Christmas and Hanukkah (Holidays and Celebrations) by Elizabeth A. Dice

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This is a particularly rich cake that is shaped and decorated to look like a log of wood, such as one would put in a fireplace. The tradition comes from the pagan custom of the Yule log, which died away when gigantic open hearths were replaced by small iron stoves. The only about 1 percent of the large logs gave way to small French in France are Jewish, logs decorated with holly but that still amounts to and greens used for centerapproximately 640,000 peopieces on the table. In time ple. People who celebrate the French, whose cuisine is Hanukkah in Paris can go to legendary, came up with the one of the restaurants that sweet dessert made to look have created a new tradition like a log.

Some were employed in the damp, unhealthy conditions of the coal mines, while others operated machinery for the textile industry, sometimes for 16 hours at a time. The work was not only boring and repetitious, the children risked injury from machines that lacked safety features and on which they had little training. Dickens himself had been forced to go to work at age 12 when his father was imprisoned for debt. ) During that part of his life, he lived in a boarding house and spent his days pasting labels on boxes in a shoe blacking (shoe polish) factory.

Some families throw a spoonful of the kutya at the ceiling. If it sticks, the superstition is that there will be a good honey harvest that year. Often a house blessing is offered at this time. Once the first star has appeared in the sky, the real feasting begins. Although all of the food served is strictly lenten (suitable for Lent; spare and meatless), it is served in an unusually festive and anticipatory manner and style. ” The family gathers around the table to honor the coming Christ child.

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