As we have heard from establishments like John Lewis (for non-UK readers, John Lewis is a department store whose yearly Christmas advert is a huge event for reasons that are beyond me), it's nearly Christmas. Now, I enjoy Christmas as much as the next person (or possibly a little less... I can get quite grumpy about the capitalist aspect of it). I especially get the whole Solstice festival thing - as an Australian, Christmas just comes when it's warm and we're on summer holidays, so it's lovely on top of lovely. In the northern hemisphere, you can really understand why you need a day to look forward to when it starts getting dark at 4pm, it's just miserable). I like presents, of course, but what I really like is the food. I'm talking about Christmas dinner.
Since the people who read my blog are largely the recipients of my Christmas presents, I could not write this up before Christmas or it'd be giving the game significantly away (and reveal how much of a tight ass I am). So, after the fact, here are some ways a BINORACLE does Christmas (hint: cheaply, but with love and creativity).
Everyone loves food, and everyone likes food that is made for them by someone else. I got together with my friend Mo, who was a member of the BINORACLE clothes swap, and we decided to pool resources and make chutneys and limoncello to give to our friendship circle. Chutney is incredibly easy to make; I nicked my recipe off my friend Michelle who writes at the excellent publication The High Tea Cast, which I highly recommend. Mo also brought a different recipe, and suggested we make limoncello - a thing I'd always assumed was some artisan production but is actually just sugar, lemon zest and vodka. To round it off, we also made a batch of mince pies with some pre-made filling and shortcrust pastry from a bag (we are THAT classy).
Christmas is a season for misers like BINBOY to shine. In this post, he gives his best tips for avoiding being sucked into Christmas consumer traps and segues seamlessly into a damning indictment of the wearing of Converse shoes.
Oh hello there, yes yes, Christmas is exciting, as is snow and as is the cold etc.
Now that bullshit is out of the way, let's talk about Christmas. Mainly, saving money at Christmas, with a few top tips which I am going to make up as I go along.