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      30.12.2009 10:03
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      Christmas is a time for family and friends not for spending the day hidden away in the kitchen!

      The traditional Christmas dinner usually conjures up images of a nice big roast turkey or goose (if you are really traditional), roast potatoes, parsnips, carrots, stuffing, delicious smelling gravy, pigs in blankets and of course where would Christmas dinner be without a brussel sprout or two?... the list is endless... all followed by the traditional lit chistmas pud! That comes with cream, brandy sauce or just plain old custard. The table is full of food, there are crackers to be pulled and wine to be drank. The time where over indulgence is something to be celebrated.

      The tree is there decorated, the candles are lit, the floor covered in paper from the presents. Family and friends surround the table. There is love and laughter to wash down all of that food. Then at 3 o'clock when you are nearly finished up, the Queens Speech! and of course a tin of chocolate roses!

      This year we did not have a 'traditional' Christmas dinner. We were invited to my Mothers house (as we are each year) but this year down to the fact that the weather was so bad, and my mother living over an hours drive away and with our baby due on the 3rd of January we made the decision to stay at home.

      We did not want to cook a big bird just for the two of us. Well there is firstly the expense of such a thing. Yes we could have used most of it up in the following days, turkey sandwiches, turkey currry, turkey pie, turkey casserole... I could go on. But it all becomes a bit dry and boring. Also the fact that I could have gone into labour half way through the cooking time was not something that I wanted to deal with!

      And so we did not cook. No cooking and hardly any washing up! Of course we did still eat! We had an indian take away for our christmas lunch and I have to say having had a traditional christmas dinner for every 25th of December of my life so far, it was a welcome change!

      We had a vindaloo, a korma, mushroom fried and pilau rice, peshwari nan, and a keema Nan. We had puppadums and onion bahjee. It was delicious! Not very 'traditional' but it was one of the best dinners I have ever had (don't tell my mum!).

      And so because we didn't cook we had time in the morning for a nice leisurely breakfast in bed, a nice long bath and time to open our presents together. We had time to ring our friends and family. We had time in the afternoon to visit our elderly neighbours and have a walk around our beautiful village. We had time to do a buffet for our friends in the evening.

      Christmas day for us was one to remember. It was relaxing, and about spending time together. Next year it will be the baby's first Christmas and I am very tempted to invite everybody we know around for an indian take away. Not very traditional food wise but to me Christmas is not about that anyway.

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      30.10.2008 12:50
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      An excuse to eat how much you want without feeling guilty

      Traditional Christmas dinner has to be one of the nations favorite meals for many reasons,A- it's chance to stuff your face with lavish foods and not care about how much you eat, and B- It's an extra special meal as you sit down with your nearest and dearest to enjoy this special day.
      Since moving into my own house 3 years ago we have always been invited to my parents or my partners for Christmas dinner, therefore have not had chance to fully cook a whole Christmas dinner from scratch and entertain guests at the same time in the comfort of my own home, although this year will be different, my family are coming over as in the year we have moved into a bigger place and my parents downsized.
      So this year i will be cooking for 11 people!! I do love cooking and im excited in a way, to get to show to my family what i can do. I can't fault my mum's cooking not one bit and she will be in the kitchen helping me out and making her famous onion sauce which everybody loves.
      Since making the arrangement last month, i have been thinking non stop as to how i can make the dinner a extra special one as this year has been tough on everyone. We normally have a three course meal and for starter i thought I'd stick with the favorites, a choice of three- prawn cocktail, leek and potato soup, or homemade breaded garlic mushrooms. I will make these from scratch a on the day will ask everyone beforehand which one they prefer, in my head i know the answers, as dad only likes mushrooms, my brother only likes prawns, and my big sister will only eat the mushrooms too.- but you get where im going.
      For the main course i will be doing Turkey and beef so there is a choice,accompanied by, roast potato's, mash, carrots, brussel sprouts, roasted parsnips, pea's and swede- all seasonal vegetables. Then i will do big pot's of gravy, bread sauce, onion sauce, and condiments like cranberry and horseradish- These always go down well.
      For dessert i again will be doing three variety's, Christmas pudding, Trifle, and cheesecake, so everyone can have what they like, to go with the puddings i will have cream, ice cream, and brandy sauce.
      I know i said three courses but after everyones meals have gone down, i will be making coffee and mints for everyone and slicing up the christmas cake that my dear Nan has made.
      By now as you can imagine we will probably all be stuffed to the brim, but very happy!
      To make things extra special i like to decorate the table and room too,
      ~ A christmassy tablecloth
      ~ Napkins
      ~ Christmas crackers
      ~ Wine glasses
      ~ A wreath in the middle of the table with a lit candle
      ~ Little presents for every guest
      ~ Christmas carols playing in the background.

