Inside this week | Risalamande: winning at all costs
I might as well face it. I’m never going to win the Risalamande almond game (see here for our foolproof recipe).
Unless I cheat. Which I did the second year I was here when my daughter was still too young to be literally handed it on a plate.
Gawd knows who found it that year – although at the rate they put it away, once they know someone’s found it, they’re not going to notice a nut disappearing down their gullet.
Is it just my brood, or do they all like to eat until everything’s gone: the cinnamon biscuits, the meat, the pudding – a Viking feast so long they have time to digest and get stuck in again.
Of course, I could just spend it on my own, although that might upset my kids … for five minutes until they realise in the immortal words of a screaming Noddy Holder: “It’s Christmas!!!!”
There’s not a lot open around town on the day itself, but we’ve done our best to come up with a few suggestions (here) of places you can go to ward off the depression that BBC Entertainment’s prime-time selection is the 2006 Xmas special of My Family.
Or that it would be quicker to read the passage of the book that this December’s big cinema release, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (here), is based on than it would be to actually see it.
But there’s more to Christmas than the big anti-climax itself. In the build-up, there are plenty of shows to see, from traditional old favourites The Nutcracker and Handel’s Messiah to more risqué fare like the Crazy Christmas Cabaret , Christmas Burlesque: Moulin Scrooge (here) and stand-up from controversial comedienne Margaret Cho (here).
But that’s presuming you’ve already done your shopping and don’t need advice on the best Christmassy books (here) and some last-minute shopping tips (here).
Like buying yourself some whole almonds and finally winning that cursed game.