In response to the comment made about Christmas being 'a roast dinner on 1 day,' what are your 'ingredients?' Mine would be............ 1. FOOD. Before Christmas - I have to get myself a miniature ham, my own turkey (I do a personal Christmas dinner for myself before the day) , Twiglets, assorted nuts, Yule log, trifle etc etc, Celebrations chocolates etc During Xmas Day with family the usual Xmas dinner! Twixmas - whatever is on sale that's Christmassy, chocolates you were brought, leftover turkey etc. Twixpiphany - Plenty of reduced Baileys cream that can always be found clogging up Tescos on Jan 3rd! To have with the last 2 packets of mince pies! 2. BOOZE! It is custom to buy in at least 1 spirit (say Baileys Chocolate) to enjoy with the usual beer and cider! 3. The Christmas Party - OK its work its cliché but it wouldn't be Christmas without it! 4. The Box Set - Because you need something to lie in bed until 10am watching on those Twixmas days! 5. The unofficial party - The drinks after the last day of work that MIGHT turn into a drunken club crawl come 2am Saturday! 6. NYE - Not everyones cup of tea but NYE is either a night of nibbles, board games and Jools Hootenanny with friends or a Happy Hardcore rave-up at Castle Donington with the hope of starting Jan 1st with a new girlfriend! Cue the first trains back home on NYD and not actually getting out of bed until 5pm! 7. Christmas Cinema - The family cheesy films and blockbusters pre the Big Day, the more epic family fayre on Boxing Day, the meatier epics for New years and then the grim but Oscar winners come Epiphany. 8. SNOW. No Christmas is complete without the white stuff SOMEWHERE in the holidays! 9. The long winter walks - With two weeks off and a car, long all daylighter walks along canals/hills beckon. 10. Family - Ultimately (for the not very or non religious) its about catching up with loved ones. Have I missed any of your Top Ten?