It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas

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The third week of December is a BIG deal in our house – it’s the official start of Christmas.

We drag the tree into the house and load up the decorations. Our motto – naturally – is ‘less is more’ when it comes to Christmas tree decorating.

Setting the right atmosphere is crucial. We pop a Christmas playlist on the Sonos, and we chat, as we decorate the tree, remembering the stories behind our favourite decorations.

There’s the Christmas Lobster, picked up on a trip to New England with Lindy a few years back. And the Santa Monica Pier ornament, collected on our travels to California. I have a fab bauble that I picked up in Tanzania, and other baubles from other trips over the years.

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Some baubles just remind me of particular people and moments. There’s the Christmas hamster, collected from Heals where we used to go ornament foraging every Christmas, and I can’t put into words quite how much it pleases me to have a Christmas hamster. The disco ball bauble that requires you to do a disco shuffle when putting it on the tree, and our Hogwarts Express, collected from the Warner Bros studios last winter.

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Over the past few years, we’ve been lucky to be gifted some fab ornaments for review – a collection of colourful Oriental-style baubles from Bombay Duck, and this year some super-cute Tsum Tsums from Disney which have added to our own fairly extensive Disney ornament Christmas collection.

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Tree decorating is one of my favourite traditions of the whole year – and it’s always, always accompanied by our favourite non-alcoholic mulled wine which isn’t mulled and doesn’t contain wine. But, you know, it’s Christmas, so who cares, really?

To make our mulled wine, we simmer a fresh bottle of good quality apple juice with the zest and peel of two clementines, half a teaspoon of grated nutmeg, and a cinnamon stick.

After five minutes, stir in a spoonful of honey, and serve, with whatever chocolate you haven’t already snaffled from the advent calendar.

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Perfection.

Win a F&M Luxury Christmas Hamper!

This month, I’ve teamed up with DFS to give away the most perfect festive treat imaginable – a luxury Christmas hamper from Fortnum and Mason worth £165.

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DFS wants to help you make this Christmas your best ever and have produced this awesome Christmas Inspiration Guide to help you create a magical time, whether you’re organising a big family get-together or a cosy night in for two. Check out their guide to make sure your fireside measures up to your food!

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to comment on this blog post telling me your family’s go-to festive food and drink treat. What recipe really signifies Christmas in your house? Don’t forget to complete the competition widget – bonus entries are available.

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There is one prize of a luxury Hamper, The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative is offered. Open to UK residents aged 18 and over. Competition is closed to employees and relatives of Flea Enterprises and DFS.  The competition opening date is 14 December 2015, and the closing date for entries is 21 December 2015. One entry per person.  The winner will be chosen by the blogger and will be contacted direct on the email address provided. If the winner does not respond within 7 days a new winner will be drawn. The winner’s name will be available on request. By entering this competition participants consent to their full name being available by request from DFS/Sally Whittle.The prize will be sent within 28 days of receipt of the winner’s address. DFS reserves the right to amend or withdraw the competition at any time without notice or liability. Entry to this competition confirms that participants have read, understood and agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.  This competition is governed by the laws of England and any dispute shall be governed by the English courts.

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Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She’s also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world’s coolest ten year old.

218 Comments

  1. Nikki
    14th December 2015 / 10:35 pm

    We love Christmas too and our traditional recipe would be a savoury one with amazing snacks and mulled wine to share with our Round Table family and friends after a soggy night collecting for local charities with their Santa sleigh – which tours the local streets in Dec. Often everyone piles back to our house to count up and we snack them all up :-). Our kids go out too and know all about how the donations are spent to make a difference. To us, that’s what Christmas is all about.

  2. Simon C
    14th December 2015 / 11:12 pm

    It ain’t Christmas till you’ve cracked open your first box of mince pies.

    Ho ho ho!

  3. 14th December 2015 / 11:14 pm

    OOh for years our go to food treat were the ham and cheese spirals from good old M&S, until they stopped and our homemade versions were never quite the same. Now it’s mainly sherry, champagne and a tin of roses. oh all the glamour 🙂 x
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  4. Rose Elise
    14th December 2015 / 11:14 pm

    With my family, we’re Jewish, so we like latkes with applesauce! But my partner’s family also treats me to a classic mince pie. =D

  5. Bev
    14th December 2015 / 11:16 pm

    Pigs in blankets! Hot or cold…..

