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Christmas in the UK.
« on: November 09, 2017, 11:10:07 AM »
Im spending Christmas in the UK this year with the wife and kids the first time I would of been in the UK for over 10 years...I already know I'm going to miss the motherland  :(

So looks like I will be doing the Christmas swim this year :hide chair:

 

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Re: Christmas in the UK.
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2017, 03:03:20 PM »
I will be in the New Forest over the Christmas period. Full on turkey dinner, Santa Claus and even a trip to the panto.

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Re: Christmas in the UK.
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2017, 03:41:08 PM »
Taking my daughter to see Santa in Lapland in December, reindeer sleigh from the airport, husky rides, snowmobiles, Lapland post office, elves, snow, forest hike to Santa's house, the full hit.  :rouble-smile:

Christmas will be at home with the family as it should be. None of that "order your over-priced turkey in October" bollocks for us though. Wifey isn't keen on eating what society dictates on a given day (lest we become like Americans at Thanksgiving), so it will probably be fillet steak with melted blue cheese on the barbie (yup, in December) and steamed veg. Works for me. :thumbsup:

None of that queuing with the proles down the supermarket though, Ocado charge a festive tenner to deliver your Yuletide groceries.

I've plenty of logs and coal for the fire, the fridge will be stocked with wine and thanks to the wonders of e-commerce, money will still be rolling in while I am quaffing the aforementioned wine and having a few days rest.  tiphat


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Re: Christmas in the UK.
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2017, 05:41:08 PM »
Taking my daughter to see Santa in Lapland in December, reindeer sleigh from the airport, husky rides, snowmobiles, Lapland post office, elves, snow, forest hike to Santa's house, the full hit.  :rouble-smile:

Christmas will be at home with the family as it should be. None of that "order your over-priced turkey in October" bollocks for us though. Wifey isn't keen on eating what society dictates on a given day (lest we become like Americans at Thanksgiving), so it will probably be fillet steak with melted blue cheese on the barbie (yup, in December) and steamed veg. Works for me. :thumbsup:

None of that queuing with the proles down the supermarket though, Ocado charge a festive tenner to deliver your Yuletide groceries.

I've plenty of logs and coal for the fire, the fridge will be stocked with wine and thanks to the wonders of e-commerce, money will still be rolling in while I am quaffing the aforementioned wine and having a few days rest.  tiphat

Sounds like a great Christmas for you and your family. Especially cool the trip to Lapland (Finland?) for your daughter.

Turkeys are not really expensive and in fact many supermarkets give them free when you spend X amount of dollars. Turkey is an acquired taste and takes patience, a bit of skill and several hours to get it right.

A steak or a nice ham are easier and just as festive. 🎄

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Re: Christmas in the UK.
« Reply #4 on: November 09, 2017, 05:44:26 PM »
I will be in the New Forest over the Christmas period. Full on turkey dinner, Santa Claus and even a trip to the panto.

What is “the panto”?

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Re: Christmas in the UK.
« Reply #5 on: November 09, 2017, 10:40:24 PM »
Panto = pantomime

What is the panto? 

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Re: Christmas in the UK.
« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2017, 01:32:21 AM »
We have rented a house in the village and have already planned a Russian party for over the Christmas weekend..

We will have the Russian flag flying high  from of the house, and all will be genuine Russian food  :) Already taken most of the alcohol , champaign . caviar and other stuff I hope we can sneak past customs  :hide chair:

Then a quiet Christmas dinner with the parents...we will be spending two days in London so just working out how to explain to the kids that they probably will not see any English people in London and not to worry about all the people sleeping on the street...its just normal.. :chuckle:

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Re: Christmas in the UK.
« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2017, 01:53:40 AM »
Just change the language. Many of the people they see might not be English but they are likely to be British.

Be proud to be British! It was the British Empire, not the English Empire and the people you see are very often from the Commonwealth, formerly the British Commonwealth.

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Re: Christmas in the UK.
« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2017, 02:10:10 AM »
Just change the language. Many of the people they see might not be English but they are likely to be British.

Be proud to be British! It was the British Empire, not the English Empire and the people you see are very often from the Commonwealth, formerly the British Commonwealth.

I am proud to be British very much so...just what has happened to the country over the last few years make the British the laughing stock of the world  :(

I want the Empire back!!! :)

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Re: Christmas in the UK.
« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2017, 03:17:53 AM »
It’s payback time! Empire means more subjects, wasnt that long ago all commonwealth citizens where British Subjects and entitked to settle in the UK freely just by turning up.

Now of course its worse. Now we have tge refugee crisis caused by us destabilising and inciting regime change.

Many on here are blind to that, they only experience the result, not the cause


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Re: Christmas in the UK.
« Reply #10 on: November 10, 2017, 04:00:08 AM »
It’s payback time! Empire means more subjects, wasnt that long ago all commonwealth citizens where British Subjects and entitked to settle in the UK freely just by turning up.

Now of course its worse. Now we have tge refugee crisis caused by us destabilising and inciting regime change.

Many on here are blind to that, they only experience the result, not the cause


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I only want the Empire back so I can go get my boots polished free in some countries.. :laugh:

And also it would be on condition I can be some high ranking official other wise Im not interested.. :ROFL:

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Re: Christmas in the UK.
« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2017, 09:13:04 AM »
Steve & Manny, Which Christmas will you celebrate? Or do you have to do it in stereo.  :hidechair:
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Re: Christmas in the UK.
« Reply #12 on: November 10, 2017, 09:37:27 AM »
Steve & Manny, Which Christmas will you celebrate? Or do you have to do it in stereo.  :hidechair:

Kind of three for me.. 25th December...7th January (Its when the kids get the presents) and 31st December  :party0011:

But I have not had a proper Christmas dinner with a turkey on the 25th for so many years I cannot remember , this year will be a first for a long time :)

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Re: Christmas in the UK.
« Reply #13 on: November 10, 2017, 10:55:25 AM »
Steve & Manny, Which Christmas will you celebrate? Or do you have to do it in stereo.  :hidechair:

Kind of three for me.. 25th December...7th January (Its when the kids get the presents) and 31st December  :party0011:

But I have not had a proper Christmas dinner with a turkey on the 25th for so many years I cannot remember , this year will be a first for a long time :)

Those are the best IMO! Enjoy.

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Re: Christmas in the UK.
« Reply #14 on: November 10, 2017, 10:57:55 AM »
Steve & Manny, Which Christmas will you celebrate? Or do you have to do it in stereo.  :hidechair:

Ours and New Year. Old Russian Xmas isnt a huge thing in Russia nowadays, and less so with a woman who has been relocated over a decade. Wifey is British now as well, so in England, British Xmas. As you'll know, New Year is biggest in Russia anyway.

Turkeys are not really expensive and in fact many supermarkets give them free when you spend X amount of dollars. Turkey is an acquired taste and takes patience, a bit of skill and several hours to get it right.

I've nothing against turkey and it's no hardship to cook, but here if you want a decent organic one (like say a Duchy one at $85) you'll order it way in advance and pay top dollar. Frozen supermarket ones or factory ones are probably cheap, but origin of food - especially meat - is a thing in our house. We are not really into factory farmed stuff or stuff laden with chemicals and pharmaceuticals if we have a choice. I know in the US meat is full of pharmaceuticals, hormones and gawd knows what, it's the price of production so cheap they can give it away like you said. However, the point was more that society says you should eat turkey on December 25th, so we'll have something else.  :chuckle:

Is Christmas still much of a thing in the US? I thought y'all celebrated more at thanksgiving?