Well, it’s that time of the year again and it’s no different here at the Plantation – except maybe the number of people coming for dinner!
There are a few events that lead up to the day, group happy hours, lighted boat parades, blue grass and touring Christmas light displays – not that different than back home right?
The new comers to the row here – Jerry & Betty – hosted a happy hour for all the residents here on ERPU row – about 27 people. Of course these are bring your own beverage and nibbles to share. It was warm enough that we had to move the food table to the shade so some of the treats didn’t melt down into a puddle. Some of the folks also kept moving their chairs out of the sun. It was a fun time with lots of chatter going on.
TruGrass, a blue grass band, were performing again at Wales West and we try not to miss their concerts – they are talented and enjoyable musicians. Wales West also puts on a terrific light display for Christmas.
The next night was the Fish River Lighted Boat Parade and again, this is another event we try not to miss. Some years we have been late arriving (2014) but always fun. The weather was warm and dry. Bill & Ann joined us and with our favorite beverages to fight off the cold.
It’s Christmas morning and the jolly man found us all the way down here in LA! Barb & I have a casual morning, having our gift exchange – yes, it is more difficult each year to find something for each other, enjoying our traditional rum & eggnog and breakfast. Barb went over to the clubhouse early to set up our table of 12 for dinner. After breakfast, we still had time to enjoy the weather out on the deck on a Christmas morning – another reason we come down here!
It seems to be an Escapee thing to be early when food is involved and today is no different. Many people arrived at the club house by 1:15 for our 2 o’clock Christmas dinner. Soon the room is full of the 120+ diners and the chatter is deafening – until dinner is served of course! Barb likes to make a small take away for each place setting or couple. This year she made cloth Christmas balls that can be hung on the Christmas Tree.Bridgette made us all tree shaped napkins so we had a very festive table. After the meal we all stay to socialize as we can’t hear anyone during the festive affair and this works great.
On Boxing Day, we had Bill, Ann, Jerry and Betty over for a brunch. Last year we heard a lot of talk about Canadian bacon and what we saw of it was a little insult to what was referred to as our back bacon. We brought down a slab and decided to prepare and serve it to our American friends so they know what it really is.
At our family Christmas in Ontario, Corrie and Dean announced that they were soon to be grandparents! Our minds immediately went to Mackenzie who is out east at university but they were talking about Dean’s son, Paul! Whew….. anyway, congratulations Paul and Sabrina on the arrival of your son Mason.
Well, that closes out 2016 for us our friends are a treasure and our family is growing again, we are so blessed.
I hope all is good where you are.