Christmas Menus

So you have purchased all of your gifts for family and friends, but have you planned what you are going to feed them? Let us answer your Christmas cooking questions so you will have plenty of time for any last minute gift wrapping.

The Duggars prepare holiday meals for up to 45 guests. But with an emphasis on sharing and helping, the family from TLC's "18 Kids and Counting" keeps this maddening challenge merry.

Food is the centerpiece of most holidays, but that's especially true during Christmas. The turkey and trimming may get the most attention, but it's the sweet treats that bring an end to the yummy festivities.

The holidays are a time for family, friends and food, and for some, it's an opportunity to indulge in a few traditional Christmas libations. These holiday drink recipes will warm the belly and soothe the soul.

Sugar plums bring to mind memories of "The Nutcracker" and "'Twas the Night Before Christmas." While they are pretty labor-intensive to make, they easily can become a family tradition in your home year after year.

One of the most highly anticipated holiday traditions in many households is the making and baking of Christmas cookies. From holiday-themed sugar cookies, to other goodies like seven-layer bars, these decadent treats are consumed gleefully.

The man in the moon has nothing on the gingerbread man, that jolly brown fellow who still manages to delight children of all ages. Whether he's taking up residence in a cookie tin or on the Christmas tree, gingerbread men are a holiday favorite.

Ginger, cinnamon, cloves and molasses are what give gingerbread its unique flavor. And the fact that it hardens to the consistency of a graham cracker makes it ideal for crafty projects for the family, like building a gingerbread house.

Food and decorating are two very big components of the holiday season. This year, combine the two together, get your whole family involved and make your own ornaments for your Christmas tree -- that you can eat!

From sugar-laden cookies to beverages that can carry half a day's worth of fat and cholesterol in one glass, the holidays are full of opportunities to make poor nutritional choices. So, how can you avoid them?

Love 'em or hate 'em, fruitcakes are an enduring tradition. And right now, we're smack-dab in the middle of fruit-filled log season. These holiday treats have the same density as mahogany, which has prompted some resourceful ideas.

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