Welcome to my Christmas blog ~ Christmas Pudding

"I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all year." ~ Charles Dickens

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas Dollies

Hello everyone ~ Christmas is almost here. Just a few more days.

I thought I would share a couple of my dolls that I received for Christmas a number of years ago.

In the nineties, I collected porcelain dolls and my hubby gifted me with this little drummer boy one year. That was the year our youngest son was a percussionist in the school band and for the concert that year, he had played 'The Little Drummer Boy' on the snare drum. I was so proud of him!

Look at this little guy's sweet face. 

He has such a pensive expression on his face. He is a musical doll and he plays "The Little Drummer Boy" when you wind him up. While the music plays, his arms and head move. He is dressed in a shepherd's garments; very fitting for Christmas! I think he's adorable!

He was a delight to receive that Christmas!

My next doll is one that my middle son and his wife gifted me with for Christmas. 
This little lady is out walking her puppy and she carries a lantern to light her way. She wears a tartan dress under her beautiful fur-trimmed forest green velvet coat. 

Her puppy dog is made by Boyd's Bears. 

Her face is so innocent with bright brown eyes and long eye lashes. 

She has a mass of long brown curls and wears a fur hat on her head. Isn't she beautiful?

Do you collect dolls or perhaps something else that brings you joy? I would love to see them.

Till next time, I'm keeping....

Christmas in my heart all year round ~ Sandi

Monday, December 15, 2014

A Little Christmas Around My Home

Snowflakes in the air
Carols everywhere
Olden times and ancient rhymes
Of love and dreams to share.

Sleigh bells in the air
Beauty everywhere
Yuletide by the fireside
And joyful memories there.

Christmas time is here
We'll be drawing near
Oh, that we could always see,
Such spirit through the year. - from A Charlie Brown Christmas

Hello friends and welcome to Christmas Pudding! 

The little tykes above build a snowman every Christmas on my window sill above the kitchen sink and this little china deer gifted to me by my mother many years ago also spends time on the window sill this time of year.

Special touches around my home this year also include this poinsettia accompanied by an old-fashioned horse and sleigh in the center of the dining room table.

I am in the middle of baking some treats for the holidays. My dark fruit cake is made and put away and has been aging for a couple of weeks. Tomorrow Hubby will help me make donuts and my light fruit cake will get made on Friday. I am making only one kind of cookies this year and those will get made the first of next week. Of course there will be mincemeat tarts and pumpkin pie too but those will come for Christmas Day.

When my children were growing up, I used to make fifteen kinds of sweets for Christmas. Of course we had a lot of company in those days too so it didn't take long for the treats to disappear. 

What kind of treats are you making this year?

Before I close this post, I will give you a peek at this year's Christmas tree. It is decorated in white, gold, and pink with a touch of teal, much the same as last year's only there is no green, red, or blue. 

I hope you are all enjoying the holiday season and are taking some much needed time to put your feet up and relax with a hot beverage.

I have posted my Old-fashioned Christmas Tea on my other blog if you wish to check it out. Just click on the link above.

Have a lovely week everyone!

Keeping Christmas in my heart all year round ~ Sandi

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Dreaming of Gingerbread

Hello Christmas buddies~ Like me, most of you probably have your tree up and decorated by now.

What are some of the things that come to mind when you think about Christmastime?

Sleigh bells and fresh fallen snow? Evergreen boughs trimmed with tinsel? Frosted window panes. Laughter and sipping mugs of hot chocolate with loved ones in front of a lovely fire?

How about Plum pudding and mincemeat pies?

Gingerbread houses...

...and gingerbread boys always bring a smile to your face and how about a lovely gingerbread cake?

When I made my gingerbread cake this last time I decided to serve it a little differently. Why not saute some apple slices with a little butter and brown sugar just until tender crisp, then serve with some good vanilla ice cream and warm caramel sauce drizzled over it all?

Take it from me, it's delicious and just a little out of the ordinary. Simple and elegant too. Your guests will love it!

Keeping Christmas in my heart all year round ~ Sandi

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Happy December!

There's more, much more, to Christmas

Than candlelight and cheer;

It's the spirit of sweet friendship

That brightens all year. ~ Author unknown

Hello friends! I have been away from Christmas Pudding for quite some time and I apologize for that. 

There is a reason for my absence but I won't go into it here. I will just tell you that it has been a difficult year involving getting my mother settled into her new Home and some health issues I have been having. I simply found keeping up with both of my blogs a bit overwhelming what with all I had on my plate. Things are getting better.

I will try to share from time to time here so we can keep in touch.

As you can see I have started to decorate and I have also changed my header with my own picture. Hope you like it.

I changed up my mantel a bit this year adding candles instead of the usual flowers and ribbon.

