By Roy Thomsitt
Although it is now more decades away than I care to admit too
often, there were four things I loved most about my childhood
Christmases in England:
1. the excitement of the Christmas gifts being put under the
Christmas tree, and then the family opening of the gifts on
2. the food; all the special sweets being put out Christmas
Eve; Christmas Lunch with the turkey, lots of roast potatoes,
brandy butter, and Christmas pudding being set alight at the
3. all the Christmas ornaments and decorations going up before
Christmas, and most especially putting up and decorating the
Christmas tree; and,
4. the games we would play.
Food, though, did play a major part, and still does in English
homes today. So, really, it is no surprise that food even
became part of the Christmas ornament repertoire. Food, in one
form or another, became part of the decoration of Christmas
>From my memory, edible Christmas ornaments were usually in
form of chocolate with a silver or gold coloured wrapping that
sparkled on the tree. Chocolate coins were popular, sometimes
more than one in a brightly coloured string bag dangling
temptingly from the Christmas tree.
I must admit, any edible ornament on the tree became a prime
target, as I anxiously awaited the all clear from my parents
start devouring whatever I wanted.
Later, though, a greater variety of edible Christmas ornaments
emerged, such as candy canes; then, as the popularity of
ornaments increased at Christmas, people started to use their
imagination to make their own, or the local baker would make
more elaborate ornaments for sale.
Cookies, or at least cookie dough, make a good base for
ornaments, as they are easy to cut into shape. You can use
imagination on adding the colour, such as with Smarties or
colourful sweets. Adding a frosting effect is not too
If you do make dough based ornaments to hang on the Christmas
tree, remember you will need to make a hole in the cookie
before it cools; that's the way the cookie doesn't crumble.
Then when they do cool, you can thread a decorative ribbon to
hang them on the Christmas tree.
The Christmas tea table is often adorned by the prime edible
ornament, the Christmas cake. The prettier it is, the better
is for decoration once lunch is out of the way. Cake
is only limited by your imagination. However, you can think of
other things that are less common to adorn the table as an
edible ornament. If you are skilful, you can create simple
models with ginger bread, moving up a level from the old
You will find lots of ideas online and in the stores, but if
you can come up with something original, that is even better.
Just let your imagination go and see what you come up with. At
least, if it does not look too good, you can just eat it
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