Just one week left until Christmas is here! You can never start preparing for the holidays too early in my mind. For me and my family Christmas always includes lots of family events including Christmas Eve dinner at my parent’s house and Christmas day dinner at my grandparents. Preparing for these events in between all the other Christmas events going on over the next week just doesn’t leave you much time. So to help make sure you don’t forget anything for your Christmas dinner here is my list of Christmas Dinner essentials.

1. Christmas China. You can’t have a true Christmas dinner without your Christmas dishes. My favorites are these from Spode. They are just so festive!
2. Christmas Glasses. You need something to hold all of that holiday cheer! From wine glasses to water glasses you can never have too many available during the holidays. I am loving these 12 Days of Christmas wine glasses from Overstock.com. You won’t even need to use glass charms!
3. Christmas Linens. What would a Christmas dinner table be without holiday linens. Find festive Christmas napkins, placemats, and table cloths to deck out the table setting. This is an adorable one from Pottery Barn Kids that would be perfect at any Christmas table.
4. Christmas Utensil Holders. For me utensil holders are just a fun excuse to craft during the holidays. Try making these adorable holders from Stamp with Heather for this year’s holiday table. 
5. Christmas Poppers. My family can’t pass up on the use of poppers during the holidays. We always enjoy the funny hats, little toys and jokes that came in these festive poppers.
6. Christmas Centerpiece. At our house we usually display the gingerbread houses that we decorate during the holidays. This is also a great time to get a little crafty for your Christmas dinner. This one was at the UVA Holiday open house I went to.
7. Christmas Music. While your guests are arriving and snacking on appetizers before dinner it is also very festive to have some holiday music playing in the background. Here is a holiday playlist that will have everyone singing along!
8. Christmas Cocktails. When it comes to the holidays the traditional eggnog is the first thing that comes to my mind. After that you can get everyone’s favorite wine, beer or other tasty beverage. There are always some fun season beverages in the stores that make for a fun treat for a holiday get together. Better Homes and Gardens has a great recipe for making a cup of traditional eggnog.
9. Christmas Cookies. What would a Christmas meal be without some Christmas cookies. Homemade or store bought always make for a fun snack after Christmas dinner. Don’t forget to save some for Santa too! Try making these peanut butter reindeer cookies this year!
10. Christmas Dinner. When it comes to Christmas dinner there is no right or wrong menu. Every culture and family has a different traditional Christmas meal. All I know is that just like Thanksgiving there is always a lot of food no matter what you decide to make.
What are some of your family’s traditions when it comes to the Christmas dinner? Christmas is getting closer so start your planning now! Happy Holidays!!


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