If you were a kid growing up in Montreal in the sixties and seventies you will no doubt remember a very popular radio announcer by the name of Paul Reid. He did the evening show on radio station CJAD and had a very healthy following for many years. Like many radio personalities of the day Reid had his signature sayings, closing every show with the phrase “And the night is ours”.
Perhaps the most memorable of Reid’s shows was his annual Christmas show that was a must-listen event to get into the seasonal spirit, as he recounted stories from his childhood and played carols. But it was more than that; during the hottest days of summer, at a time when air conditioning was not universally available, in an effort at mind-over-matter, CJAD would rebroadcast the Christmas Show.
In an attempt to recapture that cooling sensation of Christmas in July, I present for your viewing pleasure, our family tradition of convincing some daft uncle (me) to eat rum-soaked flaming raisins after Christmas dinner. How will this refresh you during these hot days? Just be glad you weren’t the one hurling those blazing currants down your esophagus!