Husband and I don't really 'do' Christmas, we never have - we don't have children (OH has adult kids from his first marriage, but they've never lived with us) and both of us come from families who don't celebrate Christmas, for religious reasons - we don't follow their faith but, having grown up not celebrating Christmas, we've never felt the need to either. I do usually cook a roast dinner (not turkey, as neither of us is keen on it) and we enjoy relaxing for a couple of days and watching lots of TV, but that's as far as it goes. However, this year we've been toying with the idea of going out for Christmas lunch in a pub/restaurant - never have before and probably never will again, it just seemed like a nice idea, so I started looking around for places that are doing a lunch, and checking out the prices.
Well, we won't be going. I know it's Christmas day and the venues have to pay their staff (hopefully a good rate!) for giving up their day to work - but good grief, the prices!! What they're charging for a meal for the 2 of us would work out to pretty much a fortnight's food shopping, and I simply can't justify spending that much on ONE meal. It seems obscene, even if it is a 3 or 4 course meal. So that's that, it's a nice roast lunch at home for us. At least OH won't have to drive, so he can have a couple of glasses of wine and a Scotch.
It's my birthday today, OH took me out to lunch, we had a lovely carvery meal, beef and pork with lots of nice veggies, and the bonus is I don't have to cook today. He bought me what I asked for, a CD player/DAB radio, I'm very pleased with it. Our only means of playing CDs, of which I have quite a lot, is on the DVD player in the lounge. Since I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, I couldn't hear my CDs properly unless I turned it up very loud (bearing in mind my poor hearing) and I didn't want the neighbours complaining! So it'll be lovely to be able to play them in the kitchen.