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2017 - Seasonal Shenanigans
« on: December 16, 2017, 06:48:38 AM »
Seasons greetings everyone!
I can now say it's official Christmas in our household because the 3-top festive criteria have been met:
  • I've eaten a mince pie
  • I've listened to Slade
  • I've seen the Coca-cola advert on TV (holidays are coming....)

While we're at home enjoying the festivities with family, I thought it would be an excellent opportunity to start some shenanigans.
 An opportunity to share your family traditions and some photographs.  There's also a chance for me to raid my cupboards (which is becoming increasingly difficult) for some contest prizes  or maybe some forum merits ;)

Here's what I'd like to know:

1) What are your Top Festive Criteria (like I listed above)?
2) Share a photograph of where you most frequently play board games
3) Share a photograph of your favourite Carcassonne Tile and Meeple
4) Share a photograph of you playing a board game with the the people you play with the most
5) Share a photograph of you playing your favourite boardgame in action
6) Share a photograph of a festive meeple
7) Share a photograph of where you read Carcassonne Central the most

:red-meeple: :red-meeple:MERRY CHRISTMAS ONE AND ALL :red-meeple: :red-meeple:

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Re: 2017 - Seasonal Shenanigans
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2017, 06:48:57 AM »
Duplicate for easy quoting:

1) What are your Top Festive Criteria?
2) Share a photograph of where you most frequently play board games
3) Share a photograph of your favourite Carcassonne Tile and Meeple
4) Share a photograph of you playing a board game with the the people you play with the most
5) Share a photograph of you playing your favourite boardgame in action
6) Share a photograph of a festive meeple
7) Share a photograph of where you read Carcassonne Central the most

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Re: 2017 - Seasonal Shenanigans
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2017, 01:20:58 PM »
Decar,
Happy Holidays! Nice idea. I'm off work the week between Christmas and New Years. I hope to put together more during that time, sooner if possible  :red-meeple: :green-meeple:

I can start with #1: What are your Top Festive Criteria.

Simple: Food, food and food! More specifically Christmas baking.

My Aunts, Mom and wife all prepare incredible edibles for the holidays! These are mostly regional specialties of our south Italian origins.

Below is my contribution for my wife during the holidays. I make her a special Bread Pudding using Italian Panettone, (Prepared Soft Cake). More specifically I prefer a more plain Pandoro, (golden bread or bread of gold) and would rather add my own little extras like raisins. I might also add a little nutmeg to the egg and milk mixture. Set in the oven to bake (about 30 minutes and your done)! Serve with a little Maple syrup for a Canadian flavour.


Picture from last year. This looks a little dry but was enjoyed  :D


This is the prepared cake I bought this year, in front of our Christmas Tree - (fake tree, sadly this year. We usually go to the near by mountains for a live tree but little time to make that happen).
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Re: 2017 - Seasonal Shenanigans
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2017, 12:08:11 AM »
Italan cake? ahahahah :D
well, his name is PANDORO and seriusly, in all my life, I never called it a "cake"... it's more like a... mmmmmh.... let me see on google translate..... a dessert? no..... damn! I think the only translation correct is a cake!  :o

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Re: 2017 - Seasonal Shenanigans
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2017, 01:11:25 AM »
What else would you call it? It is a cake.   It is not bread, or biscuit, or gateaux or tart, or torte, or flan. Definitely a cake and it looks good too

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Re: 2017 - Seasonal Shenanigans
« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2017, 03:55:15 AM »
Here in Spain we call it Panettone and it has been quite a trend for some years!

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Re: 2017 - Seasonal Shenanigans
« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2017, 06:59:55 AM »
I absolutely love Panettone. It's cake as far as I'm concerned. Hot or cold. With or without butter. Peel or no peel. It's wonderful!

Great to hear you enjoy it too and have been putting your own spin on it!

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Re: 2017 - Seasonal Shenanigans
« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2017, 12:59:22 PM »
1) What are your Top Festive Criteria (like I listed above)?


  • Watch holiday movies (National Lampoon's Christmas vacation, Home Alone, A Christmas Story, Die Hard, and Elf)
  • Decorate the house
  • Fill up the beer fridge with holiday libations
  • Go to various holiday train displays

We also like to drive around a see the really big holiday displays in the neighborhood.
« Last Edit: December 17, 2017, 01:41:23 PM by dirk2112 »

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Re: 2017 - Seasonal Shenanigans
« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2017, 01:47:28 PM »
2) Share a photograph of where you most frequently play board games

My wife and I mostly play games at home in the comfort of of Dining Room area.



This is from today, Dec. 17. We are just setting up to play our 40th game of Grand Austria Hotel.
Coco is never far from the action sitting on our laps!

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Re: 2017 - Seasonal Shenanigans
« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2017, 01:50:46 PM »
Coco's so sweet! Great photos everyone!  40 plays of grand austria hotel too. That's amazing!

Dirk for a second I thought that was the view from your window!
Great to see your fridge is prepared!

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Re: 2017 - Seasonal Shenanigans
« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2017, 01:55:35 PM »
dirk, that display is just awesome. I love the detail in the diorama!

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Re: 2017 - Seasonal Shenanigans
« Reply #11 on: December 17, 2017, 02:01:53 PM »
dirk, that display is just awesome. I love the detail in the diorama!

That guy does a great job.   He does a lot of local scenes.  One day I hope to go to the world's largest train display in Hamburg

Coco is super cute.  My wife wants a dog sooo bad, but I really don't want more responsibility.  I know I would end up taking care of it.
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Re: 2017 - Seasonal Shenanigans
« Reply #12 on: December 17, 2017, 03:20:57 PM »
What a fun idea for a new topic Decar, thanks! :(y)

1) What are your Top Festive Criteria (like I listed above)?

Christmas is always an exciting time in our house, and this year has been particularly special as it is our first in our new home!



Our build up to Christmas always begins on the 1st December when Robbie the Elf shows up; bringing the kids an advent calendar each and getting up to mischief most mornings between then and Christmas Eve when he leaves them both a box filled mostly with chocolates and other little toys. Creating the scenes of havoc that he has caused every night after the kids have gone to bed is always fun ;)


(he doesn't usually arrive via the toilet but the kids thought it was hilarious that he did this year... and got toilet paper everywhere!)

We decorate the house (outside and in this year!) and have a couple of little traditions involving cakes and gingerbread houses.



My personal favourite tradition is all the films we watch! Muppets Christmas Carol, Flint Street Nativity and Elf are my long-term favourites but our collection of Christmas films is certainly growing and I've already watched Jingle All The Way 3 times so far this year (because there's nothing more festive than seeing a giant Santa punching a tiny Santa in the face).
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Re: 2017 - Seasonal Shenanigans
« Reply #13 on: December 18, 2017, 12:40:06 AM »
Our main Christmas tradition is to have a day decorating the tree and the home as a family. Our girls are now 21 and 23 with one left home and a family of her own so for the first year it was just the youngest and her boyfriend and Sarah and I.  We all wear our elf hats, stick Christmas music on and spend the day together.

Once done it feels like Christmas and it reminds us all that we will never be too old not to do this.
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Re: 2017 - Seasonal Shenanigans
« Reply #14 on: December 18, 2017, 08:17:48 AM »
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6) Share a photograph of a festive meeple

Yesterday was the presidential elections in Chile, and I could not stand the desire to take a commemorative photo (I had taken a photo in the ballot box, but it was illegal  C:-) )

I suppose that, after all, it could be considered a kind of "holiday", right?  :P
« Last Edit: December 18, 2017, 10:02:31 AM by Xanderx12 »


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