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Old 11-24-2018, 03:05 PM
 
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I stop in at my DIL's family's house after they have the big buffet but before they serve dessert. They have all Italian food which I can't eat because ingredients like garlic, onion, tomato, and most spices are deadly for me due to allergies and various G.I. problems. There is usually a 50/50 chance that there will be some kind of plain (no nuts, no cheese, no chocolate, no fruit, no spices) dessert food that's safe, and since I'm not a big fan of big noisy gatherings the dessert-only setup works well for me.

As an atheist, the holiday has no religious significance for me although I do keep in mind that it's as much a celebration of the changing of the astronomical "seasons" (winter solstice) as anything else. When I was younger I used to go out into the garden on December 21st and bring in snippets of whatever not-dormant plants were there: usually holly and sprigs of conifers but some years there might be a late flower or very early catkins. I'd arrange them in a container, light some candles in the same room, make a wish for the coming year, and leave the candles burning until bedtime. This wasn't done by anyone in my family so it was probably something that I either read or heard about somewhere and adopted and/or adapted. I haven't done it in more than a decade although now that I think of it, I may start again this year. My current yard certainly has more than enough conifers in it, LOL
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Old 11-24-2018, 03:11 PM
 
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Going to Buffalo Thunder Casino for buffet.
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Old 11-24-2018, 06:10 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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I stop in at my DIL's family's house after they have the big buffet but before they serve dessert. They have all Italian food which I can't eat because ingredients like garlic, onion, tomato, and most spices are deadly for me due to allergies and various G.I. problems. There is usually a 50/50 chance that there will be some kind of plain (no nuts, no cheese, no chocolate, no fruit, no spices) dessert food that's safe, and since I'm not a big fan of big noisy gatherings the dessert-only setup works well for me.
I feel so fortunate that, at 68YO, I can still eat whatever I want. But the day may come!

If you're married, and your spouse is one of the lucky ones, do you then do dual preparations of food to eat?
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Old 11-24-2018, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Ypsilanti, MI
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What's an escape room?
(I don't get out much)
You and a few other people get locked into a room together with some type of quiz game or riddles. You must solve the mental puzzles to be released. If you are unable to solve the quest you will be released after a predetermined period of time, maybe two hours.

I see no attraction to this form of "entertainment".
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Old 11-24-2018, 07:33 PM
 
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You and a few other people get locked into a room together with some type of quiz game or riddles. You must solve the mental puzzles to be released. If you are unable to solve the quest you will be released after a predetermined period of time, maybe two hours.

I see no attraction to this form of "entertainment".

Sounds like an old "Twilight Zone" episode only no one dies at the end. I'm with you, I don't get the enjoyment of it.
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Old 11-24-2018, 07:38 PM
 
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No plans for that day. It has no religious meaning to us, or family associations. I view it as a children’s day more than anything, as in Gimme Presents.

Depending on weather, we might spend more time outdoors than usual, or not.

Dinner will be like any other day. When we lived within an hour’s drive from terrific Chinese restaurants we would eat there on Thanksgiving and/or Christmas. Now that they are a full day’s drive away and over several mountain passes, we’ll just hunker down right at home.
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Old 11-24-2018, 08:39 PM
 
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I feel so fortunate that, at 68YO, I can still eat whatever I want. But the day may come!

If you're married, and your spouse is one of the lucky ones, do you then do dual preparations of food to eat?

The holiday situation was different when I was married, because (a) the allium family (garlic/onion/shallots/chives) was the only major problem food back then, and (b) neither my family or his ever had any Italian food as part of their holiday menus. So other than always asking "is there any onion or garlic in this" before taking anything I wasn't 100% sure of, it wasn't much of an issue. I always had to ask that in any restaurant we went to anyway, so it was automatic, lol. But all of my current health/food problems began about five years ago. Restaurant dinners became a thing of the past at that point.
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Old 11-25-2018, 09:47 AM
 
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Wife and I headed to my childhood home to spend Christmas with family. Always fun with little drama.
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Old 11-25-2018, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Proxima Centauri
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Christmas day - prime rib, sugared carrots, baked potatoes, and a salad from my southern garden.
Christmas Eve. - Linguini topped with shrimp and scallops cooked in a butter, olive oil and garlic sauce.

Mangia tutti. Buon Natale, e Dio benedica l'America
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Old 11-25-2018, 11:55 AM
 
Location: La Jolla
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It will just be my husband, younger daughter and me this year. We are going out for an early dinner at a lovely restaurant overlooking the ocean. We leave early the next morning for the 12 hour drive to Salt Lake City to ski for a few days. I'm excited about a quiet, low key Christmas this year. We will miss our older daughter who is visiting her boyfriend's family on the east coast, but she will join us for skiing after Christmas.
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