Every year Aunt Miriam has Kathryn and Lauren over for Christmas tea. It's a time we've come to count on, knowing that we'll spend this evening together in December no matter how busy the holidays get. (I get to attend because I'm the driver.) The tradition started when Kathryn attended the Nutcracker each year as her Christmas present from her parents. Before the performance Aunt Miriam would have us over. We don't usually go to the Nutcracker now, and Lauren has grown old enough to join us. It's a wonderful evening.