It came as a surprise to me that JRR Tolkien used to write letters to his children as if from Father Christmas, and that he illustrated them with these amusing drawings. In this picture a polar bear falls asleep in his bath so that the bath water floods into the room below, where Father Christmas and his elves are at work packing presents. Somehow I can’t imagine the elves in Lord of the Rings doing such a thing.
Home made marzipan, truffles and sugar mice. My favourite is the ‘Psychedelic caterpillar’ in lurid orange, yellow and green marzipan.
In 1973 recipes for Christmas food in Europe included the following: Italian ham in a pastry case with glace fruits, German carp cooked in beer, Spanish lamb with chili & garlic, French Normandy pate, Scandinavian spiced pork.