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What's on your 'Must Have List' and what's on the 'Don't Bother List'

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70isaLimitNotaTarget Sun 09-Oct-16 19:14:12

My Must Haves-
Christmas crackers,
something new in the way of crockery, might be a plate or a jug
Cake (homemade with homemade marzipan)
Sainsburys Taste the Difference Mini Mince Pies
Festive loo roll fblush
Scented candles

On the No Thanks list-
buttercream topped cupcakes (didn't get eaten)
fancy cheeses
Milk tray (I was going to buy a box yesterday but thought , erm nobody eats them)
Non alcohol mulled wine (still got last years bottle)
Hot chocolate except the Cadburys add water instant, still got white chocolate jar sitting there

I'm sure there's more. fgrin

70isaLimitNotaTarget Sun 09-Oct-16 19:16:45

Ooh more-
tins of biscuits and assorted crackers for cheese ........rattle sadly about going soft in the box

TellMeStraight Sun 09-Oct-16 19:33:46


Box of Hotel Chocolat
Homemade gingerbread house
Homemade Christmas pudding
Waitrose Fiona Cairns Christmas cake


Weird Christmas themed ice creams
Heston Blumenthal orange filled pudding
Bread sauce

flapjackfairy Sun 09-Oct-16 20:04:38

Must have

Christmas cake with proper royal icing not that plasticine stuff.
Lots of crackers and fancy cheeses
Mince pies

No thanks

Bottle of baileys(still left from last yr)
bread pudding ( yuk.)

Thats all i love everything else

JontyDoggle37 Sun 09-Oct-16 20:07:00


Other than that, couldn't give a damn about anything else.

SugarMiceInTheRain Sun 09-Oct-16 20:11:09

Must haves
Homemade Christmas cake with marzipan (but DH and I aren't fond of fondant icing)
Mince pies (homemade mincemeat, natch grin)
Nice cheese
Posh hot chocolate for Christmas eve, probably black forest - DH bought me a big bottle of the syrup earlier this year best Valentine's gift ever
Also Christmas scented candles

No thanks
Roses (gone downhill so much IMO, though I expect the kids will still want some)
Christmas pudding - most of it gets wasted - I'll eat a tiny bit and the rest of it will just wind up in the bin
Any alcohol - don't drink here so the obsession with Christmassy booze is lost on me.

lindsey077 Sun 09-Oct-16 20:27:23

Must haves-
Waitrose mince pies
Hendricks gin
All the cheese
Prestat chocs/choc seashells
Homemade red cabbage
Components for amazing leftover sandwiches
Homemade pickled onions and chutneys
Twinings hot chocolate

No thanks-
Anything by cadburys ☹️
Christmas pudding
Nice non alcoholic drinks (shloer etc) the kids prefer juice or cheap lemonade
Christmas cake

Wayfarersonbaby Mon 10-Oct-16 01:35:25

Christmas pudding + cream
A couple of nice hard cheeses + chutney
Soda bread, gravadlax and rocket
Homemade trifle
Gin, red wine and one bottle of champagne
One Hotel chocolat box (tasting box)
One box mini mince pies
Christmas dinner - roast potatoes, pigs in blankets, red cabbage, nice veg, and maybe something that isn't turkey this year
Lebkuchen, especially the apple jam ones

No thanks:
Christmas cake
Any more mince pies or chocolate
Hot chocolate
Brandy butter
Christmas dinner - no to bread sauce, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, sprouts and stuffing
Port, Baileys, sherry, and any of those novelty Christmas liqueurs
Gingerbread men, houses, or anything gingerbread

Blueisthemagicnumber Mon 10-Oct-16 09:12:27

Mince pies
Hot chocolate
Tin of celebrations
We always have a chocolate themed dessert
Strong cheddar for me, selection of cheeses for DH
Real tree
Loads of warm white fairy lights
Watching a musical of some sort, on my own when cooking
Family games
Seeing extended family if poss
Christmas music

No thanks
Christmas cake didn't get eaten until January
No one is a big fan of Christmas Pudding
My DH family loves bread sauce, but my family never had it

My DH would disagree with the Christmas music!

hoolahoola Mon 10-Oct-16 16:49:57

I can't believe you aren't going to buy stollen. I can't even imagine a Christmas without stollen. As you can tell, it's very close to my heart.

