Wednesday, 10 December 2008
A traditional Christmas
After many years of Christmas having to be somewhere in the UK, this year will be the first in a very long time that we have been able to have a Christmas in France. We thought we'd have a very quiet and relaxing time, doing nothing.
However the best laid plans of mice and men..... Our younger son and his wife will be joining us after all. Our daughter-in-law is French and, I'm told, really looking forward to a traditional Christmas celebration.
A traditional Christmas? Is there such a thing? I suspect every family has a slightly different view on the traditions of Christmas. We have family recipes for Christmas cake and Christmas pudding. My grandmother did make her own mincemeat but for years I've just added extra brandy to a jar of a good bought variety. We almost always had turkey with two different stuffings, and bread sauce, but occasionally we've tried goose or joints of beef. This year it will be beef.
Then there are all sorts of traditions covering when to open the presents, when to eat (finishing in time for the Queen's speech, anyone?). At least we no longer have the stocking or pillowcase, and where to leave them, dilemma.
So I'm really hoping that daughter in law's vision of a traditional Christmas, and presumably she will mean a British one, will coincide with my offerings. I've started the pudding, late as usual, but what else?