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which is as it should be.... snow melts on the ground, but is starting to accumulate on cars.

We French do the thing on Christmas Eve. Here in this multicultural household (five members, four nationalities) we will not be doing a big sit-down dinner (no avians roasted), but what we call an "apéritif dinatoire" with lots of little bits & pieces. (In New Zealand we would have naively called it a smorgasbord. Don't hit me.) Smoked salmon will be prominent (smoked by a friend, retired restaurateur). We haven't bought any oysters yet but it's not too late.

Then we will amuse ourselves until midnight, when we will attack the alarmingly big heap of packets under the tree (three adolescents in the household).

Then it will be time to ring the family in NZ, if we can get a line. They will presumably be dealing with pre-dinner drinks before the Christmas day lunch, which is the main event in my tribe. Probably an indoor/outdoor buffet affair, though the weather forecast is only middling (cloudy, 22°).

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Dec 24th, 2010 at 06:57:57 AM EST

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