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  Weekly Feature (December 24, 2004)
 


Preparing for a Family Christmas
 by
Brad

 

As the years pass by, the family Christmas dinner is more and more often held at my home. My eldest uncle, 92 years old, comes down the Coquihalla highway from his Okanagan home, to complete the table for 22 this year. Needless to say, it is a busy time.

For the past week or so, we (my wife and I) have been preparing feverishly for a family dinner extravagant in detail, in the spirit of the season, and full of rich meaning for us all. We go potluck nowadays and everyone has known their assignment for weeks.

I’m on turkey duty and, as the host, have more on my plate than just ensuring a 20 pound bird makes it to the table on time. Just now I washed the kitchen floor. A little before, I was wrapping presents in shiny paper, a major accomplishment for me, I can assure you!

My wife is a wizard at clearing the many surfaces in our home, making them ready for dishes, children’s toys, cups of tea and more. With our family ranging in age from one through 92 years old, it is a chore of epic proportions!

Speaking of children, mine make the rounds of the stores, last minute shopping for friends, and spend lots of time in their company these days. Christmas casts a wider net at my home these days, but I sometimes do miss the wide-eyed wonder of little ones at the tree in the morning.

But now the sweet sound of The Chieftans Bells of Dublin fills my home with hearty voices singing “Hark the Herald the Angels Sing.” We will dine together tonight, just the four of us, enjoying the eve before Christmas. Then, perhaps a fire, and quiet conversation together.

To all of you, wherever you may be, I wish you a peaceful and joyous holiday season.

 

 

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