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Break out Sauerkraut Soup, itís Christmas
Your West Valley ^ | Sunday, December 23, 2012 | DAN McCARTHY

Posted on 12/25/2012 12:45:25 AM PST by nickcarraway

Pierogi. Kielbasa. Kapusta. Oplatek.

Ah, it wouldn’t be Christmas without them.

Hard to believe my last name is McCarthy, huh?

Well, my mother’s maiden name was Lajewski. Sounds just like it’s spelled: “Why-es-kee.”

For a guy who sheds a tear at every version of “Danny Boy” or enjoys a pint of Guinness or two or ... Christmas for me is a Polish tradition. Though our families today are far flung, from Arizona to New Jersey, New York City, Colorado, Buffalo and Virginia, the memories of those family Christmases in Sayreville, N.J., remain and revisit this time of year. Whether in the basements of the McCarthys, Samuels or Plewas or the kitchen of Nanny and Gramps or, later, my sister Jerilyn’s in Arizona, Christmas Eve remains the brightest memory of all.

I remember my grandfather making sure everyone had enough Four Roses and Ballantine.

I remember my Aunt Deanie making sure everyone had their fill of mushroom soup with the dried mushrooms shipped in from the old country, of course. Can’t forget my grandfather’s never-duplicated sauerkraut soup. That’s right, sauerkraut soup. The best.

I remember my sister reminding us how important it was to pass around the oplatki and kiss each other — not a mean feat for a family not into the public lovey dovey. At Christmas, though, it was different.

I remember missing the woman who would become my wife when I visited folks in Arizona one Christmas. I looked at her picture a lot that holiday.

I remember bringing my dad to Christmas from the hospital after his stroke and other ailments so he could spend the holiday with us.

I remember how my mother brightened up on the Christmas Eve when cancer was winning the battle.

In good times and times of sorrow, there is something about Christmas that makes things better, makes us appreciate what we have, who we have and who we miss.


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1 posted on 12/25/2012 12:45:29 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Mine’s a Bohemian / German / Austrian Christmas. Christmas dinner’s just not right without sauerkraut.


2 posted on 12/25/2012 12:53:19 AM PST by BlessedBeGod
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To: nickcarraway

Oh yes-We just had pierogies the other day!


3 posted on 12/25/2012 1:22:25 AM PST by Amberdawn
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To: BlessedBeGod

I love sauerkraut (being half German). We have a great restaurant nearby where I live (the Bohemian Crystal) with great food and great sauerkraut. Yuuummmmm.


4 posted on 12/25/2012 1:57:43 AM PST by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: BlessedBeGod

I love sauerkraut (being half German). We have a great restaurant nearby where I live (the Bohemian Crystal) with great food and great sauerkraut. Yuuummmmm.


5 posted on 12/25/2012 1:57:43 AM PST by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: nickcarraway

Had the traditional Christmas Eve fare last night.
Fish and pierogies.


6 posted on 12/25/2012 2:42:11 AM PST by Vinnie (A)
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To: nickcarraway
Kapusta, stuffed cabbage, pierogis, some of my favorite foods and I am 100% french canadian. Grew up in a small town that was mostly polish.
7 posted on 12/25/2012 4:05:55 AM PST by NH Red
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To: nickcarraway
Kapusta, stuffed cabbage, pierogis, some of my favorite foods and I am 100% french canadian. Grew up in a small town that was mostly polish.
8 posted on 12/25/2012 4:06:06 AM PST by NH Red
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To: nickcarraway

Kielbasa is my favorite for Christmas.

WESOLYCH SWIAT!!


9 posted on 12/25/2012 6:30:43 AM PST by deweyfrank
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Can't find anyone who can make czernina. My grandma made the best. Would love to have some now.
10 posted on 12/25/2012 7:37:06 AM PST by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: Hegewisch Dupa

Pingski


11 posted on 12/25/2012 7:39:19 AM PST by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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I made 86 meat Pierogi for Christmas!
12 posted on 12/25/2012 7:46:02 AM PST by the lastbestlady (I now believe that we have two lives; the life we learn with and the life we live with after that.)
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