Tag: anecdotes

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The In-Laws and the 10-course Dinner – Hilda Wessels I was 21, and a newlywed. My in-laws were very high standard people who looked down on me and my parents. So I thought, well, I will show them what a good wife their son got him! For Christmas we invited my parents and his, for a…

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Keeping the Santa Secret – Christine Hutchins 40 years ago my mum made Christmas stockings for me and my sister – we both still have them, and I use mine as a template for the stockings I make for others. A very clear memory from a year or two later is of Christmas Eve (although I…

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Christmas with the family – Sue Griffiths Everyone wants to be with family and friends at Christmas. Or at least, as a young adult, you feel moderately obliged to join the family. And that was the situation I was in, my first year of full time work in Wellington, New Zealand. My family lived about…

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Dad, the gravy boat and Sunbonnet Sue – Christine Franses My parents married a couple of days before Christmas. We decided that for their ruby anniversary we would have a family lunch – the whole family, more than twenty five of us – combined with Christmas celebration. And it was decided that I would host…

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Revenge of the tree decorator  – Teresa Barrow Just remembered that I shrink wrapped the fake Christmas tree last year …. genuinely ….. after years of have you done it yet? (equivalent to toddlers in the back seat on a long car journey doing the inevitable “Are we there yet?” ) but far far worse!…