TRACY SHUTE Harbour Grace
Tracey Shute’s most cherished Christmas memories centre on spending time with her family. Christmas dinner, in particular, was an especially jovial, family affair.
“Christmas supper would be wherever my grandmother, Mariah Mercer, was,” she said.
For the Shut e family, it did not matter where Mariah hung her hat. It is whe re t h e suppe r would be.
“Whether it was at her home in Upper Island Cove, or the home of whichever one of her children she was spending Christmas with,” said Shute.
Turning to present day, the tradition continues in the Shute household. The hostess has changed, but the message remains the same. “My mother now carries Mariah’s torch,” said Shute. The 30 members of Shute’s extended family will all spend the morning at her mother’s home. Dinner will consist of a cold plate supper fit for “kings and queens,” but is not the best part of Shute’s Christmas.
“It is having, as my dad would say, the whole fam-damily … all together in one house,” she said.
That includes aunts, uncles, cousins from both sides of the family, and “now our own children all together in one house of absolutely wonderful, noisy and funny family Christmas madness.”