The Hospitality & Special Events Committee has chosen a theme for our annual Christmas celebration. A few Christmas programs ago, Ellen Bowman read us a memoir of Christmases past by writer Robert Tristram Coffin, recalling memories of his Maine childhood. That narrative prompted us to recall the memories we all have of holidays past—of many varied moods, time periods and sentiments. Hence, our upcoming program’s theme: “A Christmas Memory”—from whatever time and place ours may arise.
For this, we need you! Throughout the program Friends will be invited to share a brief narrative of a special memory of the holiday or winter season. Maybe those who remember the Depression or wartime might have had a particular, unusual holiday—or maybe you’d choose Christmas dinners, (at my grandma’s the children named the turkey and were sent to play in the barn until everything was ready). It might be the year of the blizzard, a first holiday in a new place, the years spent with your kids in childhood, or maybe holidays in a far off place or special traditions you celebrated. How about that year you were stuck in an airport or a in a snowy ditch? We hope our meeting’s young people will share memories, too. Food theme is also tied in with this topic, focusing on your traditional favorites—including those from around the world, reflecting our various heritages and experiences. If you have a memory or something else to share during the meeting, please sign up with Elisabeth Cates (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Luise van Keuren (email@example.com).