5 TOP TIPS FOR A GREAT CHRISTMAS
Christmas can be a pretty wonderful time of year. There’s presents, food and family, even though this may be limited this year. However, I think we can all agree that there are some…less popular aspects of Christmas. Have no fear though, these handy tips can make even those lesser parts fantastic.
1. Vegetable prejudice
From the point of view of someone whose favourite vegetable is Brussel sprouts, I simply do not understand the fierce vegetable prejudices that comes into play at Christmas. It’s like people store up their root vegetable rage for the year and it all gets served at Christmas. What did cabbage or sprouts do to be so mistreated? Anyway, the simple secret to changing the perception around these misunderstood vegetables can be achieved with simple measures like caramelisation and heavy roasting. What doesn’t taste even better when crispy or covered in gravy – meaty or vegetarian. If this isn’t enough check out BBC Good Food for further inspiration.
2. Present Stress
Like it or not each year there can be a huge amount of stress to get the ‘perfect present’ for your loved ones. However, sometimes all it takes is a conversation with someone, or a Santa list, to resolve your fears. Remember they’re just presents, not the Christmas meal.
3. Fractious Families
Being all together at Christmas can cause a little tension at times, especially when games. A handy tip can be to introduce a ‘safeword’ to a game. When the word is spoken everyone should take a quick cool down, replenish their cups or plates and return ready to have fun again.
4. Environmental Guilt
Depending on how organised you are, your Christmas preparations may have started as early as November. As you lay in bed at night with thoughts about presents, Christmas cards and lights churning in your mind you might also have spared a thought about the impact all this waste will have on our world. Will all that wrapping paper really be recycled? To ease your mind, here are some eco-friendly ideas for next year:
- Replace tens of Christmas Cards with a newsletter – it may feel less personal but it’s a great way to save paper and share your years news.
- Use LED Christmas lights.
- Use Eco-friendly crackers
- Invest in a reusable advent calendar
5. Christmas pudding or fruitcakes?
If you are the kind of fruitcake who doesn’t love fruitcake or Christmas pudding do not suffer in silence this year, there are so many other puddings out there! Instead of skipping the pudding and instead indulging in the post meal cheese board here are a couple of other Christmas pudding ideas:
- Chocolate Log – a chocolatey delight and a woefully unrecognised Christmas table addition
- Profiteroles – what could be more indulgent than a tower of gooey, flaky profiteroles?
- Pantone (and Hot Chocolate) – If you’re feeling European, Pantone is a sophisticated and delicious desert best enjoyed with a handy hot drink of your choice.
- Tiramisu – Booze, chocolate and desert in one neat little package. What more can be said?
We hope you have a merry, stress free Christmas and here’s to a less crazy new year!
By Ilona Cabral
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