Christmas…Traditions, Treats and a touch of Trivia…

Christmas Treats and Traditions 23rd Nov

Welcome to week 4 of Traditions, Treats and of course some Trivia…

Only 32 sleeps…Christmas always seems so far away and …explosion-147931_640


It gets real…..

There are many Christmas traditions practiced around the world and I will be bringing you some of those and anyone who wishes to contribute with a guest post of their own on a special Thanksgiving dish or tradition would be very welcome to showcase them here  I know my friends across the pond and my relatives celebrate Thanksgiving on the 22nd November with  turkey and lots of other goodies … So please share and I will link back to your post…

Last week I mentioned Gingerbread Houses and Robbie came up with not just one but six…Robbie is the Queen of cake decorations and also has some awesome Cook Books aided very ably I will say by her son, Michael… so without anymore twittering from me head over to Robbie’s and see what beautiful Gingerbread houses she has created…Thank you, Robbie x

robbies gingerbread house

I just love it when I get interaction with my posts it is so much more fun and personal isn’t it?


Christmas Jumper Corner.


I really cannot believe out of all my readers no one has a Christmas Jumper that they want to share…So don’t be shy…


Christmas Pudding is one of the mainstays of British Christmas traditions …it just would not be Christmas without the pudding! Now I know that and even here I have always made my Christmas pudding and there have been a few converts to this traditional Christmas fare…My Thai friends love it!

But forget I did until young Hugh from Hugh’s views and News...jogged my memory…Stir Up Sunday he said to me…and then it all came flooding back…Hugh’s blog is one I always pop over to if I have a query as he is the man with all the tips…Thank you, Hugh 🙂

After church and guess who was a choir girl?... Everyone congregated in the Church Hall and the ladies of the Women’s Institute made a huge batch of pudding mix and we all got to stir and make a wish then all the puddings they made were put in with the hampers they gave out for the old, poor and needy…So thank you, Hugh, for jogging this rusty old memory… I had forgotten.

Held on the last Sunday before the First Advent Sunday and that pudding mix had to be stirred from East to West in honour of the Three Wise Men who visited the baby Jesus. I wonder if that tradition is still carried on by those wonderful ladies of the Women’s Institute?


Did you know?

“Silent Night” is the most recorded Christmas song in history, with over 733 different versions copyrighted since 1978?

Silent Night is also one of my favourite Christmas Carol’s. Although I love Michael Buble’s version I just love to listen to the Kings College Choir …


Do you know?

Two of Santa’s reindeer are named after a weather phenomenon. Name the reindeer.



Happy Cooking!

Thank you very much for reading this post and please you must have a Christmas Jumper picture and many thanks to Robbie and Hugh for their contributions 🙂 x

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology:

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great weekend xx


25 thoughts on “Christmas…Traditions, Treats and a touch of Trivia…

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  2. Hugh's Views and News

    Happy Stir-up Sunday, Carol. 🥣Thanks so much for the mention. With it being Stir-up Sunday today, the festivities can now well and truly commence until Twelfth Night.
    As for a favourite version of Silent Night, I rather like the haunting version Sinéad O’Connor did. Listening to her singing Silent Night inspired me to write a short story with the same title as the song.

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      You are welcome Hugh and yes let the fun begin… Sinead O’connor’s version is a good choice there are so many great versions of this wonderful song it is difficult to choose a favourite I also love the German version Stille Nacht… Is that story in your book Glimpses? Thank you for dropping in 🙂

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      1. Hugh's Views and News

        It is, indeed, Carol. Although Sinéad inspired the story, so did a memory from my school days. It’s one that always remained with me. The story itself is a horror story, so now you got me thinking about writing a post about it. 😀

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  4. Darlene

    I love Silent Night but prefer it in German. The original version Stille Nacht, was written 200 years ago, in 1818 by Pastor Joseph Mohr in the small Austrian village of Oberndorf, the music composed by his friend Franz Gruber. This popular song is 200 years old this Christmas!!

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Hi, Ruby I am so honoured to recieve the nomination for Sunshine Blogger I have however only recently accepted another Sunshine Blogger Award and don’t want to bombard my readers…lol..But I thank you and congratulations on yours…Have a lovely weekend 🙂 x

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    1. CarolCooks2 Post author

      Doesn’t it Tori…I have come across some quite unusual Christmas fare one of which I will share next week as well as your Dogs Christmas Jumpers he looks lovely and they will be featured next Friday in the Christmas Jumper Corner..Thank you have a lovely weekend 🙂 xx

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