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Chrstmas Party - Saturday 17th

From: Vineet
Sent on: Sunday, December 11, 2011 3:41 PM


Hello All,

The Annual Book club Christmas Party is next Saturday, following the last book club meeting for the year. 

At the moment there are 30 people who have indicated they will come for the Book club meeting and 30 for the Christmas party. That number may be a tad too much for my little flat to handle , so please confirm your RSVP as soon as you can so I have a better idea of numbers.

The Theme for the afternoon/evening will be Pleasure Seeking , so you need to wear, bring something/anything that gives you pleasure.

The venue is my flat, In Docklands, nearest  tube is Pontoon Dock DLR.  I will send out directions on how to get here closer to the date to all the people who haven’t been here before.

The Book Club Meeting ,  Starts at 2:30 pm , (Late comers will not be admitted)

Hopefully everyone coming for the meeting would have read the book. At this meeting we will follow the  usual  format of comments/discussion topics , here are a couple of other things to think about and bring you thoughts with you.

1.       Choose a part of the book that really got your goat .. that is made you frustrated , irritated and made you bang the table

2.       You will also be asked to contribute a discussion topic, loosely related to the book, to contribute to the hat. So do think about something.

3.       If you were the author of the story, how would you change the story?

Christmas party , The official start time for the Party is 6:00pm

The Theme is pleasure so everything you do bring should be consistent with this theme, here are some more details .

1.     What to wear

You are required to wear something that gives you pleasure and give the other pleasure when they see you, in other words it is a dress-up party, which means something shinny , bright and chrissmassy . A hat is mandatory.

2.     Food and Drink

Mulled wine will be provided, and I will  attempt to repeat Franziska’s burn the house done routine again.

Bring any other drink if you think the mulled wine will not give you enough of a kick. Anything that gives you pleasure.

Food, will be pot luck, everyone is requested  to bring a small dish, just a small dish , you don’t have to cater for all 30 people.

 It is a Christmas Party , bring something Christmassy , To help you decide what to get I have attached a list of what people eat at Christmas in different parts of the world.  Suggest you pick one item from the list below.

3.     Presents

 It is Christmas , so we have to have presents.  This time it will be a German version of “Secret Santa” , how this works will be revealed on the day. Since these are hard times, the British economy is not growing and euro zone is in crisis etc etc. So the rule for the present this time  is that you have to bring something from your current possessions that gives you pleasure. You are not supposed to buy something new but just wrap something that you already own and like but feel that this might give someone else a greater pleasure.  This present can go to any other person in the party so be careful with what you choose.  

4.     List of Christmas fare from around the world.


·         custard

·         gingerbread in Christmas shapes

·         lollies, such as rocky road; rum balls; candy canes

·         Champagne[citation needed]

·         cold turkey and cold ham[1]

·         seafood and salads[1]

·         trifle

·         Pavlova[2]

·         mince pies


·          pork loins

·          French toast

·          codfish

·         turkey

·         Brazil nut

·         Panettone


·         apple cider

·         bûche de Noël

·         butter tarts

·         candy canes

·         satsumas

·         doughnuts

·         eggnog

·         fruitcake

·         mixed nuts in the shell and spiced nuts

·         pumpkin pie

 Dominican Republic

·         majarete - corn pudding made with coconut milk, fresh corn, cornstarch, milk, water, vanilla, cinnamon and sugar

·         Russian potato salad

·         Macaroni salad - American macaroni salad

·         Fruit platter - Consists of oranges, apples, bananas, grapes, and mangos

·         Cheese and guava platter - a platter with squared white cheese, yellow potato cheese, soda crackers, and guava paste chunks


·         Christmas ham with mustard (almost every family has one for Christmas)

·         freshly salted salmon (gravlax graavilohi)

·         pickled herring in various forms (tomato, mustard, matjes or onion sauces)

·         lutefisk and Béchamel sauce[10]

·         whitefish and pikeperch

·         liver casserole

·         potato casserole[10] (sweetened or not, depending on preference)

·         boiled potatoes

·         carrot casserole[10]

