WeWriWa—Enjoying Christmas morning


Welcome back to Weekend Writing Warriors and Snippet Sunday, weekly Sunday hops where writers share 8–10 sentences from a book or WIP. This year, my Chanukah- and Christmas-themed snippets come from Chapter 20, “Dueling December Holidays,” of the book formerly known as The Very First (which is set during 1938). The new and improved title will finally be revealed upon its release next year!

This week’s snippet comes a few lines after last week’s, when young Cinnimin Filliard unwrapped her Christmas present from her secret crush Barry, her best friend Sparky’s favorite brother. He got her The Sword in the Stone and put in a very nice inscription.

Piernik is Polish gingerbread. Lucinda is Cinni’s aunt.

With the wrapping paper, tissue paper, ribbons, and unwrapped presents still strewn all over the living room, they went to the kitchen for a traditional Polish Christmas breakfast. Lucinda and Mrs. Filliard made several big pans of scrambled eggs with goat cheese and spinach while Mr. Filliard got the rest of the feast from the icebox and pantry. As soon as the scrambled eggs were done, they joined smoked salmon, apricot coffeecake, piernik, pickled mushrooms, cold cuts with horseradish, raspberry tea, marinated vegetable salad, and oranges on the table.

After breakfast, Cinni went up to the attic to change into one of her gifts from Bogda, a black rayon dress featuring orange flowers with large leaves. This was the only article of clothing she’d enjoyed unwrapping. Her great-grandma might be seventy-five, but she understood fashion, and knew what kinds of clothes Cinni liked to wear. Cinni hoped she’d be such a fashionable elder when it was her own time.

Cinni and her family spent the afternoon in the living room, listening to the radio, playing board games, and doing jigsaw puzzles. Towards 4:00, Cinni’s stomach led her into the kitchen for something to tide her over until the early dinner. Surely her mother wouldn’t lecture her about her sweet tooth and spoiling her appetite on Christmas of all days.

9 thoughts on “WeWriWa—Enjoying Christmas morning

    • Yes, Veronica,

      as sense grows, so often does appreciation of fashion.

      Specifically, a sense of history and how it goes forward into the future.

      Yes, Bogda is very fashion-forward! Black and orange go together so well [almost as well as brown and orange]. I am imagining a middle orange or a burnt orange and probably not so much a neon one.

      And part of being a Fashionable Elder is service to others and guidance.


  1. My favorite Polish food (okay, the only Polish food I eat) is perogies. When I moved to the States I missed the ready availability of perogies: Western Canada has lots of Ukranians, hence lots of perogies. Have you heard they’re going to change the name of Edmonton to Yukon City? It’s because there’s a Uke on every corner.


    • Jessica,

      I thought it was an enjoyable Christmas too.

      Especially when the great-grandmother gave Cinnimin clothes.

      And meeting Lucinda for the first time [in the extracts of the Very First I actually remember].


  2. Carrie-Anne,

    I felt a lump in my throat as I read the last sentence.

    Cinni’s Mum does lecture her about the sweet tooth?

    [Probably a lot of us have been harped on at Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and even Boxing/St Stephen’s Day for humiliation which lasts deep into the New Year].

    And how good is piernik? I always understood it was a cake. Now I know it is a cake full of gingerbread. And honey on the inside?

    How quick it was for me to turn Bodga into Prababka. [though I think the family I first learned it from was Jewish – in Antonia Forest’s THE CRICKET TERM]. Prababka = great-grandmother in Polish.

    Cinni is an elder in the 1990s-2000s.

    Yes, four o’clock in the afternoon [1600 hours] would be a good time for eating. The blood sugar seems to go down at that hour or close to it.

    Goat cheese and spinach are a good accompaniment to scrambled eggs.

    All the fruit – like the apricot coffee cake and the oranges on the table.

    Duelling December Holidays is a good title for the chapter.

    And is Cinni reading SWORD IN THE STONE? What did she think of it? Apart that it’s from Barry and she’d want to treasure it in that case.


  3. Sounds like a great Christmas for everyone. Cinni should be very happy with her gifts–I think The Sword in the Stone was very appropriate for Barry to give her. I think she’ll love it! Happy Holidays, Carrie-Anne!


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