Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Dundee Cake and St. Nicholas Day

 Did you enjoy your St. Nicholas Day last Thursday? We sure hope so! I heard from many of you that you included Tasha's traditions of the first appearance of Dundee Cake at tea time on December 6th, one of my personal favorite traditions!

This time of year, amdist all of the hustle and bustle, it is even more important than ever to stop for a cup of tea. The Tudor family traditionally has tea around 4pm, which is just about dusk this time of year in colder climes. This means the candles shine brilliantly beautiful, illuminating faces and the glow seems to add a special ingredient to the Dundee Cake as the candied cherries glisten in the light.

Dundee Cake is a special treat for teatime during December. Tasha took time to make everything special, and the Advent season is no different. From hand-painted Advent calendars, the handmade Advent wreath, and Dundee Cake teas, December remained significant the whole month through.  

Tea and Dundee Cake are necessary companions for writing out Christmas cards, don't you think?

Come to think of it, Dundee Cake inspires many a Christmas tradition and bolsters many a dark afternoon full of knitting, sewing, and baking.

Don't forget to enter our December GIVEAWAY (click on the link to be directed to the giveaway post!)! We are giving away a real treasure: an antique Turkey Red tablecloth, a beautiful addition to any tea table. 



  1. How beautiful! Yes, we had a lovely St. Nicholas Day :) and a friend gave me one of Tasha's old Advent calendars, which was so special! I love all these wonderful old traditions, December is meant to be savored!

    1. That sounds so wonderful, Heather! I have my Tasha Tudor pop-up Book of Christmas with the Advent Calendar there, along with my traditional Advent wreath and a Swedish one. So many traditions :-)

  2. Would love to have this lovely cloth in KENTUCKY. We had such a great time visiting Tasha's museum in May when we came up to the Bershires. Tasha has been one of my favorites since I was introduced!

  3. I went to see the Tasha exhibit in Cooperstown last week and then came home and got out all my advent calendars and Christmasy books. Gave friend Dottie "Take Joy!" and suggested she NOT wait to open it. Read "Becky's Christmas" last night and added a few untraditional animal to my nativity. Am looking forward to Christmas more this year because of Tasha.

  4. I would love to be entered to win this beautiful table covering. We came to the Museum last August on my birthday, no other way to celebrate.I love all things Tasha Tudor.Sweet Amy was doing a wonderful job the day we came.What a delight, and I am planning another visit this next Summer with Dear Husband.I exhausted my tin of Tasha Tudor Tea, Dear Husband bought me a large bag through the mail,and now that too is exhausted.I need to return soon. Thank-you for all you do to carry on this great work.Dawn E. Brown my email is dbbrown105@juno.com

  5. I would love to win this tablecloth as I too have the Canton dishes and would appreciate so much this lovely antique tablecloth. To me "flaws" are what makes anything worth having.

  6. I loved this post about tea time was around 4:00pm and having Dundee cake and then sitting and writing out Christmas cards which I still do and I am 44 years old but I ove doing things the old fashion ways still. I don't facebook,twitter, just not for me.
    My husband did teach me how to do a blog and I do enjoy that very much but it took awhile to teach me.
    Thank goodness for a wonderful and patient husband I have.
    Tomorrow is our 24th Wedding Anniversary!

    The pictures on your blog post are beautiful.
    The blue tea cup and saucer and the blue plate with the Dundee cake just made the table gorgerous, with the amazing beautiful red tablecloth.
    Merry Christmas and Blessings,

  7. Yummy, this post brings back sweet memories of my grandmother Maeme. Thank you

  8. A slice of Dundee cake & cup of tea while writing out Christmas cards ~ perfect ♥

  9. Tasha's books have been a part of my life since I was a child. I know share them with my family. It's a tradition to read "The Night Before Christmas" on Christmas Eve. My children are amazed and love the beautiful artwork and find it fascinating that Santa was modeled on Tasha's friend Ned Hills. I have very fond memories of visiting the Dutch Inn in Mill Hall, PA where Mr. Hills had a room dedicated to Tasha. We are looking forward to visiting the museum this summer. Of course, I would love to win the tablecloth! Happy Holidays!
    Sharon bookwoman21901@yahoo.com

  10. =^..^= oh My, yes! Tea & Christmas cake.
    Quite necessary & inspiring indeed. giggle.

    Always with the good china. Tradition. xox zuzu

  11. What a wonderful give away!! I visted the Tasha Tudor Museum in Sept as a part of my 49th anniversary trip to your beautiful area. It was a real treat to view Tasha's dress collection and all Tasha realted items.

    The tablecloth would go nicely with my Blue Willow antique dishes.
    Merry Christmas


  12. Please enter my name in your giveaway. I have been taking time every day this month to sit down with a cup of hot tea and just reflect on what the season is really about, while watching the Take Joy video, of course.

  13. Please enter me in your give away for the tablecloth. I posted earlier but didn't see the post. I would love to give it to my daughter Tasha. We have loved everything Tasha since she received her first Tasha Tudor book The Night Before Xmas on her first xmas 37 years ago. Rosered961@yahoo.com. Sorry I do not blog.

  14. My, what a lovely and charming post. Please enter my name in your Give-away and come on over and enter my Give-Away, too :)
    Happy Holidays.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)