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I love the holiday season. The gift giving, seeing family, and of course the food. Our December has been packed with holiday meals with friends and soon we’ll be having our family dinners too.

First, we’ll be having a Christmas meal with DH’s parents. I’ve been wracking my brain for easy menu ideas because we won’t have much time for preparation with work and our schedules.

Normally when I work with various product brands on this blog, I choose ones that I know and use on a daily basis. I confess, I didn’t know of Dietz & Watson when I was presented with the opportunity, but when I saw that they specialize in ham, I knew that this could potentially be the solution to my pre-Christmas dinner dilemma.

My family never did the traditional ham dinner, but DH’s family always does. I never much cared for ham until after I started spending time with DH’s family and now I quite look forward to it during the holidays.

I researched Dietz & Watson’s ham nutrition facts before agreeing to this review. I was most interested in the All Natural Uncured Classic Ham and I liked what I read: gluten free, no MSG, nitrate free and low sodium. DH’s parents have become much more health conscious recently, so this ham looked promising. For my purposes, I’ve always found ham to be too salty so I was happy to see this one was low sodium.

We purchased a ham this weekend to test it out. Since we couldn’t possibly finish an entire ham by ourselves, we decided to have an impromptu small gathering with some friends I wanted to see before the end of December. It also gave me an excuse to show off all the Christmas decorating I’ve been doing.

With the ham being the centerpiece, it was easy to put together a meal. We bought the ham and I had DH help me make it. Since it’s already precooked, it’s pretty easy to get ready. You just make a glaze and bake it in the oven. I made some desserts, my friends brought some sides so I didn’t have to the stress of having to do all the cooking, and dinner was set.

The ham was a great success. It was a noticeably less salty compared to other hams I’ve eaten. I especially liked the look of the cross sections on top.

So if ham is part of your holiday tradition, you may want to consider a Dietz & Watson brand ham.

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88 Responses to “Holiday Ham Dinner and a $100 Giveaway”

  1. van pham — December 15, 2012 at 7:55 am

    My favorite part is just getting together with family. This year is especially more special because we get to celebrate my cousin’s wedding. So seeing everyone in New Orleans will be the best.

  2. Eileen C. — December 15, 2012 at 8:17 am

    My favorite part of the holiday season is the happiness that is felt. From the time I first hear the music, to the sights of christmas lights, the taste of the delicious food, to the scent of all the pine trees, wreaths, and decorations, and to the finally warmth that family gives just by being around them. I love this time of year because its so very happy and I get to be with the people that love me and I love.

  3. Kristen — December 15, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Sitting by the fire with everyone around and just enjoying everyone’s company- so rarely do we all get together!

  4. Sushien Cho — December 15, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Oops, I see that I need to answer a question! My favorite part of the holiday season is seeing my son, who is 6 this year, getting excited and the look of wonder and joy as we go visit Santa or decorate the Christmas tree. I think this will ALWAYS be my favorite part of the holiday season- watching, sharing, and loving my son and just happy to hear his squeals of joy during this time!!!

  5. Kelly D — December 15, 2012 at 9:48 am

    I like spending extra time with my family, enjoying the holiday festivities.

  6. Kelly D — December 15, 2012 at 9:55 am
  7. Bennett — December 15, 2012 at 10:01 am

    Getting together with the family and eating delicious food!

  8. Ada — December 15, 2012 at 10:25 am

    My favorite part of the season is definitely spending time with family and enjoying delicious food together!

  9. Cliff — December 15, 2012 at 10:42 am

    nom nom

  10. Lorena — December 15, 2012 at 11:16 am

    My favorite part of the holiday season is putting up the Christmas tree — my parents gave me the wooden ornaments they used to decorate the tree when I was a child. So, decorating the tree becomes a nice trip down memory lane and I love watching my son’s reaction whenever he discovers another ornament.

  11. Melanie — December 15, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Family is the best part of the holidays. And all the wonderful smells: Christmas trees, gingerbread, etc.

  12. Cathy — December 15, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    My favorite part is watching the younger children open their presents!

  13. Mabel @ mdcooksfor2 — December 15, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    My favorite part is getting gifts!

  14. Eva @ Eva Bakes — December 15, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    I love getting together with family. We don’t see them very often so the holidays are always a wonderful time to catch up with them.

  15. Ilona t — December 15, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Baking cookies!

  16. acarr — December 15, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    My favorite part is lots and lots of desserts, particularly cookies!

  17. Tammi — December 15, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    My favorite part of the holiday season is getting together with family.

