Twas The Night Before Christmas
It’s officially the night before Christmas and today has been filled with the festivities, preparations and traditions which makes Christmas Eve one of my favourite days of the year.
This year Christmas Eve falls on a Monday. I told our team not to come in to work today (something I do every year) and enjoy a few days at home with their family and friends. We’re all looking forward to 11 days to relax and restore before we return to work in the New Year.
This morning I’ve been baking. Last year, I was given The Christmas Chronicles by Nigel Slater, one of my favourite food writers. The Christmas Chronicles is the story of Nigel’s love of mid-winter, his fondness for winter landscapes, the scent of fir and spruce, ghost stories read with a glass of sloe gin and the season's rituals and feasting. At the heart of the book is Christmas, its fables, folklore and of course, its food. Here’s an extract from The Christmas Chronicles with some of my favourite recipes.
Every year I leave my Christmas wrapping until the afternoon of Christmas Eve. I like to lay all my gifts out on the dining table, and with a glass of mulled wine in hand and a favourite Christmas playlist rolling in the background, spend a couple of hours lovingly wrapping them all up with ribbons, bows, rosemary sprigs and other decorations. It’s one of my favourite traditions and there’s nothing better than doing it all in one big go and seeing all your pile of gifts grow, ready to be put under the tree.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas. I hope your day is filled with food, laughter, love and merriment.