Welcome back to the A-Z of Christmas.
is for....Baking, Boxing Day, Baubles, Bethlehem...
When my children were growing up, I did a lot of baking for the holidays. In fact, I used to make fifteen kinds of sweets every Christmas.
Included in all that baking were pies, tarts, cookies, including gingerbread boys, two fruit cakes, fudge, and peanut brittle. I also made pate which is a rich meat pie that I still make every year. I usually make it with a bannock crust.
We had a lot of company in those days and it always gave me such pleasure to serve my goodies to special family members and friends!
The day after Christmas Day is called Boxing Day and it is a holiday which is celebrated in many countries, including Australia, Canada, and England, etc.
There are any number of explanations for the name, however, most relate to the giving of a box of food or money to the needy. Christmas is a time for charity and good will toward men.
Here in Canada, Boxing Day allows us some down time after the busy Christmas preparations. It is a rather relaxed affair and is usually spent with extended family and friends. Usually there are leftovers from Christmas dinner to be savoured.
For Boxing Day this year, we will be having our oldest son and his family in for coffee and dessert. Then we will all gather around the webcam and talk to our other two sons and family members out in Vancouver, BC.
This is one of the many Baubles on my Christmas tree. It is a Limoges ornament which was given to me by my mother years ago. It is a beautiful porcelain ornament of pink and white encircled with bows, butterflies, and flowers. It is topped by a little blue butterfly.
More baubles. Many of my ornaments are gifts from family and friends
and hold much sentimental value like this lovely lace one trimmed with a rose and berries.
'O Little Town of Bethlehem' is a popular Christmas carol which was penned by Phillips Brooks in 1867 and the music was composed by Lewis H. Redner in 1868.
Keeping Christmas in my heart all year round ~ Sandi