For the Blake Family (pictured on the right in 1959), the Christmas season was not over until we celebrated the Epiphany — the arrival of the three kings to the manger in Bethlehem on January 6th, year Zero.
It’s not a national holiday, even though we have most of the world’s rich people, so the obscure Xian event is celebrated on the nearest Sunday. Later, when Mom was on her own, living in Kirkland, we still got together for drinks and a Sunday dinner followed by the distribution the calendars Maxine had accumulated from the many missionaries seeking her prayers and funds.
Brother Pete still brings along calendars to share, but some where along the way to here, the get-together evolved to exchanging books. Then, Claudine’s family, (Warner’s daughter) joined us, and we had a real event to mark: granddaughter Brooke’s birth on New Year’s Eve, 2003! This brings us up to date.
Moving clockwise (and listed in relation to) Warner in the center, we start with Granddaughter Katie (age 14), son-in-law Peter, sister Nancy, brother-in-law Ross, sister-in-law Donna, friend Jan, sister Sara, co-host w/the most Karen, brother Pete, friends Shelly, John, Whitney, nephew Robert, daughter Claudine, and finally birthday girl Brooke, clocking in at 11 years old.
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