Roast Recipes from Around the World

Roasting meat over an open fire, or in a closed oven, creates an aroma that is unlike any other. Whether it is the smell of roast pork, duck, or chicken, it builds up one’s anticipation for a scrumptious meal.

Roasting is part of most holiday celebrations because it produces delicious dinner table entrees. Because it’s a slow-cooking method, roasting gives everyone time to catch up on each other’s lives, while waiting for their roasted dinner to be served.
Tree Classics gives a rundown of several delicious roast recipes that everyone will love. Prepare the Christmas wine glasses, start the fire, and prepare a sumptuous feast with the family!

Peruvian Roast Chicken

Tree Classics Peruvian Roast Chicken

The Peruvian favorite roast chicken is best prepared marinated in herbs and spices.

It used to be served exclusively to the aristocrats of Peru, but the Peruvian roast chicken eventually reached the plates of the country’s regular folks, too. To make your version of this dish as flavorful as the original, marinate your chicken in herbs and spices before roasting it over charcoal. Wait for the chicken’s skin to turn golden brown, then serve it with French fries and a side dish of vegetable salad. Click here to see the ingredients and recipe for Peruvian roast chicken.

Lechon 

Lechon

The lechon is a staple in Filipino feasts.

Lechon is a delicacy that originated from Spain. In the English language, it means roast suckling pig; a piglet as young as two or six weeks old is used as main ingredient for this dish. It takes two days to prepare a crispy and juicy Lechon. The first day is allotted to the marinating process, while the second day is when the actual roasting takes place. In the old days, people would roast their pig over wood fire or charcoal. Nowadays, many households prefer to use their oven. Learn how to make Lechon here.

Roast Goose

Roast Goose

The roast goose introduces a burst of flavor with every bite.

A traditional Christmas Eve dinner in Germany includes a roast goose with crispy, golden-brown skin. The secret to achieving the perfect roast goose is to measure its cooking time to accuracy. You also have to note that the goose’s stuffing is just as important as the length of its oven stay. It includes rice, sweet apples, and aromatic leaves, among others. German households serve their roast goose with potatoes and cabbage on the side. You can find the complete roast goose recipe here.

Peking Duck

Peking Duck

The legendary taste of the roast Peking duck is known throughout history to satiate even the appetite of kings and emperors.

In Beijing, where this delicious dish had originated, a Peking duck is forced-fed and slaughtered at six weeks old. It is then marinated with maltose syrup, a sweet seasoning, and hung in a cool place to dry. You can tell a duck that’s been roasted to perfection through its crispy, thin skin. To achieve this, separate the duck’s skin from its fat before roasting it. Now that you know, pour some white wine into your Christmas wine glasses, and serve your Peking Duck with Mandarin pancakes and scallions. Click here for a delicious Peking Duck recipe.

Roast Beef

Roast Beef

Whether you eat it on a platter or as sandwich, the roast beef is sure to get your tummy full and satisfied.

To make a platter of succulent roast beef, you need premium beef sirloin first and foremost. Next, coat the meat with a generous amount of mustard flour, which, when mixed with the beef’s fat will create a delectable, crusty outer layer. Set your oven to 375◦ F, put your beef inside, then lower the temperature after roasting the beef for 30 minutes; this will enable the meat to retain its natural juices throughout the remaining cooking time. You can see the full recipe here.

Roast Turkey

Roast Turkey

The classic taste of the roast turkey is best enjoyed even beyond Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving has just passed, but you’ll probably agree that no one has had enough of turkey meat. If you’re planning to serve roast turkey for Christmas dinner, make it taste extra special. Nothing could be better than moist turkey meat, so keep its natural juice from being absorbed by its stuffing. You can do this by precooking the ingredients that you’re going to stuff your turkey with. Once you have placed the turkey in the oven, brush it every now and then with a butter and herbs mixture. Here is how you can make roast turkey with herbs.

Make your Christmas Eve dinner with your loved ones memorable with one or two of these roast recipes.

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DIY Christmas: Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Ugly Christmas sweaters have become a delightful part of holiday tradition in recent years. People come to holiday parties dressed up in colorful and funny outfits all to celebrate the joys of the season. The more unique and ridiculous your ugly sweater is, the more popular you are at the party. This is why a lot of Christmas party-goers pull out all the stops in order to create the most whimsical gimmicks they can think of.

