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6 things that always happen when the family gets together for Christmas dinner
The chances are high that someone is going to be pelted by a sprout.

IT MIGHT SEEM a long way off, but Christmas is just around the corner when you think about it.

And you know what that means – food, glorious food.

Yes, the Christmas dinner is a truly integral part of the whole day. We might even go as far as to say it’s almost the whole point. It’s what everyone thinks about for the entire year: the turkey, the trimmings, the gravy, the craic, the corks popping…

Oh, wait – and the family as well of course. (Sorry and all, but we really do love our Christmas dinners.)

1. The lead-up

While dinner might be the focal point of Christmas Day, there’s a lot to be said for the anticipation that builds up to it. And by that we mean getting to taste a few of the ingredients and a snatched taste of what’s on the hob.

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2. Bad jokes

Forget the jokes inside the crackers. Your Dad is a one-stop shop of really bad puns and jokes 365 days of the year – it’s just that there’s something about a family dinner that really kicks him into overdrive.

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3. Off-loading the sprouts

With all the kids together at the table (and the possibly of a pet or two lurking under the table-cloth for unwanted scraps), there’s a frantic race to swap bits. I’ll give you my roast potato if you give me that slice of ham. Deal?

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4. Snoozetown

When it gets to about 8pm on Christmas Day the only potential for a real Christmas miracle is if no one has fallen asleep in front of the telly yet. We blame all the pleasantly full bellies and mulled wine.


5. A (minor) disaster

Someone will try and “help” – and inevitably, someone will drop that pan on the ground. No normal Christmas dinner can go ahead without a minor hitch. What are we, the Brady Bunch? No thanks.

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6. But of course…

Whatever about the above, the one important thing that always happens when the family gets together for a festive dinner is lots of smiles and happy memories made. Even if Dad does tell another one of his “jokes”. 

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Tell us what makes a family Christmas special to you in the comments section below – and we’ll pick one winner to receive a €250 SuperValu voucher to share their Good Food Karma at Christmas. #goodfoodkarma 

Let us know in the comments for your chance to win…

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