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Monday, 26 November 2018

The ABC's of Christmas - F

What is the Christmas spirit? It is the spirit which brings a smile to the lips and tenderness to the heart; It is the spirit which warms one into friendship with all the world, which impels one to hold out the hand of fellowship to every man and woman. ~ Anonymous

F ~ The ABC's of Christmas

Hello friends! Today we are doing the letter F...

is for....
Father Christmasfruitcake, fudge...

The central figure of most secular celebrations of Christmas is a jolly fellow who delivers presents to well behaved children on Christmas Eve. 

He goes by several names; Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, among others. In England, this jolly gent is known as
Father Christmas.

This is my Father Christmas dressed in his robe and carrying a jingle ball. His robe is very pretty because it is shot through with shades of peach and pink on a taupe/brown. Hard to see in the photo.

I really like this figurine and I find it very endearing. Father Christmas kneeling in worship before the Saviour.

Years ago, I had made a friend of mine a figurine very much like this one. I wish I had made myself one too because I think it says it all.

Every Christmas, I make
fruitcake and fudge among other things. This year, I will make both a dark and a sultana cake. My middle son and his wife as well as myself, prefer the dark cake, whereas the rest of my family prefers the sultana or light cake.

The plate holds a selection of the dark and light fruit cake as well as fudge.

This is my Sultana or light cake which is my maternal grandmother's r
ecipe. It is a wonderful light and buttery cake made with a delectable mixture of fruit and flavourings. It is the perfect cake for Christmas because it is so pretty and looks like it is filled with jewels. Yum!

This is my dark fruit cake which is my paternal grandmother's recipe. I know this recipe is very old. I'm just not sure how far back it goes. This cake is delectable in every way and so moist that I can use some of it for pudding with a sauce. Since my family can take or leave plum pudding, they do like this cake warmed up with a sauce poured over it. 

What about you? Do you make a special cake for the holidays?

Thank you for visiting and I hope you are enjoying this series! Please join me tomorrow for the letter G.

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi


  1. Oh I adore the Santa looking at Baby Jesus! LOVE IT! That fruitcake looks so good. Would be awesome with a cup of coffee tonight. Speaking of Father Christmas, I too have several. Have always loved them. But then I love me some Santa's. My daughters tease me now and tell me I seriously have a Santa issue! LOL! Happy Week to you dear lady. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  2. Just want you to know that I am loving this Christmas ABC list. I am looking for a real old fashioned fruitcake recipe and would love it if you would print the recipes for both the dark one and the light one. Your blog posts are always a bright spot in my day. Thanks, Mia Malick

  3. I've been making fruit cake (a light version all buttery with lemon, almond essence and vanilla) today. No fudge though.

  4. I wasn't a fan of fruitcake when I was young, but I've grown to like it!

  5. I sometimes make a fruitcake recipe from my late MIL. It is called 'The Regal Fruitcake'. Made with choc. chips, walnuts, dates, maraschino cherries. Our favorite fruitcake. I bought the ingredients to make it this year.

    I haven't made fudge in years.

    Happy Christmas holidays ~ FlowerLady

  6. I have my Mother's recipe for the traditional dark fruit cake but would love to have your sultana or light cake recipe. My husband feels the dark cake is too rich for him and I think he would enjoy the sultana one. Thank you in advance.


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