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Christmastime at The Feathered Nester

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It’s almost Christmas here at The Feathered Nester. And, I’m sharing it with you. Our Christmas decor, what’s for Christmas Dinner, and of course, all the recipes. Let’s see what’s going on around here!

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Christmas Decor - Christmas tree

Christmas Decor

The highlight of my Christmas decor is definitely our tree. Decorating our tree is like an annual walk down memory lane. Our ornaments are a mix of those made by family, purchased on our travels, and those gifted and bought over the years.

My husband and I got married about two weeks after Christmas, so my sister-in-law, Karen, gave us an entire collection of beautiful, handcrafted ornaments. These ornaments mean even than ever since Karen passed away in 2021.

To this day, we put them on our tree every year. And, each year I buy a few new ornaments to commemorate the year.

Christmas decor on the living room

Our new off-white sectional begged for colorful Christmas pillows. So, I didn’t disappoint. Generally, I turn to Pottery Barn or Home Goods for pillows. I stumbled on these red and white buffalo check and farmhouse style “Christmas Trees” pillow covers on Amazon, though. What a bargain! And, they’re perfect in this space.

Christmas Dinner

For the past decade or so, we have served Prime Rib during Christmas. Last year we had it for Christmas Eve and Ribeye steaks and Lobster for Christmas Dinner. This year we are having Prime Rib on Christmas Day.

a prime rib roast sliced and ready to serve

My husband is preparing the Prime Rib. I think he might be cooking it on the grill. But, I’m sharing my usual recipe with you.

Another Christmas Dinner tradition is serving Hash Brown Casserole (aka Cheesy Potato Casserole). If you’ve been around here a while, you know that I like cooking from scratch. But, Hash Brown Casserole breaks all the rules! It uses condensed cream of chicken soup AND frozen, shredded hash browns.

a hash brown casserole ready to serve

It is creamy, rich, and sinfully delicious! Perfect for Christmas, right?

I don’t think Christmas Dinner would be complete without my newly discovered Potato Rolls. My family is hooked on them and they are really so easy to make.

Potato Rolls ready to serve

These are the most divine rolls! Although the preparation is easy, the rising can be time-consuming. So, I’m thinking of trying to flash freeze the dough rolls individually to bake later.

Rounding out our Christmas Dinner are Roasted Green Beans

a bowl of Roasted Green Beans

and Carrot Cake.

Carrot cake

So, let’s get to the recipes!

Christmas Dinner Recipes

I’m sharing and/or linking all recipes below:

Prime Rib Roast

a cut holiday prime rib roast ready to serve
Prime Rib Roast
Nothing says the holidays like a Prime Rib Roast. It is one of our family's favorite dinners. Here is our family recipe.
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a prime rib roast sliced and ready to serve

Hash Brown Casserole

This is a holiday favorite! Although I love the original hash brown casserole recipe from Kraft, I’ve modernized it and made it in the Instant Pot now. No matter which recipe you use, you are in for a real treat with this cheesy, delicious side dish!

Instant Pot Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole
Instant Pot Cracker Barrel cheesy hash brown casserole recipe is perfect to make in the pressure cooker as a side or main dish, for breakfast or dinner.
Check out this recipe
A pan of cheesy hash brown casseroles with instant pot in the background

Old Fashioned Yeast Rolls

These are the best, softest, melt-in-your-mouth rolls. Just like your mom or grandma used to make. No holiday would be complete without these delicious old-fashioned yeast rolls!

Old Fashioned Yeast Rolls Recipe – The Feathered Nester
Soft, tender Old Fashioned Yeast Rolls are a must-have at the family table. Serve Grandma’s easy potato rolls at your next gathering and you’ll see why they’re the best foolproof homemade yeast rolls!
Check out this recipe
Old Fashioned Yeast Rolls Recipe - The Feathered Nester

Roasted Green Beans

If you haven’t tried roasting your green beans, you need to make them! They bring a whole new level to yumminess. Get my roasted green beans recipe (linked) and make this for Christmas and add a little healthy goodness to dinner.

Carrot Cake

My husband loves homemade carrot cake! And, thanks to a lot of shredded carrots, it’s almost healthy. We aren’t big pie fans, so I made this quite a bit during holiday dinners.

Here’s my favorite Carrot Cake recipe.

Gathering Together

Buffet Decor

I am in love with this new custom wooden sign (from Harper Grayce) above our dining room buffet. We just got it a few weeks ago, and it says it all, “Gather Here With Grateful Hearts.” That’s what truly means the most to me. People gather to share a special meal.

From my family to yours, wishing you a very Merry Christmas. Full of wonder, happiness, and love.


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