12 Days of Christmas Giveaways, Day 3

November 3, 2015 | By | Comments (49)
Photo credit: Laurey W. Glenn

Photo credit: Laurey W. Glenn

On the third day of Christmas, my true love (or Southern Living!) gave to me, a holiday made natural. Embellish the outdoors. Instead of the traditional wreath adorning the door, mix it up with a sleigh door ornament. This piece is a perfect statement that creates a warm welcome for all guests.

For more holiday decor ideas and tips, enter to win the 2015 Southern Living for Dillard’s Christmas Cookbook PLUS a $50 Dillard’s gift card to purchase your favorites from our holiday collection.

100% of proceeds when you buy a Christmas Cookbook go to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Photo credit:

100% of proceeds when you buy a Christmas Cookbook go to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

How to Enter: What are you cooking this holiday season? Comment your answer below for a chance to win. Official rules here.


  1. Betty Sparenberg

    I will be a guest this year at Thanksgiving which is a first, as I always cook for a huge family gathering. I live to cook, and always have too many recipes that I want to fix. Everyone brings their best dish. This year I’m bringing Butternut Squash casserole which is everyone’s favorite.

    November 5, 2015 at 8:34 am
  2. Courtney

    For Thanksgiving, I’ll be doing a turkey breast, cornbread dressing, the works. Not sure what I’m going to do about Christmas yet, since we’re spending it with the parents.

    November 4, 2015 at 9:13 am
  3. Pam Mangum

    Always my special broccoli casserole for my son! I only prepare it during the holidays so they will look forward to it.

    November 4, 2015 at 5:24 am
  4. grammyg53

    I’m not really sure WHAT I will be doing – this is my first Christmas without my late husband… last year was a blur. I’d love to invite a family to join me for the day and I would treat them to a typical old-fashioned Christmas dinner. Giving away of yourself is often a good way to fill the empty spaces in your own heart. Turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie… everything!!!

    November 4, 2015 at 5:04 am
  5. Dawn K

    smoke turkey, mashed potatos loaded, green bean casserole, corn casserole, noodles

    November 4, 2015 at 4:16 am
  6. angela lazo (@sweetangela26)

    This year I am in charged of the turkey and my delicious fruit cake

    November 3, 2015 at 10:18 pm
  7. Becky J

    Christmas is my winter holiday to work this year so our family dinner will feature a “do-ahead” menu with ham, easy sides and maybe a cheesecake. Of course, the NICU break room at the hospital will be filled with all kinds of goodies to tempt us that day.

    November 3, 2015 at 9:40 pm
  8. Emily Utley

    Peanut Brittle, Divinity and Toffee

    November 3, 2015 at 9:24 pm
  9. Tim A

    I don’t care what else we have as long as I get some Candy Cane cookies that I have had every year since I was a kid. They are the best and always go faster than they can get made.

    November 3, 2015 at 8:57 pm
  10. Nicole Vosburgh

    Homemade pumpkin and mocha roll-ups! Yum!

    November 3, 2015 at 8:36 pm
  11. rebecca Thomas

    I am making homemade stollen bread!

    November 3, 2015 at 8:27 pm
  12. Jen in SC

    Cheese Straws. Lots and lots of Cheese Straws

    November 3, 2015 at 8:07 pm
  13. Janice

    Since my daughter was little, we’ve enjoyed celebrating our Swedish heritage and making St. Lucia saffron buns (lussekatter) on Dec 13th. She used to dress up in a white gown, sash and candle wreath like a crown and proudly serve us the saffron buns we had made. Part of the joy of cooking is sharing century old family traditions with future generations. My daughter is grown up and I’m looking forward to someday baking Swedish saffron buns with my grandkids!

    November 3, 2015 at 7:52 pm
  14. Claudine Farrar

    Sweet Potatoes in the Crock Pot. I just saw this in the last SL issue and tried it out out and it was sooooo easy.

