Creating Christmas Dinner

by | Holidays, Home


I have to be brutally honest.


When people ask me for ideas about recipes, I text my mom.  And if I need a baking idea, well, I ask my almost-13-year-old daughter.  It’s true.  Setting the table was my childhood chore and many years later, it’s still what my family expects me to do!  (The great thing is that I love setting a pretty table, so we are all happy!)


I also have to be honest that I grew up in the beautiful midwest, in the middle of fields and real farmhouses, and our family favorites very much reflect where we were born and raised.  (Long story short, almost all of our favorites require bacon!)  All in all, we are very traditional when it comes to our Christmas dinner recipes and we love it that way!


When I decided that I wanted to do a blog post about our favorite Christmas recipes, I, of course, had to text my mom to get the actual recipes!  Here are my three must-have dishes for our Traditional Christmas Dinner:

Beef Tenderloin


  • Whole Beef Tenderloin (I usually plan on 1 lb per adult because there will be some shrinkage and I like to have plenty!)
  • Sprinkle the tenderloin liberally with sea salt and cracked pepper.
  • Place Tenderloin in a baking dish and marinate the tenderloin overnight with the following ingredients:
  • Mix well and pour over the meat:
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced (or buy the minced garlic like I do!)
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • These amounts will need to be adjusted to the amount of tenderloin you are preparing.
  • The next morning baste the tenderloin with the sauce. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Bake meat for 10-15 minutes.
  • Do not remove meat from oven.  Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees and bake for 15-20 minutes per pound.
  • How long you bake it depends on how well done you prefer your meat to be.
  • After baking is complete, let rest for 30 minutes before serving.  Cover the meat with foil for at least part of the baking time.
  • I usually leave it covered for the entire time.

Bacon Wrapped Green Beans Bundles

This recipe can easily be adjusted to the amount of Green Bean Bundles you need.

  • 8-10 long-string green beans (thin ones work best and can either be fresh, frozen or canned. If using canned be sure they are “whole and not cut or French-style.)
  • Bacon (you will need 1/2 to 1 slice of bacon per bundle depending on the size of the bacon)
  • Wrap a bundle of 8-10 greens with bacon and secure with a toothpick or lay it on the pan with seam side down.
  • Prepare your pan such as a jelly roll pan or casserole dish sprayed well with cooking spray.  I usually line the pan with foil and then spray the foil!

Prepare a sauce of:

  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. garlic sale
  • 1 tsp soy sauce

Combine these ingredients well and pour over beans.

Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes – 1 hr, or until bacon is cooked.


This recipe can easily be adjusted to the amount of servings you need.

  • 1-2 cans of whole chestnuts
  • Bacon (cut each slice in thirds)
  • Wrap each chestnut with 1/3 slice of bacon and place in baking dish.  Spray the baking dish really well!


  • 1/3 cup catsup
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar

Mix these ingredients and pour over the bacon-wrapped chestnuts. This amount of sauce  should easily cover 1 can of whole chestnuts.

Bake at 375 for 50-60 minutes until the bacon is well-done.

I told you there was a lot of bacon involved!!!

I expect that this year’s Christmas dinner prep will be about the same as most years.  I’ll try really hard to be helpful, probably wrapping the green beans or chestnuts in bacon, and then I’ll end up setting the table!  So, I went ahead and prepared our Christmas Dinner table with some of my favorites.


For my centerpiece, I used my vintage French grain bin and filled it with a faux pine tree, fresh evergreen clippings, and a tall nutcracker.  One each side, I used a vintage piano roll and purposely let it fold and curl around more evergreen clippings and brass candlesticks my statement and theme for our Christmas table, I used these vintage brass angel candlesticks that I recently picked up at Rehab Vintage Market.  I shop for these kinds of vintage elements all year long and it’s so fun to pull them out for special occasions!

For my place settings, I used simple, white ironstone dishes, alternated green and white napkins, added a little faux cedar wreath, and a simple angel ornaments.  I got these last year from @thegatheringcompanymarket and was so excited to pull them out again!

For a different theme, you could easily replace the angel ornament with a personalized ornament for a gift or use a favorite vintage ornament collection!  This is the perfect spot to add your own character and personality to your table!

I hope you enjoy the plans for our 2020 Christmas Dinner!  Most of all, it is a blessing to gather around the table and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.  Whether you are working tirelessly in the kitchen or setting the table (or both!), I wish you a blessed and Merry Christmas from our family to yours!




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