聖誕節當天

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Emily@UK - 聖誕晚餐

以前的人窮,鮭魚昂貴,所以一般民眾只在聖誕節當天吃鮭魚,一年之中唯一的一次奢侈,就像咱們過農曆新年的時候一定有雞有魚一樣.
雖然現在大家經濟都挺好,鮭魚已經是平常日子裡的飲食,但這已經變成一種傳統,聖誕節當天要吃鮭魚.
於是我們的早餐是道地的英國菜「scrambled eggs and salmon on toast」,土司加炒蛋和鮭魚.


英國的傳統,聖誕樹下的禮物要等全家人都到了才一起拆,所以當姐姐姐夫11點一到,我們便等不及地拆禮物啦!
依照禮物上的標籤,把屬於自己的禮物都集中在一起,於是形成每個人面前都一堆禮物的景象.
然後依照順序,輪流拆禮物.
比方說,我從我的禮物堆裡拿出一個我想拆的禮物,讀出標籤說這是誰送的,然後當著大家的面打開.
當某人在拆禮物的時候,其他人都必須投以注意力,並禮貌性的說:「哎呀,那真是不錯的禮物呢!」
不管你心裡是不是真的這麼想,就是得這麼說,哈!

因為輪流,我們六個人,光是拆禮物就花了將近2個小時!
應觀眾要求,得公佈我今年得到的禮物...
公公婆婆送的睡衣,厚晨袍,數獨遊戲,旅行專用插頭(我喜歡這個,因為它是全世界各種插頭都適用的,真實用!),真皮的檔案夾,還有現金30英鎊.
姐姐姐夫送的項鍊,20英鎊的電影院禮卷.
外婆送的巧克力和 Rummikub 遊戲 – 這個讚,我很喜歡玩哩!
Stevie 送的最多,除了前一天的瓦斯爐以外,還有CD四張,化妝包,名片夾,整髮器.
而我最喜歡的是一本叫做「Crime Scene」的書,Stevie 果然是很知道我的喜好哩.
這本書以歷年來的大案子為例,一樣一樣解釋怎樣分析在犯罪現場收集到的證據科學破案的 – 超讚,愛不釋手阿!
還有一個旅行用「Dominos」遊戲,我還不會,但一直很想學,哈!

拍謝,阿民和 Leo,你們要失望啦,沒有啥麻辣的禮物 – 是要在長輩面前拆的耶,誰敢送勁爆的禮物,「溫馨12月」會立刻被我們搞成冷到爆.

Emily@UK - xmas food

聖誕節當天的重頭戲,莫過於聖誕晚餐,雖然大家最喜歡的根本是拆禮物.
餐桌上會準備一個人一個 cracker (聖誕爆竹),裡面有紙做的帽子,一個猜謎笑話,和一個小禮物.
聖誕爆竹可以在超市買到已經完成的,每個聖誕爆竹裡有啥大家都不知道,看運氣你會拿到啥囉.
但我們今年是買 kit 回來自己做聖誕爆竹,裡面的禮物都是我和 Stevie 針對每個家人特地挑的.
像公公和姐夫喜歡打高爾夫球,我們就在他們的聖誕爆竹裡放相關用品.

全家人就坐後,先開聖誕爆竹,就是互相把聖誕爆竹的一頭用力扯下來,這個動作會讓 聖誕爆竹發出不小的爆聲,很有慶祝的氣氛喲!
然後就可以看到自己的禮物囉,再把聖誕爆竹裡的帽子帶上,輪流唸出猜謎笑話,讓其他人猜,笑一笑.

一整隻火雞是傳統,切片之後上盤,搭配一些蔬菜,roast 馬鈴薯,約客夏布丁,這便是傳統的聖誕節晚餐.
酒精類飲料當然是節慶不可少,英國人超愛喝,而且超能喝,是全世界都知道的事,我們開了一瓶婚禮上人家送的香檳喝.
傳統甜點是聖誕節裝飾的乾果蛋糕和 Tunis cake,但不是每個人都喜歡,所以婆婆準備的不少選擇,有巧克力蛋糕,公公喜歡的水果蛋糕,和外婆喜歡的 Trifle.

晚餐過後就是遊戲時間啦,就像咱們農曆新年會搬出麻將桌一樣,外婆送的 Rummikub 遊戲就派上用場囉.
姐姐姐夫因為愛玩電動,今年收到大家送了不少 PS2 遊戲,也立刻拿出來玩囉.
稍晚,小叔叔和嬸嬸來訪,大家就都擠在客廳裡玩電動.

大約6點多的時候,婆婆和 Stevie 準備的一些麵包,春捲,洋蔥圈等零食,讓大家填肚子.
快樂的時光總是飛逝,一邊喝啤酒,聊天,玩電動,一下子竟也晚上10點了,大家才漸漸散場,結束了今年的聖誕節聚會.

111 Comments

  • 哈 今天我是搶在第一個回應耶~
    Emily, Merry Christmas!!

  • Bonfire says:

    Dear emily,
    謝謝妳的關心,
    我後來從塞內加爾到甘比亞去住了兩個禮拜,
    接著就回台灣來了~
    我版上的留言多到讓自己超感動但還想不出什麼方式好好回覆大家,
    所以一直拖到現在…
    心情還是很複雜,
    看到妳的耶誕祝福,
    我也要趕在新年前說聲新年快樂,
    願來年妳跟Stevie還有你們的家人都平安順利喔!

  • maggie(瑪姬) says:

    透過朋友介紹,看你的blog,覺得你的生活真的好精彩ㄛ!
    好希望有天我也可以在那裡過不一樣的聖誕節!

  • Sophiee says:

    果然有濃濃聖誕味的聖誕節啊…

    在台灣大多數的人所過的聖誕節,
    充其量只不過是藉機
    大吃大喝及要禮物的節日罷了…^_^

    謝謝Emily讓我見識到聖誕節的過法喔!

