The weather has finally turned the corner — exchange that daring bathing suit for a snow suit. There are a few diehards who can be seen in December wearing Hawaiian shorts and there is a foot of snow on the ground. Weather wise I have heard that we are in for very cold temperatures. Have you noticed that there is a real “bite” in the air even though the temperature is not real cold?
Holiday shopping is underway and malls are busy. My advice is, get the bargains early before the prices go up. Turkey is traditional for the holiday dinner but what about our vegetarian friends. Perhaps a pound or two of roasted tofu shaped like a “bird” and served with cranberry sauce would do or here’s a thought - Goose! Far as I know you can get your “goose cooked” anytime of the year. Most of the time it’s without feathers. If you took advantage of early sales for gift giving Christmas will be a snap. Now there is time for family and holiday planning. Making a special cake? Use a box mix, some good cinnamon and sub liquor for the water plus whatever else is called for in the recipe. Don’t forget a nice homemade glaze instead of gooey frosting.
For a different holiday try international cuisine. For many Italian-American families the big Christmas Eve meal of different fish dishes is now a tradition. It’s known as The Feast of the Seven Fishes. The feast began in southern Italy and was brought to the US in the 1800s. There are different theories as to why there are seven fish dishes. Some think that seven represents the seven days of creation in the Bible, others say it represents the seven holy sacraments of the Catholic Church. Often there are more dishes and the theories change with the number made. Check on line for other wonderful Italian Christmas traditions.
The holiday would not be complete in the downtown “D” without the beautiful mammoth Christmas at Campus Martius. Don’t forget the family ice skating rink and the carriage rides. Most of all, let’s not forget the TRUE meaning of Christmas and find time to go to church. Be thankful for the blessings in our lives; big, small, somewhere in between or even those that do not seem like a blessing at all. For each person they have a meaning because God has a plan for all of us.
Looking at people, in general, I would say they are becoming more “holy”. Maybe not in the religious sense of the word but their clothes certainly are. Todays’ fashions seem to have “holes” everywhere. Fifty dollars and up for worn-looking jeans with holes when you could do the same thing with a pair of scissors. Think I’d rather be “holy” in church. To all my readers I’d like to wish you a prosperous 2019 and a very special blessing to our senior populations for a brighter future.