Christmas is about families and friends, giving and sharing and having fun. It is also about enjoying with great food and drink. Now, as a vegetarian household we don’t have a turkey to stuff so the focus is on stuffing ourselves silly!

Well it started on Christmas Eve when our good friends brought around the best home-made ginger bread house ever! This year I have noticed an abundance of do-it-yourself kits for these yummy houses but this one is a total one off.



It arrived as a surprise for our children. Their eyes were filled with joy.

Quickly Herbie broke off the chimney which was an icing covered mini roll. I broke off the roof.

Within less than an hour it was pretty much demolished.

The next day it was almost gone! We also left some out for Santa (who also ate it all up!) He had a real vintage offering this year: port in a 60s fruit shot glass, Rudolph had water in orange 70s melamine and all on a 60s tray!







Then  for the drink. Back in October I blogged about making homemade blackberry vodka from foraged fruit. Check out Home-grown, hand-made, vintage Christmas blog for the recipe.

Last week we sieved the berries and bottled the booze.


We drank some on Christmas Day evening sitting by the fire. The drink warmed us far more than the flames!!


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