Christmas 2020



  • Ok lets share how you celebrate Christmas, what do you eat and drink? Where are you going? Any games, traditions etc. What presents are you getting your partner or yourself?

    My wife has got in the spirit and made this decoration.
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  • Well firstly, we’re going nowhere! I’ll have the Cato household in full plus BiL and a nearby friend (who I could have mentioned in the happiness thread when the talk went to bitter divorces).

    We have a tradition (actually only 2 years old) where everyone has to buy everyone, including themselves, a present for less than £5 and they all have to be the same but different if that makes sense? ie everyone gets a slab of chocolate but they all must be different flavours. More fun than it sounds.

    As to eating, we will he having a turkey from a local farm, boned and trussed and we shall be be drinking a bottle or two of Ch Langoa Barton 2009. It is also Ms Cato no1’s birthday, so much to celebrate.



  • We will go to my wife's cousins this year for lunch. Should be 40-odd people there, they have a pool and its usually hot, so that's the kids amd their cousins sorted. Food is divided out, this year I have the pork duties again, so will be a 5kg rolled loin with gravy and stuffing, no pressure!

    Kids get heaps of presents, not so much for the adults which I'm totally fine with.

    Morning before lunch is spent at home - our actual fucking home! - which will be awesome. Small presents for the kids, brekkie, a swim etc.

    Cant fucken wait

    Oh, and if anyone has any present ideas for a wife of > 15yrs, please shout!



  • @voodoo said in Christmas 2020:

    We will go to my wife's cousins this year for lunch. Should be 40-odd people there, they have a pool and its usually hot, so that's the kids amd their cousins sorted. Food is divided out, this year I have the pork duties again, so will be a 5kg rolled loin with gravy and stuffing, no pressure!

    Kids get heaps of presents, not so much for the adults which I'm totally fine with.

    Morning before lunch is spent at home - our actual fucking home! - which will be awesome. Small presents for the kids, brekkie, a swim etc.

    Cant fucken wait

    Oh, and if anyone has any present ideas for a wife of > 15yrs, please shout!

    Xmas morning sex? Or is that actually a present for you?



  • @canefan said in Christmas 2020:

    @voodoo said in Christmas 2020:

    We will go to my wife's cousins this year for lunch. Should be 40-odd people there, they have a pool and its usually hot, so that's the kids amd their cousins sorted. Food is divided out, this year I have the pork duties again, so will be a 5kg rolled loin with gravy and stuffing, no pressure!

    Kids get heaps of presents, not so much for the adults which I'm totally fine with.

    Morning before lunch is spent at home - our actual fucking home! - which will be awesome. Small presents for the kids, brekkie, a swim etc.

    Cant fucken wait

    Oh, and if anyone has any present ideas for a wife of > 15yrs, please shout!

    Xmas morning sex? Or is that actually a present for you?



  • @canefan said in Christmas 2020:

    @voodoo said in Christmas 2020:

    We will go to my wife's cousins this year for lunch. Should be 40-odd people there, they have a pool and its usually hot, so that's the kids amd their cousins sorted. Food is divided out, this year I have the pork duties again, so will be a 5kg rolled loin with gravy and stuffing, no pressure!

    Kids get heaps of presents, not so much for the adults which I'm totally fine with.

    Morning before lunch is spent at home - our actual fucking home! - which will be awesome. Small presents for the kids, brekkie, a swim etc.

    Cant fucken wait

    Oh, and if anyone has any present ideas for a wife of > 15yrs, please shout!

    Xmas morning sex? Or is that actually a present for you?

    She likely gets the same feeling as @voodoo does when he gets more socks. “Bloody hell. Not again. I don’t even like socks.”



  • @Catogrande said in Christmas 2020:

    @canefan said in Christmas 2020:

    @voodoo said in Christmas 2020:

    We will go to my wife's cousins this year for lunch. Should be 40-odd people there, they have a pool and its usually hot, so that's the kids amd their cousins sorted. Food is divided out, this year I have the pork duties again, so will be a 5kg rolled loin with gravy and stuffing, no pressure!

    Kids get heaps of presents, not so much for the adults which I'm totally fine with.

    Morning before lunch is spent at home - our actual fucking home! - which will be awesome. Small presents for the kids, brekkie, a swim etc.

