21 Nov Christmas traditions
As a child growing up, Christmas was always shared between grandparents. There would be the grandparents on my mother’s side, and those on my father’s side, all who needed to be visited at Christmas to celebrate with the family.
Christmas was very important to my father’s mother. For her, Christmas was always about all the children and their children travelling from Melbourne to country Victoria to spend Christmas night together. For many years it involved all the grandchildren of similar ages, bunking down in the loungeroom in their sleeping bags, laughing and giggling until angry parents would tell them in no uncertain terms that it was time to be quiet and go to sleep. I can’t remember how many warnings were issued before we finally went to sleep.
Perhaps this is where our love of Christmas puddings has come from also. It was this side of the family, my grandmother, who always insisted that we have Christmas pudding for dessert. My grandmother would have it boiling on the stove in the traditional tin pot, covered with aluminium foil, and tied with string to keep the foil in place, but also form a ‘handle’ to lift the pudding out of the pot. I remember clearly that there were important discussions to take place on what time dessert would be served, so that the 2 hours it took for the pudding to reheat timed in perfectly.
My aunt would bring the Brandy, and with a recipe only known to her, produce a rich and steaming sauce to go over the pudding. Not for the kids however, oh no!! For the kids it was always custard, ice-cream or cream (or for some of us, all three!)
Eating the pudding carefully was of the utmost importance – as buried in the pudding were a collection of threepence and sixpence, that when found, were exchanged for 5 or 10 cents. I do remember inflation catching up as we got older, and this changing to 10 or 20 cents. A fortune in the late 70’s! After all the pudding was eaten, the coins would all be tallied to make sure that none had …. disappeared. The number of coins did dwindle over the years, and whilst everybody was sure that they didn’t accidentally swallow one, nobody could explain where they went otherwise.
Now with children of my own, and grandparents who have long passed, I look back fondly on those days as a kid spent with family at Christmas.
The Pudding People can help with your Christmas traditions too – as many of our customers already do, ordering from us year after year. To all of our customers all around Australia, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.