One Day to Christmas 2017 – Tanka Poetry

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Last Day to Christmas 2017 – Tanka Poetry

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last minute wrapping
checking presents, whats been missed
guests arriving soon
now for Christmas cheer and fun
Christmas Day is nearly here.

Wishing all my readers a Merry Festive Christmas, sending much Joy and Laughter to your home from mine, if driving please take care. Special Blessings to you all, Enjoy your holidays. Cheers!!

Two Days to Christmas 2017 – Tanka Poetry

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Two Days to Christmas 2017 – Tanka Poetry

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children and Christmas
do they know the real meaning
only about gifts
sad most do not know at all
yes, Father Christmas and gifts

Please leave a comment what your thoughts are on this subject, being a Tanka poem it was a bit hard to get the syllables right but I think it tells the subject pretty well.

Three Days to Christmas 2017 – Bussokusekika Poem

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Three Days to Christmas 2017 – Bussokusekika Poem

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Christmas Cooking Bussokusekika Poem

special cooking time
preparing for many guests
celebration time

it’s the best time of the year
tasty, rich enticing food
but not for a slim waistline

Bussokusekika poem is a rare form of Japanese poetry that consists of six lines – 5-7-5-7-7-7.  It is a tanka poem with an extra phrase of  7  added to the end.

Four Days to Christmas 2017 – Tanka Poem

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Four Days to Christmas 2017 – Tanka Poem

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four days left to shop
Christmas presents still to buy
hunting through the malls
mind is slowly shutting down
will be glad when its over

Have you finished all the Christmas Gift Shopping?

Or do you do Christmas shopping?

Some families give money which is very helpful at this time of the year.

Love to read your comments.

Seasons Greetings my Friends, my thoughts are with you at this very trying time

Season of good Cheer and Laughter – keep smiling.

Five Days to Christmas 2017- Tanka Poem

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Five Days to Christmas 2017- Tanka Poem

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tree decorated
presents in hiding for now
until Christmas Eve
remember my days searching
for gifts that never arrived

You may think that this tanka poem a little strange, but it was very true, when we were small we did get little gifts, ( born in wartime years), at the age of nine or ten my parents stopped buying Christmas presents, on Christmas morning we were given ten shillings every year, I saved mine up after six years I bought a signet ring in cost about three pounds, in those days our currency was pounds, shillings, and pence. In 1967 (I think that was the year) New Zealand currency changed to dollars and cents.

Six Days to Christmas 2017 – Senryu/Haiku Poem

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Six Days to Christmas 2017 – Senryu/Haiku Poem

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gingerbread houses
dressed in tasty Christmas cheer
leaving a moist mouth

If you would like to write a Senryn/Haiku poem for Christmas, you may add it to the comments, if you don’t want to use your website.

What is a Senryu Poem

Senryu (also called human haiku) is an unrhymed Japanese verse consisting of three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables (5, 7, 5) or 17 syllables in all. Senryu is usually written in the present tense and only references to some aspect of human nature or emotions. They possess no references to the natural world and thus stand out from nature/seasonal haiku.

Saturday Mix – Lucky Dip – Christmas/Holiday Pantoum Poem

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Saturday Mix – Lucky Dip – Christmas/Holiday Pantoum Poem

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Two Thousand and seventeen nearly gone
Decorated tree sparkling with bright colors
Christmas gifts all wrapped under the tree

Two Thousand and seventeen nearly gone
Everyone is filled with Christmas gladness
Christmas gifts all wrapped under the tree
Smell of rich food drifting around in the air

Everyone is filled with Christmas gladness
Dressed in red and white Santa lady is a sight
Smell of rich food drifting around in the air
Excitement rising Christmas Day is close

Dressed in red and white Santa lady is a sight
Decorated tree sparkling with bright colors
Excitement rising Christmas Day is close
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Written for ‘Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie’, ‘Saturday Mix’, #LuckyDip.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas, and a wonderful 2018.
Thank you for your support and kind comments throughout the past year.

Tradition Christmas Pudding Recipe

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Tradition Christmas Pudding 

Traditionally puddings were made on or immediately after the Sunday “next before Advent“, i.e. four to five weeks before Christmas. They mature, bringing the flavor more intense and keep very well, in fact, many families keep one back from Christmas to be eaten at another celebration later in the year, often at Easter

Christmas pudding is a dessert traditionally served on Christmas Day (December 25). My mother always made a Christmas pudding every year, after getting married I continued making them, actually the year she died she enjoyed her last Christmas in my home using her recipe.