Must haves:
Fancy alcohol for cocktails
Prosecco and champagne
Components for mulled wine
Spices (I whack them in everything at xmas)
Festive PJs/bedding
Tinsel (it's going to make a come back)

No thanks:
Mince pies
Xmas pudding
Fancy non-alcoholic beverages (no one is pregnant this year, woop! And as a pp said, kids prefer cheap lemonade).

ChippyMinton Mon 10-Oct-16 17:54:58

Must haves:

Homemade crackers
Homemade xmas pudding
Brandy butter
Chinese with crispy duck on Xmas Eve after Mass
Trip to the panto
Football or rugby match
Fairy lights

Quality Street/Roses/Celebrations etc
Mince pies
Buffets/picky bits (ugh!)
Piles of tat!

OhHolyFuck Mon 10-Oct-16 17:58:41

Oh god, send your baileys here, I love it!

milkshakeandmonstermunch Mon 10-Oct-16 18:09:04

Must have:

- Cadbury's hot chocolate on Christmas Eve
- Tin of Roses to open on Christmas morning during present opening
- Full dinner including sprouts, red cabbage and decent parsnips
- Christmas cracker hats
- Choc fudge yule log and double cream
- Homemade trifle
- Asti, Bucks Fizz and cheapo fizz
- Baileys
- Cheese, chutney and biscuit selection
- Peanuts
- Chritmas music
- twinkly lights
- Christmas-scented candles

No ta:

- Christmas cake
- Christmas pudding
- Mince pies

ThinkPinkStink Mon 10-Oct-16 18:34:58

Must haves:
ALL the cheeses
Mary Poppins
All I Want for Christmas is You
Mince pies

No thanks:
Christmas pudding
Christmas cake
Bread sauce

ShabbyNat Mon 10-Oct-16 19:33:50

must haves
Fairy Lights-lots of!!
Festive loo roll throughout December!!
Family & Friends
Homemade mince pies
Home made Christmas Wreath
Full Christmas Lunch with all the trimmings
Nice cheeses & basic cheese crackers
Lots of Christmas activities in the lead up to Christmas

Face/Bothered(blatant copyinggringrin)
Christmas cake
Christmas Pudding
Early morning wake up from the kids on xmas dayangryangrygringrin

ClashCityRocker Mon 10-Oct-16 19:51:02

Must have
Lovely sparkly Christmas tree
Bread sauce
Christmas songs
Oodles of prosecco
Buffet food
My own individual Xmas pud with lashings of brandy sauce
Fun and games with the family

No thanks
More cheese than I could eat in 100 years
Posh hot choc - used once then couldn't be arsed
Tesco value tea towels wrapped up under the tree (cheers ma)
Novelty liqueurs that turn your bowel movements funny colours
Mince pies - pastry parcels of disappointment
Mulled wine - one glass is nice, a full bottle is a bit heavy. I'll just stick to it while out and about.
Ham - always seems compulsory at the time. But the joints seem to get bigger every year and we never eat half of it...and it doesn't seem to freeze well.
Tree chocolates - they're eaten within the first two days anyway.

ShesAStar Mon 10-Oct-16 20:16:52

Must Have
Brandy butter
Carols on the run up, cheesy Christmas pop on the day
Family game for after supper
Toffee vodka
Real tree
Sparkly decs
Christmas pud with silver charms
Chicks from F&M - better than Hotel Choc I think and similar price

No Thanks
Underwear in stocking
Toys without batteries inside
Oil and bruschetta for snacks/starter
Trying to fit in Christmas cake on the day
Desert wine

ShesAStar Mon 10-Oct-16 20:17:42

Chicks? I mean chocs!

Wayfarersonbaby Mon 10-Oct-16 20:18:42

More! And some non-food things...

