Last Saturday we were invited to join friends for a holiday party. We get together with this group just once a year so we look forward to continuing the conversations from the previous years. It’s a wonderful event.
We were escorted into the back room of a private club with a glowing fire burning in the massive fireplace. We found our places around the table and settled in to decide what we would have for dinner. I chose foie gras to start and a fillet de sole for my main course. Our host had selected the wine which we tasted as we continued our stories. As the food arrived, we couldn’t help but look at each other’s plates with envy and think maybe next year. Christmas carolers entered and the din of voices lowered as we listened to their holiday cheer. As their voices wafted through me, I was reminded of Christmases when I was young:
My family around the dinner table on a cold crisp night as carolers appear, feet crunching down our snow-covered driveway and singing those songs we all love.
My parents open the front door and we cluster around, listening as they sing. When the cold begins to set in, my father invites them in to warm themselves by the crackling fire. "Have a glass of sherry," he offers, "to warm your insides."
Grateful they've come once again to bring us the sounds of Christmas, we chat together, catching up from the year before. As they head back outside to continue their singing, they grace us with one last carol, "Silent Night."
It’s a beautiful ritual that I love and miss. No one comes to our home in Westchester these days. I’m not certain why. But I’m grateful to our friends for letting us be a part of their Christmas tradition and celebrate with their gathering—a ritual we look forward to every year.
I’d like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday season. I hope your celebrations create those memories you’ll love to cherish for years to come.
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