ARE TRADITIONS LOST?

Silver Sixpence

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.

 

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7 thoughts on “ARE TRADITIONS LOST?

  1. The wonder of Christmas traditions. I was born and raided in the Belgian Congo at the end of World War II we went to South Africa waiting for passage to the United States. We, as a family, were invited to a home to celebrate Christmas dinner where we learned about the tradition of the sixpence in the Christmas pudding. I’m sure our hostess knew exactly where the sixpence was because my youngest brother was the one who found it in his serving.
    I can’t say that in the finest of Christmas spirt I was happy he got it instead of me, but I can genuinely say that I am happy you let me know you liked my post, “It Isn’t Until It Is” on papermudandme.com.
    I have read other of your posts and I will be following you. Happy Christmas and Aloha – pjs/

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  2. I agree with you that the age of convenience has cost us dear in some Christmas traditions. And the PC Brigade others like the insertion of silver threepenny bits or sixpences in the pud. I remember using the same decorations on the cakes every year including a tiny Christmas tree with wiry branches. Saving the same things was real tradition though keeping the hundreds and thousands from the top of the trifle was a beggar.LOL.Especially if the kids had sucked them.
    Our trifle always had (and still has in some quarters) some condensed milk whipped up with the cream for the topping, glorious.
    Selection boxes were a joy when I was small and I can’t decide what was best since I loved both Cadbury’s chocolate and Rowntrees pastilles.
    Things you won’t remember from my childhood include Fry’s Five Boys chocolate and Acid Drop or Old English Spangles, Fry’s cream bar with a mixture of flavours where now only the ordinary Cream bar or the Peppermint remains.
    I wonder whether children still leave a mince pie and a glass of milk for Father Christmas as well as a carrot for Rudolf.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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    • I can remember the Frys cream bar with mixture of flavours it was one of my favourite sweets.
      Never heard of condensed milk in with the topping so I will have to try that. I can remember pinching spoonfuls of it though, I loved it.
      Carrot, mince pie and drink still left but my grandad always told me to leave a shot of whiskey as he said it warmed Father Christmas up. Lol xx

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  3. I agree with you, it is such a shame we are losing some of these wonderful traditions. My nan too used to make her own Christmas puddings, complete with sixpences which we loved to try and find as kids! Mum also made puddings and a christmas cake up until the last few years, Like you said, it is so cheap to buy the cakes and puddings now that hardly anyone bothers to make them.

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