home made

Fruit mince

Fruit mince can be bought in any supermarket, but it is so much nicer to use home made mince when making puddings, cakes, fruit mince tarts and the like. So here is a simple recipe for fruit mince – good to make it in or before October for best results at Christmas.

Oh, and jars of mince can themselves be a lovely Christmas gift!

Home made fruit mince

1/3 cup raisins, chopped finely
1/3 cup currants
1/3 cup sultanas
1 Tbs mixed peel, finely chopped
1/3 cup sugar
1 Tbs butter (melted)
1 Tbs brandy
1 apple, grated

Mix the fruit and peel, then add the remaining ingredients. Once thoroughly mixed, bottle and seal tightly.

* a small amount of grated ginger is a nice touch
* it is best to sterilise your bottles before adding the mince – as easy as heating them in the oven or in a pot of boiling water. Be careful not to burn yourself.


What is your favourite fruit mince treat? Myself, I find it hard to go past a fruit mince pie, yum!

A tree of thanks

If you want to have a Christmas tree that is a bit different or has a different significance, you might like this idea. It can be in addition to your usual Christmas tree or instead – and it is a lot cheaper, too.

So, get a tree – it can be the branch of a tree, an artificial Christmas tree, a candelabra or even a pine cone!

Make the decorations for your tree – maybe once a week or once a day, or make lots early in December and randomly choose one each day to hang on your tree.

The decorations are all hand-made by everyone in your family/household. They can be squares of paper with a few words, or you can cut various shapes and draw pictures on them – whatever feels right for you.

What is important is to write on each decoration about what you are thankful for. It can be anything, but some examples to get you started are:

A Christmas Tree made of Thanks

Being thankful in the Christmas spirit

  • thankful the family is healthy
  • thank you for a great year
  • thanks for having a place to call home
  • I’m grateful to be part of this family
  • thanks for the spirit and magic of Christmas

Each time you look at this special tree, you will be reminded of the good things in your lives. And you can make a special time on Christmas Eve or even Boxing Day to read the decorations together and value what is important.

It may be a great activity in the middle of Christmas Day if the kids are getting too caught up in presents.

Merry Christmas, and thanks for sharing the spirit and magic of Christmas with us.

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