Each year as I'm busying myself with the Christmas decorating, my thoughts turn to home.
The traditions at Christmas that have stood the test of time throughout many English households.
The partaking of mince pies, raspberry trifle, sausage rolls, steamed plum pudding, and Christmas cake laden with dried fruit , marzipan and Royal Icing...hard as a rock.
Gathering around the television or the radio and listening to the Queen's Speech.
Afterwards a tipple of traditional sherry, or port, toasting the season and good health to all !
The pulling of the Christmas crackers before eating turkey dinner, wearing the paper party hats, laughing at the silly paper jokes inside, and delighting in the small prizes, most often magic tricks, or plastic trinkets.
Happy times, that are gratefully forever etched in our memories ..........
My Christmas list is slowly getting finished. A few more gifts to seek out and wrap, and then it's on to making a batch of fudge and pecan praline candy. Our Christmases are not nearly as busy as they once were when the grandchildren were small and the toys were endless, that's OK too, less is more. I hope everyone is plodding along nicely.