Ralph Davis of Wahroonga thinks: “The Christmas turkey tradition (C8) is like the Australia Day lamb tradition – both dreamt up by hungry Aussie advertising executives,” and Paul Keys of Cloud Creek says: “There were no turkeys for Christmas in the 1950s in my surrounds. Chicken if you had money and a slice of K.R. Darling Downs tinned ham for us.” But others beg to differ. Alison Gyger of Sydney is 87 and definitely has memories of turkey as part of Christmas. “We picked them up at Newcastle station, as they were sent by rail (two trains) by my grandparents in Forbes.” In her 70s, Anne Cook of Ermington is a spring chicken comparatively and remembers roast turkey on Christmas Day. “For many years, we had a hot Christmas lunch until someone had a lightbulb moment and it became a cold banquet.”

“An even more recent banning of Christmas than Cromwell’s (C8) was the Puritans of Massachusetts – from 1659 to 1681, when offenders were fined five shillings for the merriment,” writes Chris Lockley of Alstonville. “Ironic that the first ‘war on Christmas’ in the US was actually waged by its religious founders.”

“Yes, Heather Finch (C8), I was at Parramatta High for two terms in 1956, and have now been living in rural Bali for almost seven years,” replies Warren Menteith of Nyatnyatan.

“What a year it’s been,” says Sue Casiglia of North Ryde. “Now that we’re nearing the end of 2020, I think it’s a great time to look back to see if there were any clairvoyants, palm readers, psychics, psychic astrologers, psychic mediums and maximums who accurately, reliably and credibly predicted, in writing for the public record, the coronavirus that crippled Australia and, indeed, the world. If you did, put up your hand. We want to see what you’re predicting for 2021.”

Jack Dikian of Mosman hates to look to the stars for answers, “but, as they say, desperate times require desperate measures. Turns out there is a pattern emerging between the Jupiter-Saturn conjunctions, which happens every 20 years, and disease. Polio reached pandemic proportions in 1940; typhoid fever in the United States in 1960; and Ebola first appeared in 1980. I wonder what’s in store for 2040.”

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