In the hustle and bustle of a very commercialised xmas - I wonder how many people spare a thought for the true meaning of xmas. Here's my contribution (and there's plenty more where this came from - learned as a mother trying to express xmas in a non-comercialised way to her children). Did you know - Mince pies were originially made to celebrate the birth of baby Jesus. The pasty cradle was made to represent his crib and in the olden days they contained three spices which were to represent the three gifts from the wise men, gold, frankinsence (if that's how you spell it) and myr??? Yikes, I know how to pronounce them but that's the first time I've ever had to attempt to write them! So as you eat all the pies - just think why they were orginally made.