Here in England it's now 11:15 a.m. on the 26th, also known as Boxing Day in British circles.
I hope everyone had a great Christmas day. It was really mild in my area, quite bright and temperatures up into the 50s! It brought everyone in the neighborhood out for walks along the beach and the back lanes.
Not so good today, so an excuse to take it easy and relax indoors.
How many of us are now looking forward to turkey sandwiches for the next week?
Come to think of it, is turkey the usual Christmas meal in all our countries? Feel free to tell us about any Christmas traditions that are peculiar to your own country.
in Germany, or in Bavaria, there isn't a norm meal for christmas. Well known is Goose or Duck, sometimes fish, but we personally always have wiener sausages and potato salad for christmas... our tradition
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Paul, Owing to our Christmas being at the start of summer, down here, there is an increasing trend for families to fire up the BBQ and eat outdoors. The turkey(or Chicken) is still quite popular here, though. I've never really been able to eat a large Xmas dinner, normally owing to the usual high temperatures we have here on Xmas day. Andy,
but we personally always have wiener sausages and potato salad for christmas.
Mmm, that sounds like a great Christmas meal!.
Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green
I know what you mean Trumpy -- I always find I want to eat more in winter.
Andy, Sounds good, and I love potato salad, although it's more a summer thing. I seem to recall hearing that weiners with smoked bacon and potato salad are also a popular dish in the Alsace region of France.
Everybody get ready to sing the Oscar Mayer song.....
Here in Ireland it's a bit of a heart-stopping dinner and is quite similar to Christmas in the USA due to various traditions crossing the atlantic in both directions but also quite similar to Xmas in the UK.
Multi-course dinner including: Turkey or Goose Ham Sometimes Spiced Beef (particularly around Cork area) Smoked Salmon Various vegetables (typically patatoes, turnips, sprouts, carrots, onions, peas etc etc.. it varies from house to house)
The compulsary Christmas fruit cake (very very dark rich cake laced with Cognac and dried fruit) Christmas pudding.. served flaming.. you pour brandy over and light it with a match.
Mince pies (strange pies full of "minced meat" which is actually a mix of spices, alcohol and preserved fruit. Very victorian dish.
Vast amounts of food and drink basically.
It's also traditional to completely over estimate how much food you need and to use at least 2 shopping trollies (carts) in the supermarket and to buy a turkey that so bit it barely fits in the oven.
In terms of electricity consumption Xmas dinner cooking period is one of the annual peaks as 1 million ovens all go online simultaniously along with every hob, light, heater and cooking applience known to man.
The grid is still intact! so I think we can safely say the power system is able to deal with demand