·         rutabaga casserole (lanttulaatikko)[10]

·         rosolli (salad from boiled beetroots, carrots, potatoes, apples and pickled cucumber. If served with herring, it becomes herring-salad, sillisalaatti)

·         various sauces

·         assortment of cheese, most commonly (leipäjuusto) and Aura (aura-juusto)

·         Christmas bread, usually sweet bread (Joululimppu)

·         Karelian pasties, rice pasties, served with egg-butter (Karjalanpiirakka)


·         rice pudding or rice porridge topped with cinnamon, sugar and cold milk or with mixed fruit soup (riisipuuro)

·         gingerbread,[10] sometimes in the form of a gingerbread house or gingerbread man (piparkakut)

·         chocolate (given as presents, eaten in-between meals, called suklaa)

·         prune jam pastries (Joulutortut)[10]

·         mixed fruit soup or prune soup (sekahedelmäkiisseli, luumukiisseli)


·         oysters[11]

·         foie gras[11]

·         smoked salmon

·         crêpes (Brittany)[12]

·         chapon (roasted chicken)

·         dinde aux marrons (chestnut-stuffed turkey)

·         ganzeltopf (goose) (Alsace)[11]

·         bûche de Noël.[13]


·         Christstollen[16] Stollen is a fruitcake with bits of candied fruits, raisins, walnuts and almonds and spices such as cardamom and cinnamon; sprinkled with icing sugar. Often there's also a core of marzipan.[17]

·         Pfefferkuchenhaus - a gingerbread house decorated with candies, sweets and sugar icing (in reference to the gingerbread house of the fairy tale Hänsel und Gretel)

·         Weisswurst - sausages with veal and bacon, usually flavored with parsley, lemon, mace, onions, ginger and cardamom

·         Kartoffelsalat (potato salad) with Wiener (sausages) is traditionally eaten in northern Germany for lunch on Christmas Eve

·         Schäufele (a corned, smoked ham) usually served with potato salad in southern Germany for dinner on Christmas Eve.

·         Printen[18]

·         Oblaten Lebkuchen

·         Springerle

·         Weihnachtsplätzchen (Christmas cookies)

·         Roasted goose

·         Carp


·         panettone (Milan)[19][20]

·         tortellini (Bologna)

·         pandoro (Verona)

·         panforte (Tuscany)[

·         prosecco (Veneto]

·         spumante (Piedmont)[]

·         ravioli


·         christmas (fruit) cake or black cake - a heavy fruit cake made with dried fruit, wine and rum.

·         sorrel - often served to guests with Christmas cake; Sorrel is made from the same sepals as Latin American drink "Jamaica," but is more concentrated and usually flavored with ginger. Adding rum is traditional at Christmas time.

·         curry goat

·         rice and peas - a Sunday staple, at Christmas dinner is usually made with green (fresh) gungo (pigeon) peas instead of dried kidney beans or other dried legumes.

·         christmas ham

·         chicken


·         KFC fried chicken - With turkey as a dish being virtually unknown in Japan[22] the popularity of this item at Christmas is such that orders are placed as much as two months in advance.[23]


·         Ensalada de Noche Buena - Christmas Eve Salad

·         bacalao - clipfish or cod

·         romeritos - small green leaves of a particular type mixed generally with mole and potatoes; generally accompanied with "tortitas de camarón" (shrimp bread)

·         pavo - Turkey

·         tamales - Some Mexican families, particularly in the northern part of Mexico and southern American states have tamales only at Christmas Eve instead of the typical Bacalao, Romeritos and/or Turkey.

·         ponche - a hot, sweet drink made with apples, sugar cane, prunes and tejocotes. For grown-ups, ponche is never complete without its "piquete" - either tequila or rum

New Zealand

·         Pavlova

·         sausages

·         ham

·         turkey

·         strawberries

·         Christmas pudding

·         Christmas mince pies

·         wine

·         chocolate

·         trifle

·         brandy snaps

·         potato salad


·         barszcz (beetroot soup) with uszka (ravioli) - Classic Polish Christmas starter.

