After Thanksgiving, Kathy and I traveled to Firenze
where we stayed until just before Christmas.
One of the highlights was a Chrsitmas dinner at
our church, St. James. It was actually held inside
the church--the pews had all been moved out
and tables set up. A few pictures:

We had entertainment:

Riccardo who was organist when I was choir director at St.
James in 1991 (and still is) was there, playing the church's new

Timothy and Diane Chaplin, our dear friends in Firenze were
also there. (Timothy is on the vestry of St. James. He was also
a mainstay of the tenor section of my choir.)

Kathy still beautiful at 69:

Here are our landlords in Firenze, the Ceccherinis:

On Dec. 23 we flew to Raleigh to spend Christmas at the
Clements. Kathy next to the Christmas tree:

Another view of the tree:

Some pictures of the kids with their presents. First Zach:


Tim with Zach, dressed for church Christmas Eve:

Tim with Nick, and below with both boys:

Christmas morning we got up to open presents when it was
still dark:

The aftermath:

Kathy and Buddy love each other:

Here I am, dressed for dinner:

The dinner table:

The Clememts gathered on the front porch for their Holiday card portrait:

Zach and Nick waiting to leave for church: