I had originally written this as a Christmas Letter to my family. It talks about when I was young and what I remembered best about the Holiday.
I Hope your Holiday is as special as I know mine will be!
– Recollections of Christmas Eve, Abt. 1958 – Cuba, North Dakota
Of course it was Christmas Day that included a holiday feast with ham, turkey and all the trimmings, but it was the Christmas Eve meal that would become our family’s favorite tradition. My parents loved oyster stew and crackers, and would served it as our family’s “pre-gift” Holiday Eve treat. Unfortunately, my brother Eugene and I wouldn’t eat it. To placate us, the youngest of the six children, they would serve a second type of soup, Campbell’s chicken noodle. Even though we had different soups, we all shared the other part of the menu, the little round oyster crackers.
Other holiday meals included richer foods, but the sights and smells of the chicken and oyster soups along with the crackle of the cellophane bag containing those crackers, remain in my memory.
The soups were served at our table in…
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