Never heard those songs played in the summer. Why shouldn't I be allowed a mince pie in April if I want one?
Did I say you shouldn't be allowed to eat mince pies during spring or any other time of year? All I've said doing that kills the spirit of Christmas.
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So go for it then Ben - just don't feel too guilty as you watch PP weeping silently in the corner
I don't actually like mince pies, but if ever there were an encouragement to start....
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I wish we could go back to the real Yule, before christianity hijacked it.
Family, trees, decorations,food and alcohol...the real meaning of the winter holiday.
And yes, November decorations should be banned.
+1 and +1 on the decorations - here they started BEFORE thanksgiving and by two weeks before Xmas they were clearing the shelves ready for Valentines. Grrr
Just out of spite...
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I started my christmas shopping early this year in september and i did some with amazon's black friday deals, most of my christmas presents were bought online with amazon, so here is wishing amazon a very merry christmas i did a little bit at john lewis, my plug in christmas tree went up at the end of october, i've now done all my christmas shopping and i can now relax untill the big day on wednesday.
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... of Halloween, dressed as a scary troll and eating a mince pie.
I like a couple of hot, homemade mince pies with custard. (Prefer them to Christmas pudding actually.)
None of us like Turkey, so we get a nice joint of beef (rolled rib) for Christmas lunch instead. The remaining meat is easily sliced afterwards, when cold, and leaves no carcass to take up room in the fridge. (And the dripping is lovely on toast the next morning but that's just me.) Oh, and beef crackling is gorgeous. I prefer it to pork crackling.
I can't stand wine so it's a glass of cider or ale for me.
No sprouts. (Why eat something everyone really hates?) They taste like a mixture of bad cheese, sulphur and acid.
Sod 'tradition'. Treat ourselves to what we like on Christmas day.
'Bubble & Squeak' for Boxing day lunch is lovely (or corned beef hash) with fried egg and the left-over 'pigs in blankets' with pickles.
Sod the telly chefs too with all their ghastly c##p. (Bring back Delia. She actually explained things and weighed and measured stuff and didn't give precedence to her fabulous lifestyle and fabulous friends over the food itself.) If anything is going to make me heave over Christmas it's watching the current crop of TV chefs. They only know how to serve Michelin starred w####r food to overpaid b#####s and would be lost without their 'sous-vide' and vacuum packing machines and 'kitchen laboratories'.
The first telly exec who ever thought it a good idea to let these b######s out of the kitchen and in front of a camera should be vacuum packed and poached and served with a smeer of star anise flavoured carrot jus and some edible petals. I suppose it's cheap telly which is why it's taking over.
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It's not even as if any of it looks appetising! (Some makes me downright queasy.)
Gordon made some nice Eggs Benedict (with Parma ham) last night.
At least the myth of Nigella Lawson has finally been exploded. (Coke snorting wreck with a shambles of a marriage employing a raft of exploitative b###es who shopped their way through whatever was left of her fortune.)
On the contrary, her stock is up (as it were), especially in America, where they don't know where Isleworth is.
I am sure Delia never behaved like this
Oh I dunno, I think she can be partial to a bit of jus once in a while:
Anyway, I think it's the morose Church of England Christmas that gets me down. Especially when they don't let me sing the first verse of Once In Royal David's City (though I have to be careful as it may have been the Haymarket MD's daughter who did the solo this year). Give me Hannukah or a European Christmas (Zwarte Piet! SInterklaas poems!) any day.
Now, where's that stock-cupboard truffle...
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Like Chebby I'm not keen on turkey. However, my favourite day for food is Boxing Day. Love cold turkey with lots of pickles and a nice salad.
Agree about TV chefs: They have their heads shoved so far up their jackanories... Loved Floyd and Graham Kerr; unhealthy, artery-clogging food, but they were fun to watch.
Loved Floyd and Graham Kerr; unhealthy, artery-clogging food...
And Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. Luring the unsuspecting, middle-class townies to forage in woods and hedgerows. (I wonder how many expired from deadly toadstools or other toxic 'gifts of nature' as a result.)
And Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
He looks so unsavoury with his greasy hair. Yip, also hate it when he goes out on a boat and cooks freshly caught fish. Non of us paupers ever have that chance, apart from, maybe, a holiday.
A different world... that bears no resemblence to ours.
My god, I never new there were so many who thought like me over the 'Christmas celebrations'. These days, what are we celebrating? I agree with Chebby on all accept Turkey, I like it, when its cooked properly, the birds are to big and need cooking for so long they go dry. Spit roasting is the answer, in front of a open fire, turning and constant basting and a glass or three of ale to keep he who is doing the turning and basting equally moist? This method does not work to well in front of an 'open radiator'.
This year we ain't doing turkey, instead, a large chicken, decent piece of pork, and a ham, looking forward to Boxing day, with bubble and squeak, cold meat, pickles and salad, mince pies, Christmas pudding and cake.
Decorations, you mean that cheap plastic stuff hung all over the place with blobs of Blu-Tack, no thanks. Scrooge, no, I just dont like being lead by the nose to spend money for something that is a meaningless mish-mash on nothingness. I dont give presents, send cards or want these myself, I prefer to buy 'what we want, when we want it' . . . makes seance to me.
. . . I enjoy the excuse to over indulge, but these days that all it is. We have no family close by, few friends, they are with their own families. The way I like it, quiet, no over excited children, avoid the queens speech, listen to some music, or see if I can find a film on TV that I have not seen a dozen times already, all with a whisky-mac in hand . . . yea, I can look forward to that.
theres a few people on here having a dig at christianity and the COE, now while they are not perfect its not them that have changed xmas it the commercialisation of it thats the problem.
one guy on here made the perfect analogy on here when we were kids you got given a £2 football annual of a relative and you were grateful for it,
now if you dont get them 2 xbox games shed loads of chocolate they are calling you.
anyway in 20 years when the romanians and muslims take over they will cancel christmas anyway
or christmas will end up being racist and will be cancelled. thats the way were heading
anyway for my christmas dinner im have fillet steak or rack of lamb as i hate turkey, i might still buy some chipolata sausage though
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