Tuesday 23 November 2010

Top Tips For Christmas – Part 2

IMPORTANT TIP – try to avoid inviting ‘professional’ cooks to share in your Christmas repast. If you are the mother of small children, and are having to host the ‘Family Dinner’ on 25th Dec, then your relations MUST understand that kitchen standards may slip a little, when there are little ones to be looked after!

I first came across this article about ten years ago – relating to Martha Stewart and Thanksgiving – but cannot now trace the original source. I have modified it for British readers – and thought it was worth sharing, just to cheer you up when the festive preparations get on top of you…



Delia Smith will not be dining with us this Christmas. I'm telling you in advance, so don't act surprised.

Since Ms. Smith won't be coming, I've made a few small changes: Our path will not be lined with homemade, paper bag luminaria.




After a trial run, it was decided that no matter how cleverly done, rows of flaming carrier bags do not have the desired welcoming effect.
The dining table will not be covered with expensive linens, fancy china or crystal goblets. If possible, we will use dishes that match and everyone will get a fork.


Since this IS Christmas, we will refrain from using the plastic Peter Rabbit plate and the Santa napkins from last Christmas.
Our centrepiece will not be the tower of fresh fruit and flowers that I promised. Instead we will be displaying a hedgehog-like decoration hand-crafted from the finest construction paper.

The artist assures me it is a turkey.
turkey talkline We will be dining fashionably late. The children will entertain you while you wait. I'm sure they will be happy to share every choice comment I have made regarding Christmas, wise men and the turkey hotline. Please remember that most of these comments were made at 5:00 AM upon discovering that the turkey was still hard enough to cut diamonds.

As accompaniment to the children's recital, I will play a recording of tribal drumming. If the children should mention that I don't own a recording of tribal drumming, or that tribal drumming sounds suspiciously like a frozen turkey in a tumble dryer, ignore them. They are lying.
We toyed with the idea of ringing a dainty silver bell to announce the start of our feast. In the end, we chose to keep our traditional method. We've also decided against a formal seating arrangement. When the smoke alarm sounds, please gather around the table and sit where you like. In the spirit of harmony, we will ask the children to sit at a separate table. In a separate room. Next door.
turkey carving

Now I know you have all seen pictures of one person carving a turkey in front of a crowd of appreciative onlookers. This will not be happening at our dinner. For safety reasons, the turkey will be carved in a private ceremony.

I stress "private" meaning:

  • Do not, under any circumstances, enter the kitchen to laugh at me.
  • Do not send small, unsuspecting children to check on my progress. I have an electric knife. The turkey is unarmed. It stands to reason that I will eventually win. When I do, we will eat.

Before I forget, there is one last change. Instead of offering a choice between 12 different scrumptious desserts, we will be serving the traditional Sainsbury’s Christmas pud, garnished with whipped cream and small fingerprints.

You will still have a choice: take it or leave it.
Delia Smith will not be dining with us this Christmas. She probably won't come next year either.
I am very thankful.


  1. Love it! Thanks for bringing a smile to cheer our way.

  2. Ar I love it, you have made my morning :)

  3. Love it - sounds a bit familiar though - were you hiding beneath our table cloth last year making a few notes of my festivities??

  4. Sounds good to me....familiar in fact!


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