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12/17/12 1:22 P

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That sounds like a really great idea. There are so many different nationality cookbooks on the market these days to help you out. I had not thought of doing that for Christmas. Years ago I used to do something similar. On many calendars they have independence day or national day of a certain country; I would cook something from the country on that day, to have a change from our usual fare.

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12/17/12 1:08 P

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Until three years ago, my family had a traditional Christmas dinner: turkey or ham, mashed potatoes & gravy, rolls, stuffing, vegetables, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, etc. Then we decided to do something different since this is the same type of meal we have at Thanksgiving, which is just four weeks before Christmas.

Now, at Thanksgiving dinner, we discuss and choose a different cuisine to have at Christmas. Then we all pitch in to make various dishes of that cuisine. So far we've done Mexican, Italian, and Chinese. This year we are doing Cajun. It's a lot of fun and always very yummy!

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12/16/12 10:00 P

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You are having a Turdunkin....

Sounds great!


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12/16/12 5:34 P

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we are having a lunch ofTurkey,stuffed with a duck,stuffed with a chicken with stuffing in the middle.
Our butcher is a whizz and it is delicious,moist and mouthwateringly great.

Sides will include roast potatoes and veges and gravy (for the slim ones), boiled veges for me and son,cranberry sauce and salad. Dessert this year is trifle (daughter will make) and small portion of christmas pudding with icecream and fruit.

This year I bought a christmas cake -a very small one and that will last to new years.

We usually freeze what might be left in portions and eat leftovers for the rest of the week with salads.

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12/16/12 2:56 P

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Hello since I'm staying with my daughter in FL.this year and probably every Winter now since I hate ice and snow at 77 we will probably have baked smoked ham as she and SIL prefer ham.I personally prefer turkey and always had that for both Thanksgiving and Christmas.She will have baked beans I'm sure and always tossed salad.We'll have cranberries prepared someway.Usually she makes cranberry salad,homemade yeast rolls and she always makes lots of homemade candy divinity and fudge always and lots of homemade sugar cookies.We don't like fruitcake but a lot of folks in the US must since you see it in the stores at this time of the year.My parents always fixed a large beef roast at Christmas along with sage dressing.At Thanksgiving and Christmas I eat what every one else eats.It doesn't seem to affect me just doing it twice a year.I eat less amounts though as my appetite is now smaller since joining Spark people.Merry Christmas to you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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12/16/12 2:34 P

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Well Christmas is getting closer and closer and this week I will be shopping for the food to have at Christmas time. Because it will probably be hot we usually do not have a roast for lunch. In the past we have had cold meats and salad, with a Christmas fruit pudding and custard for lunch. Mum used to put the sixpences and threepences in the pudding, but since changing over to decimal, the silver content is not there so it is not safe to do so with five cent pieces. At night just nibble on the leftovers and have some Christmas fruit cake and cup of tea. Colds meats usually ham with pineapple and or Turkey with cranberry sauce.

This year will be different because it will just be the two of us. So I will be looking for something that is festive and not too much of it, trying to avoid leftovers. I will be avoiding the Christmas pudding and fruit cake, way too many calories. Unless I can find individual serves there for I am not eating it everyday to January.

What type of Christmas fare do you serve? I hear that Americans to not have go in for fruit puddings and fruit cake? If this is so, what do you serve for desert? Since turkey is usually served at Thanksgiving it is still traditional to serve it at Christmas time?

Have a jolly week

Sandra / Cara

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