  6. Di
    14th December 2015 / 11:25 pm

    Setting fire to the Christmas Pudding – family tradition

  7. William Gould
    14th December 2015 / 11:27 pm

    Everyone likes mince pies, I love the marzipan Stollen!

  8. 14th December 2015 / 11:30 pm

    Ours is very much the baking of the gingerbread house. We spend the morning baking and then put it together in the afternoon. The whole house smells like christmas and it is such a wonderful family day as well 🙂 x

  9. 14th December 2015 / 11:32 pm

    For us, it’s fully-loaded hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows with lebkuchen, the little chocolate covered, apricot jam filled ginger cake treats from Germany.
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  10. Cherished By Me
    14th December 2015 / 11:34 pm

    I only ever do it once a year but it symbolises Christmas for the whole family – I cook a huge ham with black treacle, oranges, cloves etc… that is what we all look forward to eat the most!

  11. david cavender
    15th December 2015 / 1:49 am

    figgy christmas pudding with brandy cream-can’t beat it

  12. Nicki Evans
    15th December 2015 / 2:12 am

    Gammon boiled in coca cola & glazed with honey and mustard.

  13. Nicki Cawood
    15th December 2015 / 4:20 am

    We put our tree up the first weekend in December (unless the first weekend contains the first or the second!) but things don’t really start getting festive until this week. Xmas parties, Xmas baking, Santa comes knocking one evening (Via our Round Table) and more. I finish work for Christmas on Friday in time to escort some of the school (the youngest’s class) to their church service before they break up for the hols and then we go a bit Christmas bonkers.
    I can’t wait!

    • Nicki Cawood
      15th December 2015 / 4:23 am

      Got carried away with all the festive feelings there. Our Xmas go-to food is… oh all of it! Whatever Xmassy goodness is in Lidl, slow cooked meat every day, home made biscuits (decorated of course). We are a foodie family at Xmas!

    • Nikki
      15th December 2015 / 9:08 am

      Glad to hear Round Table Santa is part of your Christmas traditions too! My husband is a Tabler and I’m in the partner org Ladies Circle. It’s great to make a difference and we love the sleigh trips out each year. 🙂

  14. Michaela Hannah
    15th December 2015 / 5:26 am

    We love christmas pudding. In fact we have already had 2 x

  15. 15th December 2015 / 5:36 am

    It’s ok to overindulge right? I usually eat more in a day than a week, from the fry up to the prawn cocktail starter to the turkey dinner and not forgetting a fabulous cheese board. Of course we can’t forget those less fortunate and this year I will be taking an elderly neighbour her dinner, she declined our invitation but was grateful to receive a dinner. I hope you both have a wonderful Christmas and new year. X
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  16. Lyn
    15th December 2015 / 6:51 am

    Homemade truffles (not rich choc but made with condensed milk, coconut,crushed digestives etc) and hot chocolate always make me feel like Christmas has started.

  17. Jan Beal
    15th December 2015 / 7:01 am

    Our favourite food treat at Christmas is Stollen. I make my own with a traditional German recipe if I have time otherwise I buy in.

  18. Snafflesmummy
    15th December 2015 / 7:02 am

    It’s all about the mince pie topping here, mansion, brandy butter, Viennese. We like to experiment.

  19. kim neville
    15th December 2015 / 7:08 am

    Chocolate Yule log yum

  20. Ruth Harwood
    15th December 2015 / 7:15 am

    Shortbread 🙂

  21. Louise S
    15th December 2015 / 7:30 am

    It’s got to be the gingerbread house for the children and for me port. There’s nothing better than sitting down to a nice glass of port.

  22. 15th December 2015 / 8:33 am

    We brine our own turkey 4 days before Christmas. We add cider, cinamon, white white, sugar and herbs and it’s delicious and tastes better than any other Turkey!
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  23. winnie
    15th December 2015 / 8:43 am

    3 birds roast

  24. Joanne Mallon
    15th December 2015 / 8:43 am

    I love having Christmas tree decorations, especially when you pull out the one in December that you bought on the summer holiday. This year we have a festive Bambi from Disneyland Paris in July.

