Welcome to a very different Christmas at the Hearth and Soul Link Party. No matter who we are or where we live, we are all facing challenges of one sort or another. I am comforted by a quote from Max Lucado about the first Christmas, when “Once and for all, God tipped the scales in the favour of hope”. Contrary to what many on social media would have us believe, our celebrations may be different this year, but because of the reason it exists, Christmas can never be cancelled.
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What’s Been Happening
Our Christmas plans have changed beyond recognition with the discovery of the new strain of COVID-19 in the UK. I’m incredibly grateful that this strain is no more lethal than its predecessor and that the new vaccine will work against it just as effectively. The big issue we have is that it is transmitted much more easily. As a result, much of the UK, including my county of Berkshire, has been placed in a new Tier 4. This means we are pretty much locked down and also cannot see family and friends at Christmas. I am incredibly grateful my son and his partner live in an area that is Tier 2. Although we cannot see them, I am comforted that they are much safer than we are. I’m also incredibly grateful for FaceTime.
I’m still determined to make the most of the Christmas season! Merry Christmas to everyone who is celebrating.
Although I love my family’s traditional Old Fashioned British Christmas Cake recipe, if I haven’t made it by now I generally make this delicious cake instead.
Full of Christmas flavours, my delicious, warmly spiced Brandy and Mincemeat Cake recipe is a lighter alternative to fruit cake that is perfect for any occasion. Or try something different for a very different Christmas –
Chocolate and Cranberry Quick Bread with Cinnamon Glaze is one of my favourite holiday quick breads. With a decadent, rich, full on chocolate flavour, sweet, sharp tangy cranberries and a bit of spice, this moist loaf has holiday flavours galore!
There are lots of other Christmas recipes and ideas on the blog so be sure to have a look around!
Thank you all for sharing your wonderful content.
A Very Different Christmas Featured Posts
Featured posts (from top left, clockwise):-
Traditional flavours can be such a comfort during a very different Christmas. I’m a big fan of Cranberry and Orange Bread, so I really love the sound of these lovely Cranberry Orange Cookies from The LouLou Girls. The glaze makes them look extra special!
I’m a huge fan of peppermint so I know I would love this Peppermint Pound Cake from Nancy C. It looks so pretty too!
Whether it is a celebration for one person or a whole lot more, games can be such fun at Christmas. Maria from Krafty Planner has a free printable Holiday Word Search to get you started.
Although not all places have been decorating as usual for Christmas, Patrick of Adventures in Weseland has discovered some lovely displays on his travels. Check out the photos of what he found in his post Still Trying To Find Christmas Cheer.
On with the party!
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