Bah humbug to the traditional home-cooked Christmas dinner

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By Kelly LeVan

It’s hokey, old-fashioned and in some ways out of date, but that only makes me like the movie more. “Christmas in Connecticut” is like Christmas itself: A holiday that makes everyone feel a little like the 1940s never ended – like Bing Crosby is still exciting and falling snow the most interesting thing in the world.The ordinary becomes a little more poignant this time of year. Families try very hard to be together, regardless of how stressful holiday travel can be. Friends buy or make each other presents, wanting to show tangibly how much they care about each other.Meals also take on a heightened emotion. They become celebratory, and the holiday table in particular is the place where family and friends gather, sharing something much more sentimental than anything with calories.Peter Godfrey’s “Christmas in Connecticut,” a 1945 classic starring Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan and Sydney Greenstreet, rejoices in the symbolism of a home-cooked Christmas feast.In an amusing twist of fate, Sailor Jefferson Jones (Morgan) is sent to the home of journalist and pre-eminent homemaker Elizabeth Lane (Stanwyck) for a traditional Christmas meal.Lane, however, is not at all the woman she has written herself to be – not a wife, mother or even a passable cook, let alone a gourmet chef.

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