If you are making fruit cake this season for your Christmas or Yuletide celebration ... it is time to get them soaking!
With just under 5 weeks to go, this is the optimum time to wrap your cake in brandy-soaked cheesecloth, wrap it in tin foil and seal in an airtight container. Refresh the brandy once a week, and re-wrap ... up to 5 or 6 times before Christmas! The longer your Christmas fruit cake soaks ... the more incredibly dark and delicious it becomes.
For my complete Christmas Fruitcake recipe, click here: christmas-cake.html
Last year, I went pagan and decorated the Christmas Cake with a fresh sprig of holly from our tree here in the Grove. But this year, I think I will go "kitschy vintage" and adorn it with the many bits of pieces of vintage plastic cake decorations I have acquired over the years. I have trees, greeting signs, holly, elves, reindeer ... and even Santa and his sleigh! Maybe I'll even include some coins in the cake to reward the lucky few!
One of the most beautiful stories of Christmastime is "The Snowman" by Raymond Briggs. Pictured here, the little boy's Mom has magically (and simultaneously) decorated the Christmas Cake with an exact duplicate of the snowman her son created in their garden. The Snowman comes to life, at the stroke of midnight, and he and the boy share a memorable, yet ultimately heart-wrenching adventure.
Decorating a Christmas Cake can give you a chance to express, in diorama, the symbols of Christmas that you hold dear.
Meadow Sweet Grove © V. Buchanan 2018
There are a lot of musings about this English nursery rhyme, many with political interpretations.
The first thing I noticed, however, is that it is somewhat odd that Little Jack Horner somehow equates that he is a good boy, by virtue of either the existence of a plum in his pie, or by the fact that he has extracted it. Both seem rather egotistical and out-of-keeping with how children would have been expected to behave in those long, long years past. So we get from this that he is a rather naughty boy and then the speculations can begin....
Meadow Sweet Grove © V. Buchanan 2017
Winter Solstice is such an incredible time. The Meadow Sweet Grove fairies are abuzz with excitement! One of their favourite activities is making a Winter Solstice Tree for all the hungry little woodland creatures in the grove - this is most enjoyed by the chickadees, blue jays, juncos, woodpeckers and yes, even the squirrels.
How to make a Winter Solstice Tree
Watch and enjoy your little visitors from a quiet place!
Meadow Sweet Grove © V. Buchanan 2016
The Meadow Sweet Grove fairies are getting ready to deck their little halls with boughs of holly. And why not? "Deck the Halls" is such a quintessential Christmas song. There have been several different versions over time, but they all seem to fully encompass the true gaiety and spirit of the winter celebrations. The happiness and joy of being warm and snug and safe during the cold winter nights, with lots of good food and drink to share with family, friends and neighbours ... now that's a reason to celebrate!
Everything about Deck the Halls resonates joy and good spirits - decorating the home with symbols of everlasting life and passing the torch of that life along to the "lads and lasses", being happy and good-natured, rejoicing in the abundance of "more than enough to go around", and a nod to the ancientness of man's celebrations at this time of year. Even the replacement of: "Fill the mead cup, drain the barrel" with "Don we now our gay apparel" illustrates that the message was clearly understood. Yule is a time to fully enjoy the abundance you are blessed with ... whether it be with an ample amount of good drink ... or by dressing in all your finest clothes!
Meadow Sweet Grove © V. Buchanan 2016
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