Dmeeky243 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 204 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3592 times:
Opposite of most on this thread, my Christmas day plans involve getting royally smashed. We've had all these Christmas parties, cater-outs and big dining events in house. Christmas Day I have almost nothing planned. I'm going to go crazy, 3 weeks of nothing but work, no days off, Christmas'll be a good day off. I'm throwing my traditional Seattle seafood extravaganza, I'm expecting about 10-12 people, but I ordered in 4 bottles of absinthe from Prague, in addition to everything else, should be a great time.
"I have a favorite dish, which tends to change daily depending on my mood, or whether I have a hangover, or whether it's
Andz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8582 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3589 times:
Probably be up early, go for a ride up the coast on my bike (I'm on holiday in Cape Town) then going for a buffet lunch at Maestro's on the Beach restaurant on Woodbridge Island. This is our 3rd Christmas lunch at this restaurant and as you can see from the pic (taken from our table last year) there will be no snow in sight!
After that lunch I'll be in no mood to move
After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
JGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3574 times:
In the great Brit tradition of Christmas, I shall probably be eating myself into a coma. I expect the day to go something like this
06:00 UTC: Small niece jumps on bed "Uncle Jonny, Uncle Jonny - it's Christmas !" No shit, Sherlock. "Let's go and see if Father Christmas has been !". Screams from sister's room "DAISY GO BACK TO BED !". Too late.
06:01-06:30 UTC: Opening stockings
06:30-07:30 UTC: Playing with gag gifts in stocking and reading everyones funny Christmas Books eg. Xenophobes Guide to etc.
07:30-08:30 UTC: Breakfast and trying to stop small niece o'd-ing on chocolate from stocking
08:30-09:00 UTC: Clear breakfast and duct tape by now totally overstimulated small niece to sofa. Hide chocolate
09:00-11:00 UTC: Presents ! Distribute HUGE pile of presents into smaller individual piles, all piles tiny except for HUGE pile for small niece, who btw has escaped from duct tape and is running around the house at 200 mph yelling "Can I open them yet ?". All take turns opening presents, then wait another half hour while small niece finishes opening hers
11:01 UTC: Room now looks like Hallmark exploded, waist deep in wrapping paper shreds and 400 cubic metres of Barbie packaging (P.S. WHY OH WHY is necessary to glue, tape and WIRE the goddamn doll into the packaging, necessitating Houdini-like escapology skills to extract anorexic hydrocarbon bimbo from box ?)
11:02-14:00 UTC: Play with Christmas presents with small niece, using expensive technical education to build things out of Lego, construct Barbie combination Beauty Salon/TGV/S&M Dungeon etc. Intermittent instructions barked from kitchen by mad flour-coated sister "PEEL SPROUTS !" "ROLL BACON" "TAKE OUT TRASH" "DONT FEED THAT CHILD ANY MORE CHOCOLATE !" "WHO DRANK ALL THE BL**DY MILK ?!"
14:00-15:30 UTC: Lunch viz delicious but crippling mounds of Turkey, Roast pots, 2 kinds of stuffing, peas, carrots, sprouts (obligatory), gravy, cranberry sauce etc etc etc. All prepared in a babbling whirlwind of panic but always superb (unless the turkey catches fire, which has happened in the past. Regular or Extra Crispy ?). Halfway through, crackers and party poppers, so second helpings liberally seasoned with gunpowder residue, gravy-soaked paper streamers and small choking-hazards cunningly disguised as poker dice or small plastic soliders with parachutes. After a discreet interval punctuated by cries of alarm from the kitchen ("OH BL**DY HELL THE BOWL'S MELTED" "MATCHES, STEVE - QUICK !" "PUT IT OUT, THE DISHCLOTH'S ON FIRE !", followed by a muffled boom and flickering glow rather like in "Empire or the Sun" when Christian Bale sees the Hiroshima bomb going off over the horizon, and in comes THE PUDDING ablaze in a sea of flaming cooking brandy like a post-invasion Kuwaiti oil-field. Ahhhh, ooohhh, quick take a photo before it goes out !
15:30-17:00 UTC - Post-prandial torpor, even hyperactive small niece temporarily slowed by vast ingestion of hormone-laced giant turkey. Bloated stillness punctured by groans of indigestion and cries of pain as people tread on bits of Lego or Barbie shoes. More reading of Christmas funny books. In the course of the afternoon some more energetic bright spark will suggest a brisk walk, to be silenced by a chorus of groans.
17:00 UTC - Tea and Christmas cake. Everyone protests "Oh I'm too full" but manages to consume reasonable size chunks of brandy-soaked carbohydrate covered in marzipan, royal icing and decorated by small niece with plastic holly, snowmen, reindeers, Father Christmas, elves and Lego people to the point where it looks like a small but determined snow-covered Countryside Alliance protest
17:00-18:30 UTC - Small niece parked in front of DVD recieved for Christmas, hopefully something Disney and calming. Discreet digestive vin-chaud or brandy for grown ups.
SmithAir747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1720 posts, RR: 25
Reply 16, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3563 times:
I'm a US student studying in London (at King's College) for the next 3 years.
This Christmas will be my first ever away from my US home--my first Christmas in England! I'll miss all my family and friends though.
This Christmas weekend I've been invited to stay with a host family in Camborne, Cornwall (this was arranged by HostUK.org, an organisation that links international students with host families for weekends or holidays).
All I know about my hosts is that they are both retired teachers with a grown daughter, and they have 2 pianos (as a pianist, I'm excited to try them out) as well as numerous other musical instruments. This will be the first time I've ever seen the "moors" as described in the Bronte and Jane Austen novels I studied in my US high school years.
That's how I'm spending my first Christmas overseas.
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)
CPH-R From Denmark, joined May 2001, 6461 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3560 times:
First I'll probably be joining my mom & her boyfriends family for a walk (I think we'll have 4-5 dogs to walk) in the morning, following the food-fest the previos night. Then I'll be driving me, my sister, my dad & his boyfriend to Southern Denmark for a christmas lunch/dinner, which is always good fun - not to mention enormous amounts of food!
QANTASFOREVER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 3561 times:
Midnight mass at the Cathedrale after a big Christmas Eve dinner and too much fougasses. Wake up at 5am to the sounds of two hyperactive 3 year olds. Eat breakfast and then head up to Moneghetti to spend the day with the in-laws. yay.