The 40th Annual Kris Kringle Dinner


What started off at a small gathering of friends eager to start a holiday tradition over dinner at the old Ben Johnson Restaurant in San Francisco is still going strong after 40 years.

To celebrate this milestone anniversary that core group of friends invited other friends who have been invited into the fold over the years to celebrate at Thornbury castle in England.

Built in 1511 as a home for the 3rd Duke of Buckingham, it was later confiscated by Henry VIII, who stayed there with his wife Ann Boleyn. Currently a luxury hotel, the festivities over the weekend took place in and around the glorious interior.

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Since words can’t do justice to the castle or the 40th Kris Kringle Dinner, the photos will have to tell the story.

Our humble room in one of the stone guard turrets.

My talented daughter Averell, who has mastered the art of holding a spoon on her nose, another Kris Kringle tradition!

 

The pastry chef, who looks like he’s 12, being congratulated on his delicious figgy pudding.  The “Best” our master taster has ever had!

 

 

 

Singing a version of the 12 days of Christmas!

 

Hope all of you enjoy a Joyous and Merry Christmas with your friends and love ones!

Jennifer

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7 Comments

  • Anonymous
    December 27, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Ha! Is that Brenda and Garland dining with you ? Seems like last weekend I was just toasting their son’s engagement . Looks like fun!

  • Cathy Clemens
    December 27, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    Ha! Is that Brenda and Garland dining with you ? Seems like last weekend I was just toasting their son’s engagement . Looks like fun!
    Cathy

  • Sheila
    December 29, 2015 at 4:08 am

    Wonderful blog Jennifer! Loved the tradition of the dinner and the beautiful castle!

  • Cath
    January 1, 2016 at 12:43 am

    Fabulous kick-off to Christmas with you, Eric and all the KKers. You captured the remarkable revelry in style, Jennifer. Happy New Year!

  • Mary
    January 1, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    What beautiful pictures! A great tradition with lifelong friends! How fortunate! Happy New Year!

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    January 2, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    You’ll have to come stay with us next KK dinner!

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    January 2, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Thanks to Joe for organizing it!

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