The answer is........... you get a lot of compromise going on. Compromise and negotiation which would put United Nation peace negotiators to shame!
Here is a prime example of how we view Christmas - my favourite Christmas film is Bad Santa - his favourite film is "Elf", followed closely by "Miracle on 42nd Street". That pretty much sums things up nicely.
Our first Christmas together Pixie bought me [at the age of 40] my first ever advent calendar. Not just any old cardboard calendar from the supermarket. Oh no, a proper fabric, embroidered calendar with little pockets, which he proceeded to fill - on 01 December - with a mixture of individually wrapped tiny chocolates. He still has the advent calendar from his childhood.
Every year, since we met 6 years ago, I've been de-humbugged ever so slightly. I can't say I look forward to it exactly but I don't dread it quite so much.
Last weekend I baked my very first batch of gluten-free Mince Pies using this recipe from BBC Good Food. They turned out great - as you can see below.
My one tweak [and I always make a tweak it seems] is that I find fruit mincemeat too sweet, so I substituted some of the mincemeat with dried cranberries to add some tartness. It worked a treat.
As suggested in the recipe, I used Sainsbury's Finest fruit mince meat. Which is for all intents and purposes gluten-free. There was an allergy warning on the label was that it wasn't 100% guaranteed gluten-free because of the manufacturing environment. So for those who are ultra gluten intolerant you should look for a totally gluten-free version.