Two things here, since that day is less than a month away. Let me be the first, (or so I hope), to wish you a Merry and Blessed Christmas.
To accompany that thought, what were Christmas Eve Dinners like when you were growing up? Just Christmas Eve Dinners or maybe Christmas DAY dinners only. We have the next year to maybe talk about other holiday meals.
When I was very young I remember Christmas Eve dinner, some of the oddities or circumstances were no knives at the table, except for that funny shaped butter knife, (remember those?), thirteen or seven different dishes of food, (why 13 or 7, I dunno), an empty place setting, (in case someone would just come along as no-one should be without a place to eat on Christmas Eve), straw on the table under the white table cloth, (in memory of our savior being born and spending his first night in a manger), no meat, (as tradition was it was a “fast” before the “feast day”), but at least two types of fish, candles on the table, (not for romance but to show reverence to the occasion), Christmas wafer, “Oplatki”, a special baked wafer, blessed by the church, that one would offer to each other as good wishes were made, but only after the head of the household said a solemn prayer. Then even the youngest ones there would toast the Merry Christmas with a taste of wine. (The youngest ones would have theirs in a a shot glass, half full or less. babies would get a taste from mom’s glass, a very little.)
That’s the way it was for me and my Christmas Eve dinner, lost to time but in my memory still.
Think about what was in your youth and how things changed, maybe you can bring some of them back in your personal lives. I hope so.
If you didn’t already guess, I grew up in a Polish household.