Back in my childhood, Christmas food was special because it was only available at that time of year.
food we have now we can get all year round, want a turkey for Sunday
lunch? Sure! Go to the supermarket and buy one any day of the year.
Want the trimmings? Go ahead! Also available 24/7/365!
When I was
little there were foodstuffs that were ONLY available at Christmas
time; juicy, sweet clementines, bitter sweet cranberry sauce, Quality Street chocolates, Roses chocolates, turkish delight covered in icing sugar, that created sweet clouds when you pressed the lid down, dates, syrupy and sticky, with a strange fork in the middle, tins of Cheesy Balls, cheese paste surrounded by wafer and shaped into a football, chocolate coins in net bags, tubes of Jelly Tots, Fruit Pastilles or Smarties, the list goes on.... Nowadays most of
this stuff is there. All. The. Time.
For me, being in France, I get
to revisit my childhood to a certain extent, because my memories of
Christmas fare are not available here, so I can source them in the UK
and either persuade my son or another willing victim to bring them
over. The lack of ready availability has re-elevated seasonal fare to
its rightful position on top of the list of preparations and all things Noël.