3 Free Printable Christmas Menus

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3 Free Printable Christmas Menus - download this free printable meal for easy, make-ahead meals on Christmas

The month is speeding by. Before we know it, Christmas will be here. Yay! While I’m not quite ready, it helps to have you guys around. You’re my accountability in case you didn’t know. When one of you makes a request, I’m pretty happy to fulfill it. And if it means that the request serves me and my family, well, then that’s a double win.

For the last few months my sister and I have prepared free printable weekly meal plans for you to download. These help us and hopefully they help you, too. Last month I shared our Thanksgiving menu as a free printable.

Due to several requests, this week, we’ve got three different menus for Christmas meals — with grocery lists, of course — that you can print, shop, and cook from.

Our family traditions growing up were this:

  • A fancy meal on Christmas Eve
  • See’s Candy for breakfast around the tree, followed by Lil’ Smokies cooked by our dad
  • More casual fare on Christmas Day

Janel and I, both married with school-age kids, have kept some of these traditions, and added some of our own tweaks. We still do a fancy Christmas Eve and casual fare on Christmas Day. See’s Candy definitely makes an appearance, though I personally try to beef up breakfast by giving the kids healthy treats in their stockings and a more substantial meal at the table. As much as can be made-ahead is prepared in advance so we can enjoy a lazy day around the tree.

These three printable Christmas menus follow this general pattern. There is fancy (ham and scalloped potatoes), casual (lasagna and garlic bread) and a delicious brunch that you can make in advance.

By sharing the menu plans now, we hope that you’ll have time to make tweaks that suit your family’s traditions as well as be on the lookout for grocery store sales.

3 Free Printable Christmas Menus - download this free printable meal for easy, make-ahead meals on Christmas

This meal is great for Easter, too, when asparagus are in season. 😉

Here are the recipes featured in the different plans. Print these out and keep them together. I find that when I’m cooking a big meal it helps to have printouts of all the recipes right there. Then I don’t have to fumble with devices and cookbooks. Plus, I can splatter all I want.

Fancy Meal:

Make-Ahead / Casual Meal:


The download contains separate menu and shopping lists for each meal so you can choose just one to make if you like. There is a master list at the back if you wan to make all three.

3 Free Printable Christmas Menus - download this free printable meal for easy, make-ahead meals on Christmas

Other Printable meal plans

Did you know that there are now over 30 FREE printable meal plans plus a printable school lunch plan archived here at Life as MOM? Check them out and download a few so you can work your way to great food and peaceful evenings. Plus, stay tuned for several Christmas meal plans to make your holiday merry and bright.

Each meal plan is designed to be kid- and budget-friendly, as well as be doable for novices as well as experienced cooks. And, of course each includes a shopping list and some make-ahead tips to make your week even easier.

Check out the meal plan archives if you haven’t already. Want to learn how to make your own meal plans? Take Meal Planning 101.

What’s your favorite meal to serve at Christmas?

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  1. Thanks so much for the meal plans!! You truly care about your readers requests! Somehow I missed these til today! Hosting my first Christmas eve in our new home (I come from a family of 5 kids and have one of my own) and this will really help! Currently in bed with the stomach flu so reading your articles about slowing down was encouraging as the timing was a bit upsetting! Your emails encourage me daily, my husband and I are venturing into full time ministry (actually using media- would love to hear your tips!) so it really helps! Would love to meet you someday!

      1. Thank you! Just curious- how many cookies do snowballs and Jesus cookie recipes make?

          1. Totally fine just figuring out how many batches to make for gifts 🙂 thanks again!