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Marmalade Crisis

Uh-oh. We were going to do our Christmas duck with an orange and port sauce. But when you find yourself uttering sentences like, "Well, are we still going to glaze it with marmalade, or do that with apricot jam as well?", you know insufficient forward planning has been engaged in. Never mind. I'm sure apricot jam will be just as good.

The stockings this morning were well-received, and giving them certainly generated a pleasantly warm glow for this year's Santas. And my haul of tree presents this year was fantastic, too! More about those later, when I've had a chance to play with them properly. For now, a poll on Christmas-or-similar traditions in your household:

Poll #640025 Christmas traditions in your household

When do you do your main round of present-opening?

Some time on Christmas Eve
5(9.3%)
Shortly after the turn of midnight
2(3.7%)
Christmas morning
33(61.1%)
After lunch on Christmas day
10(18.5%)
In the evening on Christmas day
1(1.9%)
Boxing day
0(0.0%)
Bah! Humbug!
3(5.6%)

When do you have your main Christmas dinner?

Some time before Christmas day
3(5.6%)
At lunch-time on Christmas day
35(64.8%)
In the evening on Christmas day
11(20.4%)
Some time after Christmas day
2(3.7%)
When the pizza guy delivers it
3(5.6%)

Christmas stockings are for:

Children young enough to believe in Santa Claus
2(3.8%)
Anyone under 18
0(0.0%)
Anyone who hasn't yet had children of their own
0(0.0%)
Anyone who still has their parents wrapped around their little fingers
1(1.9%)
Anyone and everyone
23(43.4%)
The weak
1(1.9%)
Keeping the kids quiet in the early hours of Christmas morning
1(1.9%)
Filling with bricks and using to conduct a bit of festive burglary
2(3.8%)

This year, my Christmas-or-similar celebrations included:

An open fire
1(1.9%)
Chestnuts
0(0.0%)
A christmas tree
2(3.8%)
Sprouts
1(1.9%)
Mince pies
0(0.0%)
Going to church
0(0.0%)
A family argument
0(0.0%)
Genial parlour games
0(0.0%)
Singing around the piano (or similar)
0(0.0%)
Monopoly
0(0.0%)
The Queen's speech
0(0.0%)
Getting a present I really didn't want
1(1.9%)
Giving someone the same present that somebody else had bought them
0(0.0%)
Running out of something important
0(0.0%)
Going for a ruddy-cheeked Christmas walk
0(0.0%)

Comments

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pne
Dec. 25th, 2005 07:24 pm (UTC)
When I still lived with my parents, Christmas usually included mince pies, singing around the piano, and playing Monopoly as well. (The Monopoly usually took about two days, so having my father have two days off for Christmas makes that the best time of the year to try to play it.)
diffrentcolours
Dec. 25th, 2005 08:11 pm (UTC)
I'm not expecting family arguments until the 27th when I get down to my parents' and see my younger sister.

goodqueenmolly's son suggested Monopoly last night, but I threatened to disembowel him. I hate Monopoly with a passion.
strange_complex
Dec. 25th, 2005 10:01 pm (UTC)
I like the idea of Monopoly. All those place-names that seemed so exotic and steeped in tradition to a litle Brummie girl all those years ago.

But you're right. The practice is painful.
megamole
Dec. 25th, 2005 08:14 pm (UTC)
Christmas spirit(s)
The sprouts were forced on us by Dad (I got him an apposite Christmas card). Amazingly, given that it's a "family" Christmas, and Mum and Dad have been divorced for about 20 years, there have been NO arguments. None. Not even about the sprouts.

There was an odd moment of synchronicity in which I bought Dad a book called "Why Everything is Shit Nowadays" and he bought me, completely independently, the "Encyclopedia of Shite".

Of the family, only I went to church - Christmas Day Matins, so it's kind of my job. The rest of my family missed the marvel of the day - the early afternoon sunshine through the stained glass casting its sparkling iridescences onto the white pillars along the nave of St. Peter's.
strange_complex
Dec. 25th, 2005 10:05 pm (UTC)
Re: Christmas spirit(s)
Sprouts are great, and they cure cancer, too.

I like the sound of the Matins experience, and I hope it went well for you.
mr_flay
Dec. 27th, 2005 11:56 am (UTC)
I should clarify that when I clicked "Running out of something important", I meant that I skived off work early in order to get back to Ed's and rejoin the festivities.

Work is also the only reason my Xmas involved the Queen's Speech, but unlike (I'm guessing) everyone else who included that in their response, I had to sign the Official Secrets Act (again!) to get hold of it...
strange_complex
Dec. 27th, 2005 01:09 pm (UTC)
Nah - that's running to something important, isn't it?
mr_flay
Dec. 27th, 2005 01:38 pm (UTC)
Good point, well made. Merry Xmas, hon :)
meerium
Dec. 28th, 2005 01:34 am (UTC)
i would merely like to add that the queen was foisted upon me, inexplicably, by a mother who felt a seizure of royalism for the first time in years. none of us are entirely sure what to make of this, including her.
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