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Friday, December 25, 2015

Christmas Eve in Palm Desert

Christmas Eve in Palm Deseret.  One of my favorite things.  The Lovely Sharon and I went for a 5 mile morning walk that was delayed by non-fat lattes at the Coffee Bean on El Paseo.   As we walked down El Paseo (Palm’s Desert’s premier shopping street), we looked in the shop and gallery windows at the Christmas treasuries and the works of art wishing we were rich and famous and not just famous. Ok I know we are neither rich nor famous but I like that line.

The sun was out, the sky was blue and there were lots of colorful flowers. A far cry from a snowy morning in Salt Lake.  After our walk, we had breakfast at Spike’s restaurant at Ironwood Country Club.  It was nice to eat breakfast as various friends came into Spike’s for a coffee or something to eat.  One of the best part of being at the Club is the interaction with our club member friends.

After breakfast we watched some Christmas movies and I took a nap.  My favorite part of Christmas in Palm Desert is to have some down time, time to golf, time to shop and time to nap.

At 4:00 we went to an annual Christmas open house at the Murphy’s.  We enjoy the open house every Christmas Eve, and enjoy the cocktails and dinner.  We enjoyed talking to old friends and meeting new friends.

We rushed from the Murphy’s house to 6:00 Mass at Sacred Heart.  We arrived 30 minutes early, just in time to find a seat in the Church.  From 5:30 to 6:00 there was beautiful Christmas music played and the congregation was invited to sing along.  The Mass was beautiful and I was filled with Christmas Spirit and joy.

After Church, the Lovely Sharon and I had Christmas Eve dinner at Pacifica.  She had lobster tail and I had scallops.  We shared a nice bottle of Biale vineyard red wine.

As I lie in bed, I thought about Christmas and family and my beloved wife, the Lovely Sharon. Christmas in Palm Desert, no snow but my favorite place to be.

Sacred Heart Church Christmas Eve

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