boiled egg with pine nut sauce, salad with herbs

Verse 2: Isaiah 7:14

Verse 3: Matthew 1:18-23

 2nd– Wise men traveling: Carrot 3 ways (curried, as a rice, as a soup) with a star decoration

Verse 4: Micah 5:2

Verse 5: Matthew 2:1-6

Verse 6: Matthew 2:7-12

3rd– Manger scene: Lamb, fries, green beans

Verse 7: Isaiah 9:6-7

Verse 8: Luke 2:6-7

Verse 9: John 1:29b

4th– galette des rois with powdered sugar angel on top

Verse 10: Luke 2:8-14

Verse 11: John 1:14


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