Christmas Eve: pizza
New Years Eve: steaks (actually this year New Years Eve is on a Saturday so we'll have pizza and steaks on New Year's Day)
On my husbands side, we always have either turkey or ham. On my side, we always do something different. This year it will be meatballs. But we have done chicken, lasagna, uff-da tacos, or just snacky foods - cheese, crackers, goodies, etc.
Now, I have never had to plan a meal for christmas, as we are always at someone elses place to eat. But if I did have to plan something - I would probably do a pizza. Easy to make, easy to clean up!
We have a traditional dinner on Christmas Eve with my parents: roast or ham, swedish meatballs, potato sausage, scalloped potatoes, peas and onions, rice pudding, apple cake, rolls and glogg.
We stay home on Christmas Day and are tired of heavy, saucy food, so we're trying to come up with a new simple tradition for our family. This year we are trying a taco bar: crunchy tacos with refried beans, spanish rice and all the yummy toppings we can think of.