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Breaking two of my Christmas traditions
|By LYNDA JENSEN|
Generally speaking, I wait until the week before Christmas to put up holiday decorations on our house, and then leave them up until spring thaw.
This year, I decided to set up decorations early (weekend after Thanksgiving), being that I took so many pictures of other people's lights.
No promises about when they come down.
I used to feel minor twinges of conscience over leaving them up so long, until I noticed all the people who actually leave theirs up through summer (the icicle lights, mainly).
So, I broke my first tradition this year by setting up lights in a timely fashion.
Another tradition I broke already was the fact that I already wrapped half of my Christmas presents (this is really nuts).
Normally, I wait until the week of (or day before) Christmas Eve, and then run out, buying gifts for my family and friends.
I would actually obtain fairly good deals at that point, since so many things are marked down by then; although the selection was zero.
Picture this: half off loud purple earrings one of those "You shouldn't have," gifts.
This time, I got smart and bought items post season last year, so I got a head start.
I still refuse to take part in the Thanksgiving shopping horde, and I still don't understand those crazy people who run out and buy all their presents a month before Christmas.
One past shopping trip to St. Cloud during this time of year cured me of any illusions I will never do that again! Yuck. The traffic was unbelievable and the crowded shopping carts at each store was very un-fun.
With my high cholesterol, I am still trying to keep away from Whoppers and other delicious foods.
Heck, why don't I sue Burger King, because I can't stop shoving greasy burgers into my mouth?
Ha ha. A little dark humor there. Our society is really reaching its limits in personal responsibility, and the courts are condoning this idiotic thinking. Don't get me started on that subject . . .
Surprisingly, I've discovered food that is higher than I thought in saturated fat:
· macaroni and cheese (16 percent) my kids' all-time favorite food.
(Incidentally, those ungrateful wretches my kids would rather eat macaroni and cheese until it comes out of their ears rather than my good, homemade chicken soup, or anything I sweat over the stove to make Darn 'em!)
· ice cream (15 percent)
· lasagna (20 percent)
· egg nog (30 percent saturated fat. In other words, I could shove two blocks of butter into my mouth and this would be equivalent to a pint of egg nog.)
· very naughty real butter is 38 percent saturated fat.
I didn't give up lasagna yet, for those of you who tried my "Idiot Proof Lasagna" recipe. I've been getting better at it, and my kids like it.
In fact, I was given the ultimate compliment by my daughter she actually opened the fridge and asked me where it was to pack her lunch (this being on the tail end of the pan!).
Strangely, I volunteered to make this for Christmas dinner and my sisters were in favor of the idea (the fools! Ha ha!).
I'll tell you how it works out later.
Howard Lake-Waverly Herald & Winsted-Lester Prairie