Farmerman... I am surprised that such a high heat wouldn't dry out the meat, but I'll try it. I love the idea of cooking it on first one side, then the other. I've cooked a turkey upside down before. It gets a squashed look, but stays moist.
Calamity -- I was tired halfway through the day and took a two-hour nap in the afternoon before people came over.
(I love that.)
As for Christmas... Christmas Eve we have an open house where I serve tamales and a bunch of other things that have become our tradition -- mostly easy eatin' things like cookies and hors d'oeuvres. Sometimes I make a small turkey, not always. On Christmas Day... there's a fancy coffee-cake and fruit for breakfast. Dinner, I dunno. We used to have it with some family friends who liked to host Christmas Day Dinner, but that couple divorced last year.
I guess we need to make a new tradition.... so get that thread started, girl.
We have to start planning!