Christmas Hors d'Oeuvres

Celebrate Christmas with these tasty hors d'oeuvres. Perfectly festive in the shape of a wreath or presented on a kebab, these recipes are the perfect way to start Christmas dinner.

Christmas food such as hors d'oeuvres, from the French, meaning "outside the work," can be harder to spell (hors d'oeuvres, hors d'ouevre, hor douvres or hor'dourves) than they are to actually prepare! Most American chefs and hosts will resort to preparing "appetizers" simply because it's easier to say.

The Italians call it antipasto, meaning "before the meal." The Spanish call it tapas; Eastern Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cultures call it meze; and the Russians call it zakuski. No matter what you call it, everyone enjoys delicious finger food before a meal.

During the holiday season, Christmas hors d'oeuvres are great to serve either before a formal Christmas meal or as snack food during a casual cocktail party. Below you'll find a sampling of easy Christmas hors d'oeuvres, fit for any setting. Pair them with some of our other Christmas Dinner ideas for a complete festive meal.

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