Made turkey dinner for seven yesterday, including turkey, gammon, stuffing, pigs in blankets, roast potatoes, mashed potatoes (purple!), carrots, parsnips and sprouts. Started cooking at 9:00 and didn't finish until well past 15:00. Was all planned days ahead via Gantt chart, and only went off-plan when brothers-in-law failed to turn up on time to eat it!

Turkey (named Terrence) was a bit of a beast, and even after being attacked by seven people and freezing half the leftovers we'll still be eating turkey sandwiches for quite some time.

And today we are doing nothing. (In the grand Boxing Day tradition).
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( Dec. 26th, 2007 01:56 pm)
Spent christmas and boxing days in a flu-ridden stupor. Not ideal.

I can say, though, that Children of Men is the most effective decongestant evarr.

Also, "uuurgh".

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Lolcat )
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( Dec. 16th, 2007 04:42 pm)
Dear Santa meme )

Now I am off to make onion bhajis. Num num.

Edit: Onion bhaji! Is good. Note to self: next time, use slightly more chili powder (or even better, chopped fresh green chili).

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( Dec. 24th, 2005 06:57 pm)
I'm celebrating Saturnalia this year, I think. I get to decorate an evergreen tree, and exchange presents with family and friends. Sounds like fun! (The feasting and drinking sounds pretty good, too!) I'll be celebrating it on December 25th, i.e. tomorrow, following the lead of Emperor Aurelian (technically that's the date of dies natalis Solis Invicti, not Saturnalia, but same difference).

In other news, my brother has shown that he does in fact have some use, by demonstrating how to fold a t-shirt in three easy movements (standing up, no less!).
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( Dec. 16th, 2005 01:05 am)

I've talked about the different versions of Santa, but there's one very interesting aspect I haven't covered yet: the companions of Santa. These are beings who accompany Santa (or similar gift-bringer) on his journey to deliver his presents. In Britain and America we think of him as travelling alone, or with a nameless elf or two. But other cultures have much more fleshed out characters.

The companions of Santa )

What have we learnt from all this study of Santa? Well, that Santa is merely the most modern incarnation of a figure who appears to be older than written records can trace; a figure who has left widespread and highly variant figures all over Europe and beyond. He predates his namesake St. Nicholas for sure, he predates Christianity, and he predates Coca Cola by a long way. So if anybody tells you that Santa was invented by the Coca Cola company in the 20th century, you can now quite thoroughly correct them!

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( Dec. 9th, 2005 02:42 pm)

I've talked about the various characters who went into the modern Santa Claus, but as [livejournal.com profile] sigmonster pointed out, my list of winter gift-givers is far from complete. Here are a few of the more esoteric ones, ranging from the slightly odd to the downright bizarre:

Here we go here we go )

The history of "Santa Claus" is a convoluted one. His roots are many and varied, with each country and culture seeming to contribute something to the legend. Here are the main ones:

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