It does require some time, but it’s worth it.... All of those three things — the pudding, the cakes and the mincemeat — share those rich flavours of raisins and oranges and lemons and nutmeg. For me, they’re the fragrances, the aromas of Christmas.
[Traditional Christmas Pudding. Picture via story in The Province]
All well and good. But, alas, our contemporary existence is full of stress, obligations, and other constraints. We don't all have the time to make an exquisite pudding from scratch, despite our best intentions. But even if our treats come from a packet made by others, the important thing this season is to be with family and friends (or have contact with them if they are far away), and to spread joy and merriment. In the end, it is the only lasting thing. So: a very Merry Christmas to all you dear readers, and best wishes for a happy 2013.
Here are two lovely Edwardian greeting cards to bring you cheer:
[A Cherub, circa 1907]
[Carollers, circa 1910]