|Christmas @ Karnes
Christmas 2013 marked the eleventh Christmas-time Dinner Party of Eight that has convened at the Karnes abode, and #11 was savored as fully as any of the first ten.
In attendance and enjoying the largesse, besides Chay and Deb, were the Teators, Monteverds, Romalins, and Notars. Missing by relocation are the Adamses; we missed you, even at theft time (Judy).
Warmer temperatures had cleared the driveway so the foot of snow a week earlier posed no problem. Outdoor lights, new and old-fashioned, draped several trees in an array of angles. And a new indoor tree, a little shorter, adorned with LED lights, bottom-filled with gifts, reigned, as usual, in the peach-pink glow of the foyer.
Kalli greeted all, more behaved than last year, presumably from the able coaching of mom and dad. And even Kiki made a friendly appearance later.
One of the reasons for
DP8s existencethe culinary
experienceonce again was shared in grand style.
Before dessert, according to
tradition, came the exchange of gifts, with the
steal-whatever-is-open proviso. And for the
first time ever, nobody stole. Without Judys
prompting and squealing, we politely accepted that we
were pleased enough with what we unwrapped.
Although we all pitched in with some food, we know that without Chay and Debs generosity and thoughtfulness, this event would not happen. So, Deb and Chay, thank you for your hospitality, caring, and sharing, even with all the busy-ness of life pulling all of us in so many directions. Once again, another cherished memory takes its place in a long litany of special events.