We went to church and again an excellent sermon! Afterwords we headed for the Newport Harbor Elks and danced from 1:00 until about 4:15. Herbie and Irene joined us.
It was raining like mad so we left early to go to the Santa Ana Elks and our gang (missing the Roberts) met so fourteen of us cavorted the evening away. Jan attempted to show us the Turkey Trot dance (circa 1909-1914) so we could be prepared for Monday night at the Alpine Village.
We left about 9:00 and got home in about 40 minutes so Sue could do the treadmill and Paul could hold down the couch. We saw our first Christmas Movie entitled “The Town That Christmas Forgot“. Summary: Just days before Christmas, Annie (Lauren Holly) and Charles (Rick Roberts) Benson hit the road for a holiday ski trip with their two children, the materialistic Trish (Torri Webster) and the quiet and introverted Nolan (Azer Greco, Lauren Holly’s son). Together, yet separate, each lives in a world of digital communication, satellite radio and cell phones. But when the family takes a short cut through back roads, contact with the outside world is lost, and when their SUV breaks down, they end up stuck in the rural burg of Nowhere.
The town is dying and Christmas is bleak for the locals who can only exchange inexpensive or homemade gifts. In spite of the town’s depressed economy, Samantha “Sam” (Stephanie Belding), the owner of the local cafe, lifts the town’s spirits by organizing a Christmas Eve pageant, and enlists the Bensons’ help. It is a chain reaction of enthusiasm as Annie lends her dancing skills, while Trish offers to help out with the rock band, and Nolan rounds up Santa Claus. With no outside distractions, the family learns that life “simply” is better. What began as a misfortunate event leaves an indelible lesson: being present in the lives of others is the best gift of the season. Now, holiday hope is everywhere.