Christmas (book) is a'coming . . .Out this fall - watch
|Joan has celebrated Christmas in a big old house
on a farm near Leslie, SK, in Foam Lake, SK, in two suburbs of Toronto (Scarborough
and North York), in Malton, Brampton and Ottawa, ON, in Cold Lake, AB, in
two Montreal-area suburbs (Beaconsfield and Pincourt), in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue,
on the western tip of Montreal Island, and, since 1992, back in Foam Lake.
Sandwiched between chapters on Christmas in her favourite locations are
facts, history, superstition, legends and reflections covering the season
from Christmas Eve through to Boxing Day, New Year's Eve and Epipany. Who
is the anonymous bringer of gifts? Depends on where you live. Why should
we all have Christmas spiders in our decorated trees? That ancient legend
might have originated in any of several countries. Joan also tries to answer
the most pressing question of all: what are the authentic ingredients for
tourtière? Speaking of food, the book includes the family favourite
holiday fare, traditional prairie, French-Canadian, and Icelandic. Dozens
of photos are scattered through the 160 pages.
Meanwhile, Joan is very aware that, for many people and for many diverse reasons, Christmas is not the happiest moment of the year. There is a short chapter devoted to those among us who do not find Christmas the happiest moment of the year, and to family and friends who want to do the right thing.
The title? It's in honour of a Secret Santa who delivered an annual parade of works of art that ultimately caught the attention of an entire prairie town. That story earned its own chapter, complete with photos of each of the gifts.
Raised on a farm near Leslie, SK, Joan attended Rosevale, a one-roomed
rural school, until the family moved to Foam Lake. Following high school,
she moved on to Toronto and journalism. A combination of frequent moves
required by her first husband's job and the arrival of Joe, Ruth and Inga
created a hiatus from writing; the creative spark reignited when she moved
to Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue QC and met Jack Cadham and his 24-foot sailboat,
Hirondelle. Jack, Joan, three cats and two sailboats moved to Foam Lake
in 1992 where they paid cash for a house.
contents copyright © Joan Eyolfson Cadham
Joan Eyolfson Cadham
Box 1049 Foam Lake Sask S0A 1A0
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