Not that you really need any encouragement, but just look at these ideas and treats. Remember Christmas is only once a year and you can always use January to recover and get back into shape. For the very best Wine deals then don't forget to have a look at www.payless4wine.com . Here are a great selection of hampers:
Or why not treat someone to some great Champagne gifts.
Or how about some of our current best sellers?
But a new kid on the block is the The Wine Hound who are now making available an exceptional range of delicious and often exclusive wines, up until now reserved for the country's finest restaurantsand don't forget to look after those poor souls who have to drive or who simply don't want an alcoholic drink
The Alcohol Free Shop is a one-stop shop for a wide range of alcohol-free products. They offer alcohol-free wines and beers, non-alcoholic drinks, health and beauty products, plus a selection of gifts suitable for anyone currently abstaining from alcohol such as pregnant women, those on medication, or those who simply choose not to consume alcohol
and then, of course don't forget Whittard of Chelsea who have been celebrating fine tea and coffee since 1886 Their mission…
“…to introduce as many people as possible to the world of tea and coffee…”
They have an extensive product range - from their core of tea and coffee, they now include a full range of tea and coffee related products including fine ceramics, tableware, coffee and tea equipment and machines and a carefully selected range of confectionery, gift items and seasonal hampers.
Of course now Christmas would be complete without some of the finest chocolate from Thorntons. Their mouth-watering chocolate and confectionery alongside hampers, fresh flowers, wines and Champagnes all delivered directly - and with a free delivery option available as well, don't wait any longer!
Christmas Food Around the World
Turkey is often regarded as the usual Christmas meal but appeared on the menu only around 1650 after European colonisation of North America. It was introduced to Europe by Sebastian Cabot on his return from the New World. The bird got its name after merchants from Turkey made it a popular dish. Prior to this Swan, Goose, Peacock or Boar were associated with the Christmas feast.
Traditional seasonal fare varies with geography and a large variety of dishes are enjoyed today.
Australia: Christmas is in midsummer and lunch is often a barbecue of prawns, steak and chicken with ice cream or sorbet for desert, maybe cooked at the beach.
Czech Republic: Traditionally the meal is eaten on Christmas Eve and consists of fish soup, salads, eggs and carp. The number of people at the table must be even or the one without a partner is supposed to be dead by next Christmas. Tricky if you dine alone!
Finland: Traditional Christmas dinner will be a casserole of macaroni, rutabaga, carrot and potato, with ham or turkey. A mixed platter of meat and fish is also popular. After the meal it is traditional to have a sauna and then to visit the graves of relatives.
Germany: Roast Goose is the favoured Christmas meal, accompanied by potatos, cabbage, carrots, parsnip and pickles. The meal is usually eaten on Christmas Eve. Rural southern Germany feast on game like wild boar and venison.
Greenland: The Christmas feast may include Little Auks, (these are seabirds that are a bit like Penguins), wrapped in sealskin and buried for months until decomposed.
Italy: Christmas lunch can run to seven course including antipasto, a small portion of pasta, roast meat, two salads, two sweet puddings followed by cheese, fruit, brandy and chocolates.
Jamaica: The traditional Christmas dinner is rice, gungo peas, chicken, ox tail and curried goat.
Latvia: Christmas Dinner is cooked brown peas with bacon sauce, small pies, cabbage and sausage.
Norway: The Christmas meal is eaten on Christmas Eve and for coastal regions is traditionally cod, haddock and lutefisk. Inland pork chops, Christmas meatloaf and special sausages are eaten. Farmers leave a bowl of nisse (gruel) in barns on Christmas Eve for the magic Gnome who protects their farms.
Portugal: A special Christmas meal is salted dry cod-fish with boiled potatoes eaten at midnight on Christmas Eve.
Russia: Christmas food includes cakes, pies and meat dumplings. The mythical Babouschka is enjoying a resurgence following the ban under Communism. She brings gifts to Russian children rather than Santa Claus. South Africa: Christmas is during the hot summer season but the traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings is eaten at Christmas.
Sweden: A Smorgasbord Christmas meal eaten on Christmas Eve includes varieties of shellfish, pork, cooked and raw herring fish, caviar, cheeses and brown beans.
Ukraine: Huge meat broths are eaten on Christmas Eve after which children await "Father Frost" to bring presents.
United Kingdom: Christmas Pudding and Mince Pies are favourites. The largest Christmas Pudding weighed 7,231 pounds (3.28 tonnes) and was made at Aughton, Lancashire on 11 July 1992. The largest Mince Pie weighed 2,260 pounds (1.02 tonnes) and measured 6.1m X 1.5m. It was baked in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire on 15 October 1932.
USA: Christmas lunch is often in small town and rural America goose, turkey, a variety of vegetables, squash, and pumpkin pie are traditionally eaten . The USA has such a range of immigrant cultures that just about every type of food is eaten someplace at Christmas.
Champagne is a traditional Christmas tipple and millions of bottles of bubbly are enjoyed every year. Scientists calculate that there are 49 million bubbles in a bottle of Champagne. This must be true as scientists never make mistakes or lie. Around the World special Christmas Beers are made by Brewers. These are usually dark, sweet brews of exceptional strength and flavour and especially suitable for drinking in extreme cold weather conditions and office parties. Mulled wine, (Gluhwein), is a popular Christmas drink in Austria, Switzerland and Germany. It contains red wine, fruit, cloves and cinnamon and is served hot by street vendors at Christmas Fairs, (Weihnachtmarkt). It is also sold during the ski season on the slopes of many European resorts.