My family loves the British Christmas tradition of miniature mince pies, which consist of tiny butter pie crusts filled with mincemeat, a combination of dried fruit, candied peel, spices, and brandy.
Mince pies flood shops and cafes in England during the Christmas season, and making homemade mince pies for events, parties, and get-togethers is very popular. Several Christmases ago, one of the priests at our parish, the Brompton Oratory, informed us that mince pies actually have a Christian significance and background.
Originally, the little pastry pie crust was supposed to represent the Child Jesus’ cradle, and the sweet mincemeat inside was to remind us of our sweet Saviour. Now, not only do we appreciate the delicious taste and Christmas feel of mince pies, but also the unique reminder of the gift of our redemption.
The Berghout family was featured in the November-December 2013 issue of Seton Magazine: From England, with Love