    November 3, 2015 at 7:27 pm
  15. Anna

    Bread Pudding with Brandy Cream Sauce!

    November 3, 2015 at 7:26 pm
  16. Julie L

    Since moving to New Orleans a few years ago, I have had many unique experiences including Reveillon dinners. A Reveillon dinner means “a feast to reawaken the senses and celebrate the joys of the season.” Typically served after midnight mass, it has been celebrated in the Crescent City since the 19th century. My Cajun and Creole neighbors have been sharing their secrets with me for the best vieux carre, turtle soup, red beans and rice, BBQ shrimp, and croquembouche! They may call it “The Big Easy” but some of the receipes are not easy! Cooking (and eating) provides a way to learn about new cultures and I can’t think of a better place to do that then in New Orleans! Laissez les bons temps rouler!

    November 3, 2015 at 7:10 pm
  17. Karen Howard

    Thanksgiving: Appitizer: Assorted Crackers & Cheeses, Veggie Dip & Crudites, Soda, & White Wine. Dinner: Maple Roasted Turkey, Cornbread Stuffing w/ Butternut Squash, Sausage & Hamberg, Mashed Potatoes, Homemade Turkey Gravy, Asparagus w/ Bernaise Sauce, Sweet Potato Casserole w/ Marshmallow Topping, Maple Seared Brussel Sprouts w/ Garlic & Crumbled Bacon, Grands Rolls & Butter,Cranberry Sauce, Mandarin Orange Sections, Pickle / Olive Tray, White Wine, Soda, Water . Dessert: Maple Pumpkin Pie, Apple Dumplings, Coffee, Tea.

    November 3, 2015 at 7:05 pm
  18. Mike

    We live in the “Sportsman’s Paradise” so our holiday menu will include whatever I can catch! Last year we had gulf coast redfish stuffed with crab, it was incredible! I love fishing and my wife loves cooking holiday meals for our family, it is a wonderful combination!

    November 3, 2015 at 6:52 pm
  19. Mary Anne Smith

    Individual beef wellingtons, lobster pie, brandied cranberries. Mincemeat pie, lots of cookies & boiled custard.

    November 3, 2015 at 6:39 pm
  20. Martha

    Bourbon pecan pie!

    November 3, 2015 at 6:15 pm
  21. floridagld

    Oh boy we love the holiday season and all that it brings. And, we are blessed to have many a fine cooks and bakers in our homes that come together every year.

    We started a new tradition for Christmas Eve to try all new recipes from many cultures around the world. This year we are doing Italian and the feast of seven fishes. The star attraction will be lobster we go out and get ourselves from our local water.

    Thanksgiving is kind of a mistake that we now do every year. We do a fresh brined turkey and grilled smoked trout..the trout is the “mistake” from about ten years ago we didn’t have electricity..no one did because of a storm. But, we had fresh rainbow trout so that was about all we could do that year..it was such a hit we do it every year now with our traditional turkey with all the sides.

    Christmas is alway either a prime rib of beef or a pork tenderloin with with a smoked ham or turkey. Again all the traditional sides.

    Now, the sides..in my opinion the best of all are numerous southern fair. Creamy whipped potatoes, collards. Cornbread dressing with giblet gravy, pole beans, and skillet corn, fresh whole cranberry with Florida oranges relish. Corn bread and buttermilk biscuits.

    There a lots and lots of desserts..this changes every year with the exception of always having pumpkin pie, chocolate brownie pie, a recipe from Southern Living, great grandmas southern red velvet cake, pecan pie, mincemeat pie, moms citrus ambrosia, fruit cake, Apple Waldorf salad..cookies and sweet tea..

    A feast for days. Our holidays are for sure centered around food, family, friends and memories.

    Then we have New Years…and those traditions..not as many.

