An Early Christmas Luncheon

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Today, Doris, Dorana, Dale and I attended the Loel Senior Center Christmas Dinner. The Title was “Loel Winter Wonderland.” Their great room was decorated in snowflakes and snowmen.

The flyer said that the doors open at 11:30 a.m. and by the time we got there (Dale had to find his way) (which is speak easy for “lost.”) the room was packed with people. We wondered if we would find 4 seats together. I believe we were like 5 minutes late. Let that be a lesson that the older generation goes to functions one half hour early! 🙂

Doris, Dorana, me and a room full of people!

The tables were decorated with a stack of brightly colored packages stacked on top of each other and tied with a ribbon. Red table cloths covered the tables and each place setting had a red mitten gayly decorated and held our plastic silverware. The craft club loving made all of these for two luncheons.

We were amazed at the turn out because the $2 lunch the week before had only 9 round tables and used up half of the great room. Today they used long tables and opened up the whole room. We did find a table with 4 place settings and we were blessed to be sitting across from Fred’s sister and friends.

We had a good time together but had to ask for doggie bags. We had a full turkey dinner served to us by volunteers and people from business in Lodi. First came the lime jello with baby mandarin oranges, cranberry sauce, turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans seasoned with pimento and bacon bits, dressing and gravy. Dessert was pumpkin pie with whip cream.

After dessert, there was a drawing with nice gifts and certificates for a turkey. We got close a time or two but no prize this time.

Did I mention that this was a free lunch? Yes indeed. Free.

The community of Lodi is blessed to have such an organization and people who volunteer from their hearts to serve the community and people of Lodi.

It was a good afternoon.


2 thoughts on “An Early Christmas Luncheon

    Dawn said:
    December 10, 2011 at 8:14 am

    I had to laugh when I read the line in your blog about the older generation arriving a half hour early to functions. That is so true, especially if there is free food involved. LOL I really shouldn’t laugh. That will probably be me in 15 years or so.

    I enjoy Dale’s writing everyday and always look for something new from you. Enjoy the Christmas season with Dale’s mom and siblings.

    Gwen responded:
    December 10, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Dawn, it is true! But at 63 and 64, Dale and I haven’t gotten this “bug” yet! So you may be safe for longer than you think! LOL

    Thank you for your good wishes. We extend to you and yours a happy holiday season giving glory to God for His Son!

    Blessings and love,
    Gwen and Dale

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