- 'Waiter - There's a Fly in My Champagne'
- Christmas Trivia from Around the World
- Christmas Eating Around The World
- Will and Guy's Recommended Recipe for Mulled Wine
- Will and Guy's Interesting Trivia and Facts at Christmastide
- 1 'Waiter - There's a Fly in My Champagne'
- 2 Early Christmas Drinks
- 3 Christmas Eating Around The World
- 4 Christmas Drinks
- 5 *Mulled wine, [Glühwein]
- 6 Christmas Drink Humour
- 7 Will and Guy's Recommended Recipe for Mulled Wine at Christmas
- 8 Champagne for Christmas
- 9 Christmas Humour - Disaster at the Restaurant
- 10 Cooking the Books?
- 11 Will and Guy's Interesting Trivia and Facts at Christmastide
- 12 Christmas Statistics for the United Kingdom
- The Swede asked for new champagne in the same glass.
- The Englishman demanded to have new champagne in a new glass.
- The Finn picked out the fly out and drank the champagne.
- The Russian drank the champagne, fly and all.
- The Chinese ate the fly but left the champagne.
- The Israeli caught the fly and sold it to the Chinese.
- The Italian drank two thirds of the champagne and then demanded to have a new glass.
- The Norwegian took the fly and went off to fish.
- The Irishman ground the fly and mixed it in the champagne, which he then donated to the Englishman
- The American sued the restaurant and claimed $50 million in compensation.
- The Scotsman grabbed the fly by the throat and shouted, 'Now spit out all that you swallowed.' Footnote:
*Mulled wine, [Glühwein]Mulled wine is a popular Christmas drink in Europe [Austria, Switzerland and Germany in particular]. It contains red wine, fruit, cloves and cinnamon and is served hot by street vendors at Christmas Fairs, [Christkindlmarkt]. It is also sold during the ski season on the slopes of many European resorts. A variety of soft drinks are essential at party time not only for the children but also for those who may be driving or who are teetotal. *There is no one definitive recipe for mulled wine say Will and Guy.
Christmas Drink HumourI went into the supermarket on Christmas Eve and noticed a man staring rigidly, as if transfixed, at the soft drinks, presumably comparing the prices and contents. He was still there 20 minutes later so I enquired if he was alright. He replied that he was fine, just looking at the label that said 'Orange juice concentrate'.
Champagne for ChristmasChampagne is a traditional Christmas tipple and millions of bottles of bubbly are enjoyed every year. Alternatives, however, are available in the shape of sparkling wines like Cava, in Spain and Asti in Italy. Many excellent fizzy wines are made in the USA [California in particular] and in the UK as well as in many countries in Europe. Scientists calculate that there are 49 million bubbles in a bottle of Champagne. How on earth they have reached that conclusion is a mystery to Will [a non scientist] but readily understood by Guy [a scientist]. Some people prefer to add orange juice to the champagne [Bucks Fizz] or brandy [Champagne cocktail]. 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 cold weather. Will and Guy have discovered that there are more than 2,500 different varieties of real ale brewed by more than 600 breweries, and around 800 are available as real ale in a bottle.
CLOSED KITCHEN ON FIRE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICEDon't know how long the notice had been there, but I did not see any smoke, fire engines or road closures! It must have ruined their Christmas and New Year trade!
Cooking the Books?Lyn belongs to our Diet Club and she was lamenting that she had gained weight. She told us that she had made her family's favourite Christmas cake, and added that they'd eaten half of it over the festive season. The on New Year's Eve, Lyn continued, she kept staring at the other half, until finally she cut a thin slice for herself. One slice led to another, and soon the whole cake had vanished. She went on to tell us how upset she was with her lack of willpower, and how she knew her husband would be so disappointed. Everyone commiserated, until someone asked what her husband said when he found out. Lyn smiled broadly and quipped, 'He never found out. I made another cake and ate half of that too.'
- If you received all of the gifts in the song 'The Twelve Days of Christmas', you would receive 364 presents.
- Robins on cards were a joke 150 years ago when British postmen wore red tunics and were named after this lovely bird.
- December heralds the busiest time of the year for the Post Office, as Christmas cards swell the amount of mail in the UK to twice the usual amount.
- It is also the peak time for the National Return Letter Service, which handles 50 million wrongly addressed items of mail every year.
- The first Christmas stamp was released in Canada in 1898 and not Austria in 1937 as some claim.
- The approximate amount generated by photographs with Santa in shopping malls in the USA in dollars:$2,255,750,000.
- Christmas trees are grown in every American state.
- The world's tallest Christmas tree was 221 feet high and appeared in a Washington, USA shopping mall in 1950.
- Electric lights for on Christmas trees were first used in 1895.
- Alabama was the first state in the USA to declare Christmas a legal holiday in 1836.
- In 1999, residents of the state of Maine in America built the world's biggest ever snowman. He stood at 113ft tall.
- The Queen's speech was first televised in 1957.
- There were only seven 'white Christmases' in Britain during the twentieth century.
- There are 13 Santa's in Iceland, each leaving a gift for children. They come down from the mountain one by one, starting on December 12 and have names like Spoon Licker, Door Sniffer and Meat Hook. 'Lovely names', say Will and Guy.
- Until AD 440, Christmas day was not celebrated on 25th December.
- There is no reference to angels singing anywhere in the Holy Bible.
- More diamonds are bought around Christmas than any other time of the year.
- Apparently Christmas trees remove dust and pollen from the air.
- The Russian Santa Claus carries a pink piglet under his arm.
- Christmas pudding should be stirred from east to west. Will's Mum always did this.