12/16/2012 08:48 pm ET

Christmas Ham Recipe: Whole Legs And Steaks For Holiday Dinner (PHOTOS)

Merry Christmas and happy holidays, ham lovers!

The phrase 'Christmas ham' exists in our lexicon for a few reason: 1) this huge main dish defines Christmas dinner for many families around the world, and 2) it is crazy delicious. There is something incredibly satisfying about plunking something as big as a whole, glazed ham down your holiday table and digging in.

Whether ham is a Christmas tradition in your family, or you're giving it a go for the first time, we found some recipes that could make even the most devout Christmas-turkey-eater reconsider. The salty, smoky flavors of ham make sweet, fruity flavors a perfect complement, which means that everything from glazes to wines will taste even more delicious with it. Not to mention the fact that ham invariably produces great leftovers, which you'll want to utilize to their full potential in the obligatory day-after-Christmas brunch. Merry Christmas and happy holidays, ham lovers!

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Holiday Ham Recipes