To help you come up with the best (or worst) ugly sweater for your next Christmas party, Tree Classics presents five of our favorite do-it-yourself sweater designs. With these fun and simple Christmas crafts, you can be sure to be the ugliest of them all.

Christmas Elf Sweater


What better way to cap off a great Christmas party than handing out the gifts dressed as one of Santa’s little helpers? This awesome elf outfit makes use of a light green sweater accessorized with red and white trimmings. Finish up the look by adding a few details such as the buttons, the small bells at the collar, and the large black belt and buckle. This is one ugly sweater design that even old Saint Nick will be proud of.

Pink Holiday Sweater


Let your ugly Christmas sweater feature a unique style by splashing it with loud and proud colors. This pink sweater is charming enough but by adding some colorful nutcracker and Christmas ornament prints, it became even more eye-catching. This is a great way to introduce some pink power to your traditional holiday party.

Stuffed Animal Sweater


For party-goers who prefer a cuter, more adorable way to dress up their ugly sweaters, you can definitely choose this stuffed animal sweater design.  Go through your collection of stuffed toys and pick out your favorite one. Create a nice bedding for your stuffed animal by attaching a wreath or garland on your sweater. Place the toy on your sweater through sewing and then a few holiday details around it.

Ginger Bread House Sweater with Lights


Give Rudolph a run for his money by sparkling your way to the party in this ugly Christmas sweater with lights. Upgrade a printed sweater by attaching a few battery-operated blinking LED lights to it. With this ugly sweater, you’re sure to light up the holiday scene.

Christmas Tree Sweater


Wow the crowd at your Christmas party by coming in dressed up as a Christmas tree. Take a plain dark green sweater then tie a gold or silver tinsel garland around it. Attach a few ornaments, such as Christmas balls and finials, and then wrap it up with a large star or angel tree topper. Whenever you feel in character, simply stretch your arms upward to form a pyramid, lift the tree topper, cross your legs and strike a pose to get that Christmas tree look.

This year, be the life of the party by donning the ugliest Christmas sweater around. Stretch the boundaries of your imagination and come up with the most unique design to suit your personality.

5 Simple Ways to Give Back to the Community

The Christmas season is all about the spirit of giving. While the most common idea is to hand out gifts in appreciation of others, there are other ways you can give back to your community. Here are Tree Classics’ five simple but meaningful ways you can lend a hand around your neighborhood and show how much you value all the help they gave you throughout the year.

Pay a Visit to Your Local Care Home

What better way to start giving back to your community than to drop by at your local care home? Many senior centers often accept volunteers. There are times when you don’t even have to do much other than to spend time with grandmas and grandpas and listen to their awesome stories. These are good folks who always appreciate meeting new people and having a great laugh, so paying them a visit and chatting with them from time to time would mean a lot.

Hand Out Desserts to Your Neighbors

The next time you whip a batch of your favorite dessert, make some extras and share it with your neighbors. Aside from strengthening your friendship with other families, this is also an excellent idea to build rapport and open communication around the neighborhood.

Make New Friends at the Animal Shelter

Animal shelters are almost always in need of extra hands. With so many stray or abandoned pets to care for, they could definitely use some help around the place. Sign up at a shelter near you and help take care of these poor little critters. Being a volunteer has never been this adorable.

Help Out at the Community Garden

For people who have a knack for cultivation, helping out at the neighborhood garden may just be the thing for you.  Here you can grow crops that could benefit your community as well help improve the environment around your neighborhood.

Share Your Skills and Smarts  

Another great way you can lend a hand in your community is to share your talents with other. If you’re good at painting and other crafts, why not join your local art group and start a mural painting drive? Ask your local officials if you could paint murals on public walls and make them more colorful and attractive. If storytelling is your strong suit, then you could volunteer at schools and orphanages to read stories to children during your free time.

Helping out in your community is one of the best ways to show appreciation for others. Whatever your talents and skills maybe, you can definitely make a difference if your share them with others.

How to Mix and Match Ornaments on Your Christmas Tree

After finding out how to properly assemble your Christmas tree for the season, it’s now time to learn how to choose Christmas decorations that would look best on your tree. Just like in any other decorating project, the key to a stunning Christmas display lies in finding the right combination of ornaments that would both present the elegance of the holidays and your own personal style as well.

