Posted: 21/11/2014 at 15:48
We always had Goose from our own flock with chicken for new year plus one of our own Hams. I still love goose though seldom get it the ham tradition goes on, I buy and cook a Ham to take with me to which ever Daughter I have lunch with, as they all arrive after lunch it gets used up in sandwiches later. We made paper decorations and still do make some small ones for over pictures just for old times. The Christmas puddings were all made on pudding Sunday when all the families went to Grandma's with the ingredients all mixed in a huge bowl we all had to stir, our lot being somewhat posh put lucky sixpences in them, they would be put in pudding bowls and go home with us to steam for eight hours then stand until the day and steam another four hours, I still steam them and take them with me in a slow cooker which gets switched back on until the time to eat them. Most still prefer the old style and turn noses up at the couple who like chocolate or alternative types. Christmas always has been family affair and we had big family groups so yes it was a fun day. I missed a few being Army then made up for it other years.
New Years Eve as Lily says was always a party night with the house packed we had the largest house so got them all. A couple of us lads got thrown out before midnight with the coal bread salt and a hip flask, me with the Accordion my pal with a Guitar and on more than one occasion they had to send out search parties as we had been kidnapped by others having house parties, they usually found us by the lusty singing and Joan with that look in her eye would wipe the lipstick off my face and say nothing happy days. Now I struggle to keep awake and watch the Hogmanay show on TV.