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Old 13th December 2008, 01:39 PM   #1
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Whatever you will be celebrating - Christmas, Chanukkah - happy holidays to all of you, and of course a happy New Year, too!


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Old 13th December 2008, 03:35 PM   #2
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Whatever you will be celebrating - Christmas, Chanukkah - happy holidays to all of you, and of course a happy New Year, too!


I'm buying the Christmas tree this weekend. Everybody else I know has one already around these parts.

You forgot Kwanzaa.
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Old 13th December 2008, 05:56 PM   #3
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Happy Christmas everyone!

As we now have a baby we are able to take it a bit easier this year compared to the usual hectic Spanish Christmas schedule...

In practical terms this means that we get to escape just ONE of the 5 celebrations... (24th, 25th, 31st, 1st and 6th...)! Still looking forward to it though, and the night we get to ourselves in the 31st. Hurray!

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Old 13th December 2008, 08:32 PM   #4
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You forgot Kwanzaa.
And Divali, and Eid-al-Adha! ;-)
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Old 13th December 2008, 10:25 PM   #5
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And Divali, and Eid-al-Adha! ;-)

And of course... "Thursday".
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Old 13th December 2008, 11:30 PM   #6
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And of course... "Thursday".
That's sooo 2 days ago!
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Old 14th December 2008, 01:53 AM   #7
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That's sooo 2 days ago!

I'm pretty sure it will come back in fashion fairly soon. These things always do.

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Old 14th December 2008, 02:00 AM   #8
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Happy Holidays to everyone. I'm curious - any special holiday traditions you want to share? One of ours is that my wife goes into alot of school classrooms and reads the same Chanukah story each year.
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Old 14th December 2008, 05:31 AM   #9
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Happy Holidays to everyone. I'm curious - any special holiday traditions you want to share? One of ours is that my wife goes into alot of school classrooms and reads the same Chanukah story each year.

I eat. Mmm.

In Peru, Christmas means Turkey, Arroz Arabe, Panetón (Panettone) and Hot chocolate.
In Lima, a visit to the beach is also often practised.
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We get fat and broke.
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Old 14th December 2008, 02:29 PM   #11
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Happy Solstice!!!

Nice little sounds of the holidays here.
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In Peru, Christmas means Turkey, Arroz Arabe, Panetón (Panettone) and Hot chocolate.
bought my Panettone today. I did not realise that it was also a Christmas tradition in Peru - thought it was just an Italian (or really Milanese) thing. Checking that always reliable source of information that is Wikipedia seems that the Italians are trying to get protected status for the product to fight off the competition.

Merry Christmas to you all!
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Old 14th December 2008, 05:41 PM   #13
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One of ours is that my wife goes into alot of school classrooms and reads the same Chanukah story each year.
'Scuse my ignorance, but what is Chanukah? And what is the story?
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Old 14th December 2008, 07:31 PM   #14
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bought my Panettone today. I did not realise that it was also a Christmas tradition in Peru - thought it was just an Italian (or really Milanese) thing. Checking that always reliable source of information that is Wikipedia seems that the Italians are trying to get protected status for the product to fight off the competition.

Merry Christmas to you all!
Peru is big on panettones (here a family of 4 might eat 1 paneton each week for 6 weeks), so are other Latin American countries with large numbers of Italian immigrants.
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bought my Panettone today. I did not realise that it was also a Christmas tradition in Peru - thought it was just an Italian (or really Milanese) thing. Checking that always reliable source of information that is Wikipedia seems that the Italians are trying to get protected status for the product to fight off the competition.

Merry Christmas to you all!
Panettone... lethal stuff! Marina bought a huge one the other day and I devoured nearly the whole thing in 48 hours. I get out of bed at night to eat a bit, tearing off a handful at a time! Just too damn delicious to be allowed into the house again for a few weeks!
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'Scuse my ignorance, but what is Chanukah? And what is the story?
Chanukah (also spelled Hanukkah) is a Jewish holiday that typically falls in December also. It is to celebrate the rededication of the Second Temple of Jerusalem, and it lasts 8 days. Each day a candle is lit on the Menorah.

I can't speak certainly for ksgrossman's story, but I would guess it is a story about the holiday and its origins/significance?
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Old 14th December 2008, 09:22 PM   #17
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Happy Solstice!!!
Now you are talking!
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Chanukah (also spelled Hanukkah) is a Jewish holiday that typically falls in December also. It is to celebrate the rededication of the Second Temple of Jerusalem, and it lasts 8 days. Each day a candle is lit on the Menorah.

I can't speak certainly for ksgrossman's story, but I would guess it is a story about the holiday and its origins/significance?
Perro Callejero is correct about the description of Chanukah. It's common to eat potato pancakes (latkes) and doughnuts. The kids play a game with a spinning top, which is called dreidel. Here's more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chanukah.

The book my wife reads to the kids is Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins. The kids love it.
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bought my Panettone today. I did not realise that it was also a Christmas tradition in Peru - thought it was just an Italian (or really Milanese) thing.
Peru has been eating Papapán (pan de papa) for a while now - it is whiter than white bread, softer and tastier, it also helps Andean potato growers.

Representatives of Andean communities have just today began the promotion of Papanetón. I'll be buying one asap, they say it is riquísimo.
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Old 15th December 2008, 03:53 AM   #20
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Panettone... lethal stuff! Marina bought a huge one the other day and I devoured nearly the whole thing in 48 hours. I get out of bed at night to eat a bit, tearing off a handful at a time! Just too damn delicious to be allowed into the house again for a few weeks!
Isn't that the same as pan quemao?
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