Wish it'd snow! Wish it'd snow! Wish it'd snow!
The weather outside is frightful, but only because there is no snow! We have had days and days of gray skies and rain, which I have no objection to, except that as long as we have to live with cold, wind, and sogginess, then I think it would be wonderful if it would switch to the white stuff! Of course I say this in a completely naive and fanciful vein, because I appreciate that actual snowfall in coastal Southern California would likely be frightful.
Good News: The weather did nothing to dampen our holiday tradition... City sidewalk, busy sidewalks. Dressed in holiday style.
Hahaha... It's the most wonderful time of the year, when my thoughts come out in carols, and holiday tunes!
Our day in the city really does feel like a solid holiday tradition, now that we've done it three times. Our first trip with Ruth included a gospel brunch, and then last year we had a post-sniffphony dinner downtown.
This year we went for an early lunch in Little Italy, before arriving at Symphony Hall for the family Christmas Concert.
It really was a warm and cheery holiday benvenuto. We ate a hearty lunch, talked about plans for Christmas day, and watched Geoff artfully decorate our bottle of holiday cheer, Chianti. In the restaurant they hang the personalized bottles from the ceiling!
Then we bundled ourselves and popped over to Sniffphony Hall. Maria doesn't actually say "sniffphony" any more, but we do!
My boys! They've grown! Even Maria added an inch or two since last Christmas. The boys got early gifts, new bow ties, a couple of vests, dark socks.
Maria's pink eye made huge healing strides when we got the eye drops going. That was the nastiest conjunctivitis I have ever seen. Her tutu kept us supplied with hand sanitizer, and I had cleaning swabs on hand. And Maria was so overcome with sniffphony joy that none of her symptoms hampered her happiness.
The music was fun and familiar. The hall, so beautiful with the tall tree and decorations, and everyone donning their gay apparel, was merry and bright. These are the gifts of Christmas!