  18. Soo — December 15, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Awesome looking ham.

  19. Jennifer D. — December 15, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    My favorite part of the holiday season is definitely coming home from school to spend time with friends and family.

  20. Tasha — December 15, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    My favorite part is geting together family members and planning for the big holiday meal. Personally I love Christmas, and to sit around the table listening to Christmas carols while drinking Martinellis and enjoying both a ham dinner and hot pot!

  21. Claire L — December 15, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    I love the excuse to make lots of mint-chocolate desserts, and sharing them with my friends and extended family!

  22. Andrea — December 15, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Watching old christmas movies w/ families and friends of course~ :)

  23. Rachael Peng — December 15, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Awesome! My favorite part…definitely getting to help my mom in the kitchen :)

  24. Harvitron — December 15, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    I’m supposed to say ‘Family’, right? How about ‘*some* family, and FOOD’? :p

  25. Sara B. — December 15, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Being able to spend time with family…and eating delicious treats. :)

  26. Elena — December 16, 2012 at 8:11 am

    My favorite part is spending time with my family and taking pictures together

  27. Elena — December 16, 2012 at 8:14 am
  28. Mami2jcn — December 16, 2012 at 8:24 am

    My favorite part is being able to relax with family without having to rush off anywhere.

  29. Mami2jcn — December 16, 2012 at 8:24 am


  30. Leslie Godbold — December 16, 2012 at 8:37 am

    My favorite thing is celebrating the birth of Jesus and being surrounded by God’s love.

  31. Melissa — December 16, 2012 at 9:08 am

    My favorite part of the holidays is spending time with friends and family. I don’t really celebrate in the traditional sense with gifts and big meals. It’s nice that I have a few friends that are the same and we can get together and just hang out.

  32. Nancy A. — December 16, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Being with my family and having laughter and fun in the house again! Such a fun day with everybody talking and enjoying each other. It is a wonderful feeling!!!!!

  33. Ruby Lee — December 16, 2012 at 10:45 am

    My favorite part of the holidays is getting together with all my kids, and NO WORK.
    I love the ham, but the rest of my family are not crazy about it. So we hardly had a traditional Christmas Dinner with ham;besides it’s my dearest son’s birthday, we always ho out to eat.
    Never heard or tried this brand before, hope I’m lucky enough to win. Hah Hah!

  34. Jessica To — December 16, 2012 at 11:28 am

    My favorite part is watching how excited my son gets over the lights and decorations and presents!

  35. Jessica — December 16, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    My favorite part of the holidays is the food that you can’t get any other time of year – eggnog, gingerbread, and don’t get me started on those White Chocolate Peppermint M&M’s. Come January, it’s all gone until year’s end :-(

  36. Toni T — December 16, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    My favorite part of the holidays is the general feeling I get all month long. I just feel a warm glow and happiness. I know it sounds a little cheezy but it is true. I just feel a warmth towards everyone and want to help other people feel happy as well.

  37. Susan Z — December 16, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Being done with a semester!

  38. Kyung — December 16, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Especially love annual White Elephant parties with friends and family. Lots of laughter and always a good time!

  39. S. Kim — December 16, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Spending time with friends and family, reflecting on the past year and giving thanks together is my favorite part of the holidays. Yes, the food and drink is definitely a plus, but I think the time with loved ones is really what makes the end of the year special. :)

  40. Christina C. — December 16, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    My favorite part is always eating good food in good company! :)

  41. April — December 16, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    My favorite part about the holidays is…EVERYTHING! Even the fights between family members because I know that it’s just another learning experience :D

  42. nance428 — December 16, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    family and friends gatherings are a given part of my favorite moments during the holidays. But, another part is that i can eat without feeling guilty… holiday calories = 0 right???

  43. Grace — December 16, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    I love to gather with my family and friends for homemade hotpot season!

  44. Yan — December 17, 2012 at 12:05 am

    The family cooking

  45. Christina — December 17, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Favorite part of the holiday season is sitting around our gas fireplace and pretending its snowing outside. =)

  46. Christina — December 17, 2012 at 9:12 am
  47. Grace — December 17, 2012 at 10:32 am

    ham is so good! so excited for xmas dinner!

  48. KF — December 17, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    My favorite part of the holiday season is being with my family and having large meals where I don’t have to cook or clean up after myself. Afterwards a good movie or family karaoke!

  49. Kay — December 17, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    What a great spread! My favorite part is definitely baking and all of the holiday sweets!

  50. Carol — December 17, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    My favorite part is sharing all the food with family. All the baking, cooking, eating, drinking, what’s not to love?

