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Holiday Meal Giveaway: More Joy, Less Stress

While you’re still basking in the turkey afterglow, let us help you plan your next feast!

Read on to find out how you can enter to win a $250 Whole Foods Market gift card to make your holiday celebration more joyful and less stressful. UPDATE: Thank you to everyone that entered. Congrats to our winners: Winnie, Jennifer, Shannon, JK and Rosie!

Click Now, Serve Later

If you’re a little spent on cooking, let our chefs prepare your family’s next holiday meal. Reserve a fully cooked spiral ham, all your favorite sides, appetizers, rolls, desserts and more online now. Don’t forget our party perfect options, like plump shrimp platters, elegant cheese platters and fresh fruit and crudité platters. Check your local store’s online ordering site to see what’s offered.

Everything on our menu is made with the same high-quality ingredients and standards that apply in our aisles, including no artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners or preservatives, and no hydrogenated fats.

All of that deliciousness can be reserved online or with the help of a Team Member at our in-store Holiday Tables, and it’ll be ready to pick up at your local store.

Don’t Forget the Ham

Our crowd-pleasing spiral-cut ham is ready to heat and eat – easy! It serves up the flavor you’re craving without synthetic nitrates or nitrites. And all of our hams come from pigs raised with no antibiotics, ever, no animal by-products in their feed and no added growth hormones*.

While delicious on its own, a few simple additions can put a fun, personal spin on your spiral-cut ham. Just reheat with whole cloves or rosemary springs tucked between the spiral cuts. Or glaze and serve with Dalmatia Sour Cherry Spread or Maple and Orange Marmalade.

*Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones when raising pork.

Product selection may vary by store. If you have any questions contact your store directly

Feed Four More

We’re also making it easy give back. Many of our stores are partnering with local organizations to feed families in need. If your store is participating, you can easily donate online when you order your meal. You can also donate in participating stores when you pick up your meal.

The Season for Giveaways!

To help you spend more time celebrating, we’re offering a chance to win a $250 Whole Foods Market gift card. Use it to order the whole meal from our online ordering site, or buy ingredients to cook your special meal yourself. How about a combo – buy some, make some? All of those options work!

In the comments below, tell us about your holiday meal traditions. What will you be serving? Let us know by December 15 and we’ll pick five lucky winners at random.

From carving with confidence to pouring with pride, our online Holiday Cheat Sheet is your little helper all season long.

 The fine print: No purchase necessary. Promotion ends December 15, 2013, 11:59 PM CDT. Must be a legal resident of the US or Canada (except in Quebec, where it is void) age 18 or older to participate. Taxes on prize, if applicable, are the responsibility of the winner. Employees of Whole Foods Market, Inc., are not eligible. Void where prohibited. Winners must be able to pick up their meal at the Whole Foods Market store of their choosing.

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April Leah says …

My holiday traditions always include lots of baking. It isn't holiday season yet until I've made vegan gingerbread men, and something with vegan friendly chocolate and peppermint.

christopher sorel says …

love to roast rib of beef and make cookies with my kids.

Kelli Arnold says …

We will have our traditional ham Christmas. Tamales on New Year's Eve. We are starting a new tradition this year of making Aebleskivers - a Danish dessert. They are fun to make and taste great!

Laura B. says …

Last year for Christmas I made a rib roast with all of the fixings: vegetables, potatoes, salads, dessert. My family raved about how good it was. I would like to treat them again this year.

Miro • Dose of Dash says …

Every Christmas afternoon after presents and stockings are unwrapped we put on records and my dad and I make vegetarian lasagna while my mom makes a festive table. Sometimes we invite the neighbors over to share with us!

Nancy Muldoon says …

We love shopping at whole foods every week!

Kristin Welch says …

For Christmas, the tradition is eating dinner at my husband's grandmother's house. She cooks ham, green beans, mashed potatoes, rolls, etc. After dinner is when we exchange presents. A gift card would help us be able to do most of the cooking so she doesn't have to worry about it. She's been battling cancer this year, yet she still hosts family events and does most of the cooking because she loves keeping the traditions.

