Purple Grape’s Family Christmas Crackers

13 Dec


Mulled wine and mince pies

Hopefully you are all fully in the festive spirit now and have even been to your first couple of celebrations, maybe with a few glasses of mulled wine and some mince pies. Have you found your favourite yet? Let us know on twitter with #mincepiewars.

As with Thanksgiving which I wrote about last week, there are many different traditions that surround Christmas as well. From the food, to the presents and what families do for entertainment on the day – more and more celebrations are spreading on to Boxing Day too.  We thought we’d share with you how we like to celebrate our Christmas at Purple Grape.

Cecilia’s buffet

So it actually starts on Christmas Eve for Cecilia – being Swedish she actually celebrates Christmas on Christmas Eve and not on our traditional Christmas Day.  First one gift is opened then after breakfast its off for a brisk walk in the snow or ice skating, sledging, skiing etc… they are pretty much guaranteed a white Christmas every year the lucky things. Back home for a Christmas buffet with lots of yummy goodies like Kotbullar (meatballs), Sill

Mulled wine, saffron buns and gingerbread biscuits

(pickled herring), Jansons Frestelse (potato gratin with anchovies), Julskinka (mustard marinated ham), Gravad Lax (smoked salmon), eggs and Dopp I grytan (bread dipped in the meat juices). After this wonderful feast everyone settles down to watch Donald Ducks Christmas followed by all the presents being handed out. The end of the day sees everyone sitting together with Glogg (mulled wine) and Pepparkakor (gingerbread biscuits).

Becca’s Robin tree dec

Becca and her family open one present in the morning, then it’s off for a breakfast of scrambled eggs, smoked salmon and bagels with a glass of bucks fizz (a definite must in my household too!).  Once everyone’s in their best festive outfits the presents get opened one by one, always starting with the youngest first (lucky for Becca!).  Then there is the normal Christmas roast but not only with Turkey but also beef and ham too – finishing off with Christmas pudding, mince pies or a yule log afterwards.  Family games finish off the day.

Homemade Yule Log by Kate’s Mum

Kate’s Dad still insists on going downstairs first to clear up the reindeer droppings (adorable!), then it’s stocking time and everyone opens their gifts from Santa.  For Christmas lunch they start off with prawn cocktail, smoked salmon and avocado, then it’s your traditional dinner with all the trimmings and Yorkshire puddings as well as finishing off with a choice of desserts of either Christmas pud, chocolate yule log or mince pies with either cream, ice cream, custard or brandy butter – making sure everyone’s happy!

Both Kate and Becca have big feasts on Boxing Day too, Becca has a lovely cold buffet with meats, cheese, breads, chutney etc and her mum’s famous caramelised onion sausage rolls! While Kate’s family have a curry day, not even with the leftover turkey, but her Mum makes Chicken Tikka Masala, Lamb Koftas and Pork Vindaloo, along with Bombay potatoes, mushroom rice, a delicious Dahl all served with poppadum’s and naan bread – apparently her favourite meal of the festive period!

However your day unfolds and what traditions you have in your house, we hope you have a lovely day with joy and laughter.