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TheOneWithTheHair Thu 06-Dec-12 19:38:57

eat yours.

I mean what time of day? There are loads of things that I would love to make but I know they will end up going to waste.

There are five of us and the only time I can think of when it won't interfere with meals is mid-afternoon. It shouldn't be this hard to fit it in surely?

So what do you do?

Snog Sun 09-Dec-12 16:09:20

Mid morning
Mid afternoon
Pre dinner
All of these are defintely potenital opportunities to eat christmas treats in our house!

WhoKnowsWhereTheMistletoes Sat 08-Dec-12 16:27:24

This is the butter we get Waitrose.

I'd love it if we could stay at home for three days after Christmas and just graze, but it's MILs birthday on Boxing Day so we have to go over there and it's too far to just go for the day, so stay for a couple of nights. They don't have much in the way of tasty nibbles and are the sort of people who leave the turkey festering in a warm kitchen for a week, I'm always convinced we're going to get food poisoning from the leftovers.

TheOneWithTheHair Sat 08-Dec-12 16:09:58

grin Norks. I've been hiding. My diet is not going well. hmm

Well I think I just need to persuade dh that proper meals aren't necessary between Christmas and New Year. We can just graze to our heart's content! grin

cocoachannel Sat 08-Dec-12 15:34:30

Christmas Eve dinner of special cheeses, ham, crackers and a good bottle of wine is my favourite part.

Sweet treats (and my grandmother's wonderful cheese straws) get out out on special plates and people graze between meals if they wish. My parents get lots of people popping in so this is mostly for them. Having said that this is the first year since DSis and I were children we've had a child in the house over the festive period.

Enjoy everyone. I'm off to get DD up from her nap, but may squeeze in a cuppa and my first mince pie of the year first!

FivesGoldNorks Sat 08-Dec-12 15:30:10

I know exactly what you mean. DCs are out today and DH and I are having a day in wrapping presents. We have mulled wine, mince pies, yule log, crisps and dips, olives & little bits that come in jars and THEN a risotto tonight (kids hate it). So we're struggling to fit it all in.

(diet's going fine, just in case you were wondering blush)

CharlotteBronteSaurus Sat 08-Dec-12 15:27:55

we don't cook for about three days after christmas. just graze on ham, cheese, chutneys, christmas cake and chocolate.

SantaWearsGreen Sat 08-Dec-12 15:26:08

Christmas eve we make FC cookies and nick some for ourselves grin, we also have a few mince pies with mulled wine in the evening& we have hot chocolate and marshmallows.

On Christmas day we sort of graze all day on mince pies, biscuits, chocolates etc. Have a three course dinner and have the chocolates in the evening with champagne grin

NotQuitePerfect Sat 08-Dec-12 00:02:29

Tesco do a Finest Normandy Butter with salt crystals. It's utterly delicious.

DoubleMum Fri 07-Dec-12 10:07:34

ooh butter with salt crystals in sounds lovely - what brand is it please?

TheOneWithTheHair Fri 07-Dec-12 09:32:03

Well we usually have a cooked breakfast and the eat about 3/4ish and that's it for meals. Boxing Day is relatives day and MIL does a buffet tea.

I think if I want to make all these nice things I'm going to have to relax about the dcs being too full to eat properly.

Between Christmas and New Year seems to be a good idea and one week a year won't do any harm I suppose.

Thank you to everyone who wasn't sneery.

WhoKnowsWhereTheMistletoes Fri 07-Dec-12 09:27:36

We tend to stick to our normal mealtime routines apart from Christmas Day, there might be some chocolates or other sweets nibbled between meals but that's about it. I do buy nicer versions of things we normally have, like special cheeses instead of just cheddar, the butter with salt crystals in it instead of normal, Mince pies instead of normal puddings, that sort of thing. Definitely back to normal from Boxing Day onwards though apart from finishing off the chocs.

Christmas Day itself is croissants for breakfast, canapes for lunchtime nibbles, dinner at about 2-3ish, then a few crackers and cheese or a mince pie later if needed (usually it is not).

