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Old 15-12-2017, 13:23   #1
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Christmas Day 2017

Christmas day is going to be strange one this year for me, in more ways than I could have ever have imagined.

Why the change well my boys really would prefer a takeaway so this year we have decided to get a carry out and hubby and the boy's have opted for a Indian dish, now if someone had told me that on Christmas Day 2017 that I would be doing this I would have laughed my head off as I'm usually one for tradition, but guess what I really don't care as long as my kids are happy.

I am now off the opinion that it is not what your eating or what is expected, what matters is who is around your table and that is the reason I'm doing what my kids, hubby and future daughter in law wants.

So we will get up open our presents or in my kids case money wallets as this is what they want and who am I to argue, then I will go over to my Dad's (myself) and check that he is okay and offer once again that he is most welcome to join us, as my Dad has changed his mind and just wants to be left alone.

I have now made it crystal clear that he has an open invitation and that I'm only a call away if he changes his mind as he has asked me to stop asking him over. He does not need to make this request to my sister as she has decided to keep up her tradition and go away to Norway for the festive period with her hubby & their friends.

Then after I have checked on my Dad I will go and visit my Mum's grave and lay a wreath for my Mum, I will offer my Dad to come with me but I really do not know what answer he will give tbh.

I shall be looking forward Boxing day in where my Dad has accepted the invite of spending this day with us in where we will all have a selection of cheese & crackers and plenty of wine, although I will not be having any wine until I take my Dad back home then me and my son's fiancée will have a bottle or two

So like I say this Christmas will be very different for myself and so what if were not eating Turkey with all the trimmings, silver-side roast etc. What I now know it's who were lucky enough to spend Christmas day with and I know with my hubby, our two boys and our lovely and much loved future daughter in law around our table, I truly have a wonderful family and that is what truly matters on Christmas day MY FAMILY

A few things will remain the same in my household, as we will still be doing the Christmas crackers and the lame jokes, the usual starters of prawn cocktail, soup and for dessert Christmas pudding, trifle etc, then we will play the usual board games and no doubt the boys will end up accusing each other of cheating but guess what that's our Christmas

I wish everyone on the Cable Forum a Wonderful Christmas and hope 2018 is kind to each and everyone of you.
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Re: Christmas Day 2017

Your day sounds lovely weenie. You will be celebrating with the people dearest to you and that is, to me, the very essence of the day.

We have a quiet day planned with our main gathering of family on Boxing Day. Sad to say that we will have a couple of extra toasts to make to absent friends. This last couple of months have been hard as we have lost two very close relatives and a day of celebration will be tinged with the grief we are all still dealing with.

Just read all that back and it sounds depressing and that's not what I meant. Our family will be together, we will have happy memories of years past and remembering those happy times will go a long way to lighten the sadness that is surrounding us.

So to all on Cable Forum I send my best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

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Re: Christmas Day 2017

I put this to my boys last xmas i was going to get a full Indian banquet i thought it was a great idea but was out voted in favor of the traditional meal .
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Re: Christmas Day 2017

Does sound like a great day, this year will be sad for me as it will be the first without a dear much loved relative. I hope everyone has a great Christmas.
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Re: Christmas Day 2017

We're around the sisters again.

I will offer to help, but might play with the kids
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Re: Christmas Day 2017

i would just like to remind everyone to put the sprouts on a low heat today so they are boiled enough by xmas day
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i would just like to remind everyone to put the sprouts on a low heat today so they are boiled enough by xmas day
Not everyone likes sprouts old boy as my OH boils them a bit then add dates , chopped chorizo and spices and then steams it for a short while as we don't like sprouts on their own as you can taste the bitterness.
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Not everyone likes sprouts old boy as my OH boils them a bit then add dates , chopped chorizo and spices and then steams it for a short while as we don't like sprouts on their own as you can taste the bitterness.
That's the problem with EU sprouts they're always bitter brussels
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Re: Christmas Day 2017

I add a tin of curry powder and make "Sprouts Mexicane"
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That's the problem with EU sprouts they're always bitter brussels
But adding the Spanish chorizo does take away the bitter taste of those bitter Brussels sprouts old boy.
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Re: Christmas Day 2017

These days there's very little bitterness in sprouts courtesy of the breeding boffins. I'll be doing ours with vac packed pre-cooked chestnuts as my sisters boyfriend is a Muslim so no pork. Except my special pigs in blankets but these will be done in a separate oven and sole tools.

Hoping everybody has a great Christmas day. The one day of the year when "restraint" is a rude word.
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Re: Christmas Day 2017

Always use frozen sprouts as they taste a lot sweeter. As for Turkey well just make your own Turkey Curry Indian style (compromise) yummy.
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Re: Christmas Day 2017

We're having Brussels Sprouts a la Farage and will enjoy every mouthful...
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