      Well thats how i will doing my christmas dinner this year, very traditional, but thats how we like it.

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        30.10.2008 10:39
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        I love chrismtas dinner with all my family and i love preparing/cooking for them all

        I absolutely love christmas time and i always have my family around for chrismtas dinner each year. Altogether i cook for five adults and seven children. It's a bit of a squeeze at the dining room table but we all manage and it's the only time of the year we do all come together for dinner.

        I tend to do a three course meal and i cook what people all like in my family.

        On the table aswell is drinks that include, bottle of red and white wine, non alcoholic drinks such as water and fizzy white and red grape drink in a bottle like a wine shape (sorry can't remember what it's called as my sister generally brings it with her for the children and i'm of course on the white wine, lol)

        First Course:

        A choice of three starters:

        A soup of their choice accompanied by a bread roll warmed up with butter.
        Garlic mushrooms on a bed of mixed leaf salad with sour cream and chive dip.
        Prawn cocktail - prawns again on a bed of salad with seafood sauce.

        Everyone generally has the same for the main meal and this is:

        Crown turkey breast - brought from my local butchers for around £25.00,
        Chippolata sausages wrapped in streaky bacon,
        Stuffing mixed with sausage meat rolled out into small balls,
        Little yorkshire puddings,
        Roast potatoes and roast parcnips
        Fresh vegetables prepared the night before and these are; carrots, sprouts, cauliflour, cabbage,
        And to finish this all off with gravy and sauces such as bread sauce.

        For sweets after i have a few choices again as we all like different puddings for afters and theses are:

        Tradional christmas pudding served with either cream, custard or ice cream,
        Sticky toffee pudding again served with either cream, custard or ice cream,
        Chocolate profitteroles covered in lots of chocolate
        Plain vanilla ice cream.

        All this is the washed down with a lovely cup of coffee freshly brewed in our coffee maker.

        I love doing this every year for my family we wouldn't have it any other way.

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          23.12.2001 17:19
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          Why not be adventurous this Christmas and make your own stuffing. Be the envy of your friends when you tell them you don’t use packet stuffing’s and make your own. This is one of my favourites BACON & MUSHROOM STUFFING 4 oz Mushrooms finely chopped 2 oz Butter or Margarine 8 oz Streaky Bacon, rinded and finely chopped 1 medium onion skinned and finely chopped 2 level tbsp chopped fresh parsley 8 oz fresh breadcrumbs (see note below) Salt and Pepper 1 egg beaten A dash of Worcester sauce 1. Melt the butter and add the bacon mushrooms and onion and fry for 5 mins. 2. Mix the parsley with the breadcrumbs in a bowl, then stir in the bacon, mushroom and onion mix. 3. Stir in the egg to bind the mixture, then knead together. Breadcrumbs. Homemade ones are best, as bought ones are dry and powdery, and are often artificially coloured. Use brown or white bread that is 2 – 3 days old, and make the breadcrumbs in a food processor or blender. This one was we experimented with a few years back and since as become a family favourite.

