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All is merry and bright

Here comes Santa Claus, 
Here comes Santa Claus, 
Right down Santa Claus Lane, 
Vixen and Blitzen and all his reindeer 
Pullin’ on the reins. 
Bells are ringin’, children singin’, 
All is merry and bright. 
So hang your stockings and say your prayers, 
‘Cause Santa Claus comes tonight. 

Growing up I was very fortunate that my mother had certain traditions she grew up with and passed them on to me by carrying on with them each year at this time. One of the traditions was making fruit cake. Turns out Santa Claus didn’t like them when he was a kid. He’s sweet enough so he found them way too sugary. But then Mrs. Claus learned to make them loaded with nuts, a bit less candied fruit peel, and lots of fragrant spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Old Santa declared he loved them when made her way! Mrs. Claus starts hers in November so they can be soaked for at least a month in Brandy — just like my mom and I have always done too.

So do you like Christmas fruitcake? I do, only if it’s homemade — none of that yukky commercial stuff. What traditions do you have at this time of year?

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Gabriele - December 18, 2012 - 5:21 am

I was born in Germany so I was raised with many solid traditions. My mother insisted on keeping them alive, one of them being celebrating Christmas Eve together as a family. Now my family is growing and I have relaxed my firm grip on the past. But it makes me a little sad, so this year I am hosting Christmas Eve at my home once again. I look forward to Pork Roast, Sauerkraut, and Potato Dumplings. Only one son, with family, will be there, but I intend to enjoy my German heritage.

Cicerosings - December 18, 2012 - 3:28 pm

I made two different fruit cakes this year! Both are being brushed with brandy every other day.

Margaret Bouwmeester - December 18, 2012 - 5:23 pm

Oh yes, I love fruitcake! I make a dark one that has six kinds of nuts, and all organic dried fruits…..it was adapted from Premier Don Getty’s family…many years ago when I was just learning how to make it. I also have a recipe of Mom’s that is snow white and very nice. Happy holidays and enjoy that yummy looking cake!