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My Christmas Food Traditions

My Christmas Food Traditions | Essential Twenty

Okay, this post is so not what I had planned today. As you can see from the header image, it was suppose to be about my amazing attempt at my first ever gingerbread house. I don’t like gingerbread, so I’d never felt the need to make one but something changed this year. Unfortunately my walls broke so I ended up with gingerbread slabs which everyone ate – at least they were tasty! Instead, I’m going to talk about my family’s Christmas food traditions.

Christmas is a heavily food-based holiday (which is fine by me) and I get into intense conversations about which chocs are best out of the selection boxes (snickers, dairy milk, signature truffle and milk choc block, and I will fight you on this). I look at other people’s Christmas Day feasts in disgust because it’s just not right, but I realise we all have our different traditions.


Christmas Eve


On Christmas Eve, our neighbours come over for mince pies and mulled wine. And whilst I don’t like the taste of mince pies, I’m happy to gorge on my mum’s homemade sausage rolls. In fact, the mince pies and mulled wine are also made by my parents. Once the neighbours disappear for their own Christmas food traditions, we cook up a ton of M&S party food (yum) and it’s pretty much the only meal we eat in front of the TV all year. This year I’ll be settling down by the tree to watch All Star Musicals and Michael McIntyre’s Big Christmas Show, and probably channel hop between the others. Who knew that with 1000 channels it would be so difficult to find something worth watching?


Christmas Day


Apart from stuffing my face with the aforementioned selection box chocolate throughout Christmas Day, we have a pretty strict Christmas Day food selection. We kick things off with smoked salmon and scrambled eggs for brunch around 10/11am, then we don’t eat Christmas dinner until around 3pm. Our starter has been smoked salmon for the past few years, but we’ve eaten baked camembert in the past which is a great alternative. Our Christmas lunch comes with all the trimmings, especially pigs in blankets and sprouts, and I can’t forget the best roast potato recipe. After all that we’re too full for dessert, but we


The Best Of The Rest


This year we’re off to my dad’s parents on Boxing Day so will be devouring all the cold meats and most likely a jacket potato and a ton of canapes. On the 29th I’m heading to my mum’s sister’s where we have second Christmas, and the best pigs in blankets¬†ever. Somewhere between the two I’ll use up our leftover turkey and make a pie (probably on the 28th as Jack is staying with us), and then New Year’s Eve is a non-event for us. We usually get a takeaway and just play board games which is fine by me!

What are your Christmas food traditions? I promise not to tell you you’re wrong, at least to your face.

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