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Offline joo Reading Off The KUF Vol I
23 Dec 2015, 04:47 PM | Post: #11

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RE: Happy Christmas Kuffers!

Well we are starting by locking the doors tomorrow night after getting a nice take-away curry and sharing a posh bottle of champagne, celebrating that we have the evening (and Christmas morning) to ourselvesas we've dumped my mother onto my brother for a change. Well, we did host her 70th birthday party in our house on Sunday.
Then over to hubby's brother's for our usual Christmas lunch followed by loads of games and lots of champagne. 'Cos I haven't got the mother, we'll stay over and probably play Risk the next day before returning home and locking the doors for a few days (until we meet up with same family at hubby's little sister's house/mansion for a long New Year's week.

It will be a bit muted this year as we buried hubby's big sister a week ago. She never spent Christmas with us as she preferred spending it in a hot sunny place, like Mexico,
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Offline Ray Kingfisher Reading No, Writing.
23 Dec 2015, 04:54 PM | Post: #12

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RE: Happy Christmas Kuffers!

(23 Dec 2015 04:37 PM)Matt5ki Wrote: Wrote:  
(23 Dec 2015 04:33 PM)DavidHaynes Wrote: Wrote:  Happy Christmas everyone! 
Up at 6 with George.

Black pudding, bacon and sausage butties with my parents at 9ish.
Chocolates at 11 with some bubbles.

A roast turkey crown with all the trimmings about 2ish. (I'm scheduling in some sort of row between 11 and 4)

Indigestion and wind from 4 ish. 

At 5ish the dog will retch a mound of part-digested Turkey skin on the new carpet. (That will be my fault for contravening a prohibited direction in gving it to him earlier)

A ham sandwich and a catering bag of salted peanuts at 7

Chronic belly ache and a dose of salts at 7.39. 

Indoor fireworks at 8.30 and a row when the house is full of smoke resulting in eyes streaming and the fire alarm sounding for an hour. 

A glass of malt whisky. 9pm

A terrific bout of extremely noisy and foul smelling wind at 9.30. (Blamed on the dog who is then thrown out into the garden)

9.45 - Alternating handfuls of peanuts and chocolate.

10pm - complain about bellyache, accompanied by more wind. 

10.10 - Fall asleep on the floor.

11.45 - Woken with a start by sound of snoring and more wind.

Midnight - Lie in bed unable to sleep due to belly ache, wind and foul stench.

Haha! Brilliant!
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Offline Kath Middleton Reading Hell, yes!
23 Dec 2015, 05:12 PM | Post: #13

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RE: Happy Christmas Kuffers!

Dave Haynes, you should be a writer! Oh! Ahh...
We're eating the locally reared free range turkey I picked up this morning, and, I’m informed by daughter, a goose. Never had goose before, though I've said boo to a few.
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Offline Mads Sorensen Reading A Quiet Life by Natasha Walter
23 Dec 2015, 05:23 PM | Post: #14

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RE: Happy Christmas Kuffers!

(23 Dec 2015 05:12 PM)Kath Middleton Wrote: Wrote:  Dave Haynes, you should be a writer! Oh! Ahh...
We're eating the locally reared free range turkey I picked up this morning, and, I’m informed by daughter, a goose. Never had goose before, though I've said boo to a few.
The taste of goose is quite intense compared to meat from other feathered creatures, turkey in particular. Takes a bit of getting used to for the modern palate.
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Offline Kath Middleton Reading Hell, yes!
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RE: Happy Christmas Kuffers!

Sounds like a good contrast, then.
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Offline Mads Sorensen Reading A Quiet Life by Natasha Walter
23 Dec 2015, 08:13 PM | Post: #16

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RE: Happy Christmas Kuffers!

That's what I was thinking.
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RE: Happy Christmas Kuffers!

Happy Christmas, fellow KUffers!

We're looking forward to a quiet day, just the two of us. I'm cautiously optimistic for a fine day, after it looks as if it'll pour all today (Christmas Eve here), so lunch will be outdoors: Japanese-ish pancakes with dipping sauce, Thai fishcakes, and some other things I've forgotten.. For dinner we usually have something like whole baked salmon, but this year we're actually having lamb. We both have traumatic memories of hot, greasy lamb from childhood Christmases, so avoided it for years, but the day won't be very hot tomorrow, and I'm cooking the lamb north-Indian style, with lots of spices and a long, slow baking. Also, the lamb we get these days is just plain better quality than that of our childhood (it's also far more expensive).

When we spent Christmas Eve at our apartment in the city going to Midnight Mass was a special part of the day, walking up to church around 11 through throngs of people enjoying the decorated houses, then after a candlelit service ambling back through a night as silent as it ever gets in the city. But it's just too hard from our rural haven: driving anywhere on Christmas Eve, when the roads are mad, and there's a large chance of encountering impaired drivers, is best avoided.

The tree is up, sparkling with its new set of led lights, and with ornaments gathered over the years from different countries we've lived in or visited, including two ancient filigree snowflakes from our years in England. Tomorrow will see our annual viewing of "Love Actually", and no doubt I'll cry at the same places I always do.

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23 Dec 2015, 09:40 PM | Post: #18

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RE: Happy Christmas Kuffers!

Merry Christmas!

It's been great reading about everyone's plans for the big day.'. Good idea David W.
David H, I don't suppose you get many drop-in visitors, but perhaps that's the plan.
Good on you, Anna.

My Christmases tend to be quiet, much like Matt's. This year, I'm particularly looking forward to switching off and having nothing to do because we've literally just finished renovating our house. On Christmas Eve I'll be making palmiers. Then I'm out with Mrs R for lunch. Christmas day starts with a cuppa and stocking filler presents, then we'll have a light breakfast of fresh fruit and toast. At about 11am I'll cook the palmers and we'll have them with bubbly by the fire - although it's a bit mild this year so I'll have to keep the central heating off so the place gets cold enough. Then it's on to the PRESENTS! We tend to labour over them so they last while we drink the bubbly. After that it's a quick tidy up and get dinner prepared. A bit of smoked salmon and more bubbles then on to the dinner in earnest. We're having roast rib of beef this year, which I picked up from the butchers today. We're not really turkey fans, so tend to vary what we have. Last year it was roast pheasant, which is a very nice alternative to turkey if there aren't too many of you and you fancy something a bit different. After dinner it's movie time and chocolate and more wine until bed beckons. This year we're going to save a present for boxing day, to keep the excitement going a bit longer. Smile

I hope you all have a wonderful time and very healthy and happy 2016.
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24 Dec 2015, 08:44 AM | Post: #19

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RE: Happy Christmas Kuffers!

Happy Christmas, everyone!

I told my husband how much I was looking forward to a quiet Christmas this year, with just us and the kids...so he went and invited his Mum, Dad and his sister and her family. Ah well. I suppose I won't have time to get sad that this is the first Christmas without my mum. Boxing Day is with all my sisters and their families, plus Dad and my brother, so we'll be exhausted by Sunday (though I don't have to do anything for that, just get there.) I started out this morning with great plans for cleaning the house and having everything ready. Haven't got far yet. Might be up until midnight. I do, at least, have all the presents wrapped.
Being in Australia, of course, our lunch(es) will be cold - chicken, ham, salads etc. We gave up on traditional Christmas Dinner a long time ago. It was 40C yesterday and not much cooler today, but they're saying about 29C for tomorrow, so not to bad. I can shoo everyone outside onto the verandah to natter if it's not too hot.
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RE: Happy Christmas Kuffers!

Merry Christmas everyone. I'm having a quiet one with some writing, but then visiting family at the weekend.
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