Let­ter of the month

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - YOUR LETTERS -

Tra­di­tional nos­tal­gia

I re­ally en­joyed read­ing about the magic mo­ments act­ing edi­tor Ni­cola Rus­sell cre­ated for her son when he was small. I re­mem­ber our fam­ily Christ­mas tra­di­tions vividly, even though it was 60 years ago! Our fam­ily were ve­g­ans – highly un­usual in the 1950s. So there was no roast turkey on Christ­mas Day, or roast lamb, which would have been more usual back then. Fa­ther Christ­mas used to leave our pre­sents in a pil­low­case on the end of our beds. Af­ter we un­wrapped our one or two small gifts, we would go to the river for a pic­nic lunch. Our big treat was iced fruit cake, which had three­penny pieces baked in­side! As three­pence was my pocket money for the week, find­ing a three­penny bit in my piece of cake was ex­tremely ex­cit­ing! KATHRYN SIMP­SON

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