It's entertaining and interesting to read and watch all the programmes and press on "food and drinks for the Christmas Season". I enjoy this but in the end I revert to what I do and enjoy best - traditional; probably because that is what I find my tourists are continually searching for.
Just cooked an Armagh Bramley Apple tart with cloves added and the kitchen smells "a lot like Christmas". Next step will be to make my sweet mince using an old recipe handed down for generations and once again the Armagh Bramley Apple AND Cider will be a big part of the ingredients.
When the weather gets a tad frosty then it's time to add cloves and heat to my favourite local Bushmills Whiskey drink.
Why make Christmas complicated just enjoy, share and cook what warms your heart about Christmas.