Menorah – Big Bear Ice Arena
Once again the holiday season is upon us. It seems so different then when I was a kid. I use to look forward to the snow and even the cold, cause Christmas was soon to come.
Today, I really don’t want to see either the snow or cold, but still look forward to the Christmas season though. A long time ago I realized that the holiday season is more then the Christian holiday I grew up with.
Each religion, race and yes, some different cultural customs take place. In Minnesota they have this food, I use the term food loosely……it is called Lutefisk (lye fish – English translation) it takes about 14 days to prepare this properly.
My grand parents would spend 4 or 5 days soaking it in water, changing the water daily then a couple of days soaking it in a mild version of lye to cure the fish. Then of course rinsing it for several more days and then finally preparing it to eat. Sound good so far? Smiling now.
I don’t think there are words to describe the odor accurately. Ten day old smelly socks in a hamper, a garbage dump, dead skunk on the road or even a rodding body can’t come close to the pungent odor Lutefisk has.
Because I am Swedish, Norwegian and Finish I was suppose to have the taste buds for Lutefisk. I might have the taste buds, but my nose was all American and I could never get passed the smell.
I tried to please my grand parents and parents by attempting to eat Lutefisk, but to no avail. Thank God my mom understood and made hot dog for us kids.
Now that is my cultural story for this holiday season. I would love to hear yours.
We had an event that will only happen once in a lifetime. Thanksgivukkah. This year Thanksgiving and the first day of Hanukkah will converge at the same time. The next time it will happen is 79,000 years away. Hope you enjoyed Thanksgivukkah.
The pic above is a Menorah at Big Bear Ice Area celebrating Hanukkah.