A week before Christmas, Andy buys a Christmas pudding.
“What did you buy that for?” I ask. “Is it to add to our collection?”
“We still have last year’s pudding, and one from the year before, and one from the year before that … Actually, we must have lots of puddings in the pantry.”
“Yes, we buy them and never eat them,” I say.
“Then I’ll throw this one onto the Christmas pudding pile,” smiles Andy. “I’ll add it to our collection.”
Christmas Day arrives and we eat a huge dinner, but Christmas pudding isn’t on the menu. No one is surprised.
But a few days later, when Andy serves up dessert, we all sniff deeply. Something smells wonderful. Our mouths are watering. And when we look into our bowls, we almost faint. It is Christmas pudding. It is this year’s Christmas pudding. Soon we are scooping up spoonfuls of dark dense pudding. It is rich. It is moist. It is delicious.
“Wow! This is wonderful,” I say, between mouthfuls. Everyone else nods emphatically. We’d forgotten how good Christmas pudding tastes. We all want more.
I wonder... Are the other puddings in our collection still edible? Would it be safe to eat them? I decide to Google the question: “How long do Christmas puddings last?”
But before I have a chance to do some research, the air fills once more with that wonderful fruity-brandy smell. My mouth waters as I look at the pudding Andy is about to serve up.
“I thought we’d finished the Christmas pudding,” I say.
“We finished this year’s pudding," he says. "This is one of the other ones from our collection." Then he adds, “It could be last year’s… or the year before's... or it could be a few years old. I don’t really know.”
Is it safe to eat? Will we all come down with food poisoning? Should we risk it?
“Anyone for pudding?” asks Andy.
We don't hesitate. “Me please!” we all shout.
Soon we are tucking into another Christmas pudding.
For the next few weeks, we enjoy lots of Christmas pudding (and even a forgotten Christmas cake). Eventually our supply comes to an end. Our Christmas pudding collection is no more.
I never did Google, “How long does Christmas pudding last?” I never did find out the answer. But I don't think it matters. I am certain next year’s Christmas pudding won't be around for very long. It won’t disappear into the pantry never to be seen again. Next year we won’t be starting a new Christmas pudding collection. We are actually going to eat it... I suppose we will have to collect something else.
This story seems to be at an end. But now, like my children, I am wondering... what is the point of this post? Why did I want to write about puddings? I don't really know. All I can come up with is...
... I just felt like it.