Enjoying the festive season

I made a record amount of pots this year, and increased the speed of production dramatically over the last 4 months, so it's been a bit of a marathon. However, my last kiln-load was unpacked on Friday (results not at all as I expected but actually rather interesting) and the last special event of the year finished yesterday so I am beginning to wind down, relax and think about enjoying the festivities. I have an order to make up for a January delivery and lots of new ideas I want to get cracking with, but I think most of that can wait for now. Phew!

My family tradition is to bring the tree in on Christmas eve and decorate whilst the carol service from Kings College Cambridge is  playing on the radio. Mum makes mince pies and we use a lot of evergreens so the house smells amazing, the lights come on as the sun sets and it's a magical feeling.

Having been working on Christmas stock and events since September I've have a rather longer run-up and felt the need to start enjoying the season a little sooner, so our little tree came in from the balcony early last week and the decorations have been gradually spreading since then. I struggle a bit with the grey and the dark so the lights and the decs are a welcome addition. (If you struggle with the dark & cold too you may enjoy the Winter Mood Project).

I love all the scents and flavours of Christmas, and one of the things that brings so many of them together is mulled wine. Here's our family "recipe".

  • 1 bottle full bodied red wine
  • 2 oranges sliced
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • cloves
  • stick of cinnamon
  • star anise
  • brown sugar/honey to taste
  • splash of water
  • grated ginger (optional)
  • heat and enjoy!

Before I wrap up this post I'd like to wish you all a very happy time doing whatever you do, and give you a little something to say thank you for your support because it means a lot to me. To get 10% of any last minute pots you might be thinking of ordering, use the code BLOGCONNECT. You can use this online for posted orders until Thursday, collected orders til Friday or in person at Broadway Market for my last market of the year.