I recently visited one of the ever popular Victorian Christmas Fayres. Many traders were getting into the spirit of occasion by dressing in historical costumes, whilst Eastern Europeans joined in by picking a pocket or two.
The first thing that became abundantly clear, besides the fact that roast conkers make a poor substitute for roast chestnuts, was that traders felt it appropriate to treble the prices of wares if the vendor wore a top hat.
However, the quandary presented by the array of homemade products had a far greater impact in the following days. It turns out that it is virtually impossible to tell the difference between homemade fudge and homemade soap!