Classic Holiday Menu and Planner

Traditional, but not at all boring. We've put together an elegant holiday meal to cheer your friends and family this year.

By EatingWell Editors

Classic Holiday Menu and Planner Make-Ahead Planner

A simple planner to make your holiday meal a joyful, stress-free celebration.

Up to 1 week ahead:

Make vinaigrette

Up to 3 days ahead:

Make horseradish sauce

Up to 2 days ahead:

Make mashed potatoes

Up to 1 day ahead:

Prepare green beans through Step 2 Prepare rolls through Step 4

Holiday morning:

Prepare cake through Step 5 Finish rolls (Steps 5 & 6)

Up to 4 hours ahead:

Make salad

About 1 hour before serving:

Get the beef in the oven

Just before serving:

Finish green beans (Step 3) Reheat mashed potatoes Glaze & decorate cake (Step 6)