Letter From New York 12 22 14 On Christmas Quiches…

Today was devoted to Christmas quiches. Somewhere along the line it has become a Christmas tradition that I make Christmas quiches for my friends and neighbors and so today I made them, eighteen in total, supported by the faithful Nick. Since early this morning I was prepping for the day, slicing ham, dicing mushrooms, shredding cheese, steaming asparagus, putting together all the various things that were to make up this year’s Christmas quiches.

Christmas is upon us. I have a couple of presents to wrap but other than that I am done. It feels good.

It doesn’t look like it will be a white Christmas here in Claverack. Probably very damp but not white. And that’s okay. I celebrate that it’s not Minnesota cold. But then Minnesota is not as cold as it used to be.

In fact, according to some, Minneapolis is going to be a very temperate place in the next century, the product of climate change. Wine growing regions are moving north.

These are extraordinary things, this shifting of climates. It is all changing. The old timers here tell me that winters here in Claverack are nothing like they used to be – oh, so much milder. I always say that winters here are the way we hoped winters in Minnesota would be but never were.

It is a tolerable winter.

So we won’t have a white Christmas but we’ll have the spirit of a white Christmas even if it is not.

My car is full of quiches, ready to be delivered tomorrow. I feel a bit like Santa. Instead of a sleigh I have a red Toyota Prius and I am Santa like as I drive through Columbia County dispensing my bounty.

The first reviews have been good and I’m glad. Of the eighteen quiches three went home with young Nick and he texted me that they were great! And I’m glad.

It is satisfying to give gifts that were made in my kitchen. It feels like a throw back to Christmases past, when gifts were made at home and shared with friends and neighbors – not an orgy of mall shopping or online binging. Though I have to say, thank God for online shopping! Most of my gifts came through online buying rather than personal shopping. So much more convenient!

Most of the presents I am giving this year have been purchased online and shipped to me. The convenience is staggering. And then, in the name of my family, I made a donation to the USO.

Most of us Tombers don’t really need anything so I gave to a cause that I thought really needed something. I haven’t always agreed with our government’s military decisions but I support the men and women who have answered the call and gone and fought for us in our foreign adventures.

I can’t imagine anything harder than spending Christmas in a foreign land without your family and friends. So I tried to do something about it by donating to the USO.

Christmas is upon us. Tomorrow I will go and do a massive Christmas shop for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, both of which will be celebrated here at the cottage with old friends.

May all of us be celebrating those days with old friends and loved ones.

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