Christmas in the kitchen

Christmas season isn't always an easy time. Sometimes it seems very far removed from the idealized Grandma Moses-style representations that we see on magazine covers or holiday TV shows, with families gathered around a glowing hearth in a snowy country setting. In fact, many people face a Christmas that's by comparison desolate—a grim cityscape of poverty and homelessness or an inner landscape of grief and loneliness.

Others are troubled with petty annoyances during the holiday season—the last-minute shopping frenzy or the endless hours spent in the kitchen, cooking and cleaning up after Christmas dinner.

December 21, 1992

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