I have always thought of Christmas time as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely.  Christmas is love in action.  And today we had 36 classmates present at our Christmas lunch at Bryan Place with friendships forged at least 55 years ago, and some as long as 67 years ago.
We owe Gerald Roberts, Sonie Philip,and Gwen Curry a big thank you for their participation in making today special along with Cornelia and Bill Ferguson, and Don Fulkerson for joining Gwen in the Christmas music
Gwen Curry welcomed us in the festive surroundings at Bryan Place and presented the beautiful story "Mary Tells the Children" by Edwin Markham, and then gave the blessing.  Gwen's granddaughter, Elya, has come with Gwen the last couple of months to the lunch, and has been staying with Gwen since her husband's death.  A big welcome to Elya. 
It was reported that Marty Tanner, Kinsey's wife who had a hysterectomy last month for ovarian cancer, is doing well and will start chemo the end of this week.  Jane Caldwell reported that Nancy Carter Gildersleeve is doing well and had a great time at the lunch bunch.  We wish both Nancy and Marty well and will keep them in our thoughts and prayer.
It was nice seeing Nancy Fawcett for the first time in a while.  Her husband, Harold, who is on dialysis three times per week, was ill and unable to come with Nancy. 
We missed seeing Jean and Bob Ross, Janet Adamson Lewellen, Kinsey Tanner, Mary Anna Fenton, John Power, Glenn McCutcheon, Roger and Carol McGlade, Sis and Dave Roberts, Linda Achauer Steer, Nancy Lanning, Barbara Williamson, Shelby Hina Snelling, Lois Havens, Viola Linn, and many others who usually are present and could not make it today.
It was nice seeing Margie Robinson McNairy, Carolyn Baglog Waite, Melanie Sterling, Jane Caldwell's husband, Bob, Sandy Tuttle,  and Nancy Fawcett.  Dick and Carolyn Waite brought Larry Gibson with them today and we enjoyed seeing him.
The meal of baked steak and gravy, baked chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, tossed salad, and many different kinds of dessert were enjoyed by all.
We sang Christmas carols led by Cornelia with her husband Bill Ferguson on the trumpet, Don Fulkerson on the tuba, and Gwen Curry at the piano.  Lo and behold when we sang Jingle Bells, who should arrive but jolly old Santa Waite with his belly so, so round, and it shook when he laughed with a jolly ho, ho.  He brought presents for all.  His elves Sonie and Gerald helped Santa hand out the gifts.
One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day.  Don't clean it up too quickly.  "Andy Rooney"
Have a wonderful holiday season and a very happy new year until we meet again on Tuesday, January 12 at 11:30 at the Golden Corral.  May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through. 
And remember, if the schools are closed for bad weather, we don't meet either.
Martha Kay Cannon