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Christmas Lunch Decor
The History of Christmas
Christmas is a Christian holiday that is celebrated by almost everyone around the world. It started in the 4th century CE, by the Roman pagans, who closed the courts and agreed that nobody would be punished for their crimes during this week of holidays, where they would drink, eat and partake in many festivities.
Christianity imported the festival, hoping that the pagan followers would convert. Many of them did and they were promised that they could continue to celebrate their festival but it did not work too well for the Christians as the pagan festival allowed people to drink, make sacrifices and stand in the streets, dancing naked.
The pagan festival was celebrated from the 17th December to the 25th December for the birth of the sun god. The Christians took over the holiday, not knowing the actual date of Jesus birthday but went according to a sources, Theophilus and Hyppolitus, who claimed that the birth of Christ was on the 25th December.
The Roman Catholic Church also decided that it was the 25th December according to stories about the wise men, Bethlehem and the nativity, which was around that date.
Many of the Eastern churches believe that Christ was born on the 6th January, but because there were many festivals and sources around to state that the 25th was the date, they made it so.
Christmas means the "Mass of Christ." It is the celebration of the birth of Christ and his gift of eternal life.
Christian churches see this as an opportunity to spread the word of God and so Christmas day is celebrated throughout the world.
Christmas Table Decor
The Christmas Lunch Menu
There is nothing better than a big family gathering on Christmas day with a delicious lunch that makes us all wait in anticipation for throughout the year.
Many of us have helpers to assist with a dish and each member of the family makes or brings their speciality to the table.
Some people enjoy a starter before they tuck into the turkey and stuffing, while others concentrate on the desserts.
For my family and I, being Italian, we enjoy a starter and then the main course as well as the Christmas cake and desserts. It is a buffet and once we are all done eating, most of the family, head on over to the couch for an afternoon siesta.
A great Christmas starter should be a light and small portion. You can do a pasta, ravioli or tortellini without having to add meat to the dish as there will be plenty of that with the main course.
Another great starter is a shrimp coctail, carpaccio, mussels or deep fried haloumi cheese, which is tasty and unique, also light enough to awaken your taste buds.
For the main course obviously the turkey is fantastic and a great way to prepare the turkey is to baste it and then put it onto the weber to slow cook. You will be amazed at how tender and moist the turkey comes out.
A nice gravy for the turkey is cranberry sauce which you can prepare yourself or you can simply buy it, heat it and eat.
Gammon is also terrific and the best accompaniment for this is a delicious honey and mustard sauce, which compliments the gammon so well.
Yorkshire pudding is fantastic and even better if you can make your own as the ones that you buy frozen, just do not taste the same.
I love to make spinach and feta filo pastries that I make into a gift bag, which looks amazing for something so simple to make.
Of course raost potatoes and vegetables are a must do too.
Dessert is also fantastic because not only do you get to have the Christmas cake that you have been preparing for a month already but you can all have a say in what your favourite dessert will be. I like to do light desserts after such a heavy meal and it would either be a caramel/peppermint tart or a chocolate mousse and a cherry triffle.
Drinks for Christmas are of course wine, (red or rose) goes well with turkey and gammon but you need to select one that compliments the meat.
- Classic British Christmas Cake Recipe
Here's an easy to follow recipe for a Traditional British Christmas cake. Start preparing a few weeks before Christmas!
Christmas Table Decor
Red, white, green and gold are warm and yule time colours. If you can blend these colours together it will look amazing.
For the lunch table you can either make your own tablecloth and napkins or you can buy ones to match. In some of the material stores you can buy the christmas cloth and napkins already printed and all you have to do is cut them out.
Take some of your christmas tree decorations and spread them onto the lunch table along with crackers.
If you can, get some underplates made of gold, red or green and add your white dinner plates onto this for a magical and eyecatching experience.
Take out your finest crockery and cutlery because it is only once a year and this is a good time to use it.
Set the table with wine glasses and water glasses with a jug, for those who would like either or.
It is a nice touch to add name tags so that everyone knows where they will be sitting and you can get your kids to do these for you.
Candles are fantastic, even if it is in the afternoon because it just completes the table and adds to the warmth.
Salt and pepper shakers can be found in many stores, representing santa clause which gives the table a very Christmas feel to it.
Don't forget the music!!! Play it softly in the background for everyone to hear but also able to listen to each other.
You can also add chair covers to complete the look of the table and adding a santa hat onto the turkey will be good for a laugh.
What is your Favourite Food for Christmas Lunch?
Get Your Kids Involved
Your kids can enjoy the Christmas lunch preparation by keeping them occupied and away from what mom is doing. Get them to ice a cake that you have made and let them decorate it with Christmas decoration fondant that they can colour and shape themselves. This does make a little mess so get them to do it outside on a table that can be easily washed.
The end product is precious and unique, it also gets all your children together to play nicely, whilst mom is busy in the kitchen.
Merry Christmas Everyone!
This is so easy to make if you follow the instructions properly. I personally like to buy it already made when I don't have the time to make it, but making your own is always better.
All you need is a bag of marshmellows (take out the other colours and keep only the white.)
Put the white marshmellows into a bowl and add a drop of water.
Put it into the microwave for 2 minutes and then stir it until it thickens, adding icing sugar to the mixture.
Spread it out onto a table that has a non stick surface and roll it, then shape it.
You can add colourants to it, but ensure that you use dust colours and not liquid as this will ruin the texture.
Merry Christmas Everyone!
Now that you have an idea of what to do with your table for Christmas, here is a little something to get you in the mood and give you the holiday spirit.
Merry Christmas to everyone and have a fabulous, family filled holiday with love, great food and hopefully something from Santa!