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The 'C' word....

Okay, so how bad is it that I am already freaking out about Christmas!?!?!

Already looking at flights back home to the UK and then back again in the new years and its already totalling up to about 400CHF!

Let alone the thought about presents and decorations and nights out when back in the UK etc...
My wages are rather small for what I should be earning in the Swiss Land which makes it even harder because im perminantly skint anyway!
Luckily I dont have kids so I only have to organise me and my boyfriend (who in all honesty is just like a over grown child!) but it still seems incrediably expencive already and its only October!

On the plus side im thinking about baking my first ever Christmas cake which is a bit exciting (if your as sad as me! :P)

Is anyone else already thinking about the 'C' word and getting a bit panicked?!
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Re: The 'C' word....

As for the Christmas cake, panic no more. I stumbled across a christmas cake ingredients section in Aldi yesterday (strange but true) .. 2 types of raisins (which is a lot for CH, apart from the bog standard type that are sold in Coop and Migros, different types of raisins/currents/sultanas are usually the most difficult part of sourcing the Christmas cake), mixed fruit and glace cherries, ground nuts and almonds, and, wait for it, even ready made marzipan for the top (in 250g quantities unlike the 75g packets sold in Coop). Treacle and/or golden syrup you can get from Globus (not all recipes use it mind you) and either do your own royal icing (which is much easier than you would think) or you can buy the fondant stuff at Coop cities in Basel, so perhaps also Zurich?

Anyway, there you are, Christmas cake panic over at least.

(And I can recommend the Good Housekeeping recipe too ....)
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Old 26.10.2011, 11:03
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Re: The 'C' word....

Go wash your mouth out with sherry and holly.

F*** Christmas and all the c***s that enjoy it too.
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Re: The 'C' word....

Wow bloody hell thats amazing! What Aldi was that in?

How far in advance before Christmas do you normally start making your cake? This is my first time so any tips would be much apprecciated! Dont want a pancake at the end of it!

I dont have a reciepe at the moment, but know the general things that i'll need to start looking for. Was going to research the internet for a good one but i dont want anything fancy, just a traditional one!
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Re: The 'C' word....

Nah, don't worry, silly religious things are supposed to freak you out. The churches love these sorts of things. Keeps the punters on their toes. The companies love these sort of things, keeps their bank balances full.

Personally, I think just celebrate all year around and spread the peace and good will twelve months a year.
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Old 26.10.2011, 11:30
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Wow bloody hell thats amazing! What Aldi was that in?

How far in advance before Christmas do you normally start making your cake? This is my first time so any tips would be much apprecciated! Dont want a pancake at the end of it!
We make the cake a few weeks before and feed it regularly with brandy through holes skewered in the top.

Then about a week before Christmas you put on the marzipan and then the icing. You need to leave a day between putting on the marzipan and icing it.

You can make your Christmas pudding now. That means we'll have a run on suet threads
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Okay, so how bad is it that I am already freaking out about Christmas!?!?!

Already looking at flights back home to the UK and then back again in the new years and its already totalling up to about 400CHF!
Really?! 400 chuffs? crikey!!!

Imagine the price of flights back to the other side of the world for them Asians, Aussies and New Zealanders...
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Re: The 'C' word....

I don't understand why people panic because of Christmas. I mean it honestly

Because you *must* pay money to go be with your family? I do that gladly! It's the time of the year my boss has no courage to say no to my days-off choice. And I love being surrounded by my loved ones!

Because you have to cook for a bunch of people? I do that also gladly, especially because food is never ready when people start arriving, but guests put their sleeves up and help out in the kitchen, which is a lot of fun.

Because you *have to* decorate your house? I mean, seriously? You don't need to do it! You can do it if you enjoy it! I got me some cheap glass balls from Germany and been using them for the last 4 years - because I enjoy doing the decorations. The 2 years I didn't feel like doing it, guess what! I didn't do it!

Because you have to give presents to people you barely know? Well, woe of me... Being from a country that was devastated in the beginning of the 90's because of the economical crisis, right after the abolishing of the ditactorship in the end 70's, I had a childhood of no present swapping during X-Mas, or of simple hand made drawings for my specially loved ones. No one got angry. Christmas is about being together with the family and eat continuously for 8 hours.

Because it's all a lobby from the catholic church? The catholic church actually condemns the whole money spending and complete commercial take on Christmas. All they want is you to praise the birth of Christ, spread some love among the people close to you (and maybe not so close), leave some money for the poor in the box and go home in peace. Such awful hypocrites!

