Christmas: Your Christmas planner

Four Hours before Dinner

  • Stuff your turkey or begin preparing your ham.
  • Put turkey or ham in oven, allowing enough time for baking and one half hour of cooling.

Three Hours before Dinner

Two Hours before Dinner

One Hour before Dinner

  • Bake biscuits.
  • Fill small pitcher with half-and-half or milk for coffee -- cover and refrigerate. Fill sugar bowl.

One Half Hour before Dinner

  • Remove turkey or ham from oven. Let sit 20 minutes before carving.
  • Reheat biscuits and side dishes, if necessary.
  • Make gravy, using drippings from turkey, giblets and potatoes.
  • Mash potatoes.
  • Place vegetables and side dishes in serving bowls.
  • Open wine and pour into decanter or glasses.

Time to Serve Dinner!

  • Whisk gravy and pour into gravy boat.
  • Don't forget to serve cranberry sauce, salad and breads that you previously prepared.

After Dinner

  • Grind coffee beans and put coffee on to brew. Remove to a thermal carafe to keep warm.
  • Serve dessert, coffee, after-dinner drinks.
  • Take a walk if the weather permits. Enjoy each other's company while digesting your meal!

After Christmas

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