Miro - Dose of Dash says …

Every Christmas afternoon after the presents and stockings have been unwrapped we put on records and my dad and I make homemade vegetarian lasagna while my mom decorates a festive table. Sometimes we even invite the neighbors over for a big feast!

bekkijo Kahler says …

Stuffed pork chops and time cooking with family are the way we celebrate Christmas.

Melissa says …

Horseradish crusted prime rib, glazed spiral ham, pickled beets, garlic and mascarpone whipped potatoes, roasted acorn squash, creamed corn, and coconut lime sweet potatoes :)

Michael O'Brien says …

First off, I must disclose that I have lived my entire life with allergies to dairy and egg. This has made for sometimes odd meal traditions. A few I love on Christmas include vegan stuffing, vegan cupcakes, and just a classic honey baked ham. I love the holidays!

Erin Clopton says …

I grew up in Hollywood, Maryland & my great grandma would make the best stuffed ham every Christmas & this year I'm going to make it for my family! She used watercress & cabbage & it was so good!!

Tara V. says …

My grandpa and his siblings came to Wisconsin from Norway a century ago, and we have always had Norwegian goodies at Christmastime. Lefse, krumkake, sandbakkels. My grandpa and his family have since passed on, but fortunately for me, the ladies in my church (the oldest scandinavian methodist church in the world) gave me a lefse griddle and krumkake baker as wedding gifts 10 years ago, so now I carry that tradition on for my family!

Terry Herman says …

Our Christmas will probably be spent in a rehabilitation facility, like last year; my youngest brother has another round of major surgery scheduled and long-term rehab. Last year we managed to celebrate and brighten his spirit by bringing things festive, including holiday treats. Being together with loved ones anytime is a joyous gift and shouldn't be limited to the holidays.

Andrea Ehringer says …

We make homemade perogies, fresh cod fish and peas. This year, I'm also adding a few more gulten-free recipes to the mix! A quinoa stuffing, brussel sprouts and grapefruit salad will also make it to the table this year.

Melanie says …

What a wonderful giveaway! Our family holiday traditions have been to serve seafood gumbo on Christmas Eve since I can prepare it in advance and enjoy time with our family. Along with it will be a nice winter salad and gluten free bread. Dessert consists of an assortment of festive homemade cookies -some gluten free ones as well! On Christmas morning we have a brunch with gluten free cheese and egg grits, gluten free scones, fresh fruit, bacon and sausage. On Christmas night we have prime rib, mixed greens salad and vinaigrette, sautéed brussel sprouts with pine nuts, and cheesy mashed potato casserole. For dessert I make my mother's cheesecake served with raspberries. Not sure what will be on the menu this year since we are taking our family to Big Sur for two days. We will eat out on Christmas day, but for the rest of the meals I will packing a cooler full of festive items. Beginning my search this morning for suggested Whole Foods recipes and found this giveaway! Oh how the giveaway would lessen the financial burden plus enable me to purchase some delicious pre made items! Thank you for a chance! Happy Holidays!

Linda Snyder says …

Thinking of prime rib for Christmas, with a spiral ham!

Terri David says …

I will be making a homemade tofu turkey that is delicious. It's a lot of work, but is worth the effort. And, of course, there will be all the traditional trimmings. Then I will collapse.

Karen says …

I will be serving spiral sliced ham, au gratin potatoes, mixed vegetables, waldorf salad, cornbread dressing, rolls and chocolate cake.

Yvette Lightbourn says …

My roots are from the Bahamas so I will be including some pigeon peas & rice along with our traditional American holiday day meal of ham, turkey, dressing, greens, green beans, potato salad, sweet potatoes, macaroni & cheese and banana pudding!!

