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FRESH OFF THE PLANE: Ho! Ho! Ho! And a hearty Christmas dinner!

Our neighbours had invited us over for a Christmas meal at their church on our first Christmas in Canada.

Delighted at being included, but unsure of what we would eat as the event was billed as a ‘turkey dinner’ – and we are strict vegetarians – we decided to eat before going.

That way, said my wise wife, we could pick at some of the food that was available without offending anyone and without starving the whole evening.

So we had a good dinner, got ready and went over to join the neighbours who were going to take us to their church for the dinner.

Imagine our surprise when we saw an Indian meal laid out in our honour.

Samosas, salad, raita, alu gobhi, chana masala, rice and naans. 

“We ordered it from a local restaurant specially for you as we thought you might be vegetarian.” they said. 

“Of course, you are more than welcome to try some turkey!”

We couldn’t possibly tell them we were full, having already consumed a big meal. 

It was really hard to eat a second dinner, but there was such child-like anticipation on the faces of our neighbours as they waited for our verdict on their efforts, that we dug in enthusiastically, loving them for being so thoughtful and welcoming.

After that, we joined Marie and Greg for dinner every Christmas, but it was a few years before we confessed to what had transpired that first Christmas!         
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Posted: Dec 4, 2013

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