    November 3, 2015 at 5:17 pm
  22. Linda Racher

    Cider glazed turkey, bourbon and cherry glazed ham (from Southern Living), apple stack cake (depression Era cake in my mother’s memory), pineapple sweet potato pie, Italian sausage dressing, Lane Cake, corn pudding, pink salad, Caramel apple and cream cheese dessert from 1960’s Era Pillsbury Bake Off, parmesan, chestnut and pancetta roasted Brussels sprouts, Potatoes Anna, refrigerator rolls, herb butter, bourbon butter, etc

    November 3, 2015 at 5:11 pm
  23. Diane Thorne

    I’ll be serving Southern Living’s Chicken and Wild Rice casserole. Can be made ahead of time and tastes amazing. Always a hit at the holidays.

    November 3, 2015 at 4:44 pm
  24. Cindy Moline

    Turkey, dressing, Erma’s Spirited Cranberry Sauce, Green Bean Casserole with Alfredo Sauce, creamed corn, pecan pie, peach cobbler, etc., etc.

    November 3, 2015 at 3:30 pm
  25. Taryn Sanders

    Giant overnight cinnamon rolls, Grandma’s sugar cookies, apple pie, beer green beans with bacon, and all the rest of my family’s favorites!

    November 3, 2015 at 3:09 pm
  26. Lisa Christopher Grimes

    Standing rib roast and all the fixings.

    November 3, 2015 at 3:08 pm
  27. Karen Terry

    I’m thinking lobster. We’ve never done that before but sounds good!

    November 3, 2015 at 3:03 pm
  28. LaLa

    It’s usually a feast! We are a big blended family so I try to make all the favorites. I have found, over the years, it works best to ask everyone for their requests over the Thanksgiving weekend while we are all under one roof!

    November 3, 2015 at 3:02 pm
  29. Kathleen

    Always a mincemeat pie.

    November 3, 2015 at 2:59 pm
  30. Susan Hatcher

    Christmas morning we always have Mountain man breakfast and Monkey bread. Then for dinner we will have ham, potato salad, butter beans, rolls, plink fluff and cakes and pies.

    November 3, 2015 at 1:50 pm
  31. paffrathmkd

    We are having a lamb crown roast.(I stuff it with ground lamb, ground turkey, ground venison made into sausage with heavenly spices! Yorkshire pudding will be cooked below the roast.) We will also have roasted parsnips, carrots and turnips, garlic-chive mashed potatoes, lady peas, oyster dressing, green beans with almonds, dark black peppercorn gravy, homemade rolls and layered sweet potato pie along with a great gathering of family and friends.

    November 3, 2015 at 1:21 pm
  32. clmdukes

    I will be cooking all the same things I do every holiday season; baked ham, roasted turkey breast, southern dressing, sweet potato casserole and fresh green beans.

    November 3, 2015 at 1:14 pm
  33. Discover Southern (@discoversouthrn)

    Our family celebrates Christmas Eve with the Feast of Seven Fishes. We plan for weeks the types of seafood will will prepare!

    November 3, 2015 at 1:11 pm
  34. Kathryn

    I am cooking Divinity this Christmas as always! We always had it when I was growing up, but instead of a family recipe I use Mrs. Floyd’s Divinity recipe from one of my old copies of Southern Living. Sometimes I use red or green food coloring to give it a tint, so that I have red, white, and green candy. It never fails!

    November 3, 2015 at 1:04 pm
  35. theflyingacc

    This year is our turn for Christmas and we live in the Mountains! The vote was for traditional everything since I make great turkey/dressing and my husband the greatest gravy and potatoes>> everyone else brings their best, so all flat surfaces but the table will be covered. Something like this sleigh door attraction would be what all will expect>> thank you for the chance to win this beauty>> the canyon would be full of ringing sleigh bells, snow would be nice too…

    November 3, 2015 at 12:44 pm
  36. Julie Wood

    we have a vegaterian meal with quorn roast with roast potatoes, sprouts, mash, with a cherry streusel.

    November 3, 2015 at 12:14 pm
  37. Elisha G.

