I try to keep some of my English traditions alive and pass them to my
kids, even though we're in South GA and some of the traditions here
are way far off from how I remember my Christmases growing up.
One thing I love to do is bake mince pies at Christmas, it appears to be an
acquired taste and there aren't many Americans that like this little Christmas
staple. I can't imagine a Christmas without a mince pie... humbug!!!
I have started to make pumpkin bread and ginger bread though as the kids
like that way more.
I guess I really remember it being a tradition in my house
that my Mum baked her ass off before each Christmas.
She would make the Christmas Cake which is a big deal in England too,
very rich fruit cake made weeks in advance and soaked in brandy.
She would use knitting needles to poke holes in the cake to pour the
brandy in and then wrap it up again, this process went on for several
days before finally she'd wrap the cake in marzipan and then ice and
decorate it. Wonderful... mmm. and she made her own Christmas
Pudding too... I really miss Christmas Pudding.. all rich and warm and soaked
in brandy butter...no wonder everyone in England sleeps thro' the
Queens speech with all that brandy in the food!!!!
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