    Cant fucken wait

    Oh, and if anyone has any present ideas for a wife of > 15yrs, please shout!

    Xmas morning sex? Or is that actually a present for you?

    She likely gets the same feeling as @voodoo does when he gets more socks. “Bloody hell. Not again. I don’t even like socks.”

    Sorta. But more like a mini chocolate bar though, one of those 1-bite jobs - "Oh, that tastes (feels) ok I guess - hey, WTF, is that it? Fucken really??!!!"



  • @voodoo said in Christmas 2020:

    @Catogrande said in Christmas 2020:

    @canefan said in Christmas 2020:

    @voodoo said in Christmas 2020:

    We will go to my wife's cousins this year for lunch. Should be 40-odd people there, they have a pool and its usually hot, so that's the kids amd their cousins sorted. Food is divided out, this year I have the pork duties again, so will be a 5kg rolled loin with gravy and stuffing, no pressure!

    Kids get heaps of presents, not so much for the adults which I'm totally fine with.

    Morning before lunch is spent at home - our actual fucking home! - which will be awesome. Small presents for the kids, brekkie, a swim etc.

    Cant fucken wait

    Oh, and if anyone has any present ideas for a wife of > 15yrs, please shout!

    Xmas morning sex? Or is that actually a present for you?

    She likely gets the same feeling as @voodoo does when he gets more socks. “Bloody hell. Not again. I don’t even like socks.”

    Sorta. But more like a mini chocolate bar though, one of those 1-bite jobs - "Oh, that tastes (feels) ok I guess - hey, WTF, is that it? Fucken really??!!!"

    Takes a big man to own up to his limitations



  • Hosting my first Xmas, but just the Bonesetta creators to host so not exactly snowed under. Usually go to her brother's school (he's head caretaker and lives on the grounds) which is posh and has a proper catering kitchen which makes things easy, but not this year.

    Probably just doing ham and turkey for the meal although might try sneak some beef in there and pick myself up some lamb for boxing day.

    My traditional Xmas slammers will be mandatory. Shot of port, cube of cheese, grape!



  • If we are racing on Boxing day, we will just be the two of us at home as we will need to go to the track on Christmas day. If we aren't racing on Boxing day we will go to my cousins place at Kinloch. Looking forward to either scenario.

    I love cooking a big turkey on Christmas day but haven't done one in about 5 years.



  • My folks, mrs and I will visit the ex wifes place early and watch the kids open pressies.

    This truly makes me happy, as long as they have an awesome Xmas that's about all that matters.

    I then decide if I want to drive all the way up the coast where I have to have a two MAYBE three beer limit as there's no space for us to stay the night and besides the chat get's far too political ( every year ) or whether the Mrs and I go back to her place for lunch and dinner ( she has a tree ).

    The latter sounds good but then I feel bad if I don't see my folks.

    Crikey, what a whiney post, Boxing Day is the one I look forward to most, cricket, beer and avoiding human contact, wooo hooo !



  • @Catogrande said in Christmas 2020:

    I’ll have the Cato household in full plus BiL

    I initially read that you were having the British and Irish Lions over for Christmas which leaves breakfast with a few All Blacks for dead (sorry @jegga ). That would be quite some Christmas party.



  • @Snowy said in Christmas 2020:

    @Catogrande said in Christmas 2020:

    I’ll have the Cato household in full plus BiL

    I initially read that you were having the British and Irish Lions over for Christmas which leaves breakfast with a few All Blacks for dead (sorry @jegga ). That would be quite some Christmas party.

    SAME!!



  • Out to the parents place in Paekakariki (surprise, surprise lol). My bro and his family are moving back to NZ from Melbs (on a plane in 2 days) and get out of Q on the 21st Dec. So fingers crossed that goes smoothly! So it'll be the biggest Xmas we've had for a few years, even if it's just immediate family.
    Secret santa for the adults keeps is super easy, and the 3 grandkids will get spoilt rotten so that'll keep them busy. Good kai, hopefully some sunshine, and some beers by the pool sounds pretty bloody good to me.



  • We will have an early Christmas with niece and nephew, good food and plenty of time spent with young ones. We will then have an adult Christmas children free to drink and eat ourselves merry. Sounds pretty good to me, I get to enjoy my MIL cooking twice.

