An atheist Christmas feast

Although we don’t celebrate Christmas, we did celebrate being on a work expense account.  Dear work, thank you for paying for this most of this delicious food while we are on call in Queenstown for the week 😉

From left to right, top to bottom –

Fresh homegrown cherries which are one of the quintessential Christmas foods for many in New Zealand and a sure sign summer has arrived.  At this time of year, on the side of many suburban roads are pop up stands of people selling fresh cherries from their cars – much more cheaply than the supermarkets.

Christmas Eve dinner, or Thursday night as we like to call it… was fresh corn on the cob with a leafy salad, served with a feta and spinach quiche.

Dessert was fresh strawberries and a Blueberry Danish – cooked specially by Sara Lee.  A wonderful woman… (for those that don’t know her, she can be found in the freezer section of the supermarket).

Breakfast for Christmas day was a seasonal fruit salad, Greek yoghurt with honey and a sprinkling of cashews, almonds and dried cranberries.  A deluxe version of one of my regular breakfast favourites.

Christmas day lunch, a selection of traditional Indian currys – just like my mother used to make i.e. out of a packet.   Though to be fair, I did cook the rice, in the rice cooker and it was basmati – none of this long grain crap for us.

Christmas day dinner was a very runny risotto – pumpkin, feta and spinach – again from a packet and this was rather disappointing.  The green leafy salad was very nice though.  Also served with compulsory cherries – trust me, the novelty is starting to wane.

We snacked on a delicious brie cheese with a nice cup of tea/coffee , on a crispy flat bread… yum!  Praise cheeses!

So there you go, that’s how us Atheists don’t celebrate Christmas 🙂

Hope you had a great celebration if you do … or not!



  1. I don’t believe you have to believe in God to celebrate Christmas. After all it is a holiday stolen by the Christians from the Pagans in the first place. I celebrate it because it is a time for families to get together and a time to give love, in what ever form that takes. (though I do love a good present 🙂) Merry Not Christmas. The cherries look delish.

  2. I didn’t know that Sara Lee had moved to New Zealand, I haven’t thought of her in some time, and it is comforting to learn that she is still alive and well.

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