Jen Daiker at Unedited and Melissa at Through the Looking Glass are hosting the Be Jolly by Golly Blogfest! Thanks to this idea I have the opportunity to share a little flavour of my Christmas.
TO HOST A MERRY CHRISTMAS:
The Smith family Christmas-at-home is eccentric, eclectic - and loud. A Christmas-toon-time celebration: the Christmas karaoke out-malling the shopping centre smaltz; six versions of A Christmas Carol topped off with A Wonderful Life; board games; books and being together.
TO TOAST A MERRY CHRISTMAS:
My favourite Christmas drink is a glass of chilled, slightly-sweet, sparkling Cava served with cranberry ice cubes. To make the ice cubes fill an ice cube tray with cranberry juice and a cranberry or two, and then freeze. Serve the sparkling champagne with a couple of cranberry ice cubes for the look, smell and taste of a Christmas celebration.
TO ROAST A MERRY CHRISTMAS
When it comes to turkey, I follow Jamie Oliver’s advice with biblical ferocity: I "stuff between the turkey’s skin and breast to increase the thickness so they take the same time to cook as the legs!" Using sage leaves, pancetta strips, garlic cloves, onion, celery, lemon zest, nutmeg, lots of salt and pepper, ending off with an orange in the cavity: Jamie does everything except throw the Christmas tree at the turkey to ensure it tastes the very essence of Christmas .
Watching England take on the Aussies, at Cricket, has gone from thrilling to terrifying. As we all support Man Utd - and Watford FC too - the holidays should produce a mixed bag of excitement and a variety of results!
I hope everyone experiences peace and joy this Christmas. I wish everyone more successes than challenges in the New Year.