Welcome to my Christmas blog ~ Christmas Pudding

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

Monday, September 28, 2009

Gingerbread Houses

One thing I have never made, believe it or not, is a Gingerbread house! One year my son, who was working at a bakery, brought me home one. But I have never actually made one myself.... Imagine!

I was surfing the 'Net the other day and came across this gorgeous house.
How about you? Have you ever made a Gingerbread house for the holidays? Got any pictures?

Christmas in my heart all year round~ Sandi

Friday, September 25, 2009

Christmas is Coming!

Hello everyone~ Did you know that three months from today is Christmas Day? I look around my home and it looks very different from what it will look like in three months time!
It's not too soon to make preparations. I am already making plans; how I will decorate this year, buying presents, and getting my baking list ready. I also look forward to having my youngest son home for the holidays. I am just like a child waiting for Christmas morning as I can't wait to see his sweet face again.

When my boys were growing up, I used to bake fifteen kinds of sweets; cookies, pies, squares, tarts, and so on. I always baked a sultana and a dark fruit cake and I always made fudge and pate. My cookie jars were never empty and there was always company dropping by. Things are different today because my boys have all grown up and are on their own with little families of their own. One boy lives out on the West coast and my youngest son is still unattached but he is off to university in another province. Thank goodness I still have my oldest son living here with his family!

These days, I usually still bake my two fruit cakes, pumpkin pies, mincemeat tarts, and a small assortment of sweets. I still make my pate too. I have loved these savory meat pies since I was a child. And what is Christmas without fudge and plum pudding? What kind of treats do you make for the celebration?

Yes, I love it all; the food, the music, the decorating, the festivities, and most of all, the true meaning of why we celebrate, our Saviour Jesus!

There's just something about that Name! Blessings everyone!

Christmas in my heart all year round~ Sandi

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Christmas Collections

Do you know what day it is? Three months from today is Christmas Eve. It's coming quickly!

I love the Christmas season and this time of year, I'm starting to think seriously about it. Planning the decor, the baking, and the special Christmas festivities are all part of the fun, don't you think?

I like to collect SnowBabies and I have been doing so for quite some time. Between my son Jordan and my hubby, I usually get a new one every year. I think they are so adorable! I have one named for almost every member of the family now.

This is my newest SnowBaby named for my youngest grandbaby, Zachary. Hubby gave him to me for Christmas last year. That is me {Nanny} feeding him in his hi-chair.

Do you have a collection you take out only at Christmastime? I'd love to hear all about it!

Christmas in my heart all year round~ Sandi

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Ornaments With Memories

Ornaments that have special memories attached to them.

The mirrored star was one of the first ornaments Hubby & I got when we were first married.

The drum has been on the tree since my boys were small.

The rocking horse was a gift from my middle son.

The drummer bear was a gift from my youngest son.

One year we had a flooded basement and I lost most of my ornaments. This wooden nativity had been a gift from my sister and it had fallen completely apart. I had to literally glue it all back together again. I've had it almost thirty years.

  The Limoges butterfly ornament was a gift from my mother.

The angels ornament was a gift from my oldest son and his wife.

The lace-covered ball was a gift from a good friend. The mirrored pear was also one of the first Christmas ornaments we ever bought.

Christmas in my heart all year round~ Sandi

The Story of the Christmas Pudding

I ran across this little tidbit the other day and thought I would share it with you. I found it very interesting!

Traditional Christmas pudding recipes are said to contain thirteen ingredients representing Jesus and His apostles. What's more, the pudding is made up on "Stir-Up Sunday" which is the twenty-fifth Sunday after Trinity, the Sunday next before Advent, when each family member takes his or her turn stirring the pudding mixture from east to west to illustrate the journey of the Magi as they followed the Star.

And the pudding must be stirred with a wooden spoon made of wood in remembrance that the Christ Child lay in a simple wooden manger. The traditional sprig of holly garnish represents His Crown of Thorns and healing, and the flaming of the brandy symbolizes the Passion of the Christ.

Once the Christmas Pudding recipe is made, each family member develops their own tradition surrounding the serving of the pudding on Christmas Day.

Christmas in my heart all year round ~ Sandi

A Special Angel

This lovely angel was a birthday present from a friend one year. She knows I like angels and she knows I love anything toile, so when she saw this angel, she just had to get it for me. She comes complete with real feather wings. My birthday is right after Christmas, so the gift was perfect! Isn't she beautiful?

Christmas in my heart all year round ~ Sandi

Monday, September 21, 2009

Welcome To Christmas Pudding

Hello & Welcome to Christmas Pudding ~ a blog about all things Christmasy and the magic that this special season evokes. Just like a Christmas Pudding is a rich mixture of wonderful ingredients, so my blog will be a mixture of sorts; stories, poems, photos, recipes, ect..

I am just getting started so I hope you will be patient and peek in on me from time to time over the next few weeks as I will be updating and adding to it as the Christmas season approaches.

For Your Interest~ Did you know that plum pudding recipes don't call for plums? Apparently, in nineteenth-century England, the raisins used in puddings were commonly called "plums" since medieval puddings often contained dried plums.

Celebrating Christmas in my heart all year round ~ Sandi