    All my family are in NZ and I miss the big family shindigs my mum put on. She was always very proud of her Asparagus rolls which sadly I will have to miss again. 🤮



  • @chimoaus said in Christmas 2020:

    We will have an early Christmas with niece and nephew, good food and plenty of time spent with young ones. We will then have an adult Christmas children free to drink and eat ourselves merry. Sounds pretty good to me, I get to enjoy my MIL cooking twice.

    All my family are in NZ and I miss the big family shindigs my mum put on. She was always very proud of her Asparagus rolls which sadly I will have to miss again. 🤮

    I love asparagus rolls!



  • @Hooroo said in Christmas 2020:

    @chimoaus said in Christmas 2020:

    We will have an early Christmas with niece and nephew, good food and plenty of time spent with young ones. We will then have an adult Christmas children free to drink and eat ourselves merry. Sounds pretty good to me, I get to enjoy my MIL cooking twice.

    All my family are in NZ and I miss the big family shindigs my mum put on. She was always very proud of her Asparagus rolls which sadly I will have to miss again. 🤮

    I love asparagus rolls!

    don't mind them, but goddamn Southland Sushi (aka cheese rolls) are the bomb



  • @nzzp said in Christmas 2020:

    don't mind them, but goddamn Southland Sushi (aka cheese rolls) are the bomb

    We tried cheese rolls from 3 different cafes while in Invers. All were a little different.



  • @nzzp said in Christmas 2020:

    @Hooroo said in Christmas 2020:

    @chimoaus said in Christmas 2020:

    We will have an early Christmas with niece and nephew, good food and plenty of time spent with young ones. We will then have an adult Christmas children free to drink and eat ourselves merry. Sounds pretty good to me, I get to enjoy my MIL cooking twice.

    All my family are in NZ and I miss the big family shindigs my mum put on. She was always very proud of her Asparagus rolls which sadly I will have to miss again. 🤮

    I love asparagus rolls!

    don't mind them, but goddamn Southland Sushi (aka cheese rolls) are the bomb

    I OD'd on them a couple of years back when making them myself. Made them too rich and it put me off them for a bit. I need to go back to Invercargill to recalibrate 🙂



  • Christmas Eve is super important in poland, so as usual we will be at the in-laws Christmas Eve eating about 8 courses of food designed to be consumed in the depths of polish winter, not the middle of tropical summer. Still, i'll punch through a bunch of wine and some vodka.

    Usually we host christmas day, I'll cook up a storm, make waaaaay too much food (as an illustration of this, last year the neighbours dog got in the fridge in teh garage and ate 2 prepped chickens and a pork fillet. we hosted around 20 people and i still had enough to send everyone home stuffed). Then i'll get quitely pissed, usually in teh pool

    But, because we are leaving for 3 weeks pretty much the day after, that plan has been rissoled. 3 hour banquet lunch at a restaurant on the waterfront is booked in. No cooking, no cleaning, no leftovers, just good food and a drinks package. you beauty.

    I am big on christmas, and i am kinda missing the usual trimmings (we haven't put our giant ass tree up) but sometimes it's good to be practical



  • Don’t care so much about the food situation nowadays especially not traditional Xmas fare. All about the people you spend the time with.
    We will be heading to our friends down south but as they are heading to the old family farm in the Waitaki for Xmas day will meet them there. Will detour through Mackenzie country and pick up some salmon on the way.
    Doing a secret Santa type thing and will likely get trashed. Will get an Emerson’s delivery sent ahead of time



  • Christmas Dinner in Ashburton with the in-laws, probably Christmas tea at my family's place.



  • USUALLY my wife would spend the preceding 24 hours prepping for a massive Christmas Day feast that lasts for about a week once you take leftovers into account. Her family are Italian on her Mum's side, bogan on her Dad's, so this finds roots in history; first Christmas I spent with her family (we were going out ~6 months) there was about 15-20 people there. While her Mum was newly split from the alco, it was a massive feast with all the in-laws and, being 130kg, I was happy to ingratiate myself with the Italian side by eating my body weight in meat.

    Fast forward to now, and this year it will be at a local pub for $115 a head. A price which I'm happy to pay.

    In between her Mum's dementia and her brother's impending divorce, as well as the oldies passing on the last few years, Mrs TA finally decided she wasn't going to put herself through the stress. I don't have to help prep anything or clean up afterwards, and there is no marital stress about my frustration over the cost of the catering bill at home when we just chuck out a solid percentage of it anyway.

