Can you believe Christmas is less than a week away? Time flies around the holidays. Preparing for the arrival of family and friends, grabbing last-minute gifts, heading to parties and trying to squeeze in sleep can make planning food for the actual day seem like an insurmountable task.
But let’s face it: food is part of the holiday fun! There’s nothing like throwing together a special dish and filling the house with the smell of cookies baking. The best part is settling down to enjoy the fruits of all that labor with the people you love.
In the spirit of holiday food sharing (and because it’s all so darn fun to make), I’ve rounded up recipes for every meal, plus desserts, snacks and drinks to make your Christmas a little merrier. Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!
- Banana Eggnog Pancakes from Isa Chandra
- Spicy & Warming Gingerbread Oatmeal
- Sugar Cookie Oatmeal by Chocolate-Covered Katie — A personal favorite!
- Jamtastic Christmas Gingerbread Muffins
- Vegan Gingerbread Cake from Vegan Richa — Swirl in some jam for a sweet holiday treat
- Zesty Fruity Oaty Cherry Almond Muffins
- Cauliflower Steaks with Mushroom Gravy by Vegan Richa
- Christmas Tomato Sauce — Perfect for any household where, like mine, pasta is a Christmas tradition
- “1 Million Dollar” Vegetable Stew from Chocolate-Covered Katie — With a slow cooker option
- Seitan Roast Stuffed with Shiitakes and Leeks by Isa Chandra
- Seitan Roast Stuffed with Walnuts, Dried Cranberries and Mushrooms via Fat Free Vegan
- Vegan Shepherd’s Pie with Gravy from Oh She Glows — I had to include this because I’m such a sucker for parsnips
- Butternut Squash, Brussels Sprout and Bread Stuffing with Apples on Food52
- Cabbage, Apple and Raisin Slaw from Veg Kitchen
- Maple-Mustard Glazed Rutabaga
- Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts with Rosemary & Garlic via Oh She Glows
- Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes from Veg Kitchen
- Vegan Christmas Salad on the Simple Vegan Blog
- Fudgy Chocolate Cookies with Candied Ginger by Vegan Richa — Gluten-free and oil-free
- Gluten-Free and Vegan Graham Crackers from Oh She Glows — Made with buckwheat groats!
- Healthy Peppermint Oreos from The Healthy Maven
- Raw Gingerbread Cookie Balls via RawManda — So good, someone at work asked me for the recipe multiple times and wanted “one for the road” when her shift was over
- Updated Pinwheel Cookies
- Grinch Mint Magic Layer Bars on Craving Nature — Raw and grain-free
- Spiced Fruit and Nut Christmas Cake via Vegan Richa — With an oil-free option
- Easy Snack Bites by 86 Lemons
- Gingerbread Granola by Minimalist Baker — Swap apple juice for the oil to make it oil-free
- Smoky & Spicy Nut, Sesame and Coconut Bacon Bar Nuts from Oh She Glows
- Thin Mint Brownies from Chocolate-Covered Katie — Healthy thin mints for every Girl Scout cookie monster
- Homemade Gingerbread Spice Latte by Chocolate-Covered Katie
- How to Make Vegan Eggnog via Food52 — With or without bourbon
- Mexican Hot Chocolate Mix from Vegan Richa — A spicy chocolate gift
- Vegan Nog: Classic and Peppermint from Oh She Glows
And of course, there are always cookbooks for recipe inspiration. Check out my reviews of Zel Allen’s Vegan for the Holidays and Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings by Lindsay S. Nixon, two small but extensive volumes packed with holiday goodness.
In the midst of a busy season, I’d like invite you to take a moment to reflect on the true focus of Christmas. The story of Christ’s birth is familiar to most, and nativity scenes pop up everywhere this time of year, but it seems rare to consciously take a step back, pause and really think about the impact the event had on all of humanity. When Jesus Christ came into the world, angels praised God, saying, “Glory to God in the Highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14). Though the world didn’t yet know this tiny baby was the Savior of all who would put their trust in Him, shepherds rejoiced at His coming, wise men brought gifts and powerful men feared Him.
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. — Isaiah 9:2
Christmas is more than the story of a baby born to a young virgin in a stable in Bethlehem. It’s the celebration of the reality that God Himself stepped down from the glory of Heaven into time to save the world from the darkness of sin, setting mankind free for all time from the curse that started with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. ~ Galatians 4:4-5, KJV
Because of Christ, we have the chance to enter into an intimate relationship with the God who created everything and who sustains us day by day. Christmas is a shining ray of hope for all those yearning to be free from sin, for all those who are tired of trying to be good enough and never quite making it. Because of Christmas — and the sacrifice Christ later made on the cross — nobody has to stay in that place. We all have access to peace with God if we only put our trust in the One who came as a tiny baby, leaving behind the glory and majesty of heaven to take on human flesh and do what no one but the Son of God could: be the Savior of the World.