This week’s tip: Christmas tidbits

With Christmas just days away it’s time to go through the check list to make sure you’re prepared for the big day. Obviously you’ll need champers for the morning, shandies for morning tea, some wine for lunch, some brandy for the pudding, some port for afters and possibly some more shandies. Shandies are also very good because any left over lemonade can be given to the kiddies. Lemonade is good for kiddies, after all. Sugar and lemons – nothing wrong with that.

You’ll also need a nice big bird. Whatever stuffing you choose it’s best to stuff it yourself. Slipping my arm into a big turkey on Christmas morning has become quite the tradition in my household and I’m sure once you try it you’ll make it a regular event on your Christmas calendar too. Some like seeing to their birds the night before but I’ll have none of that in my house.

Christmas eve is for boiling the puddings and having a bit of a clean up around the house in preparation for the over-excited children and the under-fed relatives, it’s not for messing around with turkeys.

Now, on the day, if you’re worried that the uncles or cousins might poke themselves in the nether regions and spend Christmas afternoon down at casualty, best not to use paper or plastic plates, or if you do, make sure there’s a good solid tray underneath. A positive is disposable plates can save a little work after lunch. And you can recycle them.

Another good tip for Christmas day is to have a couple of little reserve gifts lying around for those unexpected drop ins – a nice bottle of sherry perhaps, or a little Father O’Leary’s Velvet Cream. There’s always some inconsiderate nincompoop in your family who will bring an uninvited guest.

So there it is. Have plenty to whet the whistle, keep the food up to the guests and make sure you can tidy as you go.

Merry Christmas from all the nannas.

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