Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas to All

In his memoir of growing up Italian in the East End, A.J. Wood recalls "The Meal of the Seven Fishes" on Christmas Eve, Midnight Mass and spending hours at the table for the Christmas Feast.

For Jewish people, Christmas was the day to head for Larry's Deli. Alas, the deli is no more and Plainfield's Jewish population is sparse.

Plainfield's ever-increasing diversity means that some folks have already observed their major holiday on Eid al-Adha or Diwali.

Whatever you will be doing in the next couple of days, Plaintalker wishes you enjoyment with friends and family. If you are far from your relatives, you can come for dinner at the First Unitarian Society of Plainfield at Park & Seventh or perhaps at other churches.

As a reporter, I had to work one holiday per year and when I picked Christmas, the assignment often was to cover the re-enactment of Washington crossing the Delaware. It was pretty much the same story every year, except perhaps the time it was so cold that the river police wouldn't let the re-enactors put their boats in the water and they just walked across the bridge. I was glad when an editor decided just to pick up the story from the Associated Press and I only had to go to Somerville to cover a free holiday dinner.

Have a pleasant couple of days!



Blogger Hughes ap Williams said...

I loved covering the Washington Crossing re-enactment and would do it again.

It's always amazing how many foreign visitors are there.

7:12 AM  
Blogger Bernice said...

It's true, I recall seeing many Asian visitors. It is a spectacle and it teaches a lot about the nation's beginnings.

11:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well maybe that is why they "Let George Do It" the first time.

An amateur historian's joke.


4:32 PM  

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