I am with my wife’s family for Christmas Eve and Christmas. This will be the 27th year in a row that I have done this, more than half of my life. Given that I went for the first 23 years of my life without ever really being involved in Christmas events (save for going to Midnight Mass one year at the Vatican with the Pope presiding) and spent many Christmas Day’s either skiing, going to the movies, or eating Chinese food (or some combination thereof), its been surprising to me how I have embraced the family traditions of wife’s family for this holiday. There is the Christmas Eve meal shared with anywhere from 18-25 people, with a variation on the 12 fishes for dinner (we usually end up with lots of different shrimp dishes, lobster tails, and crab legs), and the opening of some gifts on Christmas Eve. The reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, and the reading of the family Christmas poem written by my wife (she has done it for almost 30 years, but we have copies of the poem going all the way back to 1969) are also a highlight. In recent years, its also become a tradition to see one of my best friends from Williams at Christmas, as he comes to Long Island to be with his family as well. Some years we’ve seen movies, and some years we have lunch.
What does this have to do with “All Things Eph”? I can’t remember when I first started reading EphBlog. My best guess is that it was sometime in the 2002-2004 time frame. But over the years, it has become one of my traditions, and one of the ways I interact most regularly with other Ephs. When I was asked to be a regular contributor this past year, I agreed not because I am a prolific blogger, but because I value the connection that EphBlog offers to the College, and I want it to thrive as a place for Ephs to meet and interact (ideally in a civil and interesting way). It turns out that trying to blog on a regular basis (even once a week) is not easy. It makes the effort that DDF and others have put in to Ephblog even more impressive.
In any event, best wishes to all Ephs and Ephblog readers for 2020 and beyond! I am looking forward to continuing the conversation.