Palace update.

Posting has been difficult, due mainly to the Palace’s critical mission responsibilities in the ongoing War on Christmas.

Still, I had to briefly interrupt the supply chain because I needed to send this important missive out to my many tens of loyal readers:

Whatever you celebrate,
I wish for you and yours a peaceful holiday season
and a healthy and happy 2012.

My family is small, but one of our nice traditions this time of year is the Christmas Eve Seven Fishes, a Southern Italian custom from my mother’s side.  The dishes usually include clams and mussels in marinara sauce over linguini (that’s 2), shrimp cocktail, calamari, crab dip, a broiled filet of salmon with lemon and pepper, and deep fried zeppoles with anchovies in them.   (I hated them as a kid, and used to refer to them derisively as “fish cookies.”)  Occasionally, someone forgets to pick up the calamari or bring the crab dip, and a happy panic ensues as we scour the pantry for a can of tuna we can spread on crackers, and go through the freezer looking for frozen fish sticks.  The superstition behind the Seven Fishes is that it brings “good luck” — but only if you have seven.  I’m pretty sure no one actually believes this, except my mom.  But it sure is fun, and delicious.  Needless to say, there is also a ridiculous amount of wine involved in these festivities.  And not a single mention of gods or churches.

Whatever you do, I hope you find a little joy in your day — and not just at this time of year, either, but every single day.  Insist on it.  Because otherwise, obviously, the terrorists win.

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About Iris Vander Pluym

Iris Vander Pluym is an artist and activist in NYC (West Village), and an unapologetic, godless, feminist lefty. Raised to believe Nice Girls™ do not discuss politics, sex or religion, it turns out those are pretty much the only topics she ever wants to talk about.

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