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            03.12.2001 09:25

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            This the one meal I love cooking the most. I usually cook the Turkey the day before, because my lot like it cold on the day. So I cook it with an onion and an apple inside, and smokey bacon rashers covering the bird to stop it burning. Cook it slowly over a few hours mmmmm yummy. On Christmas morning then I can get to grips with the veg which usually includes. Roast Parsnips, Sprouts, carrots and Peas. Good old Roast Potatoes which have been part boiled and salted, then roast gently. I make stuffing balls, with stuffing and sausage meat. Whilst thats all cooking and the gravy is smimmering made from the turkey juices and onions. I sit down with a glass of wine and watch the children open their presents. Then I can open mine. it is nice to have a happy time opening presents. Lunch is usually at around 1pm. All sitting at the table which has crackers and trimmings. It is the one meal we make sure we sit down together each year. After lunch comes the pudding if we have room and feel like it. Plus another glass of wine and coffee to follow whilst the children play. Then time to fill the dishwasher and sit down for the movie. Sometimes we may even go for a walk to get some fresh air, and one year the children had bikes so they tried them out. The rest of the day is sat in front of the TV, snacking and eating chocolates mmmmm. Tea time is usually help yourself buffet, and then by the end of the day I fall into bed. But what a great day.

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            26.12.2000 02:38
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            I’m depressed. This is such a bad time of year for me an’ my kin. Hey! I’ve had such a good time these last few weeks! I’ve been looked after so well. And the food! All I could eat and more! Gosh, anyone would have thought it was Christmas. But suddenly, so many of my younger, plumper friends have disappeared. Without trace. It’s really getting to me. Which of us will be next? Is there something sinister going on? It’s unsettling the whole family. We were quietly watching University Challenge the other night, but as soon as Paxo came on, old Auntie Gertie dived for the Off switch, and wouldn’t tell us why. So with the telly banned, we thought we’d liven things up a bit and put some CD’s on. Now I’m a bit of a Cranberries fan. Auntie Gertie pulled the plug out. I think she’s having rather a lot of senior moments these days. I don’t know who to turn to. Except you sympathetic Dooyoo-ers out there. And I hope you understand how difficult this has been for me, balancing my bum on a chair and trying to hit a keyboard with unpractised claws. (Take a brief moment out to think fowl, and the handicaps thereof). {Written later, after a good dose of satisfying corn with added minerals} Auntie Gertie says it’s not over yet. Auntie Gertie says here in Scotland, our worries are not over at Christmas. Auntie Gertie says there’s some human-celebratory-thing called Hogmany, which involves eating of certain fowls. I really don’t know what she’s talking about, but I’ve never seen her poo in the nesting box before. I’m so confused. Is this the end of the world as we know it? I start to wonder about my value, my worth. Am I really worth no more than a piece of coloured paper? (Auntie Gertie says too much TV is bad for me, but I was watching Scotsport last Saturday, and Lorenzo Amoru
            so got a yellow card for a fowl. Is that a fair swap?) {Written later, after a slap round the head from Auntie Gertie} I’ve been told to apologise. I didn’t realise this was a category for travel destinations. Auntie Gertie says I’m so ignorant, I deserve to be stuffed. I don’t know whether to be happy or scared. Anyway, Happy Christmas. I hope my sacrifice has brought you joy. (I’m sooo sorry – I just couldn’t resist. Blame too much Rioja washing down the Christmas . . . .beef?) (If I was on the Dooyoo staff, I’d kick me off for this : ) )

