It was the realisation that we are behind on any aspect of xmas planning when, earlier this week, my son suddenly declared he hadn’t written an xmas list yet and there are only 6 weeks to go!
Christmas is normally a late starter in our house - mainly by tradition as my parents birthdays are at the end of November and start of December and we never decorated the house etc until my Mother’s birthday had finished. This year, it’s going to be a little strange as sadly my father passed away last month but we will continue our normal traditions…
Christmas Day is a set piece… many years ago we decided xmas was (for us) about celebrating time with family and we do that with food and drink - but traditional xmas dinner is too much to sit down to in one go so we made a subtle twist ( it also makes the day a lot less stressful!)
Breakfast - smoked salmon and scrambled eggs - Champagne (2006 Boever)
Present opening - with champagne (grower purchased)
Lunchtime - this is when we eat our starter - normally fish/seafood and served with appropriate white normally a Bdx Blanc or Chardonnay (Burg, US)
Teatime - main course - we haven’t decided yet…might go with a turkey or goose or nice rib of beef…so wine tbc but have my eye on a couple of PNs down the cellar and a nice Chinon as the other option (and a pinot gris for my mother - doesn’t drink too much red anymore). If we go beef will be Bdx
Suppertime - dessert / cheese. we are more a cheese family than a dessert one (Cheese was the ‘dessert’ at our wedding breakfast!) but this is where we will open a wide range of bottles - whites, reds, sweets and they will go with the cheese and continued into the evening …normally I get a range of bottles up from the cellar and people say what they would like…what doesn’t get opened on xmas day will roll to the Boxing Day buffet
right…best get down the cellar and start to earmark some potentials !