Don't be surprised when guests ask for seconds (or thirds!).
While the preparation may take a lot of work, you generally know what dishes you'll be serving at your Thanksgiving or Easter dinners. Christmas on the other hand is a whole different ball game. Without must-have staples like turkey, ham, pumpkin pie, or cake, there are a lot more options. Do you go with the dishes that you grew up eating? Do you fix up mashed potatoes, a gratin, or other recipes you know the family loves from other feasts? Or do you try something completely new?
Some folks love to celebrate tradition with a Christmas ham and a series of time-honored side dishes. Others lean toward simple, crowd-pleasing recipes that fit a more informal family celebration. And still others would rather make the dinner feel like a Christmas party, so they bake off a series of impressive holiday appetizers, mix up an array of fancy Christmas cocktails, and let the crowd mingle while munching on small plates. And, of course, there are those who make healthy Christmas recipes with a few sneaky vegetable substitutions in the mix, so that everyone can feel welcomed and enjoy themselves.
Fortunately, we know the pains of planning the perfect Christmas menu, which is why we rounded up dozens of easy Christmas side dishes to feed your family on December 25. Here, you can choose anything from healthy sides to ones that have taken Pinterest by storm. Which means you can spend less time planning and more time decorating and making the best crafty Christmas presents this year.