Christmas surely is from Christmas eve until twelfth night on the 5th of Jan, the secret is in the word, 'Twelfth Night'. Thirty six days does not compute in my mind to the festive season.
Decorations up Christmas Eve, decorations down on the fifth of Jan, that's twelve days. Plenty long enough. Having decorations up for so long surely makes cleaning hard, plus at the end of that time they are looking tired and sad. We saw the first house decorations up last Saturday, which was still November, we have seen several other houses following suit this week. Maybe these people need to have a constant reminder that Christmas IS coming and they don't want to miss it. There's not too much chance of that, the TV ads have been have been running for weeks, ditto the local radio station, thank goodness for Radio Four, if it has been mentioned I've missed it.
Maybe there should be a new month, do away with December and replace it with Christmas as a month.
Hopefully this will be the year for us that we more or less skip Christmas, or at least the glitter and expensive tat that somehow has become associated with it. We have the excuse of having two kittens running around who would destroy any bling. A little bit of holly and Ivy will do us, it costs nothing and looks good. If we didn't like Xmas cake , pud, and turkey we could really skip it altogether.
We would normally make our Xmas puds on Stir Up Sunday so we are a little late this year, they will get done tomorrow after we have got the suet from the farmers market. We have done the Xmas cake now, as soon as Simon arrived home with our order he set to work, we use a recipe handed down to us from a friend many years ago who worked in Bournemouth's most prestigious patisserie, containing four lb of fruit and nuts but only eight ounces of flour it is a very rich cake, it is always moist and keeps well, I have used this recipe many times for wedding cakes for friends and when I was catering, it's always a hit, but for ourselves I don't have to ice it as neither of us likes icing. Just a lovely thick layer of home made marzipan!
|Ready for the first boiling.|
We decided to do a costing on the puddings with a view to making some for the Christmas fairs next year, the size of puddings we have seen for sale this year are marked up at ten euros which to us seemed a little on the steep side considering none of them appear to contain any Organic ingredients, ours have worked out at two euros eighty one cent per pudding using 100% organic ingredients, so we will have a good think about this, if we do do it, they wont be ten euros.
|Monkeys new bedroom.|
There is still little sign of winter arriving, it is still very mild, unlike Galicia where we used to live where they have -2c daytime temperature, warmer in Ireland than Spain, who would have thought it?