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The Importance of Celebration

Report From PIA – December 31

Back in the day I hated New Year’s Eve. It seemed that people would get together simply for forced merriment. So some thirty-five years ago I, my husband and friends started gathering for a stay-at-home turning of the year. Now I love this annual celebration. I love gathering every year with the same family, adding friends and significant others over the years. I like that this is a holiday celebrated in most of the world over a 24 hour period. Being older, I value an annual “check in” with myself and the coming year as well.

Our New Year’s celebration revolves around food and the outdoors when we’re on the Cape. We had a bonfire down by the lake last night, Jesse rendered beef fat on the barbeque for making fries (?!?) and this morning we walked on Sandy Neck beach. As I type at the kitchen table the room is filled with busy cooks: the drinks team mixes cocktails, the side dish group chops, and the main course guys put meats in the oven.  I was on the dessert team, and earlier we finished two types of pies and three flavors of homemade ice cream.

As they hand me a drink, know that I’m toasting to your health, growth, and good gardening in the coming year.

4 Responses to “The Importance of Celebration”

  1. 1
    JWLW:

    HI C.L. Looks like a great way to celebrate, everyone is enjoying. Good food, Good Wine and Good People make for a Good Celebration.

    Happy New Year to all and may the New Year be Grand and Prosperous.

    Enjoy Your Evening,
    John

  2. 2
    Rhian:

    Happy New Year CL & Co. (still a few hours to go here). Love the photos, I bet a certain pup was in heaven with all the attention. Hope to catch up with you all soon in 2010.

  3. 3
    Nancy:

    It needs to be said that the rendered beef fat fries were amazing! I LOVE YOU ALL, I LOVE OUR NEW YEARS, and I wish you all peace and joy in the days ahead.

  4. 4
    Sasha:

    I like my pre-fall running stance… great pics! <3