MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE FROM SCOTLAND
Here is some news about Christmas in Scotland.
We finish school on Thursday 23rd December and return on Wednesday
5th January 2011. School closes at 2.30pm on the last day instead of
3.30pm. The weather is very bad here at the moment with lots of snow and
you can see a picture of our school in the snow on our website at
The temperature today is -8 degrees and we have a lot of freezing fog. It
does look very festive though!
To prepare for Christmas we have been doing a lot of work in school and
in our parish during Advent and trying hard to think of others who do not
have as much as we do. Every pupil in the school has brought in an item of
food and we have made food parcels to be distributed to the needy in our
Unfortunately, due to the weather, we have had to cancel our Christmas
concert but hope to have it ready for the pupils in school on the last day.
On Christmas day we go to church in the morning after we open our gifts.
Sometimes we go to Midnight Mass on Christmas eve and sing carols in
Our traditional meal on Christmas day is turkey which is served with
stuffing, vegetables and sausages and we also have cranberry sauce or
bread sauce to go with it. For dessert, we have a Christmas pudding which
is a dark fruit cake. We aren't too keen on the pudding so we have Yule
Log which is like a chocolate Swiss roll. Delicious!!!!!!
Our big event in Scotland is Hogmanay which is our name for New Year's
Eve. Families get together and wait for the 'bells' at midnight. we sing the
song 'A guid New Year' and someone from our family has to be the 'first
footer'. This is someone who is your visitor of the New Year and they
bring a gift to bring good luck for the coming year. In Edinburgh, there is a
huge street party where hundreds and thousands of people come form all
over the world and there is a huge fireworks display from Edinburgh
Over the Christmas holiday, we do a lot of visiting friends and family and
try to take things easy! New Year is a very busy time.
We are all really excited about Christmas here and the snow makes it even
more special if not freezing cold!!!!!!!!!!!!
We have attached some recipes that we use in school in our Home
Economics class. There is a recipe for Cranachan shortcake which is
normally eaten at New Year as well as clootie dumpling which can be
given as a gift, and Stovies, which is a Scottish potato dish that normally
accompanies a meat dish.
We hope you have a fantastic Christmas and we are looking forward to
2011 when we will all meet up again.
Merry Christmas from Scotland.
Here are some Scottish songs that we sing at New Year and Christmas
The first is the most famous and most popular, Auld Lang Syne by Robert
Cara and Niamh xx
500 g plain flour
500 g mixed dried fruit
1 x 15 ml spoon treacle
100 g mixed peel
1 apple grated
1 x 5 ml spoon bicarbonate of soda
1 x 5 ml spoon mixed spice
100 g brown sugar
100 g vegetable suet
2 slices bread grated
Milk to mix
1. Place all ingredients into a large bowl and add enough milk to mix to
a dropping constancy.
2. Scald a large cloth.
3. Pile the mixture in the centre and tie just above the mix.
4. Boil in a large pot for 4 hours.
5. Remove from the pot and cloth.
6. Place on a plate and dry in the oven for 30 minutes.
60 g Medium oat meal
100 g marg
150 g plain flour
50 g caster sugar
50 g frozen raspberries
150 ml double cream
15 ml clear honey
- Set oven gas mark 4, 170 oC.
- Dry fry 10 g of the oatmeal over a medium heat till golden. Set
aside to cool
- Sieve the flour into a large bowl, add the remaining oatmeal and
rub in the butter.
- Stir in the sugar and add enough egg to bind to a smooth paste.
- Bring the paste together into a ball and flatten slightly. Wrap and
chill for up to 30 minutes.
- Rollout the paste on a lightly floured surface to a thickness of
about 5 mm.
- Using a 7 cm cutter cut out 8 (or more) circles.
- Store the remaining paste appropriately.
- Transfer circles carefully to a baking tray and bake for 10-15
minutes until golden brown, leave to cool.
- Drain the raspberries.
- Whisk the cream to soft peak.
- Incorporate the honey, being careful not to over whisk.
- Fold in the reserve toasted oatmeal and raspberries. Sandwich 2
biscuits together with a quarter of the raspberry cream
- Repeat to give 4 creamed shortcakes.
- Serve on 4 individual, clean, cool plates and decorate appropriately.
1 potato Chopping board
½ onion Sharp knife
15 ml oil 2 pots and pot stands
150 -200 ml water Measuring jug
½ stock cube
Salt and pepper
1. Wash the potato and cut into 2-3cm cubes.
2. Place in a pot with the water, stock cube, salt and pepper.
3. Bring to the boil and cook till soft. Add 50 ml more water if the
potatoes seem to start to dry out.
4. Slice the onion and fry gently in the oil till soft.
5. Add the onions to the potatoes and cook till tender. There should be a
thick sauce or gravy forming as the potatoes begin to soften and
break up slightly. Do not stir them all into a mush.
6. Season and serve with some chopped parsley.