Tuesday, December 21, 2010
December 25, 1941, with the U.S. only two weeks into its involvement in World War II, the future might have been forboding, but no rationing or shortages had struck us yet. It would be, if not the last peacetime Christmas, then the last Christmas of pre-war style celebration.
Here at the Sheraton Hotel in Springfield, Massachusetts, Christmas Dinner, a spread of several courses from fruit cup to appetizers such as chopped chicken livers, to soups, to the main course, your choice of several (roast turkey, baked whole lobster, etc.), green salad of iceberg lettuce and your choice of French, Rocquefort or Thousand Island dressing. Desserts include mince pie, green apple pie, pumpkin pie, or Indian pudding. Something also called a Santa Claus Parfait, as well as lemon or raspberry sherbet.
All yours for two bucks. In the decades since we've gone less regional with our dining choices and with much less plain fare. The changes in price, well, we won't go there. Merry Christmas.