Anthony Mendez says …

I plan on purchasing all my holiday meal items at WFM. From appetizers to the main course, making desserts from scratch, and of course some cheese and wine for after the meal.

Betsy says …

We alway's have shrimp cocktail and crab on Christmas Eve. Christmas night is always flexible.

Rosie says …

Very traditional, but healthy updates. Wine, but also organic juices, antipasti, starter of organic fruits in a fancy glass, veggies lasagna & meat lasagna, prime rib, veggies - string beans, roasted carrots, aspargus, potatoes/celery root, sweet potatoes, homemade breads/rolls, desserts of cheesecake, homemade pies. The more the merrier of people and food! Nothing ever goes to waste.

Yasmin Hall says …

I always have the whole family over for Christmas dinner. Some of our traditions include Turkey and B.b.q salmon at every meal including all the trimmings of course. I also always create a signature cocktail. For dessert I like to make a traditional Trifle and also something unusual. This year it will be an eggnog cheesecake

Harriet says …

We like to do a big seafood dinner on Christmas Eve, and of course lots of Christmas treats for dessert.

Debbie Munoz says …

We make traditional plates like Mole, 4 types of tamales, churros and must have cookies! We also make borracho beans, espadas, carne guisada and salmon for our guests that are not accustomed to some traditional mexican cooking.

debra says …

An Italian feast!!

Jill Stanley says …

Chicken Sausage Gumbo, Vegetarian Red Beans and Rice, Poppa Jack cornbread and Texas chocolate sheet cake

rana durham says …

My family tradition includes starting the day before Christmas Eve. We make all of our desserts on the day before Christmas Eve. Then I thaw out the turkey on Christmas and season it put it in the oven on Christmas day. The entreees and appetizers I do on Christmas Eve and some on Christmas Day. We all gather together for Christmas breakfast with different breakfast casseroles. We have a lot of fun spdnding the night together and laughing it up.

Junko says …

We enjoy eating a healthier feast at Christmas time. Our family includes collard greens, kale, corn on the cob and green beans, and yams as a side dish with our

Tommy Toy says …

I just love to cook roasted loin of pork with rosemary potatoes and a medley of oven roasted vegetables (onions, asparagus, broccoli, mushrooms and string beans) with lots of brown gravy. I use 21 seasonings, salt, pepper and fresh squeezed lemon or lime to season the veggies. My secret to a perfect roasted pork loin is to bathe the loin in olive oil and season with 21herbs, salt, pepper and rosemary. I also cut small slivers into the meat and place a piece of garlic. Roast in the oven for 45 minutes at 425 degrees. I also prepare tossed green salad accompanied with Hawaiian set bread rolls heated in the oven for 5 minute S. For desert I love a mango sorbet with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. I enjoy a chilled glass of California Chardonnay with this meal. That is a feast fit for a king!!.

Holly villanueva says …

Ever Christmas we do an all out Italian spreed Eggplant parm like my Nana made along with pasta and sausage (vegie sausage for my daughter and I) homemade garlic spread for fresh cut rolls. Fresh salad and anise cookies like my aunt Frances made for dessert with extra cookies like rum balls cheesecake and lets not forget vino for all!

Mika Cobb says …

Gingerbread houses and men are becoming a holiday tradition in my house ever since we came upon a raw gingerbread recipe by Matthew Kenney... Mmmmmmm! For dinner I will honey roast a turkey with lots of rosemary an thyme, we will also have wild rice stuffing with either pine nuts or cashews, a fresh green bean casserole, some garlic roasted kale, candied butternut squash with pecan topping, mashed roasted cauliflower and of course sweet potato pie. Have a happy and heart healthy holiday guys #WFMholiday #HeartStrokesPHSCo

Anthony says …

Our holiday traditions include pumpkin pie, stollen, pecan pie, bourbon balls, rum balls, anise cookies, and sauerbraten with potato dumplings! Mmm.

Alma Cortez says …

Our family's traditional Christmas dinner consists of pork chili ancho and chicken hatch tamales with rice, beans, chocolate flan cake and other yummy baked goods!!

