What! No dip?

You can’t have missed the traditional Christmas festivities that have occurred over the last few days, if the adverts on telly and decorations in the Arndale weren’t enough to convince you of course. Indeed, there are some of us that try to bury our heads in a bucket of festive sand over this time of year and pretend it doesn’t exist, while others use it as an opportunity to eat far more food than their stomachs actually have capacity for.
Different people have different foods that really put them in the Christmas mood. For some, it’s the spiciness of Mulled Wine and Mince Pies that does it. Others look to the Turkey as being the one thing that spells C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S for them. Over the last few years, my focus has changed; I’ve developed a longing and passion for packets of dip, such as those ones found in the chiller cabinet in Tesco’s that typically contain four varieties such as sour cream and chive, thousand island, a garlicky one, and another containing at least one cheese. And this year, for the first time ever, there was not a drop of dip to be found anywhere in the family home.
My mother had a small procedure before Christmas, meaning my sister stepped up to the plate (geddit?) and gathered all the various bits required to make the dinner table and fridge “festive”. At 10pm on Christmas Eve, I was sat in front of the fire, tucking into a couple of festive beers, when the need for pretzels and breadsticks hit with a need something like that need for a post-pub kebab. Alas, when requiring something to moisten the bready dryness, there was no dip to be found. At all. I was distraught.
Do any of you have certain items aside from the traditional favourites that are an absolute requirement during festive times? Were any of you left disappointed by their absence this year? Let us know in the comments below!

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