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Alice, dear Alice -
Thank you for this year of memories, stories and fellowship. Kristin
Lovely story Alice. R
I absolutely love this piece. The dinner table image brought tears to my eyes. My childhood Christmas's were magical... family dinner with our best china, silver, and crystal, and our Orthodox Jewish friends who came to celebrate with us as we dis travel to share in their festivities. I still eat creamed and pickled herring today during this time of year... and still recite Christian prayers and cherish Jewish lights. Thank you for sharing this, especially now. I'm in a different place in my life, my parents are gone, and newly married at 62. We celebrated 2 years this year. Christmas isn't as important to his family so my memories and pieces like this hold an extra-special place in my heart. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah.
Love to you and Jonathan ( I’ve never addressed him that way). I can smell your Mother’s food - yum. Your piece brings to mind my Mom’s loving efforts for Christmas Eve and Day. We were so fortunate. Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas. H
What a sumptuous story, Alice. Your descriptions are so vivid and alive, I am in the room with you, over the years, smelling the food, seeing the sparkling glasses, and sharing in the love which abounds. Thank you for this generosity.
Brought happy-tears to my eyes. Thank you for a lovely Christmas morning read.
A beautiful story! Yesterday, accompanied by memories of my mother, who used to be the one rolling the mashed potatoes tortilla-thin, my daughter & I made lefse. We sat down with family & friends to a Christmas Eve which included rul (bacon, caraway & onion rolled into flank steak) -- another remnant of my grandmother's Norwegian/Minnesotan heritage. Thank you for your sharing your Polish/Jewish dinner!
A Terrific, heart-warming, beautifully written story, Alice - so evocative I felt like i was at the dinner table. I'm with jonathon on the switch to mushroom soup: I was over-borschted by my grandmother as a kid.
Like others, I recall in vivid detail going to my neighbors on Xmas day, infatuated with the scene displayed under the tree----a slab of mirror that represented an outdoor ice rink with a variety of minature figurines skating in their winter finery.
Alice, thank you for sharing your precious memories of a Polish Christmas.
So interesting to hear other country's traditions, foods, etc. Blessings to you and yours in the New Year.