Megan says …

I am so excited for the holidays! We have a few traditions which I hold dear to my heart. The first Saturday after Thanksgiving we host a family snowflake-cutting party where we all cut snowflakes for the grandparents windows and watch Muppets Christmas Carol. We also have a family Christmas dinner with a white elephant gift exchange. Afterwards, my husband's mother teaches a very spiritual lesson on the true meaning of Christmas and Jesus Christ. Our children each receive 3 gifts for Christmas because that is what Jesus received on his birth day. I hope everyone can remember the reason for the season. Good luck to all, if I win I will use this to help provide a wonderful Christmas meal for our family and maybe for a family in need as well.

Carla Edwards says …

I don't have a plan yet but I know I can get inspirational ideas and everything I need to carry them out at Whole Foods. I will be helping to keep my family healthy into the New year by shopping at W F., all GMO-free, pesticide and herbicide-free, and I'll be helping local producers too! It's a win-win all around :-)

Susan says …

We host a holiday Open House each year for friends, neighbors and family. We serve drinks and dessert for adults and kids. My favorite part (other than the eating) is gathering around the piano (with Matt on the guitar) and singing carols. The kids beg us to stop!

Delores Tracy says …

We have no plans set yet, but I hope to have a good, quality turkey!

Rosie says …

Huge salads with everything imaginable, shrimp platter, ham, peas, carrots, artichokes, stuffed shells, wine, homemade pies, homemade breads!

Michelle says …

Next holiday meal planning.. beef roast with yorkshire puddings, beef gravy, homemade rolls, mashed potatoes. buttered corn. Dessert will be homemade christmas cookies.. white chocolate cherry shortbread and ginger lemon shortbread and orange chocolate chip shortbread.

Lori D. says …

We always have fish on Christmas Eve (that is our big celebration). Since I absolutely love the cioppino soup at my local WF. We'll be adding it to our menu this year! It will sure make life easier.

Bob T says …

Lasagna with Italian sausage on Christmas Eve, then a spiral cut (Whole Foods) ham for Christmas dinner.

Erin O'Neal says …

I'll be making a big, traditional turkey dinner. And, lots of Christmas cookies!!

La says …

Holiday meals hmmmmm, not sure. It will be yummy! Happy Holidays!

K. Reynolds says …

I plan a small Christmas dinner, but it will be all out of my Great-Grandmother's book of "receipts". Very traditional, simple, vegetarian Polish recipes, like clear borscht, and mushroom galette in short-crust. I will be starting a gingerbread dough tomorrow, so it can age in the fridge for several weeks before baking.

Theresa McLaughlin-Zerbe says …

If it's just our immediate family, Christmas dinner is about the same as our Thanksgiving dinner - turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, something green, and pumpkin pie. If our extended family gets together, add decadent appetizers, a spiral-cut ham, more sides, and more dessert. And a lot of wine!

Ellen says …

This year we'll be having ham (from a pastured pig if possible!), Brussels sprouts with bacon, carrot soufflé, roasted sweet dumpling squash with coconut butter, beet sauerkraut, pomegranate-walnut salad, and for dessert a grain-free spiced bundt cake! High-quality ingredients cost a lot, but are worth it; this prize would really help us pay for this sure-to-be memorable feast.

Ellen says …

I'll also be making my mashed root vegetables again, since they were such a hit at Thanksgiving!

raluca berger says …

Romanian Christmas food is so special. And tasty. My mouth is already watering. That's why you can find it all over the year not only in Christmas time. Romanian Christmas food: cabbage rolls and mamaliga I don't make a mistake when I say on Christmas every Romanian family have on their table home made sausages,sausages made from heart, liver, lung and meat of the head,sour soup with meat balls,cabbage rolls with pork,knot-shaped Christmas bread,apple pie in advent time. I am always happy to prepare all of these meal traditions here in US.

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