    One Christmas food tradition we have which I guess is slightly different is that we always have sausage and mash on Christmas Eve, followed by trifle made in my Granny’s crystal trifle bowl which only gets used once a year for the purpose. We all look forward to the first ‘schlurp’ of trifle spooned out of the bowl and generally give it a round of applause.

  25. amy fidler
    15th December 2015 / 8:46 am

    def pig in blankets x

  26. Steven Appleton
    15th December 2015 / 9:02 am

    We always have a lamb dish – a real treat 🙂

  27. Susan Lloyd
    15th December 2015 / 9:24 am

    My girls bizarrely all love mince pies!

  28. Vivien Taylor
    15th December 2015 / 9:34 am

    We indulge with a bottle of fizz with breakfast, look forward to a special cheese selection after dinner, and then gather around the fire.

  29. iain maciver
    15th December 2015 / 9:48 am

    mince pies with a dollop of clotted cream

  30. Kat Glynn
    15th December 2015 / 9:52 am

    We love those festive spiced ginger biscuits decorated as little stars x

  31. Tracey Peach
    15th December 2015 / 9:56 am

    Chocolate Fudge Yule Log 🙂

  32. chloe b
    15th December 2015 / 10:33 am

    Pate & Chutney <3

  33. debbie smith
    15th December 2015 / 10:39 am

    we love gu melt in the middle desert chocolate flavour yummy x

  34. Lindsey Stuart
    15th December 2015 / 10:41 am

    We love volovants filled with chicken and white sauce oh yummy!

  35. sam pope
    15th December 2015 / 10:43 am

    tunis cake!

  36. Yvonne Bradley
    15th December 2015 / 10:44 am

    Christmas pud with lashings of brandy sauce

  37. Tracy K Nixon
    15th December 2015 / 10:53 am

    I always bake a Yule Log and once it is ready to serve, it lasts but 5 minutes!

  38. Lindy
    15th December 2015 / 11:09 am

    Do I have to pick just one? I love ALL THE FOOD at Christmas.

  39. Jo Hutchinson
    15th December 2015 / 11:14 am

    Dried glaced dates.

  40. Ray Dodds
    15th December 2015 / 11:18 am

    Mince pies

  41. natalie zindani
    15th December 2015 / 11:27 am

    My son is obsessed with Pigs in blankets

  42. emily omara
    15th December 2015 / 11:40 am

    my mums homemade cakes, love her warm cheesecakes and blueberry fiands, light and delicious

  43. Lesley Bradley
    15th December 2015 / 11:44 am

    My homemade cheesecake- it’s a bit special!

  44. jules eley
    15th December 2015 / 1:47 pm

    Our Family festive food treat is lots of different cheeses and crackers that we all help ourselves to while watching Christmas Movies 🙂

  45. Jane Berrow
    15th December 2015 / 2:19 pm

    I love a trifle at Christmas

  46. Laura
    15th December 2015 / 2:27 pm

    Those Danish butter cookies you buy in a round tin from the supermarket. We have bought those every year for decades.

  47. Sally Collingwood
    15th December 2015 / 2:34 pm

    I love making the Christmas cake and eating it!!!

  48. sharon williams
    15th December 2015 / 2:54 pm

    We always have cheese and biscuits with port and baileys later on in the afternoon while playing lots of games. The children have smoothies and it’s always lots of fun.

  49. Samantha loughlin
    15th December 2015 / 2:55 pm

    My dads home made stuffing it’s amazing. He past away 11 years ago so it’s very dear to me xxx

  50. Paula Readings
    15th December 2015 / 3:09 pm

    Ours is a Tunis Cake.

  51. GEOFF WICKENS
    15th December 2015 / 3:32 pm

    3 BIRD ROAST

  52. Kaci Soderstrom
    15th December 2015 / 3:49 pm

    Chocolate Yule Log

  53. Chris Davies
    15th December 2015 / 3:52 pm

    Mince pies every time!!

  54. Louise Bridgwater
    15th December 2015 / 3:58 pm

    I think it’s going to be all about the trifle this year!!! But I’m going to pimp it for Xmas. Oh yes, a blancmange layer!!!

