A Sweet Dilemma

I go to the supermarket as seldom as possible at the best of times… and the run-up to Christmas does not constitute the best of times by any stretch of the imagination. Head down, I charged to the pharmacy aisle with as little looking around as possible.

009And then I saw them. Mince pies.

Oh dear.

I don’t tend to eat a lot of sweet stuff, but mince pies are a weakness.

And a dilemma.

Obviously, pastry is bad enough. Add that particular confection of fruits in the centre and they should probably not be allowed within my vision. Definitely not within my reach.

Somehow a pack of four managed to follow me to the checkout.

I love mince pies. I bake the best good mince pies… or I used to when I had a house full of boys. I could bake two dozen every day and have nothing but crumbs before they were cold. Living with just the small dog, I don’t bake any more except for special occasions. I couldn’t justify baking a dozen just for me… especially as I would only eat them.

011On the other hand, there is a tradition that says you should eat mince pies for good fortune through December. That for every one you eat you will have happiness and luck for … now …was it a day, a week or a month? I could use some good fortune… and a fairy godmother if one is looking for work too. And herein lies the dilemma.

While I am a firm believer in asking the universe, then allowing things to happen, I am also aware we need to do our part too. So if I want good fortune for the next twelve months, I obviously need to eat enough mince pies.

diggingdog 226I’m liking the logic of this.

But how many do I need to eat?

If the ratio of tradition is one mince pie for one month good fortune, I have no problem. If it is a weekly ratio, then 52 between here and Christmas seems a little much. Even I would struggle with eating over a dozen a day…

diggingdog 228On the other hand, life can’t all be sweetness and light… there have to be darker days against which the light can shine… so maybe the dozen a day isn’t necessary…

Meanwhile, I could have sworn there was a pack of four, freshly baked mince pies around here somewhere…

Well, what’s left of them…

Hmmm… If a mince pie (or three) is consumed, leaving no trace of its presence, did it ever exist in the first place and can you called a hog for eating it?

diggingdog 229

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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92 Responses to A Sweet Dilemma

  1. barbtaub says:

    Not if you eat them standing up.

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  2. Jim Borden says:

    Hopefully next time you go shopping some more mince pies follow you to the checkout 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Sadje says:

    I think you deserve a treat now and then. And if no one sees you eating them, then they don’t count.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. petespringerauthor says:

    You should be a teacher and teach ratios using mince pies. When I introduced fractions to my third graders, I used Hershey’s milk chocolate candy bars. They are divided into tiny rectangles. I gave the kids a choice between 1/16 or 1/4 of a bar. Seeing the bigger number, most opted for 1/16. 😎 After that day, I think they had a better understanding of fractions. When food is on the line, you learn to pay attention.

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  5. Actually, I think the official “no calorie” eating method is to eat it over the sink while standing. Also, if you eat cheesecake still frozen, it doesn’t count. I do think 52 mince pies is probably out of reach, but do your best. I will root for all the good luck you can consume!

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  6. Darlene says:

    My hubby likes mince tarts so he has been stocking up. He should have a very lucky 2021. Maybe he should have eaten more in 2019!! (not that we have had it that bad this year) Enjoy those mince tarts. xo

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  7. Ritu says:

    I didn’t know that tradition! Glad I’ve eaten a few 🤣

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  8. jenanita01 says:

    So far this Christmas I have made two dozen mince pies, which vanished almost immediately! Today I will make another two dozen, hoping some linger long enough for Christmas day.
    Doing our bit for a better 2021 for everyone, I think!

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  10. V.M.Sang says:

    It always puzzles me as to why we can only get mince pies and mincemeat at Christmas. I’ve searched for mincemeat at other times of the year to no avail.
    It’s odd, because Hot Cross Buns are available all year, and they are as traditionally seasonal as mince pies.

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  11. I wasn’t aware of that tradition but why chance it? If you enjoy mince pies, indulge. It’s the holidays, and it’s 2020.


  12. No, not at all, Sue. I’ve never heard of the tradition that eating mince pies brings you good fortune, but I like it very much. More so because I managed to find some mini mince pies. Now, do they count? If they do, do I have to eat double the amount to get one month/days/weeks worth of good fortune, or does one mini mince pie equal a whole one when it comes to the tradition? Dilemmas, dilemmas! I think I’ll put the kettle on, make a pot of tea, open a box of mince pies and give it some more thought.


  13. memadtwo says:

    Its the season to give into these cravings I believe. A certain way to amass good fortune! (K)


  14. I’ve never been fond of mince pies (I know – I’m sorry!) but I do believe the rule is to eat as many as you like 😉 xx


  15. susurrus says:

    Very funny. Another of my blogging buddies, Oddment, has been claiming her hand sometimes takes sweet things to eat without her noticing.


  16. We’ll be sharing our mince pies, so come on over! 🙂


  17. Jean Reiland says:

    You’re so dang funny Sue! I love reading your posts. Hug Ani for me. Have a great Christmas. Sending hugs


  18. noelleg44 says:

    Not if you eat them with a diet Coke. That negates the calories. I love mince pies, too, but don’t make the mince – I get it from Fortnum and Mason (cheat). .


  19. Mary Smith says:

    I’d never heard the good fortune thing about mince pies! Did you just make it up? I don’t find it difficult to resist mince pies – haven’t had one yet. I’d never say no to Christmas cake with a nice slice of cheese, though.


  20. Never heard this tradition, but I like it and hope to get some mince pies to put it into practice.
    We are terrible, and I’d buy 2 dozen (4 packs of 6) for Christmas. If ever there were two stupid words in the English Language, For Christmas is a close contender. Sadly mince pies rarely saw the end of the weekend, let alone Christmas, so of course it meant getting some more….. again….. and again. We must have got through about 5 dozen between us in December. At the moment we are on our fourth box. Happy days Sue. ❤ ❤ ❤


  21. I’m so glad you enjoyed your mince pies 🙂

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  22. rkrontheroad says:

    Love the photos of frost…


  23. I say eat as many as you can fit in during the time you have left, and that way maybe you’ll get more good fortune than bad next year. 😉


  24. willowdot21 says:

    “there is a tradition that says you should eat mince pies for good fortune through December. That for every one you eat you will have happiness and luck for … now …was it a day, a week or a month? I love that logic…I could be your fairy godmother and you could pay me in mince pies! 💜💜


  25. Bela Johnson says:

    Haha, I, too, relish a good mince pie. Ommmmmm ….
    As for asking vs receiving, this always helped me: the gods meet us halfway. Then again, how is it we may determine our half?
    Go on, eat the pies! ❤


  26. dgkaye says:

    Lol Sue. Good for you. If they are lucky and magical, you should have bought a bunch and froze them. Hope you’re all filled up with luck now. xx


  27. Eliza Waters says:

    Christmas is a time to indulge oneself, go for it! 😀


  28. CarolCooks2 says:

    Now I don’t feel quite so bad about eating a whole slab of butter fudge yesterday…it was yummy though 🙂 xx Merry Christmas and may more mince pies follow you to the till x


  29. Widdershins says:

    We shall dedicate the ones we eat, that Mrs Widds already baked, to your good health. 😀


  30. Jennie says:

    Clever thinking, Sue. I hope they were good pies. Eat away!


  31. It’s funny how some things end up in your basket, isn’t it. 😀 — Suzanne

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