This year we had enough time to slow things down and savor each element as its own Christmas treat. Finding just the right place for each decoration was like seasoning our home with a wash of family, sweet memories, and oddly, an earnest prayer for world peace.
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At first, I was just taken with the delicate (and delicious!) flash-fried lotus root chips, and how much I was looking forward to the slightly salty “pop!” each one of those red and black flying fish roe would make in my mouth. Why, I wondered, did James use two different colored roe?
Then I looked again and saw the dragon, with its mouth open wide and its lotus-root wings furled out at the base of its long neck.
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