I can remember my Nan making the pudding weeks before Christmas and then at the end stirring a sixpence in to the mixture, this would bring the finder wealth and good luck. What a lovely tradition and one I am sure the children of today would love but unless you have a family member or friend that still makes your Christmas pudding then this is lost forever. Time and money has made the cooking of your own pudding an expensive treat as shops can sell them at such a cheap price and they are readily available. My Granddad used to put some brandy on the pudding at the table and set light to it but its not quite the same doing that with a shop bought one that you have just stuck in the microwave.
I can remember making our Christmas cake every year at Nan’s, I always had a bit of trouble with the marzipan and getting it to stick but I got there in the end with some jam. I loved doing the icing best of all, I used to try and pipe some pictures and writing but it usually ended up with soft white peaks of snow and then I had the robin, tree, father Christmas and Santa to put on the top. I can remember those decorations, we never bought new ones it was always the old traditional ones we used and I loved it. It was a lovely feeling to get them out once a year, the same as the decorations, always the same ones and so pleased to see them all again.
The chocolate log was my favorite to make, it was so easy and I loved the chocolate icing. Running the fork up and down it to make it look like a log and then the old tatty bit of holly placed on the top with gold lettering of Merry Christmas.
Are the old traditions all lost or are we just making new ones as the years go by?
Wouldn’t it be good if you could buy the old selection boxes just as they used to be, that would be a treat to eat and remember your memories.