Christmas food shopping.

Yesterday was our first foray into the world of Christmas food shopping, a job which I have to declare from the start is one I loathe and detest, there may be others out there who agree with me, should this be the case don’t hesitate to contact me to back me up.

When it comes to Christmas I am 50/50 about it, fifty percent of me loves it and fifty percent hates it, the percentage that loves it is the part that enjoys having a different theme every year and dressing the dining room with everyone dressing the part of whatever silly idea I have come up with, last year it was the Ace Cafe and previously it was Dickens, you see the idea.

Sadly the percentage of me which hates Christmas is the more Scrooge and Bah Humbug side of me which hates spending so much on what I would consider a waste of money and I know I leave myself open to criticism as obviously you can’t dress the room and supply appropriate costumes for nothing.

However when it comes to food at Christmas it seems we have to spend a fortune on a multiplicity of items that at any other time of year we can perfectly well do without like dates, seven different types of mustard, a peculiar jelly who’s name escapes me at the moment but you put it on your meat, very strange.

I can see as I’m writing this that I could come across as a bit of a wet blanket where the festivities are concerned but if you cast your mind back to the days of my grandfather perhaps, children would be delighted to receive for Christmas an orange and a walnut in a small sock when today the dining table is laden with bowls of various nuts, oranges and exotic fruits.

We definitely have one more food shopping trip if not two so I am steeling myself in anticipation of pushing the trolley laden with goodies, heavy enough to give a strong man a hernia with enough food to feed the five thousand, if only we could learn the trick with a few loaves and some fishes.

Having mentioned feeding the five thousand I have just realised one of our problems is the considerable number of people we are feeding, there are always twelve round the table should we be unlucky enough to receive thirteen then we have to ask the dog to join us at the table as well.

I’m very glad I chose this subject to write about today as it has been a surprisingly cathartic experience, I wouldn’t say an epiphany but I have been moved after all who am I to be Scrooge like when we are giving such pleasure to so many people I can almost see their happy smiling faces grouped round the table as we speak.

So onward and upward I am now ready to continue our Christmas food shopping with renewed vigour, I’m just wondering which supermarket sells frankincense and myrrh.




About The Diary of a Country Bumpkin

I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work due to losing my agent when I became a full time carer to my mother who had dementia. and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent. Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work. I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise. I spent many years looking after my aged mother and shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013. My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie. I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes. I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage. My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse. I have written a number of different books all available on Amazon, so don't be shy should you feel the urge to purchase.
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