'Tis the season! Chat with Chowhounds about your favorite Christmas traditions: restaurants open for the holiday, family meals, go-to baking recipes, and more.

How to Make Your Sugar Cookies Taste Better

Sugar cookies often look prettier than they taste. Now that's not right. With cookie season well under way, follow our tips to ensure yours are beautiful inside and out. Texture is an important factor...

Christmas in July

by Tehama 18 days ago

Good morning! Its been a while since I have had a soiree and for some reason I was thinking of hosting a Christmas in July party. There have been a couple of prior posts on the subject, but they a...

Mad hunt for vintage candy

by Phil_A_Mignon 11 years ago

My wife, for years, has raved about a holiday candy she enjoyed when she was a young girl back in the late seventies, early eighties. She calls them "mint puffs" which she's sure is not the techni...

Pre-make Christmas dinner ideas?

by valmomofboys 6 months ago

Any ideas how to assemble a christmas dinner for 8? I need to prepare 2-3 days in advance, and drive it 7 hours in ice chests. Should only need to heat or bake on Christmas. Any tips or recommendat...

Christmas in Brussels

by omniphile 1 year ago

My partner and I will be spending late December in Belgium and in looking over relevant CH posts, most are fairly old. We're looking for good restaurants to eat that aren't "past their prime," as ...

Spanish turron

by lorry04 7 months ago

Hi all, I just recently moved to Cambridge MA and was wondering were in the Boston area could I find Spanish turron (brands like El Almendro, 1880, Delaviuda...) during the holiday season. In Fl...

Holiday Treats 2018

Caitlin McGrath
by Caitlin McGrath 7 months ago

It’s not too soon to start thinking about what homemade goodies we’ll be giving to family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and hosts this holiday season, whether you’re celebrating Hanukkah, Christ...

Holiday Eggnog 2016

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

Stumbling upon three popular brands of eggnog at discounted prices at Grocery Outlet this month inspired a taste-off. http://www.chowhound.com/post/grocery-outlet-december-2016-1044155?comment...

Curacao dining recommendations

by jacolis 9 months ago

Hi all, Visiting Curacao for a week over Christmas. Trying to identify some good restaurants. Looking at some older threads I picked a few but some of the recommended ones have closed. Does a...

Christmas Fondue on Induction -- Nevermind

by kaleokahu 6 months ago

In my family, we usually enjoy our big elaborate Christmas feast on Christmas Day, which leaves room for a plainer, easier repast for Christmas Eve. This year, the Eve was going to feature fondue ...

Is it appropriate to give a gift to a bartender for Christmas?

by rose18 6 months ago

So, here's the thing. My partner and I have been frequenting the same bar for nearly a year or more now and there is one particular bartender who helps us out when he's not busy [he'll get us drink...

Christmas Breakfast

by iheartcooking 8 years ago

I'll admit I've seen posts along these lines so don't be mad that I'm asking... Traditionally I make Christmas Breakfast at my house (yes, I've been relegated to an "unimportant" meal since the ...

What do you make for breakfast on Christmas morning?

by janehathaway 10 years ago

I saw a recipe for baked hash browns in the December issue of Bon Appetit or Gourmet. I think I'll make those and a strata and maybe baked oatmeal. Maybe some cinnamon rolls. What do you mak...

Yet Another Rib Roast Question, 6-bone

by yddeyma 6 months ago

The last few years I've cooked a standing rib roast for Christmas. We don't have it at any other time of year. It usually comes out okay, but over done. Last year I had a 4-bone roast. I took i...

How to cook Rib Roast for 30 ppl

by lrice 6 months ago

I ordered 3, 5 lb bone rib roasts first cut with bones tied on. I need help how do I cook them in my electric oven? Should I get a whole roast and an additional 4 bone roast? Could I keep the small...

Holiday Treats 2017

Caitlin McGrath
by Caitlin McGrath 1 year ago

What kind of cookies, cake, confections, savory snacks, preserves, potables, and so on are you planning to put by for gifts, guests, or your own selves this holiday season? Here's the place to shar...

Last-minute nomination to host Christmas!

by wineaux 6 months ago

My husband and I were asked last night to host his family holiday get-together on Sunday the 23rd. Normally, we'd be more than excited about it, however we are both working all week with some over...

No oven on Christmas - What should I cook?!

by ursalita 7 months ago

It looks like I'll be hosting Christmas dinner with no oven. I will have access to all 5 burners on top of the stove. I also have an Instant pot and an Air Fryer. To further complicate matters we'l...

Christmas Dinner

by minncalif 6 months ago

I'm wodering if there is a way to make a lamb roast and roasted potatoes in the oven at the same time. there roasting temps are so different. If anyone has any suggestions on how to manage it, I'd ...

Your favorite no-bake Christmas cookies?

by coll 7 months ago

I find myself without a working oven for the time being, and won't be able to get a repair done until after the end of the year. I figured I could still do my traditional bourbon balls, since the...

Aperol Spritzers

by shazzam 7 months ago

What appis can I bring to a small Xmas gathering serving Aperol Spritzers?