I am still using a mix of coloured and white lights on the tree because Hubby prefers them. However, next year, it will be all white lights. 

I love the coloured lights outside but inside, I like the white better. What is your preference?

My angel tree topper.

The main tree in the living room in gold, white, pink, and a wee bit of teal. I love the sheer wired ribbon!

Today I will be cutting up fruit to make my fruit cakes.

What are your plans this week? Have you started your decorating yet?

Till next time, enjoy your preparations and be sure to put your feet up and enjoy a hot beverage.

I'm keeping Christmas in my heart all year round ~ Sandi

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Sugarplum Fairy Tea

Hello my dear blogging friends ~

I must apologize that I haven't kept up my Christmas Pudding blog very well this season. There is so much going on. I'm sure you all know what I mean. Christmas is such a busy time.

I did host a Sugarplum Fairy Tea this week at my other blog, Rose Chintz Cottage. If you would like to see more of it please click here.

 I shared my new found green tranferware trio which I love.

I also shared a variety of sweets including my fruit cake.

I will be sharing the recipe for my fruit cake tomorrow at my HOME for the Holidays party at my blog Rose Chintz Cottage.

I will try to post again before Christmas and until then have a joyous week and ....

Merry Christmas!

Keeping Christmas in my heart all year round ~ Sandi

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Slowly Getting Ready for Christmas

Hello everyone! It's December 1 and Christmas is on its way.

I have been slowly getting some decorating done. Last week was a blur because I was busy getting my mother settled into her new home and the decorating had to take a back seat for a few days.

But I finally have the mantel done.

I have decorated it with cream and gold this year instead of my usual pink.
I love the ribbon!

 Cream magnolias and sheer ribbon .......

And I have started the tree. The angel awaits the rest of the touches below her.

Last week I began the first of my Christmas baking with Cranberry Squares. You can find the recipe here.

What have you been doing to get ready for the holidays?

Till next time, I'm keeping .....

Christmas in my heart all year round~ Sandi

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Pretty Sparkly things....

Hello Christmas bloggy buddies!
Do you love pretty, sparkly things? I think you must and that's one of the many reasons why we love the Christmas season so much. Which is also most likely the reason why I am attracted to mercury glass and pumpkins this time of year.

It kind of takes care of the crave for sparkle between now and when I start to decorate for the holidays. Which won't be long now!

I have been attracted to sparkly, glittery, pretty ornaments since I was a little girl. And every year, I try to find one new ornie for my Christmas tree. Do you do that?

We are thinking about Thanksgiving this weekend here in Canada. I will make my famous pumpkin pie as well as all the usual yummy things. I say 'famous' because my children think I make the best pumpkin pie in the world. I love my kids!

So, to all of my Canadian bloggy friends, A Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Till next time, I'm....

Keeping Christmas in my heart all year round ~ Sandi

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Three Months From Today.....

Hello all my Christmas buddies....Can you believe it? Three months from today is Christmas Day!

Are you thinking about it? Perhaps you have your list already made out. I am thinking about it but that's about as far as I've gotten.

I do know my Christmas decor in the living room will be a little different this year because my colour scheme is slowly transitioning into another. Change is good!

It will be interesting to see what I come up with this year. How about yourself? Are you using the same theme this year or do you have another planned for the holidays?

Hopefully as we near the Christmas season, I will have more and more to share with you. It's been a busy year and it kind of just flew by on me. Till next time, I'm....

Keeping Christmas in my heart all year round ~ Sandi

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Christmas in July Tea Party

Hello friends and welcome back to Christmas Pudding! I haven't posted anything on this blog for ages as I had a little accident last January and I focused all my attention on my main blog, Rose Chintz Cottage.

Anyway, I thought I would let you all know that there is a Christmas in July Tea Party going on right this minute at Rose Chintz Cottage and you are invited to join me there.

You may click on this link Christmas in July Tea Party at Rose Chintz Cottage and it will whisk you over to the tea party.

I made a delicious pudding and I am serving up tea in a beautiful tea set so please drop by and join me, won't you?

I'm always happy to see my friends!

Keeping Christmas in my heart all year round~ Sandi

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

My Little Teacup Tree

Hello Christmas loving buddies~ I am not getting as much posted here this year as I am so very busy; sorry!

I would like to share my wee Christmas tree in a teacup though. I added some Baby's Breath to it this year and I love how it turned out!

I almost always reuse things year after year. How is your decorating coming along this year? Have you finished yet?

I have also shared my recipe for Peanut Brittle. If you would like to check that out, you can find it here on my other blog.

Thank you for visiting and Merry Christmas! 

Keeping Christmas in my heart all year round~ Sandi