When you are making gifts, especially edible ones, often the easy bit is making the gift, and the hardest bit is finding a way of packaging it so that it looks good without resorting to lots of plastic packaging (I think that actual proper cellophane is supposed to be biodegradable, but I’m not sure how many of the ‘cellophane’ bags you can buy are actually cellophane).
Since writing the piece for the Daily Mail about our possibly slightly different approach to Christmas, and our attempts to shift the focus away from the presents and the stuff, we have had a reasonable amount of press interest. I’ve done radio interviews, and interviews with other journalists, and the kids and I have even been on the local news.
I usually try and make my mincemeat at the same time as my Christmas cake and pudding, on Stir Up Sunday, so that it has time to ‘mature’, but I ran out of time this year.
I was worried I had left it too late, but decided last week to go ahead and make some anyway.
It is little more than some gentle weighing and sloshing and stirring, and it’s something you can do with the kids (we had it as one of our Advent Activities), and makes mince pies that extra bit special.
After a somewhat surreal, whirlwind week, kicked off by my piece in the Daily Mail, it’s time to take breath, and focus on the important stuff…
I pitched an article to the Daily Mail about having a Christmas with less, and trying to swim against the stream of mass consumerism and frenzied spending that seems to engulf us all at this time of year.