A Child-friendly “Deposit” to Ease the Wait for the Christmas Cake: Snow-Covered Winter Berry Cupcakes

Children have true trouble with understanding the concept of time. For little ones eagerly awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus, the days of December are measured as a countdown to the magic of Christmas morning. There are many ways to let the excitement build up, like reading a special holiday stories every night. Funny, sweet, beautiful, and classic… books embrace the spirit of the season and send children off to dreamland with sugarplums dancing in their heads. With younger children one can create simple opportunities to work toward a special gift. A fun way to do this is to draw a picture of an object or activity they want, cut the picture into pieces like a puzzle, and give them one piece each time they complete a special responsibility. Help them feel proud about their hard work and good waiting! Kids today need Christmas more than ever. Not for the gifts, most children get their fair share throughout the year. They need Christmas for the escape, mystery and magic that is associated with childhood. There are few mysteries left for kids of today. In this information age they are bombarded with news and views  in their childhood that was once a secret garden full of magic. The wider world was discovered by children on their own way. Christmas, despite all its commercialism, still retains some mystery and magic.

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An even better way to count down is baking a variety of simple, quick, instantly consumable treats involving the children on the lead up to Christmas, that will  help the family to prepare for the magic in body and in mind. Creating recipes maintains the magic, following the rules and patterns of baking builds rituals, and giving baked goods away as presents encourages a sense of generosity, ready for a special celebration together.

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Ingredients
115 g dried cherries and cranberries
130 g self-raising flour
55 g butter
55 g sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp mixed spice
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoons milk
2 tbsp honey

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Method
Pour warm tea on the dried berries, mix and set aside for 30 minutes.
Rub the butter into the flour until it looks like fine breadcrumbs, add sugar and spices. Add egg, honey and milk to make a soft dropping consistency. Finally drain soaked fruit and mix in the batter. Divide into lined 12-hole muffin tin. Sprinkle demerara sugar over the top and pat down with the back of a spoon (this gives a crunchy top) and bake for approximately 25 minutes in a preheated oven at 180 degrees C, until a skewer comes out clean. Let it cool completely before adding the frosting.
To make the snow-frosting beat 115 g cream cheese, 115 g unsalted butter,4-500 g powdered sugar, 1 tsp pure vanilla extract, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp allspice  very well. To achieve an authentic look let children to spread the icing on the top and sprinkle with colourful sugar as decoration.

Although giving gifts can be much more fun than receiving gifts, it is tempting to think that all children simply want things for Christmas and that they are too young to understand that giving is  equally good as getting. This is simply not true. It’s only if they don’t learn as children, they will grow up always wanting things for self-pleasure rather than thinking of pleasing others.When children learn to give, they also benefit from learning to appreciate others. They enhance their feelings of compassion as they think of the needs of others. Giving fosters an unselfish attitude. If adults sit down with children and discuss a list of persons to whom they want to give a gift, the children are also learn to appreciate efforts made in their behalf.

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