Early

With each year seemingly shorter than the year before, it has been a very long time since I've been organised at Christmas time. Most recently our traditional Christmas Pudding Making day has had to be squeezed in some time in the last days leading up to Christmas.

But not this year.

The puddings are hanging to dry as I write this and it's not even December!

I'm not sure what DH and I expected when we began this tradition over thirty years ago. Certainly not the mess and the joy and the excitement that would mingle together with the flour and butter and fruit and spices and make everything taste better - raw and cooked.

We never imagined back then the next generation becoming involved. That was too far off in the future and grandchildren were a distant dream. But now are they not only involved but they could probably do it without our help. (Apart from the cleaning up. No one has ever taken over that side of things.)

Nowadays the older cousins help the younger ...

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It's all hands in together ...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tasting (everything) is still a vital part of the process ...

 
 
 
 
No one is too young ...

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Or too old to help ...

 

And it's always the same ones that stay right to the end ...



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