  • 阿民 says:

    哇,外國人是真的很會搞氣氛呢~
    台灣的年夜飯都快變成形式了,過年也不如我們小時後那樣的有氣氛>_<

  • Margaret says:

    喔~~ 我們也有roast potatoes & Yorkshire pudding!
    Emily拿的不少啊!! 外國的聖誕就是不一樣喔?!

  • Leo says:

    嘿好樣的! 看來Emily聖誕禮物收穫不少呢? 如果春節再回台領個大紅包, “中西逢源”, 那才真是….好年當!

    請教幾個小疑問:
    1)公公婆婆送….現金30英鎊? 這是西式紅包嗎?
    2)可以自己主動明示暗示想要什麼聖誕禮物嗎?
    3)我搞糊塗了, 中午就吃聖誕晚餐?

  • 媛媛 says:

    我喜歡那個聖誕爆竹,不知道emily有沒有拍到照片呢??
    現在很多人都不這麼傳統的過節,可是emily一家人還是這麼認真的準備慶祝著,感覺好棒好幸福喔!!

  • 哇~~
    好溫馨喔!真羨慕這種感覺~
    我覺得英國人世代保存著節日的傳統,
    才能真正有過節的意義和氣氛,
    Emily收到的禮物真不錯,不但一整年每天都可以用到,
    又可以回憶起歡樂的聖誕喔!

  • 潛水客FAT 5 says:

    英國的Christmas dinner是在Christmas Day(12/25)當天中午或下午吃的,並不是我們台灣人在Christmas Eve吃滴.
    我們家的聖誕晚餐一直都是吃25日下午到快傍晚才結束!

    拍謝,趁Emily不在家浮出來留言.

  • helenna says:

    dear emily,
    這一系列的耶誕慶祝
    讓helenna大開眼界一番

    可惜我人在婆家做月子
    想買個聖誕樹都不敢
    因為曾經試探過公婆:
    “聖誕節???啊嘿是基督教的節日啦
    我們又不信教”

    只好作罷..

  • 我來祝小愛新年快樂~~^^

  • emily says:

    dear 麗蒂亞,
    哈, 你也跟人家玩起頭箱的遊戲喔. 新年快樂!

    dear Bonfire,
    終於出現啦! 你剛回來的時候, 有點令人擔心呢, 想說你不知道心情怎樣, 後來得知你有和Cassidy聚會, 才想說沒事就好囉!
    加油喔! 祝你新年順心!

    dear maggie,
    呵, 謝謝, 我盡量啦! 因為很多朋友好奇英國的生活到底長啥樣, 我就盡量描述, 盡量寫得有趣些囉!
    嘻, 好奇耶, 可否透露是哪個朋友阿~?

    dear Sophiee,
    不客氣! ^__^ 
    聖誕節還是國外的比較有氣氛, 真的差很多, 難怪唯一一次Stevie在台灣過聖誕節的時候, 好哀怨哪!

    dear 阿民,
    真的是連過年都漸漸的沒了氣氛了, 好可惜呢.

    dear Margaret,
    呵, 差很多呢! 好好玩喔~~

    dear Leo,
    春節不回去, 這邊要上課呢, 哈, 少賺啦!
    1. 哈, 可以算是喲! 但是放在卡片裡的, 不是紅包袋. 通常是他們覺得禮物送的不夠多, 不知道該買啥送, 會乾脆包現金.
    2. 當然可以暗示! 至於明示嘛, 聽說有人乾脆列一張清單, 但不多人這樣做, 這樣感覺有點 cheeky 啦.
    3. 這是個好問題, 我知道大家會搞糊塗卻忘記解釋了!
    英國人說”晚餐”(dinner), 是依食物內容及份量而定, 不是時間喲!
    如果份量大, 他們就叫晚餐, 即使是在中午吃的.
    傍晚吃的那一頓則叫做”tea”, 即使不只喝茶, 還吃麵包和一些有的沒的.
    相反也一樣, 如果是在晚上才吃份量大的一頓, 那中午那一餐英國人叫做”午餐”(lunch)或者”tea”.

    dear 媛媛,
    有喲! 第一張相片的座位前, 有一個銀色的像糖果狀的包裝, 那就是聖誕爆竹!
    如果喜歡的話, 我再找幾張近拍的給你看喲!

    dear cAthy凱西貓,
    對呢, 大家送的都好實用, 呵!

    dear FAT 5,
    歡迎浮出水面~ 謝謝你幫忙回覆喲!

    dear helenna,
    沒關係, 今年你先養好身子再說, 明年再搞一大棵跟小孩一起過!

    dear Tina,
    謝謝祝福! 也祝你新年快樂喲~

  • Jim says:

    我是從阿民那邊連結過來的。借我插個花。

    這趟去美國回來,聽我岳母說,美國人感恩節一定要吃火雞這大家應該都知道。可是你們可能都不知道,就算平常吃素特別是那種奶蛋都不吃的Vegan都會在當天大口大口的肯火雞。聽了我差點昏倒。

    ㄟ重點是,米國人的聖誕大餐好像也是火雞對不對阿?好像是後。

  • Jennifer says:

    那個Xmas Cake,John的媽媽也有做,可惜我只顧吃沒拍照,
    真好玩,大家的聖誕節聚會都很類似,又不盡相同呢!

  • emily says:

    dear Jim,
    歡迎喔! 是的, 美國的聖誕習俗跟英國很像啦! 都是吃火雞喔.
    但近年來有人提倡換口味, 改吃鵝啦!

    dear Jennifer,
    是呢, 大家都大同小異啦~ 就像咱們過農曆年, 也每一家都差不多啦~

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