  55. Chris Andrews
    15th December 2015 / 4:16 pm

    What is your family’s go-to festive food treat? . . . . .straightforward in our house . . . . . . . . mince pies oh yum

  56. Michelle O'Neill
    15th December 2015 / 4:46 pm

    Has to be the mince pies!

  57. Tracey Mitchell
    15th December 2015 / 4:52 pm

    I Love every thing about Christmas baking,shopping for the presents making decorations and best of all having my family all together x

  58. clair downham
    15th December 2015 / 4:54 pm

    mince pies and brandy butter

  59. claire griffiths
    15th December 2015 / 5:45 pm

    mince pies and rum balls

  60. Laura Pritchard
    15th December 2015 / 6:41 pm

    My mum’s amazing Chocolate Crunch – only baked at Christmas!

  61. laura banks
    15th December 2015 / 7:36 pm

    the mince pies and pringles

  62. Suzanne O'Neill
    15th December 2015 / 8:00 pm

    it has to be antipasti…..great for when you are sick of stodge but still goes well with wine 🙂

  63. Jo Whitmore
    15th December 2015 / 8:16 pm

    Gingerbread house for the kids and spiced gingerbread vodka for the grown ups;-)

  64. Laura Moakes
    15th December 2015 / 8:27 pm

    In our house the main christmas thing to eat is always a freshly cooked ham and a selection of cheese with loads of homemade bucks fizz or baileys!!!

  65. 15th December 2015 / 8:46 pm

    We aren’t fans of Christmas pudding but love trifle, either packet, or completely homemade cherry trifle made with bottled morello cherries, use the juice to make up the jelly, and little kirsch for that extra deliciousness.

  66. Angela treadway
    15th December 2015 / 9:04 pm

    I love pigs in blankets if i could eat them everyday i would lol x

  67. 15th December 2015 / 9:22 pm

    We always accompany the decorating of our tree with a plate of smoked salmon on toast and a glass of sherry (or coke for Grace) followed by a warm mince pie. Lovely!
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  68. Emma Fox
    15th December 2015 / 9:33 pm

    Chocolate roulade – sooo tasty!

  69. sharon martin
    15th December 2015 / 9:35 pm

    pringles and celebrations, both naughty but nice 🙂

  70. z webb
    15th December 2015 / 9:36 pm

    hot sausage rolls yummy!

  71. Tamsin Dean
    15th December 2015 / 9:40 pm

    always end up eating something simple like cheese on toast in the evening, as we have over done everything else

  72. Hannah Cummings
    15th December 2015 / 10:01 pm

    Home made mince pies we make them every year and they are yummy x

  73. 15th December 2015 / 11:15 pm

    If its christmas the kids always ask me to buy them cheese footballs but one thing we always have and enjoy even more at christmas is cheese and crackers because we always buy a bigger selection of cheeses at christmas. I used to have such a sweet tooth and in the past would have always said chocolate but having given up 90% of my sugar intake I don’t really crave it as much as savoury snacks now. My personal favourite I think has to be mince pies, slightly warm with some squirty cream!
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  74. melanie stirling
    16th December 2015 / 2:30 am

    Crackers with lots of different cheeses.

  75. Darrell
    16th December 2015 / 5:33 am

    It’s all about the Stuffing. That’s what makes or breaks the meal. Would love to share my recipe, but it’s top secret ha ha – I will let you know that it involves roasted chestnuts….

  76. 16th December 2015 / 1:14 pm

    My granny always used to make ginger wine at Christmas time. Sadly, she’s no longer with us and every year we carry on the tradition and make ginger wine – but it’s never quite as good as granny’s ginger wine. I don’t even know if it’s an ingredient that’s missing – it’s more the fact that we don’t drink it from plastic cups as we sit next to a calor gas heater in granny’s cosy and cluttered living room of her little house in Scotland!
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  77. clair brown
    16th December 2015 / 1:34 pm

    We love getting a Panettone every Christmas

  78. Keith Hunt
    16th December 2015 / 2:21 pm

    I love homemade pasties on boxing day that i fill with apple sauce…..Mad

  79. 16th December 2015 / 2:27 pm

    If you were to ask my 5 year old it would be Mince Pies but i’m all about the tins of chocolates (Quality Street, Roses etc) and a good glug of mulled cider

  80. frances hopkins
    16th December 2015 / 7:22 pm

    Mince or a yule log

  81. Jade Hewlett
    16th December 2015 / 7:25 pm

    Mince pies

  82. Tracy Newton
    16th December 2015 / 8:13 pm

    Christmas cake. My family have used the same recipe for fifty years

  83. claire woods
    16th December 2015 / 10:11 pm

    mince pies

  84. Daria
    16th December 2015 / 10:45 pm

    Chocolate yule log with chocolate cream! Yummy!