I have been making Christmas puddings for 50 years for my family, so here I am, after that many Christmas puddings, I must be an expert, and I have never had my family refuse to eat them yet.

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Helping mother with Christmas pudding preparations

In my early years as a teenager, I would always help my mother prepare the Christmas Pudding, and my mother believed, that as tradition everyone in the household, or at least, every child, give the mixture a stir and made a wish while doing so. I know I had more than one stir while mixing it, maybe that is why my wishes never seem to come true. We always included small silver coins in the pudding mixture, which could be kept by the person whose serving included them. The usual choice was a silver threepence or a sixpence piece. The coin was believed to bring wealth in the coming year.

It is only in the last five years that I have stopped putting coins in the Christmas pudding, I know coins pose a choking hazard, but I never had anyone choke, because they all knew there were coins in it, but they took them out with their spoon and never swallowed them, because no real silver coins are available, no one ever got sick for eating Christmas pudding that had coins in it.

Every year I would search through the house looking for threepenny or sixpenny coins. There wasn’t a money box, drawer or handbag that wasn’t searched. They were all boiled up and added to the family pudding. The family used to see which one of them would get the most coins.

Once we changed to cents and dollars, there seemed to be ten and twenty cents added. Yes, and father never got any money in his, even when I made sure he had a coin as he would pass it over to someone else’s plate when they were not looking. At the end of the meal, everyone would take their money wash it, count it up, to see who got the most.

It was really great fun which the whole family joined in and the grandchildren loved it, it was the highlight of their Christmas dinner, which they looked forward to every year.

My Christmas Pudding

Traditional Christmas Pudding Recipe

  • 1 cup sultanas
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup currants
  • 1 cup shredded suet
  • 1 cup standard plain flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups soft breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon brandy

Instructions

  1. METHOD:
  2. Put sultanas, raisins, currants into a large bowl.
  3. Add suet, mixing to combine.
  4. Sift flour, baking powder, mixed spice, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt into the fruit mixture.
  5. Mix well.
  6. Add breadcrumbs and mix through.
  7. In a separate bowl, beat brown sugar, eggs, and milk together.
  8. Add to the fruit mixture, mixing thoroughly to combine.
  9. Stir in brandy.
  10. Spoon mixture into a well greased six cup capacity pudding basin.
  11. Cover with pleated greaseproof paper or foil.
  12. Secure with string. leaving a loop to lift the pudding when cooked.
  13. Place a trivet or old saucer in the bottom of a large saucepan half-filled with boiling water.
  14. Carefully lower pudding into the saucepan, making sure the water comes two-thirds of the way up the sides of the basin.
  15. Cover and cook for 5 hours, making sure water is constantly bubbling.
  16. Check water level from time to time.
  17. Remove from saucepan when cooked.
  18. Leave until cold.
  19. Wrap well and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  20. Steam for a further 2 hours before serving.

Christmas Cooking.

Christmas is a very special time of the year, a time to celebrate in joyful wonder, a time to embrace longstanding traditions and establish new ones. What better treat than baking a Christmas pudding which is really the making of a special Christmas bring the cheer to all.

How To Make The Perfect Christmas Puddin

Did you have coins or other tokens such as a tiny wishbone (to bring good luck), a silver thimble (for thrift), or an anchor (to symbolize safe harbor) in your Christmas Pudding? Love to know – Please leave an answer in the comments

Brandy Sauce.

Of course, you cannot have a Christmas Pudding without the Brandy Sauce, this is what my family loves.

I usually double the recipe, if there is any left over, it is nice to eat cold like custard.

Can be heated up for next day if you have any Christmas pudding over.

Brandy Sauce Ingredients

  • 55 grams butter
  • 55 grams corn flour
  • 570 ml milk
  • 55 grams fine caster sugar
  • 5 tbsp Brandy

Instructions

  1. METHOD:
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan over a medium heat.
  3. Add the cornflour and stir to create a thick paste.
  4. Cook for 1 minute taking care not to burn.
  5. Using a hand whisk, slowly add the milk, stirring vigorously.
  6. Continue whisking until thick smooth sauce is formed (about 5 minutes).
  7. Do not have the heat too high or the base of the sauce may burn.
  8. Add the sugar and whisk until dissolved.
  9. Lower the heat and cook for 5 minutes stirring from time to time.
  10. Finally add the brandy, taste for desired flavored.
  11. Serve with the Christmas pudding.

How to make brandy sauce