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2. Break the wafer - Another tradition we still practice is the breaking of the Christmas wafer. This is a Polish tradition passed down from my father’s side of the family. The wafer is an incredibly thin flatbread printed with Christmas scenes. It’s called an opłatek. To share it properly, you must hold your wafer and break a corner off someone else’s at the same time. This usually turns into a hilarious contest with my family (Who can break the smallest piece! Who can break the largest! Who can eat all the pieces fastest!).
3. Have dinner with your family - Another important family tradition is the food we eat: no meat on Christmas Eve. Since the majority of my extended family dislikes fish, this usually means we eat a lot of cabbage and pierogies—a type of Polish dumpling stuffed with cheesy mashed potatoes. For dessert, we eat a soft Italian cookie whose name I can’t pronounce and pizzelles (a type of crispy waffle cookie). The cookie recipe are from my mother’s side of the family. This year I may talk everyone into eating a salad, too. Our Christmas Eve meal is very, very beige looking.
4. Snow on the mountain - On Christmas Eve, we usually drive north to my parent’s house. I live an hour south and the drive is often fraught with snow. The Appalachian mountains stretch through Pennsylvania and one of the largest and longest ridges in this area is Blue Mountain. I live on the south side of the ridge. My parents live on the north side. We have to drive over the mountain to get to Christmas Eve dinner. One time it snowed so hard half the road was shut down with fallen trees. Another time I remember sliding more than driving. And the most bizarre drive I remember was when it snowed and thunder-stormed at the same time! There’s nothing quite like fog, snow, and lightning at dusk as you drive into the teeth of winter. It’s become something of a tradition to pray for balmy weather and no snow!
5. Make your own tradition - Every year my family and I do something different on Christmas Eve. Sometimes we open one gift, sometimes we watch a movie, and sometimes (if there’s snow), I drag everyone outside and we build snowmen or go for a walk. It’s lovely to do the same thing every year, but it’s also fun to try something new, too!
Erin M. Leaf is the author of Angel’s Power
Ariel will do anything for her brother, even serve on the Angel Council. Unfortunately, her wings are changing colors, a sign of illness among the People. Even more alarming, no one else can sense the energy of the winds as she is beginning to, but she has no time to worry about it. Demons are loose on Earth.
When Suriel arrives to help them, Ariel’s immediate attraction to the sorcerer confuses her. She can’t afford to commit to anyone while her wings are damaged and the demons won’t wait until she’s better before attacking.
Suriel doesn’t expect to meet his soul-mate, but the moment he sees Ariel, he is lost. His power is unstable and he worries he’ll hurt her if she gets close, but Ariel draws him like no other. When she is injured in battle, will he put his fears aside and do whatever it takes to save her?
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