Greetings to all this Christmas!
I would like to share some exciting news with all of you.
Recently I was contacted by email by Wayne Chan. This “unknown to me” person asked if I would be interested in contributing a recipe of mine to an anthology that he was putting together. At first, I was thrilled and thought “Wow, that’s nice. Someone had checked out my blog and was interested in adding it to his own book?” I was feeling quite honoured.
Then I became leery. Who was this person? Was he a legitimate writer? Was I going to have to send him money and then get scammed? Ha, I know…sounds silly doesn’t it? Maybe it’s a generational thing!
Anyway, after finding out that Wayne Chan really was a writer residing in Winnipeg (my apologies to you, Wayne), I decided to trust him and gave him permission to not only reprint my Ukrainian Christmas Eve Holubtsi recipe but also to include one of my earlier Christmas posts “Oh Christmas Tree“. Check out pages 141 and 179.
In case you are wondering, I preferred to stay fairly anonymous for this anthology and on this blog. I use a pen name and only my family and close friends know the “real” me. I am probably way too paranoid, but that’s just me.
I now have no doubts that this request was legitimate because I received my printed copy of “Manitoba at Christmas – Holiday Memories in the Keystone Province” edited by Wayne Chan, in the mail. I am truly honoured.
As I peruse the book I see that he has gathered nearly 400 years of holiday stories and memories of how Christmas was celebrated by Manitobans, past and present. The book is presently for sale and is available from Wayne Chan and is also being sold at McNally Robinson Booksellers (1120 Grant Avenue, Winnipeg, MB Canada R3M 2A6; Toll Free 1-800-561-1833).
So, if you are still looking for a unique gift….please consider Manitoba At Christmas!
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