Friday, January 6, 2017

Preserving the Spirit of Christmas on January 6

 Today, whether you think of it as Epiphany, Three Kings Day or Twelfth Night, marks the end of the Christmas season and thus, the end of my Preserving the Spirit of Christmas series. I have had a lot of fun trying to create my posts and I hope you have enjoyed following along.
 Back at the beginning when a list was being made of different things to focus on each day "snowflakes" was written down in the expectation that we would surely have some of them. Last night finally came the prediction of snow - and this morning came the reality of the very light dusting. Not even enough to make a good photograph. Oh well.
 The ornaments on the front porch Christmas tree got changed out in the hope that it can remain out there for a few more weeks yet with a new title of winter tree.
 Downstairs I had to resort to setting up a winter vignette.
 The time for over-indulging in holiday candy is nigh but
 the hot drinks season will continue for a few weeks yet.
It's time to pack away the decorations and tidy up ready to move on to a new topic. What will that be? Maybe we will finally get some snowflakes! Watch this space.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Preserving the Spirit of Christmas on January 2

 On the Eighth Day of Christmas it is New Years Day. From the kitchen we had a very tasty pork roast with apple sauce, risotto and a warm kale salad with sweet potato garnished with pomegranate seeds.
However, this post is intended to be all about what we drink at this festive time of the year. With that in mind you might notice that we had a pleasant pinot noir with dinner.
 Hot cider warms both body and soul and is good for dunking cinnamon pretzels in too.
 Mulled wine was tried at home...alas, no appropriate drinking cups for it
 And again when we were invited out to spend the evening with friends. Note to self, watch out for punch sets at barn sales and second hand stores.
 Around December 25th it was good to sit down for a quiet cup of afternoon tea and the chance to reread some Christmas cards.
 Hot chocolate with all the trimmings - just what you need when the weather turns cold.
And for a cold drink well, you can't beat the Real Thing, available for a short time only in this seasonal can.

The Spirit of Christmas continues.