I prefer a 'traditional Christmas' as opposed to a 'traditional British Christmas'
With the Christmas dinner done, writer Will Self says that the UK's collective new year resolution should be to bring an end to the national obsession with food.Are you full yet? Stuffed? Fit to burst? I do hope so. After all, no-one but a Scrooge with an eating disorder would wish people to stint themselves over the festive season.
bbc: a point of view: the neverending culinary merry-go-round
Frankly, i think the Brits eat too much meat during the season....and at other times as well, but i can understand that to some extent as it does help keep one warm. But then again, i substituted the traditional Christmas Turkey with smoked salmon and a bit of chicken roasted in muld wine.It went down well. I also did away with the traditional christmas sweets and calories with just a couple of chocs from a tin of 'Roses'. I then proceeded to wash it all down with half a glass of traditional muld wine purchased from M&S. That was indulgence enough for me. After all, according to the tradition of Christmas itself, a table and half-full of food, sweets and a couple of crates of booze isn’t a traditional part of the nativity scene i think.
I get more pleasure in giving gifts than engaging in seasonal gluttony. The former, i do find to be more full-filling, and traditionally Christmassy, if not traditionally British
But most importantly, all of the above didn't compromise my Christmassy spirit, and it left quite a bit for me to spend of pressies for others as well. I know all of this isn't very 'British', but perhaps it ought to be. I get more pleasure in giving gifts than engaging in seasonal gluttony. The former, i do find to be more full-filling, and traditionally Christmassy, if not traditionally British :)