The Ghost of Christmas repast

Ralph Davis of Wahroonga thinks: “The Christmas turkey custom (C8) is just like the Australia Day lamb custom – each dreamt up by hungry Aussie promoting executives,” and Paul Keys of Cloud Creek says: “There have been no turkeys for Christmas within the 1950s in my surrounds. Rooster for those who had cash and a slice of Okay.R. Darling Downs tinned ham for us.” However others beg to vary. Alison Gyger of Sydney is 87 and undoubtedly has recollections of turkey as a part of Christmas. “We picked them up at Newcastle station, as they had been despatched by rail (two trains) by my grandparents in Forbes.” In her 70s, Anne Cook dinner of Ermington is a spring rooster comparatively and remembers roast turkey on Christmas Day. “For a few years, we had a sizzling Christmas lunch till somebody had a lightbulb second and it turned a chilly banquet.”

“An much more latest banning of Christmas than Cromwell’s (C8) was the Puritans of Massachusetts – from 1659 to 1681, when offenders had been fined 5 shillings for the merriment,” writes Chris Lockley of Alstonville. “Ironic that the primary ‘conflict on Christmas’ within the US was truly waged by its non secular founders.”

“Sure, Heather Finch (C8), I used to be at Parramatta Excessive for 2 phrases in 1956, and have now been residing in rural Bali for nearly seven years,” replies Warren Menteith of Nyatnyatan.

“What a yr it has been,” says Sue Casiglia of North Ryde. “Now that we’re nearing the top of 2020, I believe it is a good time to look again to see if there have been any clairvoyants, palm readers, psychics, psychic astrologers, psychic mediums and maximums who precisely, reliably and credibly predicted, in writing for the general public document, the coronavirus that crippled Australia and, certainly, the world. In case you did, put up your hand. We wish to see what you are predicting for 2021.”

Jack Dikian of Mosman hates to look to the celebrities for solutions, “however, as they are saying, determined instances require determined measures. Seems there’s a sample rising between the Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions, which occurs each 20 years, and illness. Polio reached pandemic proportions in 1940; typhoid fever in the USA in 1960; and Ebola first appeared in 1980. I’m wondering what’s in retailer for 2040.”