My college friend C, with whom I wrote a musical once, holds his Christmas celebration every year in May, His invitation summarizes his feelings about the celebration:
We will be making music,
trimming the tree, sipping holiday cheer and so forth, and if you wish,
bring an ornament and exchange it with one of your choosing from the
This party is dedicated to the idea that Christmas can be obligation-free. Bring no presents. Many of you may wish to celebrate this concept by not coming. If so, know that we hold you dear in our hearts.
C presides, in his colorful red "Merry Whatever" hat and Tony Bahama style black Christmas shirt with "hip" reindeer riding over his shoulder. The picnic tables are adorned with desktop trees and a sombrero with a wreath around the brim. I'd wear my Santa Hat, but as regular readers know, one of my heart meds makes me burn like crazy, so I have to wear a wide brimmed hat when I'm out in the sun. If only I could find a wide-brimmed Santa hat!
I brought ribs from Diablo Foods, which quickly disappeared. There was Quinoa salad and cut-up watermelon, but mostly there was fellowship and fun, as well as a little light rain. I come as often as I can to this annual event; it's a gas.