A Very Dickens Christmas

21 Dec

On Saturday my family celebrated an early Christmas, and, just for fun, we used the works of Charles Dickens as our inspiration.

“There never was such a goose. Its tenderness and flavour, size and cheapness, were the themes of universal admiration.”

Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

We had a real Christmas goose, along with bangers and mash, minted peas, glazed ham, stuffing, mince pies, roasted chestnuts, and Christmas wassail. For dessert we had baked apples, plum pudding, and Victorian coffee.

My dad carving the goose

We had Christmas crackers filled with treats and riddles (here are instructions for making your own), sang Christmas carols (accompanied by a concertina player), and learned the history of several English Christmas traditions (via the internet, but confirmed by an actual Englishman).

Christmas crackers!

Kris playing the concertina

We strayed a bit from the Dickens theme when my father and brother-in-law re-enacted this totally surreal scene and duet between David Bowie and Bing Crosby from 1977:


3 Responses to “A Very Dickens Christmas”

  1. Joanna December 21, 2009 at 9:39 pm #

    So did you say “Please sir, I want some more” when you wanted seconds?

    • hannahkane January 22, 2010 at 1:20 pm #

      Of course! In our most pathetic voices. 🙂

      (And I just want to say that I just saw this comment now, because for some reason it went originally to the spam comments folder.)

  2. jadynmom December 22, 2009 at 4:48 am #

    Who knew dad did such a good David Bowie!?!

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