Recipes for Christmas | A Meal That You Can Make Quickly So You Can Enjoy The Festivities

The best way to make sure that you can enjoy your day on Christmas and not spend the whole day in the kitchen cooking while everybody else is having fun is to use a little by planning.

There are many things that you can make ahead of time and store in the freezer or seal in Ziploc bags and refrigerated.

Set the table the day before Christmas with a nice tablecloth, stacked dishes and silverware and have the glasses already on the table. If you want to have a nice centerpiece for your Christmas meal be sure to have it ready couple of days before Christmas so you won't have to spend the time on Christmas doing it.

It is not necessary to put out a complete sit-down meal like on Thanksgiving. Why not make a nice buffet style meal with ham sandwiches, a tray of vegetables, chips and dip, cake and pie, nuts and a nice fruit salad.

First you want to make your shopping list in advance for all the items you want to include in your buffet. You can cook the ham in day before Christmas and slice it for sandwiches, and put it in a Ziploc bag.

You can purchase frozen yeast rolls and put in a pan in the morning and by noon that we ready to put in the oven so you can serve fresh rolls for the sandwiches.

You can cut up your vegetables including broccoli, cauliflower, carrot sticks, celery sticks in any other vegetables you enjoy and put each vegetable in its own Ziploc bag the day before Christmas. You can also make the pies and cakes a day or two for Christmas and refrigerate them.

If you get most of the meal ready a day or two for the holiday, then on Christmas day you can make a quick fruit salad, but at the vegetables in a tray, whip up a nice vegetables dip, pull out the cakes and pies and slice them, and just finished up any items that could not be pre-prepared.

By preplanning your holiday meal, you can get everything ready in an hour or less and have plenty of time to enjoy visiting with family and friends.

Quick and Easy Christmas Recipes for Holiday Treats the Kids Will Love
Are you looking for a way to keep your children busy during holiday break?

One great way to have them contribute to the holiday festivities is to have them help make holiday treats

In many families cookies are an important part of the holiday tradition. Even if your children aren’t able to bake yet, they can help decorate. Here are a few quick and easy holiday treats your kids will love.

#1 Rice Crispy Treats

Rice Crispy treats are no-bake snacks that can be ready in a matter of minutes. You can find the recipe on the side of any rice cereal box. You need a box of rice crispy cereal, a bag of marshmallows and butter. Once the treats are made, you can use cookie cutters to shape them into holiday decorations.

One easy shape for younger children is to cut the treats into circles and decorate them to resemble tree ornaments.

You can use basic colored gel frosting found at the supermarket, or make your own butter cream frosting and color it with food coloring to match your desired decorating style.

Let your little ones express their creativity by decorating the treats.

#2 Sugar cookies

Round sugar cookies can be made and decorated like holiday ornaments. Or you can roll them out and use various holiday cookie cutter shapes to get more creative.

This is particularly fun for older children who may enjoy more complicated decorating tasks. Additionally, older children can bake the cookies.

#3 Peanut butter balls

Another no-bake cookie that’s fun to make are peanut butter balls. They’re also called buckeyes.

Basically, you blend peanut butter, butter, and powdered sugar into a gooey mess.

You then roll the peanut butter mix into melted chocolate, let cool and enjoy.

Here’s a quick and easy recipe.

* 1 1/2 cups peanut butter
* 1 cup butter, softened
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 6 cups confectioners' sugar
* 4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

In a large bowl, mix together the peanut butter, butter, vanilla and confectioners' sugar.

Roll into 1-inch balls and place on a waxed, paper-lined cookie sheet. Chill for thirty minutes in your freezer.

Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler or in your microwave. Stir frequently until smooth.

Dip frozen peanut butter balls in chocolate. Leave a small portion of peanut butter showing at the top.

Place back on wax paper and store in refrigerator.

If you have family recipes, invite your children to help bake. Getting your children involved in the holiday preparations accomplishes many beneficial things. It helps them feel valuable. They learn new skills.

Additionally, it helps them stay busy during time off of school. They’ll be able to grow up and share their joy of holiday baking with their own family.

More Resources for Simplifying Christmas

You can also save money and be unique, by making your own Christmas cards this year.

I have a brilliant pack of 1,500 Christmas royalty free images for only $5 that you can download and use year after year.

They are gorgeous and such fun to use on handmade cards and decorations.

Learning how to keep Christmas simple is a matter of making sure you are organized with your Christmas planning and budgeting every step of the way.

Please visit and enjoy all the great tips and ideas I have put on there to help you enjoy Christmas in a more relaxed way.

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