Creating Christmas Dinner

by | Holidays, Recipes


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:

Family Christmas Beef Tenderloin

Prep Time 1 d
Course Main Course
Cuisine American


  • 1 Whole Beef Tenderloin I plan on 1 lb per adult becaus there will be some shrinkage & I like to have plenty!
  • 2 Cloves Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 Cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt
  • Cracked Pepper


  • Place the tenderloin in a baking dish & sprinkle liberally with sea salt & cracked pepper
  • Mix the minced garlic, soy sauce, & olive oil and pour over the meat.
  • Let the tenderloin marinate overnight.
  • The next day, preheat oven to 425 degrees & bake 10-15 minutes, covered with tin foil.
  • Then reduce the temperature to 350 degrees & bake for 15-20 minutes per pound.
  • Once complete, let rest for 30 minutes before serving.


This has been a family Christmas tradition from the first time we tried it years ago.  Highly recommended!

Bacon-Wrapped Green Bean Bundles

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • 1 Cup Butter
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlice Salt
  • 1 Tsp Soy Sauce
  • 8-10 Green beans per bundle
  • 1 Slice Bacon (per bundle)


  • Prepare 8-10 long-string green beans per bundle (thin ones work best.)
  • Wrap each bundle of green geans with bacon & secure with a toothpick or lay on the pan with seam side down.
  • Prepare you pan, sprayed well with cooking spray. I usually line the pan with foil & then spray the foil.
  • Combine the melted butter, brown sugar, garlic salt & Soy sauce, and pour over beans.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes - 1 hr, or until the bacon is cooked.


A Family Favorite!
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American


  • 1/3 Cup Catsup
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1-2 Cans Whole Chestnuts
  • Bacon (cut each slice in thirds)


  • Wrap each chestnut with 1/3 slice of bacon & place in baking dish. Spray the baking dish really well first!
  • Mix sauce ingredietns & 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.


Everything goes good with bacon!

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 2021 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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