Yes please:
- Christmas tree
- carol services
- going out in the cold to see the Christmas lights in town
- walking round our estate to see the lights outside people's houses
- the Christmas Radio Times
- Christmas adverts on TV
- The Snowman on Christmas Eve (sniff sob)

No thanks:
- Santa's grotto which is actually the bit of the garden centre they sell cactuses in the rest of the year, only with some tatty red and white foam stuck up and a bit of mouldy old tinsel, and costs £7 quid a go
- too much Fairytale of New York in every shop and all over the airwaves - used to love it, now can't stand it
- elderly repeats of Morecambe and Wise, watched a million times. No-one needs to see the one with Angela Rippon's legs that often...
- parsnips
- mulled wine - one glass is enough for me, most mulled wine is too watered down, sweet and sickly anyway
- chocolate coins made from bargain-basement palm oil chocolate
- people who never return or acknowledge Christmas cards
- Elf on the Shelf

DiegeticMuch Mon 10-Oct-16 23:26:12

"Yes" to stockings for non-believing kids, tangerines, Christmas scented candles, Clare Balding on Radio 2, a drink at the pub, my husband's Christmas dinner, crackers, Christmas pudding, posh crisps, Call the Midwife, Coronation Street.

"No" to buffet food, EastEnders, enforced board game jollity, stollen, mulled wine, fruit cake, Pringles, stinky cheese.

WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeG0es Mon 10-Oct-16 23:36:55

Yes please.

Homemade mince pies
Cheesy music
Coloured fairy lights
Yorkshire puddings with dinner
Real tree
Cheeses and homemade pickles with nice crackers
Posh crisps
Mulled wine
Christmas cards

No Thanks

Christmas pudding
Brandy sauce or butter
Bread sauce
Braised red cabbage
Cauliflower cheese
Leftovers on Boxing Day
Homemade flavoured gin/vodka other than sloe gin
Fairytale of New York
Flavoured hot chocolate

NotCitrus Tue 11-Oct-16 00:09:08

Must-haves here:
Real tree
Lots of Christmas puddings, say four large, all flamed with brandy
Sausages and Yorkshire puddings
Classic FM's Christmas Requests - no ads, just carols and heartwarming stories all morning
New games for all the family
Cheap crackers plus the 'table' presents which are cracker-type prizes only good.

Leave out a large whisky and some mince pies or Christmas cake for Santa NotCitrus!

Don't want:
Sprouts, bread sauce, brandy sauce, icing or marzipan on the Christmas cake.
Lebkuchen, Roses, ex-Quality Street, any shit chocolate, crap booze, weird food like chocolate cheddar.

Letters to Santa, expensive grottos, Elf on a shelf.
Christmas songs. Except Fairytale of New York. I'd happily spend money in shops which vowed never to play Xmas hits ever.

HairsprayBabe Tue 11-Oct-16 12:11:21

Yes Please
Real tree
After dinner presents
Main morning presents
Church - with carols
Michael Buble
Maddy Prior Medieval Christmas CD
Crackers - both kinds!
Gingerbread house
My grandmas mince pies
Brandy butter
Strictly Christmas special

No Thank You
Dr Who
Queens speech
Bread Sauce
Shop bought mince pies
multi coloured lights
Anything inflatable and light up
Mariah Carey
Xfactor winners
use of the word Xmas
Penguins/Snowmen on Christmas cards
Use of Santa rather than Father Christmas

LilQueenie Tue 11-Oct-16 13:59:33

Must haves

quorn roast with brussel sprouts
christmas movies
piles of presents
snow (please dd LOVES it)
camera and phone battery fully charged with plenty memory
cheese crackers
christmas themed food
christmas pud
quips about vodka margarine grin

No thanks

arguments and moodiness
christmas cake
toys that refuse to work/build properly
brandy butter
crappy tv we only watch christmas films

GETTINGLIKEMYMOTHER Thu 13-Oct-16 08:13:57

Must have
Homemade mince pies
A big piece of gammon cooked on Chr Eve, glazed with orange and spices - just the smell while it's cooking is gorgeous
Carols from Kings on Chr Eve, with homemade mulled wine
Stockings for everybody in the house, even if they're tiny ones consisting partly of a pair of socks with one stuffed inside
Homemade Chr pud, though I don't usually make them until about a week before. Love the smell while mixing up.
Buck's Fizz on Chr morning while opening presents
Turkey! Have had a couple of Christmases with other people who think it's boring and do beef or salmon instead. Just not the same!
Tacky crackers with plastic tat inside
Big box of Black Magic
Homemade brandy butter
A real .Chr tree
Smoked salmon with bagels and cream cheese or scrambled eggs for breakfast on Chr Day

No thanks
Panettone, can never see the point of it, usually very dry
Expensive crackers with 'quality gifts' inside - it's all tat anyway
Chr. dinner at lunchtime - far too much of a rush for the cook. Never have ours till around 5.

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