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December 2009 meeting report

AWG Book Group December 2009 meeting report

In a break from the "routine," eleven of us met at Anne's home on Friday afternoon to share seasonal readings, and sweet and savory goodies.  The reading were varied, some comical, some less so, and all were much appreciated by the participants:

Stopping to Smell the Pine Boughs, by Garrison Keillor, from the NY Times editorial page  Christmas, poem by John Betjeman  

The Loudest Voice, chapter from a book by Grace Paley

Description of the 3 masses and the 13 desserts, “provençale tradition”  

Christmas Bells, poem written during the Civil War by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow  

A Child's Christmas in Wales, poem by Dylan Thomas  

A Christmas Carol, selection from a chapter by Charles Dickens  

The Boy Who Laughed at Santa Clause, poem by Ogden Nash  

The Frozen Thames, chapter (year 1142) from a book by Helen Humphries about the 40 times the Thames froze over  

How the Grinch Stole Christmas, children's story by Dr.Seuss, pseudonym of Theodor Seuss Geisel

Description of the 3 masses and the 13 desserts, “provençale tradition”

Although all the readings were in English, one of our French members shared with us the “provençale tradition” of the 13 desserts. She prepared for us a tray of the 13 desserts including the “pompe à l'huile” and explained what they represent:

Special thanks to Anne for suggesting the afternoon of seasonal readings as our December meeting, and for opening her home to us.
Happy holidays to all and a very good New Year. Don't worry about watching your waistlines.