The season of goodwill to all men - what about us ladies?

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The season of goodwill to all men - what about us ladies?

Post: #285974 Flo
Sun Nov 29, 2015 7:53 pm

So what gives this year for Christmas? Self sufficient? Ignore it? Not part of your tradition? Haven't given it a thought? Have opted out?

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Post: #285975 ina
Sun Nov 29, 2015 8:22 pm

Just as usual - low profile. Nothing much for myself, but I'm sending cards and calendars to members of my family and some friends - mostly to let them know I still exist. Otherwise, let it be over soon.
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Post: #285976 diggernotdreamer
Mon Nov 30, 2015 12:48 am

Hasn't it been already, I am sick of Christmas ads, they have been around forever. I don't really like the whole Christmas thing, I get my grandchildren presents, we don't do presents for each other, I always make the MIL a calendar with photo's taken throughout the year, she likes to see what we get up to. Don't do many Christmas cards, just a few to people I don't get to see or talk to much, but I gave up sending out hundreds about 20 years ago. Will put on tin hat and wait for it to blow over

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Post: #285977 doofaloofa
Mon Nov 30, 2015 6:22 am

After the turkeys are dispatched I'll be looking forward to a nice rest in the new extension...
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Post: #285980 doofaloofa
Mon Nov 30, 2015 10:47 am

I thing I have learned

When giving swede as a present, less is more
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Post: #285981 maple
Mon Nov 30, 2015 11:59 am

ah a west cork tradition, swede

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Post: #285982 maple
Mon Nov 30, 2015 12:00 pm

i have much to learn here!!

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Post: #285983 doofaloofa
Mon Nov 30, 2015 1:08 pm

Have you had the cabbage and bacon Maple?
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Post: #285984 tosca
Mon Nov 30, 2015 3:02 pm

Christmas is wonderfully low key here, with gentle good will and no hype. Here in the village a lot of the old traditions still live on, but the killing of the pigs in the street on Christmas eve is mercifully a thing of the past, unlike some more remote villages. (Our neighbours it's the 4th December this year, in the yard. There is surround sound squealing as the butcher moves though the village throughout December) OH will be helping next door and will be given bits in return....shame they don't 'do' joints!

So all we do is make cards for family and neighbours and give traditional British goodies. This year it will be mince pies (a must) and a small cake each along with a jar of our own honey. Not sure what dinner will be, but I suspect Duck for OH and nut roast for me, with all our own veggies (and nuts) followed by raspberry trifle, all home grown. Loving this growing your own lark. :iconbiggrin:

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Post: #285985 maple
Mon Nov 30, 2015 4:52 pm

ah the cabbage and bacon, an old favourite ! when we were young goose was always on the menu.
xmas sounds interesting in bulgaria in olden times, why was the pig killing on xmas eve? there would have been so much work to do afterwards..

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Post: #285987 doofaloofa
Mon Nov 30, 2015 8:48 pm

maple wrote: why was the pig killing on xmas eve? there would have been so much work to do afterwards..


so the men can drink raki and keep out of the women's way?
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Post: #285988 tosca
Tue Dec 01, 2015 8:14 am

You're probably not too far off doofaloofa :iconbiggrin: except the women here are expected to work at least as hard as the men. There is rakia a-plenty. They have just given us a gallon of rakia and two gallons of red wine for Christmas even though I don't drink and OH rarely does

It seems that the run up to the pig killing is a lean time. Christmas eve there is only vegetarian food but plenty of it (walnuts are important here) and the table is left for clearing next day. Something to do with ensuring a fruitful twelve months ahead. Then the pigs were killed and feasted on on Christmas day. No bucks fizz and present opening here! But I suspect these days it's as much about having time to process as there is nothing happening in the garden at the moment and anyway, they don't want the care and expense of keeping the animals over winter. Most of the meat is minced and made into sausages for curing and freezing, fat and skin rendered down for lard and crackling kept for snacks, belly fat salted and frozen and bits shaved off for snacking. A lot of meat is bottled either in chunks, mince or in a stewy type thing with cabbage and tomato, but you never see a nice golden joint covered in crackling, they don't do joints. Not sure if that is just here or generally these days.

Thinking I might make them a pork pie this year, though they'll probably give it to their daughter as they did the cake last year...doing cake for both this time.

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Post: #285989 ina
Tue Dec 01, 2015 4:00 pm

tosca wrote:They have just given us a gallon of rakia and two gallons of red wine for Christmas even though I don't drink and OH rarely does


I'm sure that's for all your visitors! ;)
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