  85. Natalie Crossan
    16th December 2015 / 11:10 pm

    a yule log

  86. ROBERT MCINTOSH
    17th December 2015 / 10:32 am

    My mum’s rum truffles!

  87. cheryl kean
    17th December 2015 / 11:13 am

    Pigs in blankets

  88. adele lovatt
    17th December 2015 / 12:11 pm

    Scottish shortbread! yummy! Love it at christmas, especially with a nice cup of tea

  89. Gilly Holmes
    17th December 2015 / 7:30 pm

    Mince pies

  90. Denise Walker
    17th December 2015 / 8:04 pm

    I love Christmas dinner – Turkey, sprouts, pigs in blankets etc #iwishitcouldbechristmaseveryday

  91. Rey Chunara
    17th December 2015 / 8:58 pm

    My mum always makes chocolate cupcakes with mini christmas trees on top which are gorgeous

  92. 17th December 2015 / 9:03 pm

    Box of celebrations!

  93. laura cooper
    17th December 2015 / 9:47 pm

    Prawn cocktail for starter is out go to treat on Christmas day! Love it!

  94. Martina Pichova
    17th December 2015 / 10:07 pm

    We love mince pies.

  95. Sarah Ward
    17th December 2015 / 10:50 pm

    Chocolate cake! I’ve got 4 on order for different family gatherings this year – had better get baking!

  96. kimberley ryan
    17th December 2015 / 10:51 pm

    Gingerbread and non alcoholic egg nog

  97. 18th December 2015 / 4:33 am

    We love mince pies and Ice cold Bailey’s!

  98. 18th December 2015 / 11:43 am

    In our house we love prosecco and smoked salmon on Christmas morning mmmm 🙂

  99. Alli Marshall
    18th December 2015 / 12:54 pm

    Christmas is all about the Marks and Spencer feast we have on Christmas Day.
    Everything is ready to simply tip into pans or place in the oven which means this Mummy gets to spend time with her family instead of slaving over a hot stove!!!

  100. olivia Kirby
    18th December 2015 / 6:10 pm

    Home baked cinnamon cookies and cheese board!

    • olivia Kirby
      18th December 2015 / 6:14 pm

      We have a lovely little cheese shop and we go in and try lots of cheeses before hand (important research!) then choose a nice selection of local and Continental. My mother in law always makes us a vat of orchard chutney and we have celery, oatcakes and walnuts to go with the cheeses.

  101. Katie Walker
    18th December 2015 / 6:47 pm

    I love a mince pie, last year we found winter whirls which is a vienesse whirl with mice pie filling

  102. Sarah S
    18th December 2015 / 7:19 pm

    It just isn’t Christmas in our house without Tunis cake. They usually appear on the supermarket shelves sometime in mid December and the Christmas build up can’t really start until we’ve had our first slice. None of us are fans of proper fruit Christmas cake but we all love a chocolate-topped Madeira Tunis cake – with marzipan fruit on top of course!

  103. Pamela
    18th December 2015 / 9:31 pm

    Home made iced Christmas Tree biscuits. They might not look very pretty as Flynn decorates them but what they lack in sophistication he makes up for in enthusiasm!

  104. David Powell
    18th December 2015 / 9:54 pm

    Great Prize to make Christmas perfect!

  105. Greig spencer
    18th December 2015 / 11:24 pm

    my mummy’s home made xmas cake xxx

  106. Matt McAndrew
    19th December 2015 / 3:15 am

    I avoid turkey altogether. I’m not one to let tradition get in the way of good food. Turkey is unfortunately lacking in many departments except for quantity. I tend to serve up a selection of beef, duck and gammon and the family love it. It’s probably the only reason they haven’t left me yet, hah.