  51. Lindsey W.B. — December 17, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    My favorite part of the holiday has to be christmas lights, they make me feel in the spirit every time i see them!

  52. stylefriendly — December 18, 2012 at 8:40 am

    Gift giving.

  53. lisa cacho — December 18, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    The celebration of our faith, seeing family that we don’t usually see, and being with friends.

  54. joyce mikulasko — December 18, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    my favorite part of the season is seeing all my family happy

  55. Yvonne — December 18, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    The chance to take a break from the hundreds of pages of reading and writing a night (grad school) and be able to catch up with family and old friends.

  56. Meg — December 18, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    My favorite part of the holidays is reconnecting with friends and family that I don’t see all year! It’s a crazy time of year, but great memories are made.

  57. carla Pullum — December 18, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    The food and recipes my family comes up with.

  58. suzanne — December 19, 2012 at 9:47 am

    I love time off to relax and I love the Christmas lights and decorations people put up! I wish people had lights up all year round!

  59. Grace — December 19, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    Feasting with loved ones.

  60. Debra Lemieux — December 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    The best part of my Christmas is making the gifts!

  61. Jessie C. — December 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Get together with my family

  62. Jessie C. — December 19, 2012 at 5:23 pm
  63. Amy Hoang — December 19, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    My favorite part about the holiday season consist of the three F’s: food, family, and friends (:

  64. Cliff — December 19, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    nom nom = eating with friends and family. nom nom.

  65. Christina K — December 20, 2012 at 8:35 am

    I love gathering around the dinner table with my family and enjoying a leisurely meal we prepared together!

  66. Debbie Terry — December 20, 2012 at 8:41 am

    My favorite part of the season is introducing my granddaughter to our family traditions and finding new ones.

  67. Debbie Terry — December 20, 2012 at 8:44 am
  68. HELEN WRIGHT — December 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    my favorite part of the holiday is sitting down with family and having a great meal. everyone makes their favorite dish and desert. Then we sit and share all of our milestones during the year. We all get to see each other and the things that happened during the year that created stress and drama is out the window….Everyone is laughing and sharing themselves with each other….its a happy time when we all focus on Jesus and the reason for the season. The family time and all the good times…..forget about the money and presents…its about jesus, family and having each other….

  69. Cindy Munkelt — December 20, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    It’s not about the presents it’s about sharing love with family and friends near and far. Those little moments throughout the holiday season that bring joy to your heart.

  70. Paula VanBuskirk — December 21, 2012 at 7:05 am

    we spend Christmas eve in Boston with friends: church and Chinese. Afterwards we all go over to their home for some more seasonal celebrating. We hd somevery bad health scares this year so there will be a new level of thankfulness as we celebrate.

  71. Nancy G — December 21, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    My favorite thing is singing Christmas music with my wonderful church family as we celebrate the Saviour’s birth.

  72. Judi Mc — December 28, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    I love Dietz and Watson. I especially love the sweet slicing dinner ham!

  73. Judi Mc — December 28, 2012 at 12:09 pm
  74. Amanda Sakovitz — December 29, 2012 at 7:48 am

    My favorite part is seeing all the Christmas lights!

  75. Amanda Sakovitz — December 29, 2012 at 7:50 am
  76. Thomas Murphy — December 29, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    I like seeing friends, family and having great food

  77. Thomas Murphy — December 29, 2012 at 4:52 pm
  78. Debra Lamb — December 30, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Decorating, making gifts, visits with family and holiday foods that we indulge in each year.

  79. Sandy Headtke — December 30, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Family gatherings

  80. tuesday — January 4, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    Food, family quality time is the best part of any holiday!

  81. Linda F — January 6, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    hmm. My favorite part of the holiday season would have to be decorating the tree with loved ones, while the christmas carols are on!

  82. Ben Heyman — January 11, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    My favorite part of the holiday season is definitely family togetherness.

  83. Bridget — January 11, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    Over the holidays, we go to 5 Christmas parties, and have my daughter’s birthday (New Years Eve). It’s a chaotic time, but I do love getting to see friends and family that I haven’t seen in a while. This year, one of my cousins brought his guitar, and we had in impromptu sing-along. Sure, “The Gambler” isn’t a traditional holiday tune, but I think after this year I will always associate it with Christmas and with my cousins. ;-)

  84. Laurie — January 11, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    My favorite part of the holiday season is slowing down the pace and just relaxing.

  85. Carmen — January 12, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    My favorite part is getting together with just my immediate family for a quiet celebration.

  86. Carolsue — January 12, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    My favorite part of the holiday season is having all of my family togethr
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