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Babybel

Must be MC; they have a waxed jacket, says @heidistephens

Mini M&S 99p cheeses

Compelling

Personalised gifts

Always luggage, never towels. Distinction c/o @ohchrisburton

Cheese toasties

Need a more grown-up name, says @Gary_Bainbridge

America's "grilled cheese"

Not good enough. Implies there's no bread involved

Croque Anglaise

Possible winner from @Robins_Books

Supermarket pasta salads

Always, always rubbish

Andrex's "rollaphobia" campaign

No, we do NOT leave loads of rolls around the house!

Gladioli

Grand and colourful; very MC

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    Dec242012

    What does Santa expect from the modern middle-class home?  

    When I was a kid, the food that one left out for Father Christmas on the 24th was straightforward - sherry, mince pie, possible carrot for Rudolph. In recent years, however, things seem to have changed. “Reindeer food” (aka oats in a gift bag sold at Christmas Fairs for 50p a go) has become popular; whisky is edging out unfashionable sherry, and my own daughter insists on cups of tea. This leads me to wonder what the good MC person should leave out to feel they are au courant, and to not disappoint Santa? A hearty home-made soup in a John Lewis flask would be practical. Brief instructions for the Nespresso machine might be appreciated if he’s flagging. And perhaps sherry might once more be acceptable if one made it a Pedro Ximinez in a bit of artisan glassware. 

    Obviously any carrot should be organic, but what else do you reckon, middle-class revelers and wassaillers?  Do let us have your suggestions and secrets. After all, we wouldn’t want your house to have nicer gifts than ours, would we?

    Reader Comments (3)

    Santa appreciates irony, so something from Pippa's 'Celebrate'? Pheasant goujons, perhaps.

    December 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJ J Carter

    Rudolph got an Abel and Cole carrot. FC had Manzanilla La Gitana sherry and a good old chocolate digestive. My husband and I are late with lunch after having to spend time doubled over with your book. Have you eavesdropped on us for the last year perchance? Thank you for an inspired Christmas present x

    December 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca Mitchell

    I so wanted the "magic reindeer food" to be true!!

    December 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkittensilks

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