This is our entry into "A December Challenge-Share a Favorite Holiday Memory With Us!" hosted by Kathy Streib.
It was Christmas 1967.
It was a Monday - just like this year - 50 years on. (I know because I checked the calendar!)
The family home in London, England.
(The photo is Tower Bridge - not the home!)
We had moved there earlier that year.
With the exception of my parents, my sister and I, all of the rest of our extended family lived in England or France.
All were invited to come to the house for Christmas Day.
My Dad's parents - Grannie and Grandpa - drove up from Cornwall.
My Mother's parents - Nana and Pop - drove over from the other side of London.
One of my Dad's two sisters drove up with her husband and four children from Kent - Norah, Dennis, Stephen, Tim, Debbie and Barb.
His other sister came by ferry from France, with her husband and four children, Susan, Pierre, Robert, Alain, Laurence and Daniel.
Two of my Great Aunts (Grandpa's sisters) came over from their home in Chiswick, Eva and May.
All in all, there were 22 family members there for Christmas Dinner and Christmas Day.
With the exception of my Mother's parents and the two great aunts, everyone stayed with us at the family home on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, heading back to their homes the day after Boxing Day.
It was quite the family event.
A huge spread of gifts under the tree.
Many games played and family stories shared.
Eight of those present at that event are no longer with us.
The family home in London was sold in 2014.
The huge dining table that once had pride of place in the house in London is now here with us at the house in Anthem, Arizona.
We will eat at that table again this Christmas Day. 50 years on...
Merry Christmas everyone!