Preparations begin early; Stir Up Sunday was some weeks back, but the pace is quickening now as we produce hampers for family and friends. We take pictures as we go; all the preserves are made from home grown or foraged fruit and vegetables – apart from the Seville Oranges; we haven’t succeeded in cultivating these in the wet and cool of Wales!
Christmas Cakes and Puddings wait in the cold larder. We’ll start on the Mince Pies and Sausage Rolls soon, remembering our Stollens for breakfast on Christmas Day. Ever since a long ago visit to Oxford Covered Market at Christmas time – our tiny daughter asked ‘Mummy, why are those cakes stolen?’ – we have made this treat for the family.
There are some Spruce trees growing in the garden. We have chosen one to cut on Monday. We’ll take the top six feet for the house and then the rest will be logged and split for the fires.
In 2014 we will offer the first Christmas in Wales at Tyrannell Hospitality. Limited to nine guests only, you will share our family Christmas traditions: a Christmas concert of seasonal music by Corelli, Vivaldi and Handel, Carols around the tree on Christmas Eve and a reading of A Child’s Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas surround the feasting and presents.
Once Christmas is over, we start making preparations for the year to come.