  107. Mandi Davison
    19th December 2015 / 10:25 am

    Rib of Beef..we dont really do Turkey 🙂

  108. Sarah Davies
    19th December 2015 / 12:59 pm

    My mum’s mince pies. Hundreds of them – not all for us though!

  109. kaye steeper
    19th December 2015 / 1:08 pm

    Xmas dinner always seems an anticlimax , its just a huge chicken dinner with extra veg. Highlight for me is Boxing Day brunch made from all the leftovers , xmas fried mash with all the extra veg and stuffing chucked in with runny poached eggs on top …mmmm

  110. Daphne Mueller
    19th December 2015 / 1:45 pm

    I like a fairly traditional Christmas , Turkey and pigs in blankets and bread sauce and sage and onion stuffing.
    But I think our favourite is putting all the left over in a white bread sandwich with a sprinkle of salt.
    Hungry already

  111. Suzanne Howell
    19th December 2015 / 2:03 pm

    Home made mince pies and Christmas cake…. yum!

  112. Janine C
    19th December 2015 / 2:31 pm

    Vanilla Kipferl – traditional Austrian biscuits that we bake each year. Our family is Austrian and these biscuits are a family tradition for us (and very addictive, which is why we only dare make them in December. Otherwise our pants would be very tight haha)

    I like the way your decorations hold memories, such a cute read. I don’t really drink either so I might try some of that non alcoholic mulled wine, it sounds lovely!

  113. Mark R
    19th December 2015 / 5:34 pm

    Ours is cold suppers with leftover turkey, sausages, cheese and chutneys.

  114. Theresaparker
    19th December 2015 / 6:02 pm

    Ours is my wee mums home made stuffing…we have tried to copy it over there…to not much success…its the best and she won’t share the recipe! Merry Xmas!

  115. Rebecca Austin
    19th December 2015 / 6:50 pm

    We love the mince pie and pigs in blankets. My husband as a good recipe mixing stuffing, cheshunts and rice together. Delicious

  116. Christine Caple
    19th December 2015 / 8:56 pm

    My family just love chocolate yule logs

  117. Layla Thomas
    19th December 2015 / 10:54 pm

    We are cheese addicts and there is no better excuse for a cheese board than Christmas.

  118. Donna Caldwell
    20th December 2015 / 12:40 am

    Cheese ,crackers , grapes ,apples and sweet chilli jam we leave them sitting and they are gone in 10 minutes

  119. Tasha hamilton
    20th December 2015 / 2:42 am

    I love a good homemade mince pie

  120. Anthea Holloway
    20th December 2015 / 8:08 am

    Everyone in my family, including the grandchildren, love my recipe for chestnut stuffing and I really think they would forego the turkey in order to get the chestnut stuffing! It is a very, very old recipe and is very fiddly involving roasting the chestnuts first, then removing both inner and outer skins and mincing them in an old fashioned mincer!

  121. Joanna Machnica
    20th December 2015 / 8:57 am

    Home-made mince pies and gingerbread men plus a lovely glass of mulled wine after a Christmas morning walk in the fields – just perfect!

  122. wendy malone
    20th December 2015 / 9:23 am

    homemade mincepies and lemon curd tarts to munch on, and thats just the starters.

  123. Lizzy Cooper
    20th December 2015 / 12:51 pm

    Mince pies! 😀

  124. Angela Kelly
    20th December 2015 / 1:15 pm

    My family don’t really do recipes but I always know it’s Christmas when I have a snowball to drink!

  125. Mike Gerrie
    20th December 2015 / 2:31 pm

    Turkey Toasties, love them

  126. Rachel S
    20th December 2015 / 2:32 pm

    Chocolate yule log

  127. Victoria Prince
    20th December 2015 / 4:01 pm

    Ours is home made mince pies 🙂

  128. Hannah Igoe
    20th December 2015 / 4:38 pm

    We love gingerbread

  129. Maxine Feehely
    20th December 2015 / 4:48 pm

    Sprouts with chestnuts and pancetta – delicious!

  130. Susan Elai Kelly Carter
    20th December 2015 / 5:09 pm

    Mincepies are the first to go in our house.

