12 Nights

Fun, food and your favorite Christmas movies

By Alex Hughes


The holiday season is absolutely filled with traditions of every shape and size, and one of our favorite traditions is definitely the classic movies. I’m sure you’ve got your favorites already laid out and ready to go, so let’s have a little extra fun, shall we? We’re going to pair some of our favorite Christmas films with some delicious recipes for dinners, treats, and drinks for brand new twist on your holiday movie marathon.


Elf – Spaghetti

Who can forget the infectious, childlike energy and innocence of Buddy the Elf? I mean, his name is Buddy, for crying out loud. If there ever was a name for one of Santa’s elves, it was Buddy. This year, turn on the family-fun flick and make some classic spaghetti with meatballs. Just… don’t put maple syrup on it like Buddy did.

SPAGHETTI – http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/spaghetti-easy-meatballs


Home Alone – mac n cheese

Remember when Kevin made that massive plate of macaroni and cheese? Yeah, let’s do that. Why? It’s mac n’ cheese – who cares why. You can always go the Easy Mac route with this, and we’d never speak a word of opposition. And if anyone does… well, you don’t need that kind of negativity in your life. That being said, though, let’s kick it up a notch this time. It’s Christmas. Treat yo’ self.

MAC N’ CHEESE – http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a26760/baked-macaroni-three-cheeses-3375/


A Christmas Story – Red Ryder Cocktail and Chinese takeout

Few things in this Christmas classic are as iconic as the Red Ryder, so try out this fun little cocktail named after it. Just don’t have so much that the family has to actually break out the Red Ryder to pull you to bed. And if you really want to get into the spirit of the movie, you can order some Chinese takeout for dinner. You cook enough during the holidays, am I right?


Christmas Vacation – Cranberry congealed salad

The Griswold’s discovery of their kibble-covered Jell-O mold is as iconic as it is hilarious, so give it a shot this year – sans kibble. You’re going to want to keep this away from the cats anyway though, just to be safe.

CRANBERRY CONGEALED SALAD – http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/cranberry-congealed-salad-0


Polar Express – hot chocolate

What’s winter without a steady stream of hot chocolate? Not a winter that I want to have, that’s what. This rich recipe will definitely have you dancing in the aisles because, well, hot chocolate.

HOT CHOCOLATE – http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/rich-n-thick-hot-chocolate


The Santa Clause – chocolate chip cookies

Okay, yeah, this does seem kind of like a no-brainer. But it’s the holiday season, and you have kids and family everywhere – you need a no-brainer every once in a while. Santa Claus, cookies, Tim Allen… Some things just make sense.

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES – http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/all-time-favorite-chocolate-chip-cookies


It’s A Wonderful Life – Mulled Wine

The bartender may have made faces when asked to make mulled wine, but we sure won’t. It’s like winter sangria, and that’s something we can all get behind.

MULLED WINE – http://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a7615/mulled-red-wine-muscovado-sugar-recipe/


The Grinch – Who Hash

The Grinch may have jealously stolen all of the Who’s Who Hash, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make your own. This is a great one to make for breakfast while you start your day with some great laughs from one of our Christmas favorites.

LUMBERJACK HASH – http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/lumberjack-hash


A Christmas Carol – Christmas pudding

A traditional recipe for a classic Christmas tale. This warm bread pudding was a common holiday dessert in Victorian times, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy it now!

STEAMED PUDDING – http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/steamed-pudding-with-lemon-sauce


A Charlie Brown Christmas – Snoopy Snax

Kids these days have a noticeable lack of Charlie Brown in their lives, so let’s bring it back with this classic Christmas special from the boy that practically invented the chevron pattern. And you can’t have Charlie Brown without Snoopy, right?

SNOOPY SNAX – http://www.mommatoldmeblog.com/2014/09/50-years-of-charlie-brown-christmas.html


Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer – peanut butter bagels

Personally, I’ve always agreed with Yukon Cornelius about winter fog – it is as thick as peanut butter. Whether you’re a Cornelius or a Hermy, this easy-to-make treat is a great way to start the day!

BAGELS GONE BANANAS – Bagels of your choice, topped with organic peanut butter and banana slices.


Miracle on 34th Street – mini eggnog cheesecakes

Dive into the New York staple of cheesecake with this fun holiday-themed twist. Eggnog plus cheesecake? Yes, please.

MINI EGGNOG CHEESECAKES – https://findingtimetofly.com/mini-eggnog-cheesecakes/