Christmas Ham Gifts for employees are thoughtful tokens of gratitude that spread holiday cheer, evoke childhood memories and create new memories!
A gThankYou! Ham Gift Certificate from gThankYou Employee Gifts is a meaningful yet convenient way to share Christmas Ham Gifts in your workplace.
Our Ham Gift Certificates can be redeemed for any brand, any size and any preparation of whole or half ham, at major grocery stores across the U.S. They work as Manufacturer Coupons similar to cents-off Coupons.
Our holiday Gift Certificates have long expiration dates, so your recipients can redeem their Certificates all the way through spring and Easter!
Plus, gThankYou’s Christmas Ham Gifts come with FREE Enclosure cards so you can easily include a message of gratitude with your gift. Our Enclosure Cards come in dozens of designs and can be personalized and customized just the way you want — all free. View our Winter Holiday Enclosure Card Catalog for design options and details on customization.
A big ham is a holiday treat most of us only get once or twice a year. Many of us can still describe in detail the delicious ham our grandma or grandpa used to bake for the family growing up.
It’s a holiday meal centerpiece that brings back memories and nostalgia — and inspires us to pass on the tradition.
As a workplace gift, a Christmas ham sends the message that you care about your employees and want them to have a special holiday. Read on for five great stories about why we love Christmas Ham Gifts!
Why We Love Christmas Ham Gifts: 5 Ham Stories
What’s so special about a Christmas ham? Every ham comes with a story.
1. The Tangerine Ham
“Christmas dinner is the tough ‘big deal meal’ of the holiday season,” writes Florida Times-Union columnist Dan Macdonald. Thanksgiving is a “paint-by-the-numbers affair,” but Christmas is a chance to rise to the challenge and get creative.
I have taken to serving a large ham on Christmas. Last week, when Mom asked about the holiday meal, I told her, “I’ll probably be serving that same ham I’ve done for the last couple of years.” To that Mom said, “We haven’t finished that ham yet?” Mom gets in a good zinger every now and then. …
I prepare a Tangerine-Glazed Ham with Baby Carrots. Not only does it suit my family’s needs, it also reminds me of my youth. Every Christmas morning I could count on there being a tangerine in the toe of my stocking. Of course, as a kid I didn’t appreciate the fruit, but as I’ve grown older, tangerines always bring fond memories of Christmas. The stores now have them in boxes. The recipe I use calls for only two tangerines, but the glaze needs 2 cups of tangerine juice.
2. ‘Grandpa’s Ham’
“I never knew my maternal grandfather,” writes culinary consultant and Food Arts Magazine contributor Greg Atkinson. The man’s legacy, however, lived on in a delightful dish the family referred to as “Grandpa’s Ham.”
Braised in beer, studded with cloves and decorated with pineapple rings and lurid red maraschino cherries, the ham was a source of delight for the approximately 40 grandchildren, including my own brothers and sisters and me, who gathered around my mother’s table every Christmas. The table, which became a buffet on Christmas night, was also piled with turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, potato salad, green beans, baked beans, squash, bread rolls, rice and gravy. But the star of the show, as far as I was concerned, was the ham.
According to my mother, Grandpa used to buy his hams from a smokehouse on Garden Street not far from where they lived in Pensacola, Florida. The same smokehouse provided hams for the hotel where my grandfather worked when my mother was a girl. The San Carlos, which opened in 1910, was paneled with beautiful old hardwoods, and its pebble-dashed walls were punctuated with enormous leaded-glass windows. As a child, I thought it was the height of elegance.
Indeed, in its heyday, it was: it counted among its guests the great actress Sarah Bernhardt during her last visit to the United States and a young Harry Houdini during his rise to fame.
Somehow, my grandfather’s ham conjured all the glamour and mystery of that bygone era. With its garish fruit decorations and its exotic spicy-sweet and smoky aroma, the ham was a blast from the Edwardian past from which both it and my grandfather came.
3. Next-Day Ham
For food blogger Karen Harris of Savoury Table, leftovers are the best part of the Christmas ham.
For years I thought I didn’t care for ham salad, but that was before I had fresh, homemade ham salad.
Here in America, December 26th is just the day after Christmas, but in the UK, it is Boxing Day. It started out many years ago as a day off for the servants who dutifully served their employers on Christmas Day. This also happened to be the day that the employers ate cold meats due to the fact that well, the servants had the day off and they had no idea how to cook.
At my house we eat cold meats on this day because even though Mama loves to cook, she needs a day off too. I say I’m taking the day off, but I still do a little bit of prep on our cold meats to make a dish that seems a little bit new and interesting.
On Christmas Day we enjoyed a brown sugar glazed spiral sliced ham, and today we had ham salad sandwiches dressed up with Swiss and rosemary.
4. ‘My Father’s Ham’
“Holidays were not exactly my father’s favorite time. He hated the chaos, and dreaded the parties my mother planned, with their guest lists that grew like kudzu,” Alexandra Styron reminisces in her Garden & Gun article, “My Father’s Ham.”
Eventually, though, his hospitable spirit emerged. He brought in firewood, prepared the wines, mellowed and grew merry.
But really nothing got him quite into the groove like his preparation of a Virginia ham. The brown sugar glaze was concocted with loving intensity. He checked and rechecked the oven, brought a craftsman-like approach to cutting the meat. If you passed through the kitchen and were open to an apprenticeship, you could expect to give up a chunk of your day to a garrulous tutorial on the direction of the grain, and how exactly to lay the slices on the platter.
5. The Filipino Pineapple Ham
In the Philippines, a Christmas tradition is the special pineapple-glazed ham that takes a full day to prepare, hamon. It’s shared among family on Christmas Eve. Many Filipinos have brought the tradition to North America, like Toronto chef Rudy Boquila, who was profiled in 2013 by the Toronto Star:
His mom buys a bone-in supermarket ham, usually cooked, and starts working her magic.
My mother was always very sensitive with salty foods. She boils the ham in a water and vinegar solution just to get some of the salt out. Then she boils it again in pineapple juice.
For Boquila, it’s the childhood memories that are the most vivid, like watching his mom make the Christmas Eve ham. But it wasn’t the thought of eating the ham hot from the oven that got him salivating; it was the anticipation of eating the leftovers for breakfast on Christmas morning.
It’s even better the next day with an egg and garlic fried rice. And sometimes we’d use it in sopas. (That’s a soup made from leftover diced ham, celery, onion, carrots, bell peppers, chicken stock and macaroni.)
FREE Holiday Ham Cookbook
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- What are the pros and cons of bone-in vs. boneless ham?
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- What does “water added” mean and how does it taste?
- How much ham should I plan on preparing per person?
Plus, we’ve included detailed instructions for ham preparation — and ideas and recipes for using leftover ham.
This holiday season when you are considering your employee gifts, consider the meaningful and beloved gift of a Christmas Ham. Regardless how you celebrate with your workplace, we wish you a joyful holiday season full of gratitude and good cheer!
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