  131. Zach Hudson
    20th December 2015 / 5:18 pm

    Lamb Hotpot

  132. Sandra Siddall
    20th December 2015 / 5:37 pm

    Mince pies and fresh cream ^_^

  133. Moany Mike
    20th December 2015 / 5:37 pm

    Everyone looks forward to the desert of a thick chocolate Yule Log or Xmas pudding. I’d happily have a plate of Sprouts and pigs in blankets and skip the Turkey 🙂

  134. Sharon L Johnson
    20th December 2015 / 6:08 pm

    has to be turkey butties and stuffing on christmas day night, and selection pscks x

  135. Kirsty
    20th December 2015 / 8:23 pm

    Shortbread – yum!!!

  136. Helen Metcalfe
    20th December 2015 / 8:42 pm

    Our festive treat is homemade mince pies, slightly on the boozy side, with a marzipan topping.

  137. Sarah H
    20th December 2015 / 8:53 pm

    Has to be a yummy yule log with a dash of cream … our family fav!

  138. Susanna Harvey
    20th December 2015 / 9:42 pm

    We have Hungarian relatives so we all enjoy the traditional walnut and poppy seed cake.

  139. Jayne K
    20th December 2015 / 9:44 pm

    A sherry trifle made in a huge glass bowl

  140. Petra Hora
    20th December 2015 / 10:07 pm

    Christmas cake with brandy sauce.

  141. Emma Ellams
    20th December 2015 / 10:14 pm

    Trifle 🙂

  142. Sheri Darby
    20th December 2015 / 10:38 pm

    My Sherry Trifle

  143. Helen Gilbert
    20th December 2015 / 10:39 pm

    Chipolata sausages on cocktail sticks for breakfast (very 80’s)! with a wee glass of champagne sets us up for the day

  144. Cristín Williams
    20th December 2015 / 10:47 pm

    This year it is stollen we are all loving it

  145. ann goody
    20th December 2015 / 11:13 pm

    xmas is a time to spend with my family xx

  146. Kayleigh White
    20th December 2015 / 11:30 pm

    Mince pies!

  147. Nancy Bradford
    20th December 2015 / 11:43 pm

    The rest of my family loves mince pies and can’t get enough of them. I’d rather have Christmas cookies.

  148. Maria Hackett
    21st December 2015 / 12:59 am

    we love baileys fudge, mince pies and hot chocolates

  149. David Dunn
    21st December 2015 / 4:34 am

    It’s got to be shortbread for us, I definitely know it’s Christmas when the family gets out the shortbread haha.

  150. 21st December 2015 / 4:52 am

    Take a number of cold roast potatoes and put them between two slices of buttered bread and then enjoy.

  151. Andrew Petrie
    21st December 2015 / 6:25 am

    Smoked salmon on Christmas morning.

  152. Mary Baldwin
    21st December 2015 / 6:33 am

    Dark chocolate cherry liquers – we love them so only buy them at Christmas or it gets silly.

  153. 21st December 2015 / 6:44 am

    Home-made Mince Pies – it’s not Christmas until I’ve had some of those (I’d better get making them!!)

  154. Clare Hubbard
    21st December 2015 / 7:32 am

    Christmas pudding

  155. cat
    21st December 2015 / 7:35 am

    Chocolate log

  156. Christine Hobbs
    21st December 2015 / 7:42 am

    Love Xmas pudding Ice cream I make it myself and its very boozy.

  157. elaine stokes
    21st December 2015 / 8:13 am

    Marzipan sweets

  158. lynda connolly
    21st December 2015 / 8:28 am

    We don’t really have any special food = what would be amazing is to go out on Christmas day and have everything made for us but it always seems so expensive

  159. Jordan B
    21st December 2015 / 10:44 am

    It’s a left-overs pie made on Boxing day, using all the leftovers from Christmas day!

  160. Helen Spillett
    21st December 2015 / 11:51 am

    It would have to be.. nuts, cheese footballs ( My husband and LO’s LOVE these) twiglets and stuffing… I love stuffing!!

  161. Melanie horbury
    21st December 2015 / 12:04 pm

    Mushroom Vol Au Vent is a tradition in our house

  162. Robert Slipper
    21st December 2015 / 12:38 pm

    My family’s fave is Yule log – if they can get past me!

  163. Oksana Fitzgerald
    21st December 2015 / 12:59 pm

    For my daughter and me its mince pies and gingerbread men xx

  164. Sarah Lewis
    21st December 2015 / 1:10 pm

    We all love making and decorating a chocolate log.

