The above recipe is from Modern Housekeeping, December 1905. You may find it hard to read. Here’s what it includes:
Oysters on Half Shell Lemon Slices
Clear Soup Bread Sticks
Baked Red Snapper, Parsley Sauce
Roast Goose, Apple Sauce
Riced Potatoes Boiled Parsnips
Roast Haunch of Venison
Plum Pudding, Hard Sauce
Peach Ice Cream in Sticks
In December 1901, American Kitchen magazine provided four separate menus for Christmas dinner. Raw oysters, Lobster Newburg and Broiled Quail are included alongside the roast turkey we are more familiar with at Christmas today. Here they are, formatted as they were in the magazine:
CHICKEN CONSOMME. SALTED ALMONDS.
BROILED QUAIL. MUSHROOM SAUCE.
ROAST GOOSE. CHESTNUT STUFFING.
APPLE SALAD. SWEET POTATO CROQUETTES.
MARLBORO PIE. NUTS. RAISINS.
CELERY. OLIVES. BROWNED WAFERS.
ONION STUFFING. ROAST GOOSE. APPLE SAUCE.
GLAZED SWEET POTATOES. TURNIPS.
APPLE AND CELERY SALAD.
PLUM PUDDING. MINCE PIE.
LEMON JELLY. LEMON QUEEN CAKES.
NUTS. DATES. COFFEE.
JULIENNE SOUP. CELERY.
ROAST PIG. STUFFED POTATOES. ONIONS.
BOILED TURKEY. POTATO CROQUETTES.
WAFERS. LETTUCE SALAD. CHEESE.
NEAPOLITAN CREAM. CAKE.
CONSOMME. ROLLS. CELERY. OLIVES.
ROAST TURKEY. MASHED POTATOES.
SQUASH. ONIONS. BROWNED SWEET POTATOES.
TUTTI FRUTTI. CRANBERRY JELLY.
MINCE PIE. PLUM PUDDING.
GRAPES. FIGS. DATES.
Lastly, vegetarianism is not new. Meatless Cookery by Maria McIlvaine Gillmore was published in 1914, and includes several holiday menus, such as:
Salpicon of Fruit
Tomato Bisque Rice Biscuit
Radishes Pine Nuts Ripe Olives
Curried Vegetables Sauce Diced Cucumbers
Potatoes à la Maître d Hôtel
Spanish Onions Cranberry Sauce
Apple and Celery Salad Wafers
Caramel Ice Cream Assorted Fruit Creamed Cheese on Wafers
Perhaps some of these menus will inspire you to add old-style Christmas food to your holiday meals this year.