The festivities are over but the fruitcake remains! If you're lucky that is. The fairies at Meadow Sweet Grove just love fruitcake ...
If you research fruit cake recipes, you will find literally dozens and dozens of versions. Here's one that I used for the single-layer cake featured here, inspired by a recipe in "The Victorian Kitchen Book of Cakes and Cookies", but altered to suit our taste.
The sprig of holly is non-essential but incredibly traditional and gives a wonderfully earthy feel; so nice if you can get your hands on a piece to top your cake! We are fortunate enough to have a holly tree living in the Grove and he kindly provided the holly for the Christmas Cake.
Meadow Sweet Grove © V. Buchanan 2017
~ Last year I posted an Advent Calendar of "Yuletide Doings" ... I'm re-posting it
again this year as the busy month of December is now upon us! ~
A Calendar of Yuletide Doings
Here are some suggestions from the Meadow Sweet Grove fairy folk for "daily doings" leading up to Christmas Day (pick your own order!), to celebrate this magical time of the year:
Dec 1 - Take a child out for a cup of fancy hot chocolate
Dec 2 - Donate clothes, bottles, household items to charity
Dec 3 - Send pretty Christmas cards to friends
Dec 4 - Buy Christmas Crackers
Dec 5 - Build a snowman ... if you have snow! Or make a bowl of
oranges decorated with cloves.
Dec 6 - Watch old movies: A Christmas Carol, It's a Wonderful Life
Dec 7 - Take part in a local Christmas event
Dec 8 - Trim your cedar or holly tree and leave out free for
Dec 9 - Decorate your front doorway with cedar boughs, holly,
Dec 10 - Put up and decorate your Christmas Tree
Dec 11 - Make a wreath for the front door
Dec 12 - Listen to all your favourite Christmas songs
Dec 13 - Wrap gifts (cut up old Christmas cards for tags)
Dec 14 - Gather lots of nummy food and treats together for the big day
Dec 15 - Bake cookies and share with neighbours and friends
Dec 16 - Clean your little abode, ready to receive guests
Dec 17 - Watch: A Christmas Story
Dec 18 - Enjoy a Christmas Concert in a lovely venue such as an old church or hall
Dec 19 - Put together a Christmas puzzle with a child or friend
Dec 20 - Walk around the neighbourhood and look at all the Christmas lights
Dec 21 - Create a Winter Solstice Tree for the woodland creatures
(see last year's blog post for instructions!: winter-solstice-december-21st-merry-yule.html)
Dec 22 - Watch: A Charlie Brown Christmas, White Christmas
Dec 23 - Spend a quiet evening, gazing at the twinkling lights & enchanting ornaments
on your Christmas tree
Dec 24 - Hang up your stocking, sit quietly by a window at midnight, and feel the approach
of Santa's sleigh
Dec 25 - Yule / Christmas - Have a Merry Christmas!