  165. Fiona
    21st December 2015 / 1:39 pm

    christmas cake!

  166. KerryL
    21st December 2015 / 1:53 pm

    I adore smoked salmon on Christmas morning I don’t have it often throughout the year so it’s kept special !
    Merry Christmas to you and yours

  167. James Travis
    21st December 2015 / 1:56 pm

    Mince pie

  168. David crabb
    21st December 2015 / 3:07 pm

    Homemade Christmas pudding and vegetarian micro protein roast 🙂 Not simultaneously 🙂

  169. Kirsti Peters
    21st December 2015 / 5:04 pm

    It is Chestnuts that we roast in our real fire x

  170. Claire Nelson
    21st December 2015 / 5:31 pm

    Mince pies

  171. Leanne B
    21st December 2015 / 6:52 pm

    Chestnut Stuffing, it’s a must with the turkey 🙂

  172. Leanne Bell
    21st December 2015 / 7:17 pm

    My Mums pork and apple sausage rolls. They are amazing x

  173. Patricia Fraser
    21st December 2015 / 7:23 pm

    Our favourite Christmas treat is being all together, relaxing with a Baileys over ice and watching some movies.

  174. Dee Griffiths
    21st December 2015 / 7:30 pm

    Has to be pigs in blankets, though why we dont have them at other times, I really dont know! lol

  175. claire sen
    21st December 2015 / 7:59 pm

    smoked salmon and cream cheese blinis. Yum

  176. Mary Campbell
    21st December 2015 / 8:18 pm

    Stollen, marzipan delight for all ages 🙂

  177. sue mcdermott
    21st December 2015 / 8:35 pm

    turkey & trimmings, smoked salmon & yule log 🙂

  178. maureen
    21st December 2015 / 8:37 pm

    lovely cheeses and red wine

  179. Aaron Milne
    21st December 2015 / 8:41 pm

    Love figs & dates

  180. Fiona K
    21st December 2015 / 8:57 pm

    homemade Christmas pudding with brandy butter

  181. Karen Smith
    21st December 2015 / 9:08 pm

    Stollen bites and satsumas

  182. David Greenhalgh
    21st December 2015 / 9:10 pm

    Mulled wine and mince pies

  183. Kirsteen Mackay
    21st December 2015 / 9:10 pm

    Home made gingerbread biscuits decorated with many colours of royal icing. Hours of fun and delicious to eat!

  184. Naomi Manser
    21st December 2015 / 9:33 pm

    Our go to treat at Christmas is always home-made mince pies & mulled wine in snuggled up in front of the fire!

  185. Caroline S
    21st December 2015 / 9:49 pm

    Gingerbread in festive shapes (some more recognisable than others!) lovingly decorated by the children and hung on the tree. They always seem to mysteriously disappear before I get to eat any, though!

  186. Mike Williams
    21st December 2015 / 9:56 pm

    A Yule log

  187. Margery Lumsdaine
    21st December 2015 / 10:08 pm

    cheese – I buy a lot of cheese for Christmas 🙂

  188. Iona
    21st December 2015 / 10:22 pm

    Hi – we don’t really have one go to food, more a whole days worth of eating. Love smoked salmon – nice on a canapé, love pigs-in-blankets and chocolate mousse. Love all the chocolates and nibbles. Love it all really <3

  189. Jodie Burnett-Wren
    21st December 2015 / 10:24 pm

    Our family festive go to is home made sausage plait – it is delicious and just a bit different to little sausage rolls

  190. elizabeth Slamin
    21st December 2015 / 10:34 pm

    My meringues everyone loves a meringues and I right xx

  191. Alison Macdonald
    21st December 2015 / 10:59 pm

    Chocolate coins for my kids (given by grandparents to hang on the Christmas tree)

  192. Vickie Jackson
    21st December 2015 / 11:17 pm

    Homemade mince pies, yummy 🙂
    Making some with my children tomorrow.

  193. Monika S
    21st December 2015 / 11:18 pm

    I looooove cheese plate – and yule log is loved by everyone

  194. Claire Ward
    21st December 2015 / 11:38 pm

    Cheese and crackers

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