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Family traditions are like parcel string - binding people, nostalgia, occasion and identity together to create that comforting formula "we always --------"

Sometimes the oddest things become such a strong and positive memory that they end up unconsciously becoming a tradition.

What has become your Christmas tradition? Is there a particular song that has to be played while the tree is decorated? A movie that you must watch together over the season, despite having seen it so many times before?

In my house, Bob Dylan singing "Must Be Santa" is a staple for tree decorating. Macauley Culkin has been dredged from the DVD collection to spend yet another yuletide home alone. The Coca Cola truck has been seen rumbling across the screen in all its glittering beauty, announcing the season is upon us.

So, whats your Christmas thing?

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We always have pizza for Christmas Eve dinner.

We tried to cook a turkey our first Christmas -- the oven crapped out so we ordered a pizza.

I make it now though, instead of ordering.
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Great idea. I make pizza from scratch when Little Man has friends over. I make the base then leave a selection of colourful toppings along the counter in dishes and leave the kids to get creative. Takes the headache out of guessing what somebody else's kid will or won't eat.

We started sending Christmas shoe boxes three years ago which keeps us busy through October and November (they have to be mailed in early November.) I love the fact that my son gets so excited about choosing the perfect gifts for a child he has never met. This year he worked on four boxes - two for hot countries and two for cold. I was so impressed how much thought went into what was practical, durable and fun. He's lit up by the prospect of being Santa Claus for other kids - and its fun beavering away like elves to get them ready.

Yeah, I'm proud of him.

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We do something like that called the Angel Tree program. We do one for children and one for seniors.

Yeah -- our kids get really exited about it too -- and I like any excuse to buy toys -- especially if it's for a little boy.
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Admittedly, his benevolence doesn't extend to girls...serious concerns about being seen shopping for "pink, fluffy stuff".

Eugh!

What's the favourite year after year movie you guys watch?
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We watch "It's a Wonderful Life." Unfortunately for the family, I talk like Jimmy Stewart for at least the next two days.

And we always watch The Grinch (animated) and A Charlie Brown Christmas.
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I'm one of the very few who have never seen It's A Wonderful Life.
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I'm one of the very few who have never seen It's A Wonderful Life.


Wow. Just not into it, or did it just slip by?


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It's kind of corny and a little weird if you examine it too much. It's not even a Christmas movie...
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Wow. Just not into it, or did it just slip by?


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Just never seen it. If it hits UK screens at Christmas, I just haven't been tuned in.

Maybe I can get a DVD if you recommend it?
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Someone screwed up a while back and it went into the public domain -- local tv stations started showing it repeatedly at Christmas time for some reason. I'm pretty sure you could find it free online. I got it on DVD at a garage sale.
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Just never seen it. If it hits UK screens at Christmas, I just haven't been tuned in.

Maybe I can get a DVD if you recommend it?


I would definitely recommend it. Itís one of those old movies thatís kinda corny if you look objectively at it, but hits all the right buttons.


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It had been at least three years since I watched Its a Wonderful Life all the way through. And since we talked about it, and I had some time this fine Sunday, I watched it again.

Wow. Itís really a good movie. Itís so damned goofy and obvious, but somehow that doesnít matter. You get caught in the first ten minutes and are crying by the end.

There arenít many movies like that in the world.


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Right then - I shall make it my mission to snuggle up one quiet evening and give myself over to the magic.

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("...me, I'm still fighting santa, so such thoughts as watching "the snowman" with that david bowie intro would not cross my mind..." mentioned the goblin)
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I can't resist Love Actually.

and Little Man loves Night At The Museum.
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You can be sure the music scene is better.


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Growing up we always had a Christmas goose with all the trimmings- just like Thanksgiving. I was even allowed to drink a little wine. The folks are gone now, but I continue doggedly rendering the Christmas honors with a big fat goose. And I invite a few of the neighbors who find themselves ship wreaked for the holiday. A lot of work for one person, but I'm afraid the goblins would get me if I stopped.
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Growing up we always had a Christmas goose with all the trimmings- just like Thanksgiving. I was even allowed to drink a little wine. The folks are gone now, but I continue doggedly rendering the Christmas honors with a big fat goose. And I invite a few of the neighbors who find themselves ship wreaked for the holiday. A lot of work for one person, but I'm afraid the goblins would get me if I stopped.
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Iíve never eaten goose. Or lamb. Or duck.

But I had BBQ squirrel and rattlesnake.


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My dad did a goose one year at Christmas. It was really good -- kind of like turkey dark meat with a somewhat stronger flavor.

They have them at Whole Foods -- I think I'm going to get one.
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My dad did a goose one year at Christmas. It was really good -- kind of like turkey dark meat with a somewhat stronger flavor.

They have them at Whole Foods -- I think I'm going to get one.


Youíre a goose killer! Typical southern man.😀


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Pretty sure they're already dead. At least I hope so.
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My dad did a goose one year at Christmas. It was really good -- kind of like turkey dark meat with a somewhat stronger flavor.

They have them at Whole Foods -- I think I'm going to get one.

In my one and a half person household, I think it might take weeks to eat a goose. Hard enough getting creative with turkey curry, turkey toasties, turkey casserole, turkey salad.....
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Turkey freezes really well and is good for about 3 months. I'm sure goose would be the same.

For Christmas dinner, I get a medium-sized turkey for the four of us. We usually get a couple of meals out of that -- I slice the rest off the bone and freeze it in a few smaller packages. Then I thaw those out and use them for sandwiches.

At Thanksgiving, I buy a big one, but we have the whole crew over so there isn't much left.

The past few years, I've been smoking/slow cooking the turkey on the grill -- it's pretty darn good.

The other thing people do here is fry a whole turkey in a big deep fry pot outdoors. It's sounds weird, but it it cooks perfectly and seals in all the juices. It's not oily or greasy and all.

Of course, pretty much every year, some idiot fries a turkey on a wooden deck and manages to burn the deck or the whole house down. Alcohol is usually a factor...


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I’ve never eaten goose. Or lamb. Or duck.

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I'm a little surprised you've never had lamb. We used to have it for Easter when I was a kid. I buy chops at Costco and put them on the grill -- they're fantastic.

Haven't had squirrel, but I'd eat it if you gave it to me.

I've had rattlesnake and alligator -- and yes -- tastes like chicken.

I've had wild boar -- and venison plenty of times, plus pheasant and quail and duck. One of the benefits of having friends and relatives who are hunters.

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