I've been reading on a few of your blogs that for one reason or another quite a few of you, like me, are finding it difficult to keep up with all that has to be done at this time of year. Today we have finally posted the last of the cards and over the weekend managed to buy a few presents but it is very slow going. I've been thinking about food for Christmas Day - we nearly always cook a Rose Elliott recipe Red Wine and Chestnut Puree En Croute from her 'Vegetarian Christmas' book but I've been looking at a few other recipes as well. This got me thinking about childhood Christmases and of all the things I remember most vividly about Christmas Day preparing the table for dinner is high on the list. Putting out the place mats and cutlery, laying a cracker and twinkling wine glass beside each place and setting and lighting the candles on the table centre piece which was always angel chimes.
We had this delightful, golden and tinkling ornament for years and years and it was always on the Christmas table even when I was grown up, married and travelling miles to come back home for Christmas Day. I never knew what happened to the chimes when our old family home was finally cleared but I wanted to re-live that memory. So I 'googled' Angel Chimes and found them straight away, still being made - one site with a forum of other people's memories of their childhood and the magic of angel chimes. I found some for sale on Amazon and ordered them on Saturday plus a box of candles. Today the postman knocked at the door and there was my parcel of nostalgia.
This evening I was able to experience the magic and charm of Angel Chimes. So now I know of at least one thing that will definitely be on the dinner table on Christmas Day.