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              14.12.2000 23:47
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              This year, Christmas is coming in a box from Marks and Spencer’s. My partner and I have invited our two best friends over for Christmas day. We all agreed that we would all muck in so that it wasn’t too much of a pain for anyone. Since this agreement, our friends have pulled a dirty trick and booked a pre-Christmas holiday to Lanzarote. They fly back in at midnight on Christmas Eve. As I could not manage it all on my own, we decided we had better formulate a plan B Marks and Spencer’s food ordering service came through the door and it was a Christmas present in itself. We had a quick look and made a decision very quickly. We have bough our entire Christmas dinner from Marks and Spencer’s, ready to cook. I’m delighted. First, we chose a Turkey Crown. None of us like legs or wings and so we though that just a turkey breast would suit us very nicely. The ordering service only offers these for 10 people at £19.99 and so we chose this thinking that we can always use the left overs for turkey curry on Boxing Day. And anyway, the boys both have appetites so large that I do not think M&S factored them in when calculating their servings rating. Then we chose a vegetable selection. We have ordered carrots, parsnips, potatoes and sprouts. They all come cleaned, peeled and chopped and the parsnips and potatoes are basted and ready to roast! This only comes in servings of 6. This little lot set us back another £9.99. Lastly, we ordered an accompaniment dish. This was also for 6 and includes stuffing (cranberry, sausage and chestnut), bacon rolls and chipolata sausages. This pack was £6.58. So, the whole lot has come to a staggering £36.56. Now I know that this may sound like a lot of money, and it is. But – considering the trouble it is saving me then I think it’s worth every penny. The ordering service has now closed I’m afraid (open from October to 12th Dece
              mber) and I’m picking my box up at 10.00 AM on Christmas Eve. The catalogue also offers loads of other fresh food like whole turkeys, stuffed breast and leg joints, salmon, beef wellington, party platters of sandwiches, whole buffets even. All of this food is available now, fresh and at a store near you. The only reason that I ordered it all was because I would not have the energy to fight my way through the last minute crowds and I would be worried about them running out of what I wanted. Also, there was no charge for ordering, so it seemed like a good idea to me. While we were in M&S we also bought our bread sauce, cranberry sauce, mince pies, cream, starters (soup and bread), nibbles and loads of buffet food for the evening like Chinese Platter, Indian Platter, Crispolinis etc. All together, Christmas food has cost us about £50 for 4 adults and I know there will be plenty left over. When you compare this to eating out somewhere, then you can see that it is a real bargain. But when you compare it to doing it all on a budget and by yourself then it is very expensive. For me though, there was no other way this year. And now I can say I am honestly looking forward to it! UPDATE 30/12/00 We went into M&S to collect our food on Christmas Eve between 10 & 12 which was our allotted time slot. We had to wait in a queue with over 200 other people to collect our fresh food order, and then in another queue at the cash tills to pay for it. I was horrified. This experience has removed all that was good about this. I would, instead, highly recommend buying it all from M&S and freezing it or walking in on Christmas Eve and picking it up off their shelves, fresh and for the same price and only queuing for 2 minutes to pay for it. It really hurt me to stand in that queue and see all my food on the shelf next to me and not be able to abandon the queue because I had already paid a hefty deposit.
              M&S staff were all geared up for this queue and came along the queue often with little trays of orange juice, port and mince pies. If they were expecting it, why the hell didn't they do something to organise it a little better? Never again.

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                13.12.2000 20:15
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                The best Christmas gift to me is all my family around the Christmas table on Christmas day and we will be this Christmas like all the Christmasses past. But, like all Mums with Children, I dont know how many more years this will happen. I am not being a misery. I have 3 children one got engaged this year and I am so happy that her and her fiance are coming to us for dinner. (his Mum is working the dinnertime) When they get married I dont want them having the problem of which Mum to go to for Christmas dinner. My 15 year old wants to cook the dinner this year and oooo I have said she can! Whether she will or not is a different subject! A traditional dinner is Turkey with stuffing and all the trimmings like carrots, brussels etc and no washing up for Mum as we have a whoever cooks that day doesnt do the washing up - perhaps this is why my daughter wants to cook it!

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                08.12.2000 18:17

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                There is a time for everthing and Christmas is the is a time for turkey. I personally prefer chicken (turkey's a bit dry) but turkey feels Christmassy and special. Nothing can beat a real christmas dinner: Homemade soup Turkey + trimmings (e.g. roast+mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts, carrots, sweetcorn, chipalattos, stuffing etc)+ gravy of course Christmas pudding or trifle My son loves Christmas dinner and would never fogive me if I gave him anything else on this special day which only comes round once a year.

