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It’s Friday, so once again it’s time for Amelia Hamilton to answer all your questions about choosy wives, Tofurkey, and naughty reindeer!
What can you make as a main course for Christmas dinner that’s vegetarian-friendly? — Confused Carnivore
My family always has roast beast for Christmas dinner, so this one took a little research. The good news is that, since there’s not a traditional vegetarian dish (just say no to Tofurkey), the sky is really the limit. If you know what kind of food the vegetarian likes, you could make that as a heavier side dish that they can load up on. Here are a few festive ideas from the BBC, Jamie Oliver, Vegetarian Times (might as well ask the experts), and Martha Stewart. Don’t stress; remember that Christmas is about being with the people you love to celebrate the birth of Jesus (and maybe make some extra potatoes, just in case).
What do you get for a wife who “doesn’t want anything” for Christmas?
— Giftless Hubby
Yes she does. She wants things. You just need to figure out what. So, here’s what you do: listen.
Is there a task she hates around the house, and you could get her some kind of appliance to make it easier? Is there something old and worn out that you can replace? Is there something she just adores that you can get her as a surprise? Think of your wife as though you were describing her to somebody new — what are three things she likes? Is there something you can get her that melds two or more of them? If you have kids, how about a special picture of the family in a frame? Those moments are the things that matter. Appreciate her year-round, and find something personal for Christmas. I have spoken.
What’s the best Hallmark Christmas movie?
Boy, this is tough question. As a connoisseur of Hallmark Christmas movies, I had to think long and hard and get expert opinions (I discussed it with my Dad). Here’s what we’ve decided: there is no best movie, but there is a top tier. The top tier includes: The Christmas Card, Dear Santa, and the Mrs. Miracle movies.
I recently came across Santa’s naughty list and your name has 4 stars next to it. This is good, right?
You know that the Naughty and Nice lists are private. You fell for it by reading the dummy list, which is booby-trapped, and now Santa knows what you’ve done. Feel free to send me gifts to apologize. I have an Amazon wish list. Spend freely.
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