In this edition of the Tree Classics blog, let us walk you through the fine art of Christmas tree decorating. Here is our easy to follow guide to choosing the best ensemble of Christmas ornaments for your dream Yuletide display.

Plan Your Christmas Theme and Stick to It

Before you start decorating your Christmas tree, try to come up with an overall theme first. Not only does it add personality to your holiday display, it also helps keep your ornamentation balanced and harmonious.

For a rustic holiday display, you can dress up your Christmas tree in a woodland theme using floral picks and bird ornaments, such as these assorted mini snow-bird and mini cardinal ornaments. The bright red plumage of the cardinals adds a festive accent to your display while the pristine white feathers on the snow-birds give it a cool wintry charm. Whatever theme you choose, be sure to stick to it to avoid making your Christmas display static and confusing.

Create an Impact Using Overscaled Ornaments

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Tree Classics’ Gold and Silver Glass Ornament Set

Another way to add character to your Christmas tree is by using overscaled holiday ornaments. Large ornaments, such as these gold and silver glass ornaments, cover a wider area on your Christmas tree, allowing you to use fewer decorations than you would with smaller pieces. This is a great idea if you want to let the beauty of your Christmas tree to become the focus of your centerpiece.

Match the Color of Your Home

If you’re still looking for a theme to suit your Christmas tree, you can take inspiration from the design of your room. Using ornaments with matching colors as your living room or dining room allows your tree to blend easily in your home as seen on this holiday display.

For traditional homes, you can create a display featuring the timeless appeal of classic Yuletide colors. You can go with these red and gold assorted teardrops, holiday tradition ornaments, or with these snowmen and holly glass ornaments in order to showcase the red, green, and gold colors of Christmas.

If you prefer a minimalist display, try adorning your tree with these green and red and green and gold glitter glass ornament sets or with these glass champagne ornaments. The simple style of these ornaments makes them an ideal accent piece to match the tamed or muted colors typically used in modern or contemporary homes.

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Tree Classics’ Timeless Treasures Glass Egg Ornament Set

Make you Christmas tree more festive and delightful with these timeless glass egg ornaments. These ornaments make use of traditional colors in unique and fun designs.

Create a Designer Look Using a Monochromatic Christmas Tree

Give your holiday display a unique and designer look by using a monochromatic Christmas tree. One-color trees make excellent backdrops for Christmas decorations in different shapes and textures. It allows the focus to stay on the ornaments themselves and not on the Christmas tree. With this you can use holiday ornaments in various sizes or try to combine shiny and matte finishes as well to create a theme for your display.

Some examples of ornaments that would work well on a monochromatic Christmas tree are these holiday heirloom ornaments, gold and copper beaded pearl ornaments, and these iridescent globe ornaments. Each set features ornaments in different designs and finishes that would stand out on a one-color tree.

Make your Christmas display memorable each season by learning how to mix and match your holiday ornaments. With these simple holiday decorating tips from Tree Classics, you easily create a new look for your Christmas tree to match your personal tastes.

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Holiday Home Decorations with Tinsels

To have a sparkly Christmas home, it’s time to play up your shiny and colorful tinsels. Although these classic ornaments are more associated with tree decorating, as they never fail to enhance the beauty of a Christmas tree, tinsels can blend with practically all kinds of holiday decorations. This post will show you how to snip, hang, pin, and fix your tinsel in a certain way to make it stand out in your home.

Let Your Tinsels Drape on Stairs 


Aside from being a staple Christmas tree decoration, tinsels can be used as fine garlands, too. Create your own festive garland by twisting brightly colored tinsels together. Embellish your DIY garland with berries, baubles, or any ornaments of your choice then frame it around your main door. If your garland is too long, you can cut the excess or let it drape just like on this banister.

Create a Charming Welcome using Tinsels 


When it comes to pairing decorations together, always remember that wreaths are your garland’s best friend. If you’re going for a tinsel holiday garland on your door, you can spruce it up more by adding a tinsel wreath as well. Try embellishing your wreath with glittered bells, pine cones, and ribbons to make it look festive and unique. This eye-catching pair is sure to marvel your holiday guests.

Turn Your Tinsels into Bottled Tufts 


For another delightful tinsel display, fill three clear jars with tufts of colored tinsels. Throw in some baubles to recreate the look of tuft in a bottle then put you jars on corner or center table. You also have the option to arrange your tinsel pom-poms on a tray with some pine cones, berries, and a decorative candle.