·         carp fillet with potato salad, carp in aspic etc..

·         pickled maatjesharing, rollmops

·         pierogi with sauerkraut and forest mushrooms; filled with white cheese and potatoes

·         fish soup

·         kiełbasa - sausage, and ham

·         poppy seed cakes (makowiec, and makówki in Silesia)

·         bigos - savory stew of cabbage and meat

·         fruit compote

·         kutia sweet grain pudding/ in the eastern regions (Białystok)



·         Julbord[26] - Christmas smorgasbord ("Christmas table"), a catch-all term for all the dishes served during Christmas Eve:

o    köttbullar - Swedish meatballs

o    Julskinka - Christmas ham

o    dopp i grytan ("dipping in the kettle") - dipping bread slices in the ham broth after boiling the Christmas ham.[27]

o    prinskorv - small hot dog sausages

o    fläskkorv - pork sausages

o    isterband - smoked fresh pork sausage

o    revbensspjäll - spare ribs

o    inlagd sill - pickled herring (usually of different types)

o    gravad lax - lox

o    Janssons frestelse ("Jansson's Temptation") - warm scalloped potato casserole with anchovies

o    vörtlimpa - Swedish rye bread with grated orange peel made for Christmas, with or without raisins.

o    knäckebröd - dry crisp bread

o    rödkål - sweet and sour red cabbage, as a side dish

o    grönkål - sweet and sour kale as a side dish

o    brunkål ("brown cabbage")- cabbage flavoured with syrup hence the name

o    rödbetor - sliced beet root

o    an array of cheeses - bondost, herrgårdsost, prästost, Getost (hard goat milk cheese)

·         lutefisk[28] - Lye-fish (whitefish) that has been boiled served with white gravy

·         Julmust - a traditional, very sweet, stout-like, Christmas soft drink, originally intended as an alternative to alcohol beverage called Mumma

·         glögg - mulled wine

·         knäck - Christmas toffee

·         pepparkakor (Gingerbread) - brown cookies flavoured with a variety of traditional Christmas spices

·         Julost - Christmas cheese

·         Julgröt - Christmas rice pudding with an almond hidden inside

·         lussekatter - Saint Lucy saffron buns

United Kingdom & Ireland

·         Brandy butter

·         Bread sauce

·         Brussels sprouts[29]

·         Chocolate yule log

·         Christmas cake

·         Christmas ham - Usually a honey or marmalade glazed roast or boiled gammon joint.

·         Christmas pudding[30]

·         Dundee cake, traditional Scottish fruit cake

·         Mince pies[31]

·         Nut roast (a popular vegetarian alternative)

·         Pigs in a blanket - Chipolata sausages wrapped in bacon

·         Roast turkey[31]

·         Roast beef

·         Roast duck

·         Roast goose

·         Roast pheasant

·         Roast potatoes - roasting with goose or duck fat is becoming more popular[32]

·         Stuffing

·         Trifle

United States

·         apple cider

·         boiled custard

·         candy canes

·         Champagne, or sparkling apple cider

·         chicken and dumplings, primarily in the southern states.

·         Christmas cookies

·         cranberry sauce

·         Dungeness Crab, primarily in California

·         eggnog

·         fruitcake

·         gingerbread, often in the form of a gingerbread house or gingerbread man

·         Christmas Ham

·         hot buttered rum

·         hot chocolate

·         lutefisk (among those with Scandinavian ancestry)

·         mashed potato

·         mixed nuts

·         oyster stew, composed of oysters simmered in cream or milk and butter.

·         persimmon pudding

·         pie

o    apple pie

o    mince pie

o    pecan pie

o    pumpkin pie

o    sweet potato pie

·         Prime Rib

·         plum pudding

·         Russian tea cakes

·         Tamales

·         roast turkey, less often roast duck, goose, or pheasant

·         Smithfield ham, often served on a biscuit or a roll

·         stuffing, also known as dressing, particularly in the Southern U.S.

·         lefse rolled with butter and sugar, particularly in Northern Wisconsin and Minnesota

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