Okay, I know that Arthur Christmas is not Disney but we did a movie night anyway because it is so great. It zipped under our radar last Christmas because we were so excited to see The Muppets when they came out at the same time and we didn’t notice it.
List of favourite Christmas movies
A Christmas Carol (with Alastair Sim)
The Muppet Christmas Carol
Mickey’s Christmas Carol,
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (animated, 1966)
The Bishop’s Wife
For the treat we had mince tarts.
GrandSanta: “I can’t eat that. It gets in me teeth.”
This was the recipe we used, I even added one more apple and it was lovely. Also, instead of putting it in a single pie, we used the filling and made tarts.
Apple Mince Tarts
5 apples – peeled, cored and chopped
30 mL butter
10 mL lemon juice
125 mL white sugar
3 mL ground cinnamon
1 mLground nutmeg
7 mL vanilla extract
500 mL prepared mincemeat
1 package of pie crust
1 egg yolk
15 mL water
1. Preheat an oven to 230˚C.
2. Place apples, butter, and lemon juice into a saucepan over medium heat, and cook, stirring often, until the apples are tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla extract. Mix in the mincemeat until thoroughly combined, and set the pie filling aside.
3. Cut the pastry rounds out with a large teacup, then fit into muffin tins; pour the filling into the crust. With a brush dipped in water, moisten the edge of the bottom crust. Top the tarts with a second crust and pinch together to seal. Cut slits into the top crust for steam vents. In a small bowl, whisk the egg yolk with water, and brush the yolk mixture over the top crusts.
4. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 175˚C. Bake until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling, 15 to 30 more minutes.
For the craft I’d suggest letters to Santa. The kids had already sent theirs long ago so my son made one for the baby. He drew the S-1 sleigh from the movie. Inside the card he asked Santa for all sorts of crazy things like a toy squirrel and a onsie with a Canadian flag on it.