We usually have a get together with my inlaws very close to Christmas and the menu there is pretty much the same.. turkey (deep fried the last few years), stuffing, veggies, potatoes, ham, meatballs, buns, sometimes a salad or a different dish depending on who brings what. I've brought beef bourgignon in the past as well as lasagne or cabbage rolls but that varies from year to year.
We've had my mother in law come and spend Christmas with us for as long as I can remember now. When the kids were little, she really enoyed Christmas morning with them. Christmas Eve is a workday for my husband and I so I I do a merlot braised beef in the crockpot and we have it with popovers, veggies and a salad. This year will be different as my mother in law is on a special diet so I'm making my favourite cajun fish filets with remolade and pickled onions (not so spicy for her) for Christmas Eve dinner with rice, some sort of vegetable and a salad.
Christmas day I'm going to make a feast with turkey, meatballs (my kids love them), cranberry sauce, two vegetables, potatoes, salad and some other dish that replaces the ham we usually have as my mother in law can't have that either. We don't eat lunch on Christmas Day.. I put out appetizers so we graze through the morning and lunchtime and have plenty of room for dinner.
OK ... where am I going?.. and WHY am I in this handbasket??