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Christmas Dinner from the 1950s Housewife

on December 12, 2021
(1956 Christmas table setting – Photo from Click America)

Christmas Dinner 1950s Style

Note the formal table setting above. Elegant, polished, shining, and decorative. Polishing the silver was a long and tedious job, but so worthwhile! Beautiful!

Christmas Dinner Menus

Menu #1:

Oyster Cocktails in Green Pepper Shells

Celery and Ripe Olives

Roast Goose with Potato Stuffing

Apple Sauce

String Beans

Potato Puffs

Lettuce Salad with Riced (Grated) Cheese and Bar-le-Duc (currant jam)

French Dressing

Toasted Wafers

English Plum Pudding



Menu #2:

Cream of Celery Soup

Cheese Sticks, Salted Peanuts, and Stuffed Green Olives

Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pudding

Potato Souffle

Spinach in Eggs (hard-boiled eggs filled with cooked spinach)

White-Grape Salad with Guava Jelly (peeled and de-seeded white grapes on lettuce leaves)

French Dressing

Toasted Crackers

English Plum Pudding with Hard sauce



(Menus from The American Woman’s Cook Book, 1950)

Christmas Cocktail Parties

(Cocktail wiener tree.)

Cocktail parties were popular in the 1950s, and the Christmas cocktail party was no exception.

Favorite drinks:



mint juleps

whisky sours

champagne cocktails

punch laced with alcohol


Finger foods such as canapes, Vienna sausages, cocktail wieners, cheese, deviled eggs, and olives.

Sweets such as petits fours, candies, cookies, and other small desserts.

1950s Cocktail dresses:

1950s Christmas tree with lots of tinsel!

Christmas is timeless, however it’s celebrated.

Dawn Pisturino

December 12, 2021

Copyright 2021 Dawn Pisturino. All Rights Reserved.


35 responses to “Christmas Dinner from the 1950s Housewife

  1. I’m a broken record. But it’s still humbling how much decorum went into Holidays. Being a modern, dirty Philistine I have one holiday sweater. It’s a “Dale of Norway” that I found for a pittance at a thrift shop, that I wear after Thanksgivingtide for Yule and Easter (when anything requiring formal dress occurs.)

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  2. Timothy Price says:

    Times have changed,

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  3. Ahhh the retro love of detail (polishing the silver) and not one cellphone on the table cloth either when the family is eating. Lovely nostalgia!!

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  4. Super. and aptly timeless, dawn.

    Narayan x

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  5. Michele Lee says:

    This is every night at my house. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  6. I am emotionally overwhelmed just by looking at it. Having grown up under Communism this would have been challenging to my moral standards. But I guess in those days we had not yet caught up to the reality of overconsumption and its effect on the environment. Still nice to look at and in my younger days it would have been just teething to do.

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    • During World War II, people had ration cards, and that was not long after the Great Depression, so 1950s prosperity must have seemed like a miracle to people. We always appreciate what we don’t and can’t have.

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      • abvr says:

        Lol, yes grandma’s were the same all over the world. These possessions meant the world to them and besides family they particularly enjoyed these table settings with neighbors, church and friends.
        And ordinarily the dining table was covered with a runner or cloth.

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  7. Iowa Life says:

    I’d go with menu 2. Stylistically the fifties were great, I love going through vintage shops. Great main photo you have of the dining room. I can’t help but feel we’re ‘devolving’. You’ve had a couple of posts in this vein, can you put in words what it evokes in you?

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  8. abvr says:

    Oh yes i remember these days how the crockery and cutlery that were engraved and took a long time to save before these sets were purchased were kept in a display cabinet for these very special days.
    Our moms literally idolised the queen mary christmas table settings. Just we girls were the maids to polish the silver, wash the crockery and starch the linen for these occasions.

    True times have changed.
    Keeping it simple, less is lovelier

    Still love the vintage sets though.

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  9. Oh, I have flashbacks of a Gilmore Girls episode here ๐Ÿ˜‰
    But the dresses were incredible!

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  10. Get a load of that spread!!! Is my invitation in the mail??? It ain’t here yet!?

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    • Very funny, Brother Lawrence!

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      • Hey Dawn! Look I get way serious and agonize over bad things going on but I do try to keep my own sense of humor not as well as you seem to be doing but at least I didn’t โ€œlose it yetโ€ in more ways than one!

        I love to laugh but hardly get to these days so I have to try harder to find some opportunity to do so and you did it again you โ€œFunny Lady.โ€ But not that what you posted itself was funny, it was more beautiful and very kind in my eyes but there is a hint of humor; think about it for anyone that doesnโ€™t have a clue about you or the material, โ€œThe Cows Are Back.โ€

        Gee even with my twisted imagination the old Poltergeist Movie โ€œTheyโ€™re backโ€ comes to mind and the preceding posting was a barrel of laughs, those memes, and what you said on that one! Imagine some guy that had a few beers and your posting pops up! So I would have reblogged this for sure but again was not able to and if you don’t object I’ll try a bit later to build it the from scratch way! Like baking a cake right; and I’m half-baked already anywho! Hardy ha-hah!

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      • If I can make you laugh, Lawrence, that makes me happy! Feel free to re-post it. And have a Blessed Day!


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  13. Love the tinsel Christmas tree and the traditions!

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  14. Angela says:

    Looks simple but very elegant! And both menus are sound delicious.๐Ÿ™‚
    Happy holidays and all the best in New Year! ๐ŸŽ…๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ

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