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anyone else not bother with 'special' food

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sarah293 Sun 08-Nov-09 13:50:21

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cherrymonster Sun 08-Nov-09 13:54:19

oh ,riven, is this because of the lack of time through caring for dd?

thedollshouse Sun 08-Nov-09 13:56:07

Christmas is the one time of year that we do have special food. When I was growing up part of the excitement of Christmas was watching my mum bring out the extra dishes and chocolates that we couldn't afford at any other time of year.

Once Boxing day is over we are back to pasta and sauce, would be the size of a house otherwise.

piscesmoon Sun 08-Nov-09 13:57:05

Christmas is special food to me. I remember the smells, stirring the Christmas pudding and making a wish and the general excitement of childhood-I recreate it.

paisleyleaf Sun 08-Nov-09 13:57:15

We do bother with special food. But it's mine and DH's present to each other. We don't really get each other a present, but will spend money together getting nice food and drink in.

sarah293 Sun 08-Nov-09 13:59:28

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cherrymonster Sun 08-Nov-09 14:00:38

would you like to have special food if it didnt cost a lot, and take ages to prepare?

sarah293 Sun 08-Nov-09 14:01:30

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Aubergines Sun 08-Nov-09 14:09:40

Do you still sit down and have a drawn out meal at the table with crackers and jokes etc?

IMO it isn't what you eat that makes Christmas dinner so lovely, it's how you eat. It's the conversation and the celebration.

piscesmoon Sun 08-Nov-09 14:09:46

You can get some lovely, cheap Christmas food at Lidl.

sarah293 Sun 08-Nov-09 14:22:25

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bigchris Sun 08-Nov-09 16:37:45

sad maybe if you and dh thought more of it the boys might sit at the table?

sarah293 Sun 08-Nov-09 16:39:58

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cherrymonster Sun 08-Nov-09 16:44:49

does she like christmas lights? you know, the twinkling ones?

sarah293 Sun 08-Nov-09 17:03:03

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stressedHEmum Sun 08-Nov-09 17:04:47

Riven, you are not alone. We don't even have a table to sit at, OH won't eat at the same time as the kids or any of the same stuff (I have never met anyone who is so fussy or limited in my life). Only my eldest would even eat an actual Christmas dinner, anyway. OH won't eat turkey/roast/whatever, DS2 doesn't like potatoes or veg, DS4 hardly eats anything, no one eats gravy or stuffing except DS1, what's the point in all the time, money and effort for 2 or 3 hours worth of horrendous stress, shrieking and aggro.

Years of autistic tantrums and huffy husbands have meant that we don't do a big dinner either. I just make a cold buffet about lunch time, set it out on the livingroom floor and the kids eat at will while playing new video games or watching films. I don't wash up, though, cos I buy paper plates and cups blush. Then, I make OH his dinner later when the kids are gone for the evening (usually an ASDA ready made chicken vindaloo because it is about the only thing he will eat.)

sarah293 Sun 08-Nov-09 17:07:10

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sarah293 Sun 08-Nov-09 17:10:40

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stressedHEmum Sun 08-Nov-09 17:28:23

Absolutely agree with that, Riven. Christmas is about spending time with your family doing stuff that you like or even doing nothing at all, not spending hours slaving thanklessly over a hot cooker sending your blood pressure into stroke territory because you know it's all a horrendous waste of time and that everyone is only going to end up upset and howling.

cherrymonster Sun 08-Nov-09 18:09:11

so riven, ignoring everything else for a minute, what would be the ideal christmas dinner for your family? can dd eat any of it?

sarah293 Sun 08-Nov-09 18:39:01

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magicOC Sun 08-Nov-09 19:38:59

Some takeaway places are open on christmas day.

My friend her DH and grown up DS had chinese takeaway one year. She says it's the least stressful one she's had grin

chickbean Sun 08-Nov-09 19:47:02

Friends of ours go out to an Indian restaurant every Christmas Day - they have to book, but perhaps you can book takeaways in advance too.

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