Christmas Dinner in Review

(submitted by Dinah Arthur)

Traditionally, the Christmas Dinner puts us all in the mood for festivities to come. We love the Boar’s Head procession, the carol-singing, the wassail, the moment of grace. And on Dec. 13, we had it all again, thanks to the preparations by many members, under the leadership of conveners Dawn Potts, Elizabeth Macmillan and Jane Blackstone.

And when it looked like we’d be doing without a Christmas tree, Roberta Forrest fished hers out of storage, fully decorated, and we had that, too, with gifts arrayed beneath it destined for a women’s shelter. At the top of the tree was one of the lovely angels made by Jennifer Carroll for the earlier Christmas Luncheon. There was a fire blazing and the tables and mantel were beautifully lit with candles.

Dinner – turkey and all the trimmings – was catered by the Kitchen Witch but the delicious appetizers were made by Jane and the desserts – trifle and mince tarts – were made by Dawn, Charlotte Graham, and Mary Lou Rober. Heather Glerum read the grace. The music and the readings were wonderful: Jean Edwards sang a thrilling “I Wonder As I Wander” and we loved the readings of “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” by Ann Carson, Allison Roach, Sheila Hawks and Laura Newland. Louise Morley and Heather sang together and as they paraded the Boar’s Head with Roberta Clough, Lenore Beatty, Elizabeth Macmillan and Alison Hodsman. Roberta led us in carol singing, accompanied by Lenore at the piano.

Jan McCrae ran the bar with the help of Mary Lou, Elizabeth and Dinah Arthur. Donalda McGeachy and Mary MacMillan were at the door. The program cover was a charming scene by the late Tyrrell Morrow. A warm and joyous evening to end the year.