What a fun end of 2006 we had.
Holidays are best when they involve traditions.

Some years ago an old friend of mine started a New Year’s tradition involving Epicurus’ triangle of joy (good food, good friends, and good conversation). He asked all of his friends to come to his house on New Year’s Eve, bring something good to eat, and bring a friend. We had a wonderful night. The food was great. We met new people. There was much laughter. And, of course, there were games.

A few years ago, C & C decided to continue that tradition. On New Years, we invited friends over for a potluck dinner and a night of games (usually poker.)

This year… this year, C & C are in a better place (in many ways) and we could change the makeup of the tradition somewhat. This year, we hosted a dinner party. (No pot luck this time.)

We said goodbye to 2006 and hello to 2007 with

Some Really Good Friends

Some Really Good Food

and some great conversation and laughter. (I lost at poker, but since I was almost comatose from having to work earlier that day, this was not a surprise.)

We were up until 2 am or so. At one point, we called some friends to wish them a Happy New Year. Some of them were actually home. Others were not, so we just left a message.

In the morning, we slept in. And then we had breakfast.

It was one of the best New Year’s Eves I’ve had since that first one that D hosted so many years ago. I can’t waitn ’til the next one.

Welcome to 2007.