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Traditional Christmas dinner

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CatrionaL

It is nearing the end of my first term working as an English Language Assistant in primary schools in France. This week I have been talking about and doing activities based around Christmas traditions in England. A main theme of my lessons has been food, my pupils have been really interested to see the differences between the food that we eat in England at Christmas and the food that is eaten in France at Christmas. Now, of course all families have their own Christmas traditions and we all eat different things, but I thought I would share with you the meal that my family eat on Christmas day. We eat our Christmas dinner normally around 1p.m. To start off the meal we have butternut squash and sweet potato soup topped with crème fraiche and nutmeg. For the main course we have roast turkey, roast potatoes, Brussel sprouts, roasted carrots and parsnips, stuffing and pigs in blankets (sausages wrapped in bacon).

For dessert we either have Christmas pudding and custard or chocolate torte and ice cream. I always choose the chocolate as I do not like the taste of Christmas pudding, it is covered in brandy which is a liquor that has a very strong taste. To finish the meal we have coffee and mince pies. After this very large meal, we usually do a Christmas quiz. We spend Christmas with our friends and we usually have two teams that is either boys against girls or adults versus youngsters. I am very competitive and always get very excited for the quiz. We are a very lively bunch and dance late into the night to Christmas songs. 

Christmas is a great time of year, as you get to relax and spend quality time with your friends and family. One of my favourite parts of Christmas is all the festive food that we get to eat. This is the first time that I have been in another country other than the UK in the festive period and I love being able to see the differences in the ways different countries celebrate Christmas. France starts its festivities a lot later than Norwich (the place where I live in England); all of the Christmas lights are up but they have not been switched on yet. Next week there is a Christmas market and ice-skating rink in the city near by me. I am very excited to enjoy some festivities with the other assistants. I am looking forward to heading home to enjoy Christmas there as well. This year is great as I get to experience Christmas in two countries. 

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What is your favourite part of the Christmas period?

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Manaly 8 October, 2016 - 07:44

We don't have a festival called Christmas but i know a lot about it and really enjoy the atmosphere of this festival! !

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gianggiang 23 December, 2015 - 13:00

The best moments of the Christmas period is when I see some Vietnamese teenagers turn into Santa Claus in red clothes, ride bikes around a town and bring gifts to children.:)))))))))))))

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Elsa007 16 December, 2015 - 07:42

I like festive atmosphere all around, music, illuminated town, cakes and food!!
Most important, it's a parfect time to enjoy a peace of mind with someone important!
Am I a bit romantist??

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gianggiang 24 December, 2015 - 09:40

Hi Elsa, you are very romantic :D
What do you think about a dinner full of food and candles and the weather is a bit snowy ? :))

Have you ever received gifts from Santa Claus ? Which gift do you like most ? :))))) Do you have any wishes for Christmas ?
I know that it's a bit early, Merry merry Christmas !

Btw, I have a question, hope you don't laugh at this ! Everyone often say " Happy new year , Happy birthday, Happy women's day, Happy Saint Andrew's day.....but why do they say " Merry Christmas "?, Is it an idiom ? and Is it right if I say " Happy Christmas"? I..am curious......!!!

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Elsa007 25 December, 2015 - 02:21

Hi giang, hmm…. your romantic imagination is far beyond mine! Thank you ;-))

Okay, for your questions, the most impressive Christmas gift I ever received from Santa Claus was 'Licca Doll House'. I remember that my sis and I put our letters to Santa in the mailbox and got very excited about it. And here they are by the Christmas tree!! :)) Good old days!
And my wish for Chrstmas this year is….well, come to think about it, I found one thing in the 'House' gone. Licca's favorite chair has been missing for these several years. Since then, Licca has been compelled to keep standing or lying on her bed. So, I do wish her perfect chair will turn up again and make her in a seat and calm down!☆

As for your last question, it's interesting to notice the difference! You're really insightful, Ginag!
I think 'Merry Christmas' is a more traditional way of greetings among Christians and it's more spiritual (to me). On the other hand, 'Happy Christmas' is like other seasonal events where people enjoy time with people around regardless of religions. You know, 'One kind word can change someone's entire day' !

"Merry Christmas, and may this new year bring you joy and laughter. To be happy is the greatest wish in life."☆☆

Elsa

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gianggiang 25 December, 2015 - 09:40

Thank yoooooooooooou for your explanation ! You are very brilliant ! ( I feel a bit jealous of you and your gift :))
Honestly, I have never enjoyed Christmas atmosphere, have never received gifts from Santa Claus, have never seen a Christmas tree, so when I watch TV and read articles about it,hm... I imagined that Christmas is similar to stories I've read, disadvantage children are similar to" the little match girl",Santa Claus is similar to Mark Twain- a great and kind father, somewhere in Finland, I imagine that Mumi is sleeping,...impressively, Christmas atmosphere is like everything that the novel " A Christmas Carol' has mentioned. :))))))))))))))))))

Merry Christmas, hope you have a perfect Christmas !!!

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Elsa007 26 December, 2015 - 03:28

Xin cảm ơn, Giang!!

Yeah--------! I know all of the stories! You really know wonderful books and it's great to remember a number of great works at a time of Christmas! Let me know some day when you write a story of Christmas (by a writer, Giang)!☆ Love to read it! ☆☆

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gianggiang 27 December, 2015 - 13:23

Thank a lot, Elsa ! This gift is for you: ( ^_^ ) - the happiest emotion icon of mine :P
I have given up reading books for some weeks, I mean, I don't like reading book any more. :)

Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
And days of auld lang syne?
..............
( Auld lang syne )
A bit early....Happy New Year.

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Elsa007 28 December, 2015 - 11:42

Wow! What a wonderful emoticon you sent me! Thank you☆ It's really good to imagine your feeling at the moment. Mine is the same as you! (^―^)

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne.
We'll take a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.
…….
Happy New Year (prelude☆)

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