‘Christmas is coming, the Goose is getting fat. Please put a Penny in the Old Man’s hat. If you haven’t got a Penny, a Ha’penny will do. If you haven’t got a Ha’penny, then God Bless You.’
What with all the dire news we have been bombarded with over the last couple of years – starting with Brexit, hard on the heels of that came the Pandemic, Putin’s vicious war still raging in Ukraine, the mayhem inside Westminster and now the Cost of Living and Energy Crises.
How are so many people, in so many countries, going to be able to balance things so that they can keep warm, feed their families and somehow be able to buy their children, family and friends, Christmas gifts?
Still, Christmas is Christmas, the Season of Good Cheer. Let’s try to keep it that way. Enjoy the simple things, being with family, watching little children (and some grown-ups too) getting carried away on the spirit of the season.
We don’t need to go mad with the food and drink, it’s all delicious without us spending a fortune. We might even feel a bit better afterwards if we don’t overdo it anyway…
On the gift front, hand-made, home-made gifts are special – they carry within them the love and care put into them by the maker.
Today I have my jam pan a-bubbling with yet another batch of my Limited Edition Festive Fig and Plum Chutney. The house smells just like Christmas – plums, figs, pears, cinnamon, clove and ginger, all bound up in the apple cider vinegar, sweet red onion, dark brown sugar and yet more spice. It’s my favourite chutney to make, not least because I only make it for Christmas. Many of you seem to like it too, thank you so much for the lovely orders of late on the website, hugely appreciated. As the old saying goes: ‘Christmas (and the Festive Chutney) Comes but once a Year, so make Good Cheer’.
A very Happy Christmas to you all and may the New Year bring you Health, Happiness and many Good Things!
With love – Jeannie