This is the group that gets together on holidays to celebrate. Much as we enjoy tradition, I, without meaning to be perverse, like it sometimes to be expressed in different ways. A few years ago I suggested that we have a progressive Christmas dinner and the others agreed.
We started with appetizers at Tim's house in Hollywood. He has created a Craftsman surrounding and it was a cozy place in which to start that year's celebration. I think I was the one who insisted on getting a group picture in each location; a nuisance at the time, but such a treasure later, at least in my own eyes.
From Tim's we made the 20 minute drive to our house where the next course was cream of cauliflower soup served in glass mugs.
and the obligatory group shot.
On to Fiona's snug little abode, always splendidly decorated for the season where she had a beautifully set round table where we sat
for the entrée. We reveled in the silly fun of opening English Christmas crackers, donning the paper crowns and reading the jokes.
Pretty soon we settled down enough to wend our way to the next home.......Diane and Roger's, for dessert, where Roger went upstairs to set up the camera and then did the 30 yard dash to get downstairs from the balcony to get into the picture. He doesn't even look out of breath.
We'd made ourselves a Christmas memory.
Another opportunity for a memory bank deposit will appear next Sunday now that Roger is home from the hospital and making rapid progress in recuperation. We hope memory making events are taking place in your lives, too, this holiday season.