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Christmas is coming! This magical time of year demands the best foods. But it seems you have even less time to cook and bake and feed your family healthy, complete meals. Turn to these articles all about Christmas recipes and tips that feature all the information you'll need to make the Christmas season wonderful and easy on you. Whether you need a menu for Christmas brunch, the best holiday make-ahead recipes, a classic Christmas dinner menu, or recipes for easy and festive quick foods, you'll find it all here.

1. Make Ahead Holiday Foods

Roll Out Butter Cookies
Roll Out Butter Cookies

Hey, with these easy recipes, you can start getting ready for the holidays in June! Well, I don't know if I'd want to do that; October or November is good enough for me. At any rate, having a freezer and your pantry full of delicious food is the next best thing to having your own chef.

2. Christmas Breakfast Menus

Make Ahead Scrambled Eggs
Make Ahead Scrambled Eggs

Christmas morning is always hectic. The kids wake up at 5 am (or sooner!) and in the frenzy of opening presents, it's easy to resort to putting out some bakery doughnuts or mass-produced muffins. Make things different this year with these easy menus for a healthy, hearty, and special Christmas breakfast or brunch.

3. My Favorite Christmas Recipes

Swedish Tea Log
Linda Larsen
These are the special old and heirloom recipes I look forward to every Christmas. Some take a little more effort than usual - but it's Christmas! Making an effort is part of giving. Enjoy these cookies, rolls, appetizers, breads, and candies that are something special.

4. Holiday Dinner Menus

Herb Garlic Roast Chicken
Herb Garlic Roast Chicken

With this collection of dinner menus, you'll be set for entertaining through the entire holiday season. These menus feature quick and easy recipes that are easy enough for anyone to make, yet special enough to make quite an impression on the pickiest guest. I think my favorite menu is the Roasted Chicken dinner. Yum.

5. All About Christmas Cookies

Peanut Sitting-Pretty Cookies
Peanut Sitting-Pretty Cookies

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about Christmas cookies (and Hanukkah cookies too). Find my favorite Christmas cookie recipes, get lots of tips about how to make the best cookies all year round, and sign up for my email baking class.

6. Christmas Memories and Favorite Recipes

24 Hour Salad
Linda Larsen
These are my favorite recipes for the Christmas season, along with some special memories. If you don't have heirloom recipes, you are welcome to borrow mine!

7. Christmas Dinner Menus

Christmas Fireplace
Linda Larsen

These menus for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner are very special. This is one of the most important meals of the year, so take your time planning, and don't forget to ask for help, or accept it if it's offered! Enjoy these special recipes.

8. Heirloom Recipes

Rosettes
Rosettes

These recipes are something special! Two collections are directly from my grandmothers. And the third is some of the recipes I must make every holiday season. Add one or two or more to your repertoire this Christmas to make the season bright.

9. Five Ingredient Holiday Foods

Devils on Horseback
Devils on Horseback

These five ingredient treats are easy, indulgent, and just a little bit special. Of course, you can add more ingredients if you'd like to rev up the volume. But they're delicious just as they are.  Five ingredient appetizer, entree, side dish, and dessert recipes will help you get through this rushed and busy season.

10. Candy Christmas Gifts

Nut Goody Bars
Nut Goody Bars
One of the best gifts from the heart is homemade candy. These wonderful recipes are foolproof. Some do require a candy thermometer, but most are very simple to make. Box them in a gorgeous container with a big red bow and you really have something special.

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