The Winner of Terri’s prize is Kirsten. Congratulations, Kirsten. Now, on to Tina’s Christmas memory.
An Italian Christmas Memory by Tina Russo Radcliffe
My favorite Christmas memories are those family times before I left home for the army. We always had a houseful of people. Christmas Eve was my father’s Neapolitan family (Uncle Tony, Uncle Ernie, Uncle Angelo, Aunt Annie) with homemade pasta, a nice antipasto, shrimp and squid for the evening meal. Dessert was always homemade cookies: fig cookies, pignoli (pine nut), sesame seed, wedding cakes, and pizzelles. Later we roasted chestnuts in the oven and ate them with eggnog.
Christmas Day was spent with my mother’s family, and they’re Sicilian. The family ate pasta along with ham, and eggplant parmagiana, and tossed salad. Then pies, and cakes and more cookies (People didn’t talk about cholesterol in those days). After dinner the family silently divided into two groups: the men watched football as the women did dishes (definitely a different world in those days!). Later we all watched The Ten Commandments. I come from a big family and I recall myself and all my cousins (at least ten of us) on the floor at my Aunt Josephine’s house watching TV. And because we hadn’t eaten enough, someone would always make popcorn.
Am I the only one who had to eat at the kid’s table? I never did graduate to the adult table. My family was too large.
Wow, I hadn’t thought about those memories in a very long time. Thanks for letting me share. No matter where you are for the holidays let your memories keep you warm.
Tina Radcliffe has been dreaming and scribbling for years. Originally from Western, N.Y., she left home for a tour of duty with the Army Security Agency stationed in Augsburg, Germany and ended up in Tulsa Oklahoma. While living in Tulsa she spent ten years as a Certified Oncology R.N. A two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist and an ACFW Carol Award finalist, Tina has won first place in over twenty RWA affiliated chapter contests. Tina currently resides in Arizona where she writes heartwarming romance.
Rivals of the Heart
A new job in Paradise, Colorado, seems like the perfect fresh start for Dr. Ben Rogers. Only problem is, Dr. Sara Elliott has been counting on getting the same job. Once they negotiate a shared trial run, Ben expects working with Sara to be less than pleasant. Instead, he finds himself drawn to her. She’s dedicated and compassionate, exactly the type of woman he used to want—when family was an option. Yet Ben is surprised to learn that Sara’s life is just as emotionally complicated as his own. And if there isn’t room for both of them at work, how can they make room for each other in their hearts?
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