Soap always plays a part in our festivities. They make a great stocking stuffer and a wonderful little gift made with love.
I put a few coins in the ones for the Grandchildren and smiled a few times wondering how often they would be washing their hands in pursuit of the coins.
Oils jams and pickles are a must and play a big part not only for the store cupboard but for mini hampers I make for friends and neighbours.
The braised red cabbage went down a storm, this year made with apples and red wine.
Cooked for many hours in the slow cooker and ready for the freezer, along with soups and casseroles.
Baking plays a big part in the festivities too and this year was able to enjoy the company of our youngest daughter in the kitchen. In fact if I am to tell the truth she did most of it...OK all of it.
Quiche, a sausage wreath and a variety of pies/tarts.
There was of course a traditional trifle and several variations of bark.
Christmas cake and pudding.
Many hours were spent sitting in front of the trusty stove, reflecting on seasons past...
...and also many hours looking out of the window admiring the stunning views. The atmospheric skies and spectacular cloud formations.
We decorated the cottage and took time to reflect on so many events of the year.
But the one thing that stands out about Christmas 2019 is LOVE, we have been surrounded with the love of our family and friends and for that I feel truly blessed.
See you soon.