Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Awash in Christmas

December 10th, 2019

Ah yes, awash in Christmas, and loving it!!!

The shortbread, the lemon curd and the candied walnuts that all await our pleasure.

At one time Christmas would be augmented with fruit cake, plum pudding and mincemeat, but with 

the passage of time I have given up on these luxuries, at least the homemade ones, and if my heart 

truly desires some mince tarts or a wonderful rich fruit cake, I buy them at the Craft Faires that fill 

November's social calendar.

Time is getting short!!!

The tin of shortbread is bulging at the top and the lemon curd sits temptingly

in the fridge, - awaiting the making of the tarts.

My dear DIL brought me a Nanaimo Bar

(if you're not Canadian you probably are not familiar

with this wonderful chocolate/custard/shortbread concoction

but it is truly delicious and fills out the cookie tray nicely.

I turn from the task of baking

and tackle that-which-leaves-me-exhausted

The Wrapping of Parcels!!

Especially the ones that have to be mailed......

It is possible to stuff a pretty hand woven scarf

into a Christmas bag,or a pair of socks or some jewellry....

but the parcels that have to go through the postal system

must be sturdier,

and from an economic point of view have to be folded

and wrapped in a package, as small as possible.

I think that the Canadian Postal Department

are well versed in the art of

making money over Christmas parcels,

as often the postage far exceeds the value.of what is being sent!!!

Well, that's what I did this morning, and it put me in

a very unChristmasy mood, especially when I ran out of tape!!!

But it's done!  Parcels waiting beside the door,to be hauled off to the post office.!!!!!!

As an aside, two of these parcels are for the children (and

I use the word loosely) who live on the Meadow, up North.

One of them has just phoned and in passing let drop the information

that he was coming South for a dental appointment on the 17th.

Well, at least I hadn't mailed the parcels

and it will save me tons of money.

If I don't turn up here before the 25th

I wish you the happiest of Christmas Days..

and if you attend a Christmas Eve Service,

may it fill your spirit with joy and love

and wonder!!!!!


John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

I wish you a happy Christmas too - it certainly sounds as though you'll have a well-fed one.

The Weaver of Grass said...

It is such a wonderful time for children and your photograph illustrates that perfectly Hildred. Have a lovely Christmas.

Ruth said...

May you enjoy a beautiful Christmas, dear Hildred, full of the very meaningful feelings evoked by that lovely photo.

Hill Top Post said...

Oh, those lucky ones who receive by mail one of your parcels! I join the rest in wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

A very Merry and Blessed Christmas dear Hildred! How fortunate the recipients of your gifts ... whether they are received in the mail or in person. I understand very well the problem with postage costs exceeding the value of gifts sent. It has too often been literally true for me, but although your postage costs may be high, I imagine your family knows your hand-crafted gifts are priceless! Thank you for the year round gift of your blogposts which inspire me!

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