My (mostly English) family always served the Thanksgiving-type turkey dinner for Christmas in the mid-to-late afternoon. We had turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, creamed onions, canned asparagus, cranberry sauce, hot rolls, relish tray. There were pies for dessert - mincemeat, apple, pumpkin. Coffee and after-dinner drinks in the special glasses. Then, later, around 8:00 or so when we got a little hungry again, we pulled the turkey back out and made tiny little sandwiches of turkey and Smithfield ham (sliced so thin you could see through it) on Maryland Beaten Biscuits.
***Imagine my horror ***when I married my Italian husband and discovered that they ate LASAGNA on Christmas! Granted, it was the best lasagna in the entire world, but it was still so wrong! Lasagna, meat balls, salad & bread. My DH was so kind and agreed that we would do Christmas Eve with his family (crab cakes, steamed shrimp, roast beef, mashed potatoes, Italian cold cuts and good bread, cole slaw, and desserts) and join my cousins for dinner on Christmas itself.
We did that for many years, until a few years ago when many of his relatives had passed on and his parents were getting frail and needed help with the dinner. We joined them then for a couple of years, until his Mom died. This year his Dad is going out of town to SIL’s house, so we’re back to my cousins’ place again.
I’ve cooked exactly one Christmas dinner on my own. It was about 15 years ago, and it was the turkey dinner.