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                02.12.2000 23:51
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                This the one meal I love cooking the most. I usually cook the Turkey the day before, because my lot like it cold on the day. So I cook it with an onion and an apple inside, and smokey bacon rashers covering the bird to stop it burning. Cook it slowly over a few hours mmmmm yummy. On Christmas morning then I can get to grips with the veg which usually includes. Roast Parsnips, Sprouts, carrots and Peas. Good old Roast Potatoes which have been part boiled and salted, then roast gently. I make stuffing balls, with stuffing and sausage meat. Whilst thats all cooking and the gravy is smimmering made from the turkey juices and onions. I sit down with a glass of wine and watch the children open their presents. Then I can open mine. it is nice to have a happy time opening presents. Lunch is usually at around 1pm. All sitting at the table which has crackers and trimmings. It is the one meal we make sure we sit down together each year. After lunch comes the pudding if we have room and feel like it. Plus another glass of wine and coffee to follow whilst the children play. Then time to fill the dishwasher and sit down for the movie. Sometimes we may even go for a walk to get some fresh air, and one year the children had bikes so they tried them out. The rest of the day is sat in front of the TV, snacking and eating chocolates mmmmm. Tea time is usually help yourself buffet, and then by the end of the day I fall into bed. But what a great day.

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                  30.11.2000 22:56
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                  I don't know about the rest of you but I love waking up on Christmas day and thinking "what can I eat!" Normally I am not a huge eater but when it comes to Christmas I can't stop. I love tradditional Christmas dinner with all the trimmings but by lunch time when I come to eat it, I have stuffed my face with chocolate, fruit and nuts etc that I can never eat it! Drinking also does not help because I strictly drink beer and that just bloats me out. This year I am going to give it a go and not eat anything before my christmas dinner and maybe I might just get to finish one. The other thing is that it takes such preperation to actually cook the meal that there is always something cold when I get my dinner. For some reason I am always last in the gravy queue which means the thing that is cold ...stays cold! This year with me attempting to actually eat the dinner fully, I am going to make sure that I have my personal gravy supply! Little Things!

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                    22.11.2000 13:29
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                    Every year, about two days from Christmas.I go to the market and get everything I need for our Family get together.Every year, I try to add something new to our dinner.Here is my traditional dinner and the recipes as well.Maybe you want to try.I'm a country girl who loves country cooking. ButterBall Turkey I usually get around a 15 lb. one I also use the Large Turkey Oven Bags Butter Paprika Salt & Pepper Directions Place turkey in bag (make sure you get the bags of livers and stuff out of the turkey first)My sister has done that before(smile).I get about 2 heapings of butter and rub all over the turkey.Then sprinkle salt,pepper and paprika on it.I let in cook on low all night long until about 10:00a.m. on Christmas Day. Large Country Ham Large oven bag Butter Can of Coke 1 cup Brown Sugar Directions Place ham in Oven Bag.Rub plenty of butter on it.Then pour one can of coke over it.Then sprinkle the brown sugar all over it.Cook about 8 hours on about 325' degrees. Great tasting Ham. Chicken & Dressing 1 large pack Chicken Breast 1 cup Butter 1 tsp.Salt & Pepper 4 cups Corn Meal 1 Cup Flour 3 Eggs 3 Large Onions (Dice) 2 Stalks Celery (Dice) Milk Sage Directions; Mix all these ingredients together first-Corn Meal,Flour,Eggs,Onions,Celery and milk.Make it like your cooking regular cornbread.Just keep adding milk until mixture is thick, but not to thick.Have your oven preheated to 350' with a large pan in it.Add grease to the pan and sprinkle dry cornmeal in it and let brown so your breading doesn't stick. While that's cooking put your chicken breast in a large pot on top of your stove .Add 1 cup butter,salt and pepper.Add plenty of water for broth afterwards.Cook on med-high for about 1 1/2 hours until it falls all to pieces.Set in refrigerator to cool.When it cools pull the chicken off and
                    make sure there are no bones let in the broth. When breading is done take out of oven and put in a very large pan or bowl.Let Cool.Then take and break the bread up.Then you add your Chicken and the broth juice.Then just add Sage,I never measure how much Sage to put in it.I just add it and keep tasting it until I reach the taste that I want.After you get all of mixed together , don't get it to moist.Place back in oven and cook on 350' until top turns golden brown. This is what I served with Turkey.Then get you some cranberry sauce and slice and put in refigerator to chill.Now, your good to go on your main course. Fresh Cooked Turnip Greens Fresh Turnip Greens Piece of Your Country Ham Raw 2 tsps.salt & pepper Directions: Wash Turnip Greens really well (this is the hard part) Place in large pot and add ham,salt,pepper and plenty of water.Cook about 1/2 a day on med-high or until tender. Potato Salad 10 to 12 med-large potatoes 1 onion (diced) 1/2 diced pickles 1 Fresh Tomatoe 3 Boiled Eggs (diced) 1 tablespoon butter 1 tablespoon mayonnaise 1 tablespoon mustard 1/2 cup milk 1 tsp.salt & pepper Directions: Wash and peel potatoes and cut into large squares.Use large pot add water and boil for about 20 minutes on high.Go ahead and boil your eggs about 10 minutes.Go ahead and diced everything up and have ready.When potatoes are done, take your mixer and mash them up a little.Then add all ingredients and stir in mixture very well. Sweet Potatoe Caserole 10 Sweet Potatoes 1/2 cup butter 1 cup sugar 1 tsp. vanilla flavoring marshmallows 2 egg Yolks Only Directions: Do the sweet potatoes like you do the Irish poatoes.Wash and cut into squares.Boil about 15 minutes on high.Drain water off.Mash with mixer.Then add butter,sugar,Vanilla,egg yolks and mix with mixer until well blended.Put in large Casserole Dish and top wi
                    th Marshmallows(preferably the small ones). Cook in oven at 350' for about 1 hour until it thickens and marshmallows are golden brown. Garlic Rolls Depends on how many people are coming???? Butter them real good and sprinkled garlic salt on all them and bake until brown. Fresh Green Onions is a Must!!!! Peanut Butter Pie 1 8oz.Cream Cheese Small Tub Whip Cream 1/2 cup peanut butter 1 cup Confectioner Sugar 9 inch Graham Pie Crust Directions: Set cream cheese out to get room temperature.Place crem cheese in mixing bowl add peanut butter,sugar,1/2 of the tub of whip cream and mix very well until smooth.Pour the mixture into pie crust and smooth out even.Add the rest of the whip cream to the top of the pie.Place pie in refrigerator for about an hour. Makes about 8 slices Everyone will love this pie! Hope this gives someone else suggestions on what to serve at Christmas.

