Christmas Goodies

I dreamt about food last night. It was a bit cruel bearing in mind the weight issues, but it got me thinking about all those goodies we treat ourselves to at Christmas.
I’m not talking about a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, Christmas pudding and mince pies, but the ‘incidentals’ as Mum would say.

I can remember circular boxes of candied jellies,  you know, lemon and orange slices with a round one in the middle. In later years there were lime and strawberry alternatives, but Mum always had a box of the orange and lemon ones for Christmas.
Then you have the dates and figs. Urgh, personally I don’t like either, and Mum would always buy Dad a jar of pickled walnuts. Yuk!
Nuts, now there was something else. Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, walnuts and the nutcrackers always attacked my fingers. I was never a nutty person, preferring my brazils covered in chocolate so yes, there was a box of those too. Hazelnuts were my favourite, and the dog would pinch the walnuts if left alone. We found the shells behind the sofa or in his bed.
We’d have those little discs of peppermint cremes too, some wrapped in gold or silver foil while the others were ‘naked’ but they all tasted the same. Of course as a child, I had to try them all just to make sure.
We’d have a big tin of Quality Street to dip into, and Turkish Delight………… the rose and lemon stuff dusted in icing sugar.
Tea time on Christmas Day would be sandwiches, mince pies and trifle with sausage rolls and crisps for good measure, that is if we were hungry. Most times we weren’t!
We’d have peanuts, cheese straws and twiglets on the table for Boxing Day nibbles as we nearly always had visitors, and lunch would be cold meats and bubble and squeak with pickled onions, pickled cabbage and piccalilli (urgh hate that). More sausage rolls and mince pies, and this was the day the cake got cut. Mum would have made it, but Dad always iced it. Proper royal icing too, all choppy and spiky with Santa and Co figures on the top.

With our reflux problems, buying those ‘incidentals’ is a balancing act.
I have the puds and bought some gluten free mince pies to try. They were nice, but four cost me more than a pack of 12 standard ones. Years ago I avoided buying mince pies too early as they were eaten within 24 hours of purchase. I’ve already stopped buying biscuits as our will power isn’t very strong and they soon go once the packet is open.
However, we do have some treats in the cupboard and fridge.
I managed to get those huge American marshmallows that are delicious melted in hot chocolate, some small packets of crisps so they’ll keep for a while, mince pies of course, pork pies and cocktail sausages for nibbles, and traditional Turkish Delight. I have a small slab of Christmas Cake, and I won a box of biscuits in the raffle at darts.
Stollen in all shapes and forms is missing as Hubby simply can’t have it, same as marzipan and anything with chocolate. No chocolate Santa for him this year, not even a small one, and no chocolate novelties for the Christmas Tree.

Christmas is not about the food though is it, and we’ll have a lovely Christmas.
We always do.


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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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13 Responses to Christmas Goodies

  1. Sadje says:

    Merry Christmas 🎄

  2. blindzanygirl says:

    Brought back some memories there, Di. But how funny about the dog and the walnuts. Our Sherry, a roygh collue used to just go to the coffee table and help herself to a waknut! Aren’t dogs funny! And Sherry also ate half a pound of bacon and two tomatoes in the car one day whilst we had gone into another shop. After that, we often used to say to her in a rather scokding vouce “Galf a pound of. Acon and two tomatoes.” And she always knew what we meant! There was always a teasing tone in our voices too, and it was SO funny towatch her face as we said it. She looked guilty lol.

    • Sounds like the same reaction to a plastic gnome that the same dog has stolen and chewed to bits from a neighbour;s grden. Dad replaced it, but kept the veidence and every tie the dog was naighty just siad ‘Who did it?’ and pointed to the tattered gnome on the shelf. Tail between legs, dog would go to his bed, but Dad never made him stay there for long. Dogs are indeed funny sometimes. Maggie has never pinched anything from the shopping though even warm sausage rolls which were on the dashboard. Mind you, we came back to the car and she was sitting in the front, either hinting, sniffing or about to do some sampling!

      • blindzanygirl says:

        Lol Di. Long as she doesn’t pinch your Christmas dinner!

      • We’ve been lucky with Maggie and she has never pinched anything off the table, even the coffee table which is at eye level. She knows she’ll get a treat though, but there is only so much yummy aroma a dog can withstand!

  3. fransiweinstein says:

    I remember those orange and lemon slices and all the nuts and nutcrackers from my childhood. Thanks for the memories, your post today really triggered some.

  4. pgraysurvival says:

    For me if I had nothing, non presents, or even flashy food and treats, it wouldn’t matter..
    Provided I can share Xmas with the one I love.
    That is more than enough for me.

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