    This year I’ll be hosting Thanksgiving for the first time, so I’ll be making the turkey, the stuffing and lemony green beans. I also plan on making Christmas cookies as well

    November 3, 2015 at 12:04 pm
  38. Robin Ernest

    Our lives are a little complicated…our Oldest daughter is a USAF Cpt. stationed in S.Korea..with her husband who is also a USAF Cpt. ..our youngest daughter is in the U.S…along with her Fiance’ who is in the USAF. My husband and I live in China…for his job. SO…we are all meeting in Hawaii…and I want to recreate all the lovely Christmas touches…turkey, cornbread dressing…great homemade hot rolls…and all the familiar desserts! Will have to see how we can make that happen…since we will try to do this out of our suitcases!

    November 3, 2015 at 11:51 am
  39. Lynn Welch

    On Christmas Eve, my husband and I host a family gathering, which features finger foods; family members bring their favorites. Ham delights, a pineapple cheese ball, a pecan cheese ball, seven layer cookies, fruitcake cookies, fudge, and London Fog punch are my contributions. On Christmas morning, we enjoy a brunch of shrimp and grits, overnight French toast, fresh fruit, coffee, and juice. Prime rib with horseradish sauce is the star of Christmas dinner, which includes cranberry conserve, tossed salad, hash brown potato casserole, rolls, chocolate fudge cake, and coconut cream pie. I find joy in the preparation and partaking; we make so many wonderful memories around our Southern table.

    November 3, 2015 at 11:22 am
  40. Dawn K.

    Pecan and pumpkin pie for sure!!

    November 3, 2015 at 11:19 am
  41. Laura

    I’m going to be trying out the slow-cooker sweet potatoes with bacon from your recent issue.

    November 3, 2015 at 10:36 am
  42. Janice Gallaway

    I will be fixing gumbo and a breakfast buffet of smoked salmon, granola and yogurt parfaits, breakfast casserole, mimosas, gingerbread and Christmas cookies.

    November 3, 2015 at 10:33 am
  43. Sharon K

    For our annual Christmas party, my husband has been working in Mexico for the last year, so it’s a Feliz Navidad theme. The menu will include white and green enchiladas, a taco bar, and lots of salsa, queso, and chips. Christmas eve is always chili, with all sorts of fixins. 🙂 Christmas morning is always a meat quiche and a vegetable quiche, and no matter your age, everyone’s fav monkey bread. Christmas dinner is ham, scalloped potatoes, a gelatin salad (the same one my grandmother prepared), stuffing balls (another passed down recipe), and more. The rest of the month, I make a real effort to cook more healthy options, lol.

    November 3, 2015 at 9:52 am
  44. Sybil

    I will absolutely be making cranberry orange relish and most likely a number of vegetable dishes to take to the various family meals and events.

    November 3, 2015 at 9:45 am
  45. Kim T

    Sweet potatoes, potatoes, cakes, all the sides are my favorite.

    November 3, 2015 at 9:33 am
  46. Lizana

    I’m cooking for a crowd this year, so the menu will be full of the traditional fare. I plan to liven up the dressing with roasted jalapenos. I think I’ll wake up one of the pumpkin pies with a little roasted pepper, too!

    November 3, 2015 at 9:21 am
  47. AngelaS

    We will prepare a classic turkey dinner with cornbread dressing, potato salad, rice, fresh green beans and collards, candied sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, brown gravy, Parker House rolls, German chocolate cake, banana pudding, lemon meringue and sweet potato pie. There will also be a baked fish and ham for the none turkey eaters.

    November 3, 2015 at 9:18 am
  48. Nancy Beaird

    Gifts from the kitchen for friends and family near and far will be homemade mustards, relishes, and chutnies, along with scrumptious granola loaded with nuts, seeds, and dried fruit.

    November 3, 2015 at 9:15 am
  49. margaret campbell

    don’t know yet, but oh! I want sweet potato pie!

    November 3, 2015 at 9:13 am

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