I find myself here, only 4 days before Christmas, having bought no presents for the family and having written not one card. I did get some presents in the post to my sister and her family but I have nothing for my own. This is the first time in my whole life that this has happened. There is a little chapel on the island and I suppose there will be a Christmas service, I hope so.
I was contemplating the images of holly leaves and bright red berries that adorn all the Chirstmas decorations and realised that we have a similar version of this right outside the door, the Lilly Pilly tree and it's red berries.
I love making jams and icecreams from these berries. They have a tart cinnamon flavour when eaten raw but when added as a flavouring to breads and other foods they are just delicious. These trees have been planted everywhere as street trees by local councils and the fruit just goes to waste, although the birds feast on them.
They fruit every year at Christmas time and I think I will make them my symbol of Christmas.