    Boxing Day we go see friends at their place (or they come to ours), but the story is the same: sensible lunch, bitching about our families, swimming in either of our pools, and then pass out on the lounge in front of the cricket.



  • Oh yeah: my side of the family don't do much for Christmas. My Dad loved it but my Mum doesn't care much for it. My brother was usually deployed or posted somewhere away so while we caught up every few years, it wasn't a big deal about the day itself.

    Probably forms my views. Boxing Day is the key for me tho maybe this year without hosting it'll be different.

    Next Ashes Boxing Day I plan to attend. Whenever that is.



  • @chimoaus said in Christmas 2020:

    My wife has got in the spirit and made this decoration.

    Gold. Share THAT on social media



  • Airlie Beach mofos.

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  • Very improvised this year. Down in Kent with Mrs Meldrew, her 2 sisters and her Mum and Dad. Likely to be her Mum and Dad's last Christmas so will be an emotional time, but a really happy one as well.

    Traditions have grown over the years, but it normally kicks off on December 1 when I buy a bottle of decent whisky and we start making sausage rolls, Christmas cake, & mince pies.

    Decorations are done on a chosen afternoon with carols playing and, for some reason, drinking Tia Maria. We also have a number of Christmas films we watch as well. Like to visit markets and soak up the atmosphere and buy little gifts for people.

    Christmas Eve to Boxing Day is normally a big family occasion with 12 or more people all in one house. Christmas Eve meal is very special and everyone contributes a dish or something to the meal. Turkey dinner and games until late at night. Vintage Port is decanted before the meal and consumed after it.

    Boxing day is always a walk - normally around Leeds Castle if we are in Kent.



  • @Victor-Meldrew All sounds pretty good though I’m surprised you can ever remember any of it after all the wine, whiskey, port and Tia Maria.

    We usually have a walk on Christmas Day morning, probably on the beach. The kids tried to start a tradition of having a dip in the sea ( a couple of hundred or so people do this on Exmouth beach). Done it once, too bastard cold. So just a walk with the mutts will do. Christmas Eve there will be talk of midnight mass but we won’t go. Not religious in the slightest so why? Boxing Day probably a walk on Dartmoor somewhere and a pub lunch.

    Actually I’m quite looking forward to it all this year.



  • @Catogrande said in Christmas 2020:

    All sounds pretty good though I’m surprised you can ever remember any of it after all the wine, whiskey, port and Tia Maria.

    With the exception of Christmas Eve, we don't actually drink all that much in reality over Christmas. I like to push the boat out a little and have 3-4 types of wine with Christmas meal though.

    Christmas Eve there will be talk of midnight mass but we won’t go.

    When the kids were younger we'd head off to Christingle on Christmas Eve. Aiming to do a Christmas Eve whanau carol service by Zoom this year

    Actually I’m quite looking forward to it all this year

    I feel weird about this one. Not looking forward to it, but knowing it will all be OK in the end.



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  • @Catogrande said in Christmas 2020:

    Christmas Eve there will be talk of midnight mass but we won’t go.

    There's a Tongan Methodist Church Mo'unga Heamoni not far from the Northcote Tavern near where I live. Every Xmas Eve at 6.00 pm the road from the boozer to the church is closed and a flat deck truck with a (very dark) Santa on the back slowly proceeds down to the church followed by the curch choir and oom pah band. Santa throughs out lollies to the kids.

    Good fun to watch (from the pub) and the closest I've ever got to midnight mass. The choir then sing in the church till midnight. I've heard them as I have staggered home.

    Unfortunately the last few years I have been stuck in the office and missed this. Which is the only bit of Xmas I have actually enjoyed.



  • The wife and I try to make Christmas a special time for the boys and we have a few traditions going, some from her childhood some from mine.

    Come the 1st December we have the house decorated, big fake Xmas tree complete with a village and train at the bottom. We then go and cut down a real tree to go next to it to give the place a "Christmas" smell.

    Christmas eve we'll do a big seafood cook up (wife grew up on seafood in PNG) and I'll generally smoke a brisket or a shoulder to go with it as I'm not a big fan of seafood. We'll then head to our local Catholic church for mass; the wife is Catholic but not particularly religious so this is our yearly trip to church, but it means a lot to her as it's what she did with her (now passed) adoptive parents back in PNG.

