October 13, 2009

The WMRC's Great Canadian Train Show & The Holidays

Just a reminder... The Winnipeg Model Railroad Club will be hosting their Great Canadian Train Show and Flea Market at the Mennonite Brethren Collegiate, 180 Riverton on October 17 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and October 18 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to browse and buy. Funds raised will go toward the Autism Society. Neat. A way to have fun, help others and find some Christmas gifts. Want more info? Go to

When I think of the holiday season, the answer to "What was the best decade?" is pretty obvious. The 50s. No doubt about it.

Back then there weren't so many choices. You didn't have it your way. 'Special Orders' were unheard of. If you had a problem with something, it was YOUR problem. Our mothers could get away with a ham or a turkey, potatoes - mashed or baked or sweet - some vegetables and fruitcake with coffee. If they were feeling adventurous, they could try the Kraft recipe they saw on Perry Como and shyly present the marshmallow studded jellied salad that looked like an armadillo as 'Something for a little variety'.

They'd be regarded as slackers today.

People complain about seeing Christmas items in the stores in September. It takes that long to figure out what one can safely serve. We live in a multicultural society, a politically correct society, a health conscious society, a pain in the wazoo society.

Picture it - a young couple from different backgrounds is about to host their first family feast. They had to make decisions about religion, children and money. That was the easy part.

Now they're facing relatives. This isn't just a meal. It's loyalty, tradition, recipes. Mothers are involved. One served cornbread stuffing, the other used white bread. I've known women who cooked two birds, just to keep the peace. Their mothers came, ate, beamed and agreed - the turkey was dry.

But they're Manitobans. They're tough. They survived the holidays.

Have a great day. How can you miss - you're in Winnipeg!

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