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Owain: Crackers, the Christmas tree, opening presents on Xmas day and things like mince pies, Xmas pudding. We can’t talk about all of them, whats the most important one for you?
Mike: Lets talk about crackers!
Owain: Ok! (laughter) What is it about crackers that does it for you?
Mike: The terrible jokes. Terrible , terrible jokes inside crackers…
Owain: They’re briliant aren’t they? Is that a universal thing? Do people have crackers and terrible cracker jokes in other countries around the world?
Mike: Dunno, we’d love to hear from people …. It was explained to me once why the jokes are so bad..
Owain: right, why?
Mike: B’cos they have to appeal to as wide an audience as possible.. to your grandma, as well as your nephew, so they have to be clean, they have to make sense… and basically that’s why they’re so bad.. b’cos they have to appeal to so many different people
Owain: And they end up appealing to nobody… except everybody loves a rubbish joke
Mike : But then there’s a certain appeal in the fact they are so bad.. they’re cringely bad.
Owain: I was thinking of that exact word, they’re cringeworthy – makes you cringe.
Mike : I do like… you get different components of the cracker, you get your joke, your hat that you wear and you get a small little toy inside, which is generally useless, but sometimes quite useful, you get things like pocket screwdrivers …
Owain: They sound like quite expensive crackers!
Mike:Yeah, actually, maybe im revealing my middle-class cracker… (laughter)
Owain: Like nail clippers, things like that.. things you can actually use for something…
Mike : Yeah we get some er.. caviar…. and all that stuff (laughter).. no we don’t, generally we don’t!
Mike: But we do get a riddle… I’ve always enjoyed a riddle.
Owain: You got an example? What’s a riddle?
Owain: I’ve got one. What gets wetter the more it dries?
Mike: A towel
Owain: Yes. Well done!
Mike: So, it’s a puzzle that you need to work out with words..
Mike: I’ve got one. What flies around the world but stays in a corner?
Owain: But stays in a corner? Erm….
Mike: A stamp
Owain: Ah, nice one!
Mike: What’s your best thing about Xmas? Your favourite part ?
Owain: I think it’s the whole ritual, it’s getting to Xmas eve, always a nice cosy day at home, with the family, maybe a Xmas film on TV. Gets to the time when you get ready for bed, getting things ready for Santa, get the mince pie, the shot glass of sherry, the carrot for Rudolph, put your pyjamas on… maybe some years you go to Midnight mass at the local church, sing some carols and come home late.. but then you get into bed, and you put your stocking up, hang your stocking up… go to sleep which is quite difficult b’cos your really excited
Mike: Feverishly excited yeah..
Owain: And then you wake up in the morning really early… cos you just can’t .. your body wants you to wake up. You put your hand down and your stocking is full of presents. It’s gone from being empty to just bulging full of stuff.. and that’s the beginning of Xmas.. and then obviously you get up, go downstairs, under the tree, lots of presents, and you realise Santa has been and your imagination runs wild.. it’s brilliant!
Mike: And what do you with the Xmas meal? Do you cook that on the 24th or do you do that on Xmas day?
Owain: Well, this year we’re going to break from tradition a little bit; we’re going to go around ot my family for roast dinner on Xmas day, but as a special experiment, we’re gonna do a roast dinner on Xmas eve as well, me and my wife and son. What about you? What’s your typical routine?
Mike: We do it on Xmas day. My sisters kids are .. they’re right in the sweet spot of Xmas, they love the… they’re 5 or 6 yrs old, they love the… gettting presents and wrapping and stuff… getting very excited.. But we’d start preparation for the meal about midday on Xmas day, and each of us would get a task, so we’d be tasked with peeling the potatoes or chopping the brussell sprouts or basting the turkey, or whatever it is.. and drinking… early drinking… we’d have a glass of wine or glass of champagne..
Owain: What time is early mike? What time do you start drinking?
Mike: Er… yeah 11 o clock.. something like that, 11.30
Owain: 11 in the morning?!
Mike: Yeah, it’s pretty early… it’s the one day of the year when it’s acceptable. I’m not an alcoholic… im just gonna enjoy a drink.. no-one’s gonna judge me…
Owain: I think you’ve said it mike. You’ve summed it up pretty much.. Enjoy! That’s for me what Xmas is all about just enjoying being with the family, food and drink, presents as well, b’cos its an important part of Xmas.
Owain: And that’s it, enjoy your Xmas wherever you are, however you celebrate it!