Doing your Christmas shopping online seems like a smart plan, allowing you to avoid the last minute dash in-store.
That is, until you are hit with a whole list of ‘substitutions’ for your festive groceries – as a number of unlucky Twitter users discovered.
Taking to the social media platform, one user revealed they had been given HP sauce instead of cranberry sauce for their turkey on the big day.
I’ve just seen my substitution list for my shopping delivery.
ARE YOU DRUNK!!!???
ordered cranberry sauce substituted with HP sauce.
HP sauce people, the perfect accompaniment for turkey.
— Fancy Nancy (@ClareMBrown1) December 22, 2018
In the thread below, others waded in to share their own not-so-suitable substitutions.
Christmas cod, anyone? How about leeks instead of sprouts?
I once ordered chicken and was sent cod!
— Anniejo🌹 (@nearlythere2020) December 24, 2018
Last year Tesco gave me 38 leeks I’m place of sprouts…. 🙄
— Jane (@acebiros) December 24, 2018
Fruit and dessert foods seemed to cause no end of confusion for online shopping systems.
I managed to have apples substituted with apple scented bleach. That’ll make a memorable crumble…
— Daniel Sparrow (@danieljsparrow) December 22, 2018
I once had a toffee pecan roulade substituted with a vanilla candle. #ocado
— Dodes (@DodieP1966) December 22, 2018
My friend ordered oranges and they sent terrys chocolate oranges instead 🤣
— molly grace (@mollykilbey) December 22, 2018
Someone was provided with inedible meat and allergy triggering foods.
I did a Christmas delivery one year and one year only. Gluten free Christmas pudding substituted with glutened one. Meat out of date the same day (and not listed on the delivery docket) etc. They had to refund almost £30 of a £90 shop!
— Nicola Woods (@lymewoods) December 22, 2018
Meanwhile, one particularly unfortunate person was left without any Christmas dinner at all.
One year they turned up on Christmas Eve saying nonchalantly there weren’t any turkeys or potatoes. No substitutions or apologies, or apparent awareness that these are fairly important for a Christmas dinner.
— Helen Barnard (@Helen_Barnard) December 22, 2018
While Brits generally agree on the traditional (and not so traditional) foods in their festive shopping baskets, the debate about how to do Christmas crackers has divided opinion this year.
A Mumset user sparked debate over whether festive diners should keep the prizes of the cracker placed in front of them, or battle it on with the person next to them to ‘win’ the prizes – with users split as to the ‘right’ way.
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