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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Home for Christmas (11/20/08)

TITLE: A New Home For Christmas
By John Chang


It has been a few months. Lydia was apprehensive yet excited. She had been the forerunner for the family. Alone, she had headed out away from home – well – what was home - a few months earlier to both set up home and to begin her college studies in Winnipeg, Canada. Her dad and mum had surprised her and her sister by announcing the family migration to Canada from the South East Asian country they had lived in. It had coincided with her departure to college in Canada. And the family decided to settle in Winnipeg – city home to the university she will be attending.

But her younger sister was months away from her own graduation from high school. Lydia’s mum and dad decided that Lydia will head over to Canada first and the rest of the family will join her at Christmas weeks after her younger’s sister graduation.

And here she was - sitting in the apartment she had chosen as the first base for her family in Canada. Besides going for her first fall semester at university, Lydia had prepared the home with the essentials liaising constantly with her mum as to what will be brought over and what will not be. And since Christmas was the time all had decided on to meet again, Lydia had braved the icy streets and snow slush to drag home a small Christmas tree which she later decorated with lights, ornaments and tinsel. She had agonized over the frozen turkeys at the supermarket shelf which she thought were too big and finally decided on a fair sized bird. It will be a surprise to the family especially to her mum since she was not the one inclined to cook unlike her younger sister. This will be her first turkey and she had used the Internet to find an appropriate recipe without too much elaborate ingredients. She hoped the turkey will turn out well. The rest of the dinner she figured she could handle. Fruit salad – it was what she did best. Ice cream for dessert – that should not be a surprise to the family since they knew how much she gobbled up that stuff. And a nice bottle of wine – actually just some good grape juice - will complete the evening.

A few hours more and their flight will be in. She will have to leave earlier dependent as she was on public transport to get to the airport. Her dad had forbidden her from attempting to buy a car. He felt she was not ready to negotiate such a transaction. The knock on the door brought her out of her reverie. It was her friend Katie who had agreed to baby cook the turkey – basting it and turning it over – and will disappear just before Lydia returned with her folks. They hugged each other; Neither could quite hold back from leaving each other with a host of instructions and then Lydia was off.

As she headed out, the music in the corridor – the Christmas decorations in the streets – the snow on the ground – brought gratitude to her heart. It was good to spend Christmas again amidst snow and cold weather. It will be good to bring her folks home to their new home for Christmas.

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Yvonne Blake 11/30/08
If this is based on your own life, then I want say that you are brave to do this. You are a good daughter to bring your family here and show them a wonderful Christmas.