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 November 29, 2011

It's beginning to taste a lot like Christmas.

Isn't it amazing how many of our holiday memories have to do with food?

The smell of turkey cooking. The foot-long Toblerone. Gingerbread. Those weird trees made of gherkins and cheese. The year I fell down the stairs with the jellied salad.

Food has always been central to the holiday festivities. Did you know that egg nog has been sipped at Christmas since medieval times? That Christmas pudding is traditionally stirred from east to west in honour of the three wise men? That the world's oldest fruitcake was baked in 1794? I'm sure it still tastes just as delicious.

This year as we're preparing to pass the dishes around, though, let's not pass by the opportunity to lengthen our tables.

Our local food banks need the support this year more than ever.

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