In contrast to the "réveillon", Christmas dinner in Canada was a midday meal and was part of Francophone as well as Anglophone family tradition. Friends and relations were always present in large numbers on the guest list for the occasion.
More than at any other time, an abundant variety of dishes was the highlight of this great family celebration. Of course the menu would include pea or garden vegetable soup, meats dressed in different ways as well as pastries served only at Christmas time. To wash down this hearty meal and liven up the party, imported or home-made drinks were also served in enormous quantities.
Today this meal is served in the evening, or even sometimes on another day altogether, because of constraints on guests like health, distance and travel, the capricious climate...