    We'll then head home and open our "Xmas eve present" - this must be a book, no toys allowed. For Santa we fill the boys stockings up with little presents and they get one big present under the tree. The 7 year old confided in me that he knows Santa isn't real and that it's just me, but said he would keep the secret for his little brothers, so we'll keep doing it for him as well (I mean he benefits massively from the whole deal so was smart enough to make sure it keeps going).

    This year things have been thrown up in the air a bit as our 3rd son was born on 12th December, and it wasn't a birth without complications. We've been in and out of hospital since which means we don't have much sorted. My Mum is up from Welly helping out thankfully. For dinner we've decided to just order from 'Woop' (like My Food Bag) which gets delivered on 23rd so we'll see how that goes, but at least that sorts out food on the day. Otherwise we'll keep things pretty low key and try and relax as much as we can given we have a new born in the house again.

    Anyway that's enough rambling. Merry Christmas to all on here, it's been some fucking year eh. This place has an awesome little online community going and it's been great coming here to talk shit and try to make sense of everything going on in the world. Hope you all get to relax a bit, flush the dunny on 2020, and look forward to a bit more normalcy in 2021.



  • @voodoo said in Christmas 2020:

    We will go to my wife's cousins this year for lunch. Should be 40-odd people there, they have a pool and its usually hot, so that's the kids amd their cousins sorted. Food is divided out, this year I have the pork duties again, so will be a 5kg rolled loin with gravy and stuffing, no pressure!

    Kids get heaps of presents, not so much for the adults which I'm totally fine with.

    Morning before lunch is spent at home - our actual fucking home! - which will be awesome. Small presents for the kids, brekkie, a swim etc.

    Cant fucken wait

    Oh, and if anyone has any present ideas for a wife of > 15yrs, please shout!

    This would appear to have been a premature post. There has been a revolt from the Eastern Suburbs part of the whanau who are now hosting their own Xmas. Even those on the northside are looking like not being able to mingle with us Northern Beaches lepers.

    We may be going from 40 extended family to just the 5 of us.

    I'm ok with that given its not my extended family anyway, but the wife will be depressed as.

    One benefit is that I will get to devour a 5kg rolled pork loin on my own over the break....😬



  • @dogmeat said in Christmas 2020:

    The choir then sing in the church till midnight. I've heard them as I have staggered home.

    My ex used to sing with the Eton and Windsor Choral society and we went to their traditional Christmas concert at Eton College. Magical memories.



  • Not a huge amount further to add aside from the fact I've actually made an effort with my folks pressy this Xmas. A mate of mine who is an artist has done a portrait of the boys and their little siblings at mates rates for me......so watching the folks open their pressy will be as rewarding as the little ones 🙂

    Also driving back for an "orphans" xmas ( pissup ) with a mate who lives up the road. Head might be a bit sore when I wake up for cricket viewing the next morning.



  • Christmas Eve to my MIL
    Stay that night, Christmas Day, back home on Boxing Day
    Just her, my missus, the dog and me

    Skiing on the 28th hopefully



  • @MiketheSnow said in Christmas 2020:

    Christmas Eve to my MIL
    Stay that night, Christmas Day, back home on Boxing Day
    Just her, my missus, the dog and me

    Skiing on the 28th hopefully

    Whereabouts?



  • @Catogrande France obviously.



  • @Victor-Meldrew said in Christmas 2020:

    @dogmeat said in Christmas 2020:

    The choir then sing in the church till midnight. I've heard them as I have staggered home.

    My ex used to sing with the Eton and Windsor Choral society and we went to their traditional Christmas concert at Eton College. Magical memories.

    That sounds really cool. My last choral experience was not successful. Ms Cato’s 6thform choir at the cathedral. I had already lunched very well and stood up/sat down/sang in all the wrong places. Add in that my voice is as flat as a shovel...



  • @Catogrande said in Christmas 2020:

    @MiketheSnow said in Christmas 2020:

    Christmas Eve to my MIL
    Stay that night, Christmas Day, back home on Boxing Day
    Just her, my missus, the dog and me

    Skiing on the 28th hopefully

    Whereabouts?

    Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales

    From 06 December 2020

    Sean Manley letting rip

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