The holiday spirit
Last evening we attended our first Christmas party of the season, this one hosted by the Port of Spain Hash House Harriers. Of course, given that it was being put on by hashers, before celebrating we had to first get thoroughly sweaty, wet and muddy on a trail. In typical hasher fashion, the party was held high up on a hilltop, accessible only by a road so steep that all of the party guests had to be shuttled up and back in 4-wheel drive jeeps. After cleaning up at the house belonging to friends of our friends, we joined the other party animals on the mountain top for an awesome dinner, excellent entertainment and an open bar. Yes, that’s right folks, an open bar at a hash party!
Rebecca and I with our friends Pip and Harry, pre-hash.
You see, we do sometimes wear something other than bathing suits and workout clothes.
Good thing there was a fire at the party. It was chilly on the mountain top.
Our friend Kirk would have really enjoyed this mandolin player.
The lights of Port of Spain, a perfect backdrop for a perfect party.
If the Christmas carols playing in the shopping malls wasn’t evidence enough that the holidays are just around the corner, this is at least the third reference to Christmas that I’ve made on our blog this season. In the past I used to get super excited about the holidays, especially the gift giving and receiving. I’m not sure if it’s because we’re down here in the tropics, absent of any snow, or just that I’m getting older, but I find that my attitude towards the holiday has changed considerably. Contrary to the materialistic side of Christmas that the advertisers want us all to buy into, these days I find myself focused more on family. Last year Rebecca and I opted to forsake giving gifts to each other so that she could visit our daughter Cassandra in California. This year, we’ve decided to do the same only, even better, we’ll both be making the trip to the States to see her, her husband, and our new granddaughter! Although we won’t be traveling until mid-January when the airfares have returned to a reasonable amount, knowing that we’ll soon be able to spend some time with some members of our family, including the newest addition, will be all the presents that we need come Christmas morning.