UK Christmas traditions...

Cornish Lad

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A few years ago I was recovering from major knee surgery and wasn't up to cooking a full traditional Christmas dinner so we decided to do something completely different, a Mexican inspired Christmas. I ordered Mexican-style decorations and a Christmas pinata and we had tamales on Christmas Day instead of Christmas Eve. A tradition where I live (Texas) is to have tamales on Christmas Eve even if you're not Mexican.

We had a traditional Christmas last year but the kids have such fond memories of that Mexican Christmas that they want to explore other country's Christmas traditions every few years. My family decided to explore UK traditions this year because we had a blast visiting England and Scotland a few summers ago.

Here's our plan so far:
  • Christmas crackers
  • a Yule log in our outdoor fireplace
  • a dessert that's lit on fire. DS8 still remembers when some of our British friends bought a Christmas pudding to our Thanksgiving dinner and lit it on fire.
  • watch a Dr. Who Christmas episode.
What else should we do? I'm looking for fun suggestions.
Don't bother with Dr. Who - not a British tradition! Queen's speech is definitely traditional. The only dessert for setting on fire at Christmas (brandy poured over then lit) is a traditional Christmas fruit pudding as was brought to your Thanksgiving dinner. The original home made puddings had silver sixpenny pieces put in them for luck - unless you found one by breaking a tooth on it! Of course there are no longer any such coins in circulation so that tradition has died away aided by the fact that nowadays most people get their Christmas puddings from shops. Roast turkey for Christmas dinner - same as for your Thanksgiving. Have some family games and ignore the endless repeats on tv. Most of all just enjoy being together as a family - hope that we can this year with all that's going on with lockdowns and visiting restrictions etc.
Merry Christmas from the UK
Peter
 

Disney Frenhines

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As I live alone and will be spending it alone I decided I'm going to do a Hoop Dee Doo Christmas Dinner. I'm going to replicate the menu as best I can, the Strawberry Shortcake might prove difficult so I may replace that with Christmas pud.
To be honest, Christmas day is pretty much the same as every other day otherwise. The days when Christmas Day TV was special have long gone, but, Disney+ has plenty of things worth watching.
 

DL1WDW2

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Have you ever tried the Birds Eye Custard served over apple pie slice?
The canister has a quick & easy way to prepare using a microwave.
Very English and love this all nice and warm.
I also have an old English Recipe for poor mans pudding ( rice pudding served warm ) And my mother always asked Santa to bring a box of Black Magic Candies.
 

BadPinkTink

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Have you ever tried the Birds Eye Custard served over apple pie slice?
Yes , my grandmother used to make apple tart and serve it with Birds Custard. My grandfather used to grow the apples and then my grandmother would make apple tarts :)

I also have an old English Recipe for poor mans pudding ( rice pudding served warm )
Never heard rice pudding called this. Rice pudding is still popular, I buy it from the grocery store on a regular basis. The most popular brand is Ambrosia but there are other brands too. I just heat in the microwave.
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And my mother always asked Santa to bring a box of Black Magic Candies.
My dad loved Black Magic too :) They are still onsale, I just checked

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Welsh_Dragon

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Have you ever tried the Birds Eye Custard served over apple pie slice?
The canister has a quick & easy way to prepare using a microwave.
Very English and love this all nice and warm.
I also have an old English Recipe for poor mans pudding ( rice pudding served warm ) And my mother always asked Santa to bring a box of Black Magic Candies.
My Grandmother’s cook used to make delicious rice puddings ( you have taken me on a little trip down memory lane). It was oozing with cream, butter, cinnamon and sugar and had a thick skin on the top when it cooled.
At school we had tapioca and semolina pudding, which did a fine impersonation of liquid cement.
 
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  • Woodview

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    What about Spiced Beef ...... very tasty .... eaten cold on toast & butter.

    followed by Triple Choc Ice Cream

    ( Dunnes Stores , Super Value & Tesco )
     
  • Disney Frenhines

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    My Grandmother’s cook used to make delicious rice puddings ( you have taken me on a little trip down memory lane). It was oozing with cream, butter, cinnamon and sugar and had a thick skin on the top when it cooled.
    At school we had tapioca and semolina pudding, which did a fine impersonation of liquid cement.
    My nan made the most fab rice pud, we'd fight over who got the skin off the top. I bet kids today would turn their nose up at it.
    She also made the most wonderful cup of tea, milky and sweet, I've never been able to recreate it
     

    Tink-osophy

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    Interesting to see the variations!

    Here, definitely no sprouts! And no Yorkshire puddings (only with a beef roast)!

    Just: turkey, roast potatoes, stuffing (but different from the US version), pigs in blankets (or just small cocktail sausages, but nice ones from a local butcher), very roasted parsnips, cauliflower cheese, steamed carrots. gravy, bread sauce and cranberry sauce.

    Definitely crackers, with silly jokes and hats. ::yes::::yes::::yes::

    The queen's speech is very British, but we never watch it! :D We always have mince pies and Christmas pudding around at Christmas, but I don't eat either! Chocolate yule log is nicer and we have sharing chocolates like Quality Street and Black Magic.

    We used to have Brandy Snaps with brandy butter piped inside, but haven't had those for ages.

    We usually have a more American breakfast of waffles or pancakes with fruit and maple syrup.
     
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