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                      18.11.2000 02:39
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                      I think Christmas is really enhanced by Christmas Dinner - Traditional Christmas Dinner. One of my friends parents suggested that there family go to a put for Christmas lunch. She, like myself, thinks this is a horrible idea! Half the fun of Christmas is preparing Christmas Dinner - especially if your parents do the majority of it. To hear your parents rushing frantically to get everything cooked at the same time - the full trimmings - is excellent!. My Dad searching for the cookery book to see the weights of the ingredients for yorkshire puddings - he makes them all the time but always has to check the cook book! Bacon wrapped stuffing is just the best, as are brussel sprouts , carrots, mini sausages, cabbage - SWEDE!, and the wine - what a touch. Family Christmas dinners rock - there is so much activity going on and everyone chips in with the preparation. Being a student, a decent meal isn't eaten all that often so Christmas time is great - good grub for at least a week! My advice to anyone whose parents want to lunch at a pub for Christmas is ARGUE TILL YOU GET YOUR WAY AND HAVE THE TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS DINNER AT HOME! You can't beat it!

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                      16.11.2000 13:49
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                      I love Christmas dinner. What with the turkey, the carrots, the sausages (which my mother always burns - Christmas dinner would'nt be the same without burnt sausages!) and the Christmas pud, it's just fantastic. The one thing I could do without is brussel sprouts, but they always seem to end up on my plate somehow! Of course, the crackers and the balloons and the whole family sitting round the table are what really make it special. As the years go by there seem to be less and less people sitting at the table, but it's still nice!

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                        13.11.2000 03:54

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                        Christmas is a time for enjoying yourself and thinking of others. It is great to have a slap up christmas dinner but it feels better to know your turkey (or other meat) has had a life free from pain and stress. I realise christmas is an expensive time and free range meat is more expensive but it can marr your best meal of the year knowing the main part of it has suffered greatly for it. If more people bought humanely raised meat it would become cheaper and everyone would benefit. Although standards are improving poultry does tend to suffer more than other animals in standard farming methods so it makes sense to use this occasion to try free range, you will probably find it tastes better too.

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