Our family's Christmas arrangements were geared to the young ones in family, as usual. We also had the family annual Christmas dinner at our sister-in-law's, also as usual. Our son Derek and brother-in-law Ray were missed by all, they both died of cancer within the last two years. There will always be a bittersweet memory of them. Our grandchildren in the family were the stars of the show - and reminded us all that family comes first.
My wife and I flew to San Diego after Christmas to attend the 50th wedding anniversary of close friends, and to celebrate the New Year with many more good friends, all of whom we've known for many years. It seems that it doesn't matter how much time has passed since we last saw each other - it is always as though it was just yesterday. Here, too, we raised a toast to the memories of friends who departed this earth recently.
We had the additional pleasure of attending a "tribute to Vienna" concert performed by the San Diego symphony. It was a world-class performance and a fitting end to our quick trip.
At our stage in life, we must enjoy the days as they come.