A family recipe, a childhood memory, a Depression-era handout
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Ann Blondo is the pseudonym of a writer living in Portland, Oregon. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Open City, Jane, and Portland Monthly, and she is currently writing a novel.
Now she is down to three children on Christmas Eve, and instead of turkey and mashed potatoes, we order pizza. This tradition arose when Grandma grew overwhelmed by the logistics of cooking but refused my mother’s offer to take over. Soon Grandma found even the dishes burdensome, so we switched to paper plates. More recently she has developed an aversion to dirty glasses, so we’ve started using plastic cups.