Hang Your Tinsels for a Sparkling Highlight


Long strips of shiny, colorful tinsels in the archway will surely delight your family and guests. To achieve this curtain-inspired décor, pin one end of each tinsel strip on the arch that separates two rooms, usually the living and dining rooms. Whether you let the tinsel strands hang loose or make swags under the arch, this will surely create a festive ambiance.

Tinsels, though seemingly trivial, are an important aspect of holiday decorating. Their shiny texture can animate even the simplest home décor, which is why a Christmas home doesn’t seem like one without it. You can write your thoughts on tinsel decorating in the box below.

How to Pick an Outdoor Christmas Tree

Family reunions, delicious home-cooked dinner, children with their presents, and a beautiful Christmas tree all describe a perfect holiday. The last is, in fact, already a telling sign of heartwarming celebrations in the offing. That explains why having the perfect tree is more important than any expensive Christmas décor. However, picking the right tree for your home entails a great deal of planning, especially if you’re visualizing an outdoor Christmas tree. The following steps will guide you in your search for the ideal outdoor holiday tree.

Plan the location of your tree

Holiday decorated front porch

Make a festive and welcoming entryway for your home by Adding an outdoor Christmas tree to your front porch.

Before you can actually buy an outdoor Christmas tree, you have to know first where to put it. You may want to consider the porch where everybody can see its cheerful, illuminating branches, or highlight its beauty in the patio where it can be a favorite table topic during outdoor family dinners. To make this step really easy, try identifying a single area outside your house where you love to spend long hours with people that matter to you.

Measure the space intended for the tree

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Measure the area for your outdoor display so you can purchase the ideal size of Christmas tree.

If you’re placing your Christmas tree in a roofed porch, measure the distance between the floor and ceiling to have an idea of how tall the tree should be. You also need to get the square footage of the exact area intended for the tree. By doing so, finding a tree that is neither too small nor too big shall come effortlessly.

Check the base and foliage of the tree

Classic Fraser Fir

The high quality flame-proof material of Tree Classics’ Classic Fraser Fir makes it an ideal Christmas tree for your outdoors.

As you start your Christmas tree shopping, check the key features of every potential candidate in your list. An outdoor tree must have a sturdy base that will prevent it from tipping over, or being blown away by the wind.

Also take some time to meticulously check the foliage of each tree, as the best outdoor Christmas trees on the market have PVC branches. Such branches don’t break easily even if you hang big ornaments on them. In addition to having durable branches, the color and shape of the tree’s needles should blend with the plants in your surroundings. Remember, it’s going to be the central décor outside your home, so it should appear as one with nature.

Pick a tree with UL listed lights

UL-approved lights

When buying a pre-lit Christmas tree for your porch or patio, make sure that the lights are UL-approved for outdoor use.

Most trees on the market come pre-lit with lights that have been tested and certified by the Underwriters Laboratories (UL). If you’re opting for an unlit Christmas tree and stringing the lights yourself, check the UL ratings of your lighting system. Make sure that it is listed for wet locations, for your tree is subject to rain and snow. Doing so will ensure the safety of your family and home.

With this helpful guide, picking an outdoor Christmas tree that is perfect for your home should be quick and easy. If you have comments or suggestions, feel free to write them in the box below.

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The Grand Fir, also known as the Abies grandis, brightens any corner of the home with a festive holiday touch. Our artificial tree features an abundant profile while our wreath boasts a rich crown, symbolizing the bounteous season.

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If Santa especially likes your question, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a Tree Classics’ Snowmen Figurine. Look for Santa’s interview to be posted on the Tree Classics’ website before Thanksgiving!

Now that Santa is in the hot seat, what do you want to know? We’re looking forward to your questions!

 

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Attending midnight mass, cooking up a storm in the kitchen with Grandma, and gathering around the Christmas tree – heartwarming holiday celebrations never grow old.

Each family has its own tale of holiday traditions to tell. Whether it involves candy canes and stockings, bountiful Christmas feasts, or chestnuts roasting on an open fire (as the old song goes): it’s Christmas at its purest and you celebrate it with your loved ones.

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Get a head start by following us on the Tree Classics Facebook page now, and spread the happy holiday bug this early by sharing your own family’s cherished Yuletide tradition! We’d love to hear about your kids making cookies for Santa or reindeer dust or your grand homecoming for this special time of the year.