Because you have 1000 things to prepare before? Who said you need to? People are making a storm in a glass of water! Christmas is about celebrating love, whether you believe in Christ or not. Once you stop worrying about the superfluous stuff, you might actually enjoy it. Specially the 8 hours non-stop stuffing.
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Wow bloody hell thats amazing! What Aldi was that in?

How far in advance before Christmas do you normally start making your cake? This is my first time so any tips would be much apprecciated! Dont want a pancake at the end of it!

I dont have a reciepe at the moment, but know the general things that i'll need to start looking for. Was going to research the internet for a good one but i dont want anything fancy, just a traditional one!
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We make the cake a few weeks before and feed it regularly with brandy through holes skewered in the top.

Then about a week before Christmas you put on the marzipan and then the icing. You need to leave a day between putting on the marzipan and icing it.

You can make your Christmas pudding now. That means we'll have a run on suet threads
Interesting. I make the cake first then the pudding (seemed to understand Tom that you were saying the other way round but actually its not clear). Heartily agree with Tom that it needs a few weeks, even months to mature with brandy. Indeed, 2 years ago I made 2 and we kept the second one for the following year. It was so pickled in brandy (2 bottles later) that it was really rather excellent ...

Traditionally puddings are made on "Stir up Sunday" being the Sunday before Advent (I believe.. happy to be corrected on this one). Every member of the family is meant to have a stir before dropping a penny in the mix (ahem .. I don't do this bit).

It was the Aldi in Lausen (near Liestal) but they all tend to carry the same things during the same weeks.
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Re: The 'C' word....

As soon as I've put my fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations away, then I'll start worrying about Christmas.
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Re: The 'C' word....

I wish I had that problem! For us, to go to Canada or the States it would cost us around 3000 Euros!

Sadly, our Christmas will be at home with not even friends to celebrate it with (yet ).
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Re: The 'C' word....

feeding the cake with brandy! Sounds awsome! :P
I dont think i'll bother with the pudding, just the cake, that will be a big enough challenge alone!

Yeah that is a good point actually, it could be worse, i could be flying further, but to me 400CHF is a lot of money!

I hate christmas i really do, and hate the fact more that im thinking about it already! But better safe than sorry i suppose, better than leaving it till the last minute!

I think im gonna have to do some odd jobs for people in the run up because i really cant fund it on my wages!
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It's such a pity they never announce when Christmas day is in advance, otherwise we'd all be able to plan!
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good news for insomniacs.. only 3 sleeps til christmas!
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Already looking at flights back home to the UK and then back again in the new years and its already totalling up to about 400CHF!
Either
1) you don't earn enough
2) you have a different set of financial reference points
3) I earn too much

But "already totalling up to about 400 CHF" for a Christmas trip home is less than peanuts for most members of this forum (I'd guess). It certainly would be for me. A standard non-Christmas trip for a week is over 1000-1500 CHF in travel alone, whether going by car/ferry or flying. And that's going to the UK. For those going further abroad, i.e. US, 400 CHF is what they'll pay in airport taxes alone...

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Go wash your mouth out with sherry and holly.

Faby Christmas and all the chaps that enjoy it too.
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Re: The 'C' word....

I think im going to go with the answer....2!
I really dont earn enough for what it costs to live in the swiss land, but if your answer is 3 your more than welcome to get rid of it to me!

I do agree i am lucky that it is only back to the UK and is only 400chf in comparisson to the majority of people so i do appoloise for that moan there! Dont want to offend or cheese off anyone!

So is anyone else actually thinking about christmas, or just me because being some weird, paranoid poor person! :P
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I do agree i am lucky that it is only back to the UK and is only 400chf in comparisson to the majority of people so i do appoloise for that moan there! Dont want to offend or cheese off anyone!
I would worry too much about that: 1) this is an open forum (still... just about...); and, 2) in severity scales this moan is quite mild.

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Sadly, our Christmas will be at home with not even friends to celebrate it with (yet ).
There's nothing to be sad about there Nil. You'll be at home with your husband and 2 beautiful children. That's plenty of cause for celebration I'd say.
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Sadly my neighbour has mounted flashing Christmas lights on his balcony. Maybe he is Orthodox and from the east?
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But "already totalling up to about 400 CHF" for a Christmas trip home is less than peanuts for most members of this forum
I think the OP was referring just to the flight ticket. It typically costs 150-200 CHF for a booked-a-few-weeks-in-advance return to London via BMI.

Looking at the dates/times *I* want over Christmas it's coming in at 180CHF on BMI at the moment.

I recently paid 495CHF to fly to China (from Basel via Frankfurt) so it is painful to see 400 CHF prices for just an hour's flight.
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