WheresMyJinglingCowBells Fri 07-Dec-12 09:17:09

Are we related Dontmind that is exactly what we do grin

AltinkumATEalltheTurkey Fri 07-Dec-12 09:11:47

We do the same as don'tmind, one big meal, followed by savoury snacks and cheese board.

NotQuitePerfect Fri 07-Dec-12 09:08:26

We do the same as you don'tmind

DontmindifIdo Fri 07-Dec-12 08:07:31

well, are you planning on cooking two big meals on christmas day? Surely it's breakfast (bacon sarnies is the norm here), a few christmas chocolates before getting dressed, then the big Christmas dinner for lunch, then it's a case of empty all those treats and a few savory picnic type things on to the dining table and everyone just grazes/snacks until bedtime. I'll bring out some bread rolls, butter, niace ham and a cheese board around 5 ish and that's the closest you're getting to a 'dinner/tea' from me.

(now I'm worried other people actuall make effort to produce a proper meal for christmas evening...)

NotQuitePerfect Fri 07-Dec-12 08:01:04

No it doesn't matter at all!

Make your own rules. This year I'm looking forward to a glass of champagne and a slice of cranberry topped pork pie for elevenses on Christmas day.

But I'm not bothering with the tins of Quality Street/Celebrations. They're generally quite horrible & I end up throwing most of them away, but for years have continued to buy them because I thought you had to!

Christmas cake/mince pie & good cheese is enough for supper on Christmas Day/Boxing Day.

Happy Christmas! smile

Goandplay Fri 07-Dec-12 07:59:08

I think once they're in the house you do just eat them, fit them in etc.

I love having something later on in tge evening in front of the tv. I agree with what other people saying that between Christmas and New Year you don't tend to have 3 meals a day like normal.

We didn't have anything extra as a child either except 1 tub of Christmas sweets.

TheOneWithTheHair Fri 07-Dec-12 07:51:06

Of course there is time to eat junk and I'm sorry you think I'm being rediculous. It was a simple question because I wanted to know. Sorry if it upsets you!

Thank you Rudolphia. So general consensus is that it doesn't matter if meals slip a bit then?

purrpurr Thu 06-Dec-12 21:33:55

You have no time in your day to eat junk? Seriously? Don't be ridiculous.

RudolphiaRedNose Thu 06-Dec-12 21:26:20

I like stollen, panettone etc for breakfast in the xmas holidays. (Stollen lightly toasted, with nutella on it is AMAZING.) Mince pies are for elevenses, or pudding after dinner. Chestnuts and marshmallows for roasting at open fire on a sunday afternoon.

I think when there is a load of christmas food around we probably don't eat as much at main meals - for example if we feel quite full we'll just have beans on toast for tea, or cheese and biscuits.

TheOneWithTheHair Thu 06-Dec-12 21:22:42

New Years Day picnic sounds fab. As does a day off cooking on Boxing Day.

TheOneWithTheHair Thu 06-Dec-12 21:21:43

Thanks for the replies. It's interesting to find out.

It may seem like an odd question but I have honestly got all confused about it.

I think it's because we don't normally indulge like this and I don't want to end up wasting it. My parents never did this so I'm not used to it iyswim.

Doilooklikeatourist Thu 06-Dec-12 20:38:20

We tend to have the treats instead of a meal , you have the big Christmas dinner , then later on have some lovely cheese and a glass of port .

Chocolates / mince pie / cake when watching a film or Christmas special in the afternoon , after a bracing cold winter walk , then left over fry up for dinner .

We always go out to Tenby on New Years Day , taking a picnic of leftover treats , picnic treats , one of the great dishes of the world.

headfairy Thu 06-Dec-12 20:38:06

I'm not sure that I eat that many treats over Christmas. Doesn't make me an angel, I eat tons anyway, but what with all the over consumption I just don't fancy anything. I save them for the week between Christmas and new year.

You're not legally obliged to eat chocolates in between every meal between Christmas eve and Boxing day you know grin

StockingFilly Thu 06-Dec-12 20:34:21

Christmas Eve we eat all kinds of yummy shit treats. Boxing Day is the classic munching day, too, surely?

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