Whats For Dinner Next Week: Christmas EveTamales

Our family just loves Christmas it really is one of my favorite holiday's. No matter where we have been in life, we have always tried to make Christmas special for our family. We have many traditions that have evolved over the years. After dinner on Christmas Eve we all gather round the tree and someone reads the Christmas Story from the Bible. Then we sing some Christmas Carols and each person gets to open one gift from under the tree. Sometimes the younger children will produce a Christmas play with written programs, of course directed by the older ones who are now passing the tradition along. One of the traditions we  have is our food. On Christmas Eve we always have Mexican Food, and this week I will feature  Tamales on Christmas Eve. For the first time I will not have the recipe on this post because it is to long. I have my Tamales recipe in addition to the sauce and you will be able to link back to them.

Feature Recipe Friday
Christmas Eve Tamales

 Corn and Black Bean Tamales With Orange Cranberry Sauce

Off To The City
Ho Ho Ho 
Annual Christmas Party

Roasted Herb Chicken
Broccoli Rice Casserole
Fruit Salad
Cottage Bread
Coconut Cake

Using Chicken
Left Over From Sunday
Chicken Pot Pie
Tossed Green Salad
Toasted Cottage Bread
Left Over
Coconut Cake

Pan Seared Pork Chops
Scalloped Potatoes
Buttered Cabbage
Carrot and Cranberry Salad
Hot Biscuits
Baked Apples With Vanilla Sauce

Cran-Pomegranate Spaghetti
Tossed Green Salad
Garlic Bread
Butternut Bread

Tomato Basil Soup
Ultimate Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Butternut Bread

Christmas Eve
Feature Recipe
Cranberry Orange Sauce
Link:Christmas Eve Tamales
Spanish Rice
Tortilla Chips and Salsa
Christmas Cookies
Southwest Brulee
Link:Southwest Brulee

Christmas Day
Standing Rib Roast
Roasted Herb Potatoes
From The Garden
Fresh Turnips and Turnip Greens
Link:Turnip Greens
Fresh Apple & Cheese Salad
Grandmother's Coconut Cake

On Christmas we gather with Family and Friends to celebrate the birth of Jesus, who was sent here by His Father to show us the way and guide us with His love and light. It is my fondest desire that you and your family be blessed with joy on this Christmas. I am so grateful that each and everyone of you have been a part of my life this year.
Merry Christmas!
Peace and Joy

Miz Helen
Miz Helen

Cookbook Author, Recipe Developer, Organic Gardner.


  1. Miz Helen, you look lovely and happy! Your menu sounds delicious! Your family Christmas traditions sounds wonderful, it really is a good time for family to get together and enjoy each other. Wishing you lots of fun preparing for Christmas!

  2. You look beautiful! How I envy you the beach. Thanks for the menu suggestions. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas.

  3. Miz Helen, Merry Christmas to you too! You are such a sweetie. Your family traditions sound lovely and that is such a cute picture of you :)

  4. What a wonderful idea to have Christmas Eve Tamales! Since I grew up in San Antonio, I learned to love tamales very early. Now that I live in Ohio, it's harder to find them. Thanks for sharing your meal plan!

    Have a blessed and Merry Christmas!

  5. Oh my, I want to be invited over for your tamales - they look and sound amazing, and I'm sure they taste even better! Thank you for the tutorial - I've never made any, but want to!

  6. Those Tamales sounds so good. My hubby would just love them.

  7. I've been considering tamales recently. Never made them, but your tutorial with its photos are very helpful. It seems do-able.

  8. What a doll you are Miz Helen! I love hearing about all of your family traditions for Christmas! My children are young and It's nice to begin traditions with them! The tamales look wonderful! I've never tried one! Thanks for the great inspiration and Merry Christmas!

  9. Love this! My grandfather makes great tamales and I love them but I only get them when we go visit. Yours sound sooo good!

  10. My husband has fond memories of his mother and aunts gathering in the kitchen making large batches of tamales.
    When we lived in San Diego we used to purchase them from the Tamale Lady. The Pork tamales were our family favorite.
    Have a terrific Christmas!
    Please stop by and enter my $30 IHOP gift card giveaway.

  11. Those tamales look so yummy! Thanks for stopping in at my site today, too.

  12. Merry Christmas! We too will be enjoying tamales tonight! (not made by me this time though)


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