Christmas 2017

Even before Christmas has said Hello, it's saying 'Buy Buy' -- Robert Paul

Christmas Dinner (Page One)

To The Beginning

December 25th 2017 - Last Updated: 09/11/2019 10:30:AM

We are celebrating Christmas at Panda Inn again this year. Our movie is playing (A Christmas Story), we have the entire bar area, and the food and service was excellent.

Zack, Becca, and Lilly stopped by for a few minutes to assure the TV/DVD Player were up to snuff! Lilly was soooooo excited about her bunk-beds she decided to tell us "I sleep in the top AND the bottom".

We sure missed Mike & Bridgette plus Robin, Bob, and Nick today but they had family celebrations to go to!


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Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017
"...and, Great Grandma, Logan can sleep in my bunk bed also!"

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017
A beautiful couple... We are proud of our grandkids!! Zack & Rebecca

Did You Know? - The Chinese word for apple sounds very much like the word for "peace." As a result, a lovely tradition has developed of exchanging apples wrapped in colored paper. The apples are eaten on Christmas Eve because in Chinese the word for "Christmas Eve" means peaceful or quiet evening (from the traditional carol Silent Night).

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017
Miss Amy and Joe... Grandsons Charlie and Alex
are busy with their Christmas gifts!

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017
Always a beautiful smile and a kind word...


The Lyrics To "Once In Love With Amy":

Once in love with Amy
Always in love with Amy
Ever and ever fascinated by her
Sets your heart on fire to stay

Once you're kissed by Amy
Tear up your list it's Amy
Ply her with bonbons poetry and flowers
Moon a million hours away

You might be quite the fickle hearted rover
So carefree and bold
Who loves a girl and later thinks it over
And just quits cold

But once in love with Amy
Always in love with Amy
Ever and ever sweetly you'll romance her
Trouble is the answer will be
That Amy would rather stay in love with me

You might be quite the fickle hearted rover
So carefree and bold
Who loves a girl and later thinks it over
And just quits cold

But once in love with Amy
Always in love with Amy
Ever and ever sweetly you'll romance her
Trouble is the answer will be
That Amy would rather stay in love with me

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017
Joe all dressed up in Christmas Red!

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017
We knew we were taking a big chance when we sent
Brian to sit on Santa's lap but what the heck!

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017
The movie is well underway!

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017
Donna, Bob, Brian, Hans, Kerstin, and Jan
Checking to see if the movie is the same as last year

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017
One of Hans and Brian's favorite part of the movie!

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017
The guys seem to be studying the movie intently all of a sudden

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017
The wine be flowing... The smiles be smiling

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017
Alex is NOW thinking about sneezing!

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017
P-s-s-s-s-s-t You don't have to be good right now,
Santa is in Hawaii resting!

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017
Paul tells the story using sign language!

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017
Caught!

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Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017
Amy looks a little worried....

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017
Dad picks out the stickers

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017
Margo and Pat taking it all in!

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017
We have our own special elf

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017
I think we should call him Leon.... Oops! That name has been taken

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017
Leon would make an excellent model!

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017
"Boy am I in trouble!"

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017
Decisions decisions!

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017
Who has the first-aid kit handy?

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017
Brian likes his first official Christmas shirt!

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017
"Hey Hans.... 23-18-2-8-11-26-3-3-21-11"

Did You Know? - Little Orphan Annie is a daily American comic strip created by Harold Gray and syndicated by the Tribune Media Services. The strip took its name from the 1885 poem "Little Orphant Annie" by James Whitcomb Riley, and made its debut on August 5, 1924, in the New York Daily News.

The plot follows the wide-ranging adventures of Annie, her dog Sandy and her benefactor Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks. Secondary characters include Punjab, the Asp and Mr. Am. The strip attracted adult readers with political commentary that targeted (among other things) organized labor, the New Deal and communism.

Following Gray's death in 1968, several artists drew the strip and, for a time, "classic" strips were reruns. The strip's popularity declined over the years; it was running in only 20 newspapers when it was cancelled on June 13, 2010.

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017
Loads of laughs going on here... They know the decoder ring story!

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017
The movie seems to be captivating

Did You Know? - According to Bob Clark and the Daisy Rifle historians on the documentary on the history of the Red Ryder BB Gun on the Special Edition DVD, the model rifle as described by Ralphie in the film is a mistake.

When Jean Shepard originally wrote the story of Ralphie and his gun for the story "In God We Trust... All Others Pay Cash", he had written about the gun based on his childhood experiences but had mis-remembered the details of the Red Ryder BB Gun.

Specifically, the weapon did not have a compass or "This thing which tells time" (As Ralphie refers to the sundial). Those features were a part of another BB Gun model made around the same time.

According to Clark, no one realized this mistake until it came time to produce the gun for the film and they were informed by the Daisy Rifle Company of the error. So the gun in the film is actually a custom made hybrid to match Sheppard's recollections.

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017
Jan could not resist!

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017
We are all waiting for the ears to light up!

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017
Love those ear rings Donna!

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017
Bob takes special care of the hat....

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017
Amy is smiling... Joe must have stopped
his new found passion for juggling

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017
Amy! These might by a little too big!

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017
Family & Friends time... Our favorite time!

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017
Paul looks worried!

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017
Sue hid Paul's "How To Juggle" book

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017
Jan looks pretty happy being in the warm weather!

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017
Brian can keep his tan when home in The States!

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017
Hurry back soon!

Christmas Day Dinner with friends and family at the Panda Inn 2017