Christmas is coming and the geese are getting fat …

With Christmas coming up very soon, I thought we need to speak about those Christmassy words. People seem to forget them so quickly. So let’s go.

No, we don’t have a 1st and 2nd day of Christmas …

We have Christmas Eve on 24 December – that’s when Father Christmas brings the presents. Then we have Christmas Day on 25 December – that’s when we open the presents. And then we have Boxing Day on 26 December – the day when the family starts arguing and boxing one another.

No, of course, that’s not true. That’s not what the word means. Boxing Day was the day on which employees or servants traditionally received gifts of money or food (known as a “Christmas box”) from their employers or masters.

But I also remember my mother giving the postman (did we have a postwoman?), the window cleaner, the paper boy or girl and the bin men (the refuse collectors!) their Christmas box before Christmas. It’s a kind of tip. But I’ve just read that this tradition is dying out. What a shame!

Traditional Christmas music

A new business idea?

I’ve just read about a holiday decorating service and wonder if any of my readers have their homes or businesses decorated by someone else. I like decorating the home myself, so I couldn’t imagine anyone else decorating for me. But perhaps there are people who don’t have the time or energy.

According to, one can offer such a service not only at Christmas but also on other occasions. But is there really a market for this?

Traditional Christmas music

A traditional Christmas dinner

What does the traditional Christmas dinner look like in Britain? Well, it often consists of roast turkey with cranberry sauce, Brussel sprouts and roast potatoes, followed by Christmas pudding. That’s what my mother always made.

Actually, she didn’t make the Christmas pudding herself, she bought it!

If you’re looking for some inspiration and want to try out something new, take a look at the BBC Good Food page here.

turkey = Truthahn