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tesla posted 12/22/2013 09:36 AM

Teslet is over at his dad's the first week of break, but I get him on Christmas Day.

It's just going to be the two of family in town this year. I don't want to do a full meal spread for the two of us...suggestions for something fun and different to eat for Christmas dinner?

Chrysalis123 posted 12/22/2013 09:51 AM

We go out for Chinese since it is the only place open. Great new tradition the kids look forward too.

[This message edited by Chrysalis123 at 9:52 AM, December 22nd (Sunday)]

nowiknow23 posted 12/22/2013 09:53 AM


Williesmom posted 12/22/2013 10:00 AM

Steaks on the grill. That's what I do on any big holiday when I'm alone. If it's really cold, I use the George foreman.

Gajit posted 12/22/2013 10:56 AM

Make an indoor picnic on the floor.
Fried chicken
Finger foods
endless possibilities!

hurtbs posted 12/22/2013 11:03 AM

I like to go out to a very nice meal (that would cost the same as elaborate stay at home) on holidays when I'm alone (usually Thanksgiving). Otherwise - junk food! We always get cinnabons and chocolate milk for christmas morning. Then you could pick up a meal like rotisserie chicken and a couple of sides from whole foods.

Or you could go to a couple of movies and pig out on junk!

FaithFool posted 12/22/2013 12:03 PM

If it isn't too late, book a couple of seats at a fancy hotel dining room for Xmas brunch or dinner. Dress up and make it an occasion. A date with Mom!

After my parents divorced, my mom took us to Banff, which was nearby. We had Christmas dinner by candlelight in the old Mount Royal Hotel, and I had my first Shirley Temple.

We had an elderly male waiter who doted on me, and I loved every minute of it.

Sadly the hotel burned down a few years later so I can't revisit the locaion, but to this day it's one of my fondest memories of quality time with my mom.

[This message edited by FaithFool at 12:06 PM, December 22nd (Sunday)]

Sad in AZ posted 12/22/2013 12:04 PM

Is there anything he really, really likes? Even if it's hotdogs...

notmeanymore posted 12/22/2013 12:27 PM

Breakfast for dinner?

I dunno, my kids always seemed to love that (still do)

better4me posted 12/22/2013 13:13 PM

Love the idea of dressing up and going to a "special" restaurant for a date with mom--but if that isn't possible I'd buy two Cornish game hens and then each of you can have your own "bird". Sides can be something easy--and something that you know he likes.

thyme2go posted 12/22/2013 13:34 PM

Electric fondue pot + oil + mini corn dogs/ tots/fries/mini pizza bites = fun for him.

For you have chunks of your favorite meats and veggies (even some of his tots!) fried (veggies actually blanch just like in water) in the oil. Olive oil/basalmic vinegar dip and bread chunks on the side to go with what you cook up. Super fun at the dinner table.

Just be cautious with the hot oil.


Phoenix1 posted 12/22/2013 15:03 PM

My DD and I grilled burgers in the snow for Thanksgiving because that is what she wanted. Just do Teslet's favorite meal and you can't go wrong!

Bluebird26 posted 12/22/2013 21:31 PM

I think the indoor picnic idea sounds great! Unfortunately pretty much nothing here is open on Xmas day.

I started a new tradition for my kids for breakfast, we have pancakes and icecream (it's summer here). They love it. They get to choose some fancy ice cream flavour too, that I wouldn't normally buy.

Grace and Flowers posted 12/22/2013 23:51 PM

If you have any casinos nearby they usually have amazing buffets. My boys are 20 and still get wide-eyed when we go to the casino buffet.

tesla posted 12/23/2013 08:20 AM

Thanks for all the great ideas!
I've never taken Teslet to the movies before...that might be fun.

Ex-shat texted yesterday asking if I wanted to pick Teslet up 3 hours early on Christmas Day!! Of course you all know I was all over that!

So maybe a fun Christmas breakfast out somewhere then a movie then presents and Christmas dinner picnic with chicken wings (his favorite! I've never seen a kid *love* chicken wings like this little guy!) Oh and we'll bake our traditional Christmas pie as well.

This is going to be fun!

Dreamboat posted 12/23/2013 08:46 AM

I've never seen a kid *love* chicken wings like this little guy!

I was going to suggest homemade chicken nuggets, but wings is even better if he loves them! For several years I made DD homemade boneless wings. This year is chicken parmigian and pasta with homemade red sauce.

HAve fun with your little guy!

Bebba1171 posted 12/23/2013 09:04 AM

Dinner at my house!!

I want to be around smaller kids during Christmas to watch them enjoy themselves

thebighurt posted 12/23/2013 09:23 AM

Sounds like a nice day, Tesla. I'm glad you get more of it with your amazing little guy.

I want to take my little ones to see Frozen in 3D. I take the grandkids to almost all of the kids' movies and 3D when we can. Fun for all of us and gives their parents a little time for themselves.

sparkysable posted 12/23/2013 10:44 AM

I took Emma to see Frozen. She's 4, and although generally an "active" child, she was very good at the theater. Frozen was really good!

Lola2kids posted 12/23/2013 13:51 PM

I would highly recommend Frozen as well.
We saw it in 2D and I don't think it lost any of the wonder.
I think I enjoyed it more than my girls.
We may go see it again in 3D.

I just loved the message in it.
I won't give it away.

[This message edited by Lola2kids at 1:52 PM, December 23rd (Monday)]

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