Thursday, 27 December 2007

Christmas Memories

Yesterday, we went for a walk in the Beach area of the city, but once we got down by the lake, we discovered that it was very cold and damp. Instead of walking along the boardwalk as we had intended; we stayed on Queen Street and walked along browsing in shop windows.

Many of the stores were closed for Boxing Day, but a newsagents was open and we went in to get out of the cold. What should catch my eye as I walk in the door but this book: Christmas Memories by Susan Branch. It was reduced to one third its original price, making it far too good a bargain to pass by.

Christmas Memories is a keepsake book with space to record favourite aspects of Christmas ~ family photographs and special memories of each year. I look forward to turning it into a treasury that we can look back on as the years pass.

Speaking of memories made me think about Christmases past and what evokes those feelings from childhood ~ the excitement as the day approached and the sense of anticipation. I think that for me it is the aromas of Christmas ~ the smell of Christmas cake baking in the oven; the herbs and spices associated with Christmas meals.

I spoke to my sister on Christmas Day and she told me that my nephew awoke at 4am and was excited to see that Santa had visited. Needless to say, she was not too happy to be roused at such an hour, but it brought back memories for me of the time when my brother and I were caught opening our presents in the early hours of Christmas Day ~ how can anyone as young as 4 years' of age be expected to wait until dawn! Happy Days!

A Lucky Sixpence

The Christmas celebrations are winding down and I have a few minutes to do a quick post. Outside, the snow is falling and it looks more like Christmas than it did two days ago. We have had a quiet time at home, with time to read; go for walks and enjoy spending time together.

This year, I bought a Christmas pudding and it came with a sixpence attached to the wrapping. The tradition of putting a coin into the pudding has a long history and is intended to bring good luck to the finder. I hesitated to actually put it in the pudding, with visions of an emergency visit to the dentist, but I will keep it and hope that it brings good fortune.

I haven't seen a sixpence in many years and I suppose that I am giving away my age here when I tell you that the tooth fairy used to leave sixpence under my pillow when I was little. Happy days!

Talking of tooth fairies and dentists, look what Santa brought! A Cadbury selection box full of English chocolate treats and a tin of Cadbury's chocolate biscuits ~ yummy!

And some of you may remember my Christmas cake ~ here it is iced with marzipan and Royal icing. I was really late icing it and we were in such a hurry to try it that the icing was not set properly, but it tasted delicious anyway.

I do hope that you have all enjoyed the festive period and are looking forward to spending more time with family and friends next week for New Year.