There is nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child!  But the best of all gifts around any Christmas tree is the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other. 


Zanesville Schools were closed yesterday because of the snowy, cold, and bitter weather.  But on Tuesday we arrived at Bryan Place in very festive surroundings!  Each room had beautifully decorated trees putting me in a festive mood before I even entered our room.  We had 32 present for our holiday party.  Nancy and Harold Fawcett were unable to make it at the last moment, and Sissy and David Roberts did not make it today.  We thank Maryanna Fenton for making the arrangements at Bryan Place for us.  We were sorry she had another lunch today and could not join us.


Bill Rushay and his wife, Marlene, were here for the first time for our Christmas Party.  Bill assured us he would be putting the second Tuesday on his calendar and hopes to see us in January.  Welcome Bill and Marlene!


Gerald Roberts finally quieted down the chatting, and Kinsey Tanner led us with the blessing.


We then had a delicious meal of tossed salad, fresh fruit, green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy with baked steak, chicken, and many delicious looking desserts.


We made as much noise as we could singing Christmas carols with Cornelia Ferguson leading the singing, Bill Ferguson playing on the trumpet, Gwen Curry on the piano and lo and behold Santa DID come to town!  Santa Waite with his jolly fat belly, and his big ho, ho checked up on the likes of several classmates to see if they had been good!  Roger McGlade said he is being a lot better than when he used to hang out with Santa!  Chuck Gause said he "is trying to be good" and we all must have been very good because Santa and his elves had a gift for everyone!


After chatting and singing a few more Christmas Carols, Gerald asked JoAnn to make an announcement.  JoAnn said that she had talked with Sue Richardson and she is doing well after having the left upper lobe of her lung removed for cancer at the James Cancer Center on November 29.  She is somewhat short of breath, and today was having her staples removed.  JoAnn said that Sue believes she will not have to have chemo.  We are all wishing her well, and hope to see her back at our lunches soon. 


Gerald also gave our class the very sad news about Henry (Hank), and Lucy Lee's daughter, Cyndi, passing away on November 11.  Cyndi was 44 years old.  She was a very creative young woman with many accomplishments graduating with a BS degree in Business Administration and Marketing.  She won awards in dance, performed in local musicals, and directed a Southern California songleading team to winning Statewide competition.  She enjoyed writing children's books.  One cannot describe the loss of a child, and we know that Hank and Lucy will miss her smile, and the light and joy she brought to all those who knew her.  Our hearts go out to Hank, Lucy, their son Douglas and the many friends, Aunts, and Uncles who loved Cyndi


And now that we have had our 2010 Christmas Party, let it snow.  But remember if it snows, and Zanesville Schools are closed on the second Tuesday, we will not meet.  I'm hoping that this Christmas finds you surrounded by those you love, and those who love you.  Have a Merry Christmas and a very happy new year!


I hope to see all of you at 11:30 AM on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at the Golden Corral.


Martha K. Cannon