Sunday 23 December 2018

Merry Christmas

The organisation I up until recently worked for closes its year at the end of December.  With shutdowns between Christmas and New Year it meant that the run in to the Christmas bank holidays were always absolutely manic.  It meant long hours and little time to soak up the Christmas spirit until the physical bank holidays were upon us.

Christmas 2018 is my first FIRE Christmas and things have changed somewhat.  We’re already reasonably settled in the Med with our rental home for the next 6-12 months.  All our possessions have now arrived so there was only one thing for it.  We put up the Christmas tree and spent a couple of hours decorating it.  Then I felt inspired...

In years gone past we’ve always bought a Christmas Cake and / or Christmas Pudding from the supermarket.  Not so this year.  I attempted to make a Christmas fruit cake from scratch.

One dodgy looking fruit cake
Click to enlarge, One dodgy looking fruit cake

Looks decidedly average but the next day I cut it open and it revealed this.

Tastes absolutely fantastic
Click to enlarge, Tastes absolutely fantastic

I get the feeling that 2019 is going to be very different to 2018...

Finally, I’d just like to take this opportunity to wish all readers a fantastic Christmas plus if I don’t post before a very prosperous and happy New Year!


  1. There's a lot of pathos in that cake, a stronger metaphor I've yet to come across.

    Snuck in amongst the dying embers of 2018 to win the 'best post of the year' category.

    Fortune favours the bold and you're the real deal RIT.

    Happy Christmas.

  2. Many congrats on your cake, RIT. Looks very tasty and very well deserved.

  3. Given your devotion to the delayed gratification required to FIRE, I'm slightly amused you allowed your Christmas cake to only mature for a day! Enjoy the slow Christmas. I'm looking forward to this becoming a baking blog...

  4. Merry Christmas to you too. Here's your present.

  5. You earned your cake and are eating it!

    Have a great 2019 RIT.