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Cyndi MacMillan is a well-rounded writer who embraces many genres and forms. Her work has been published in local newspapers and has won contests. She enjoys reading literary journals, and she is actively pursuing publication within their glossy covers.

Verse is both magnetic and kinetic. She attempts - madly- to give equal attention to her poetry, short stories, and a novel-in-progress, the Trim of Wicks.  Regardless of genre, she focuses on language. One word has the power to repel or pull. She never forgets the reader and does her best to make their ride interesting.

Poetry soup is a good forum which enables people from around the world to share poetry. It has some great resources and provides a nice space for friends to meet.

Cyndi lives in a small town in Ontario with her husband, young daughter and far too many books.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS! NEW TRADITIONS. WHAT ARE YOURS?


Blog Posted:12/24/2012 1:16:00 PM

 

My family is creating new traditions each year. Oxymoron?

First Food Tradition:

Hubby worked for Sooters Photography for over 16 years. The owner and his family were from India. Every Christmas they would put on a huge Christmas party (though many in the plant celebrated Diwali.)

The spread would include the typical Canadian holiday fare: turkey and stuffing, a ham, potatoes and gravy, Christmas cakes. But it also had a large assortment of middle eastern delights! Samosas! Curries! Butter chicken and basmati rice... oh, yummmmmmmmm!

Well, its been years since Sooters closed. Yet I still crave what became a Christmas tradition. So every year I make sure to add spice to my holy-days.

This year my husband and I had our first date since our girl’s birth. We went to a shop which sells British meat pies. The place was recently bought by someone from India and she makes... oh Heaven!.... Butter Chicken Meat Pies. I have no idea what the fat/calorie intake is on one of these puppies, but needless to say, it would probably make a cheesecake look slimming! I almost had a when Sally Met Harry restaurant moment... if ya know what I mean (wink wink)


Second Food tradition:

When I was working, one of my co-workers told me she had pizza for Christmas dinner. I was shocked! I’d never heard of the such.

Well, it had taken her nine years to have her son. She said, “I’m not spending Christmas in the kitchen. I want to spend it with him, playing games, watching a movie, laughing, talking... we’re happy!”

Then, after 16 years of infertility, I had MY girl.

Now, I GET what she said.

So, low and behold, the Christmas Lasagna came to be!

 



On Christmas Eve (today) I cook non-stop. There is a ham in one slowcooker and a mashed potato casserole in another slowcooker. The lasagna takes me over two hours to make. Two pounds of meat! Copious amounts of cheese.

Tomorrow we have muffins for breakfast. Ham and cheese sandwiches for lunch (late) and our Christmas lasagna with a salad, dinner rolls and a cake. I cheat and use paper plates. I spend less than ½ an hour with meal prep on Christmas day. Another ½ an hour cleaning. That’s it. The rest is spent with my family.



A New Family Tradition

I play WITH my daughter. We go for a walk and bring Christmas to the animals (strung cereal, homemade bird feeders, nuts for squirrels)


  


We listen to music, read books, play games and talk...


What are YOUR holy-day tradition?

Are they new to your family or long held, passed down from generations to generation?

Also, I am planning to judge my contest on Dec 27th! Sorry for the delay... all those who wrote with my requests in mind, are guaranteed a placement :) I'm so delighted by what I'm reading, but like many, I am focusing on family right now.


Love sent to all my soup friends... may your celebrations be as simple or as extravagant as you wish, filled with either peaceful contemplation and spiritual moments or joyful noise, laughter and merriment!


XOX


Cyndi

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  1. Date: 12/26/2012 7:04:00 AM
    Merry, merry Christmas my dear Cyndi! love/hugs, Leonora

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  1. Date: 12/25/2012 10:13:00 AM
    For the past 26 years, we have had Christmas dinner on the 24th and bithday party on the 25th for my son James. He does not like cake, so we have a mint chocolate chip ice cream castle, with a little cake and ice cream cones for turrets. And a party with his friends in June for half-year. Christmas presents in the morning and his birthday presents in the evening.

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  1. Date: 12/24/2012 9:33:00 PM
    thank you...pd

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  1. Date: 12/24/2012 8:55:00 PM
    Merry Christmas Cyndi, have a wonderful time with family

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  1. Date: 12/24/2012 8:54:00 PM
    Quiche, one of us makes quiche. When it was my turn to have everyone over my youngest daughter made the quiche since I was baking both the turkey and the ham. This year she is making the turkey and the Ham and I have just finished making quiche to take to her house tomorrow.Ever since she was 14 and it was just she and I , we always cooked a ham and we made quiche for Christmas, neither one of us is that fond of Turkey. Now that her family is larger we need both ham and turkey.... and quiche

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  1. Date: 12/24/2012 4:05:00 PM
    gosh, I forgot you had a contest to judge. I wonder which it was. well, Cyndi, depending on who is visiting, I do elaborate or very simple. tomorrow is just my daughter's little family coming at noon. I have no presents to open. My cat and new TV for Black Friday were my presents this year. I adore opening gifts but I guess I will forgo it this year. I also enjoy seeing everyone open gifts when my daughter's family shows up. and at least I have a few little things to look forward to from my daughter. This year's dinner will be very easy. Hawaiian haystacks. just a chicken mixture over rice and smothered with cheese, veggies, rice noodles and pineapple chunks, and sesveral bought desserts.

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  1. Date: 12/24/2012 1:44:00 PM
    Yo Cynster, Still stick with relative traditional fare, roast beast and ham (no turkey it was just Thanksgiving!) But after reading yours, if I leave now, should be able to be there by mealtime so set an extra plate--not to worry, I entertain myself easily--til tomorrow love!!

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