Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace"

It's Tradition!

It's What We Do....  Dinner With Dear Friends!

The kids are gone and have their own families and traditions so in order not to put pressures on them, we go to Panda Palace and enjoy friends and some family.   Why Panda Palace... Because we re-create "The Christmas Story"!!


This year we were pleased to have the Branders (Leon & Marsha), the Dudas (Bob & Robin), the Finches (Brian & Jan), the Thedens (Hans & Kerstin),the Zaitz (Bob & Donna), Greg Leach and Carri Fox.


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Let The Fun Begin At Panda Palace!

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
What do you remember about the movie???

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
We arrive early to make sure all is ready

Do You Remember? - In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it 'Christmas' and went to church; the Jews called it 'Hanukkah' and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. 

People passing each other on the street would say 'Merry Christmas!' or 'Happy Hanukkah!'  or (to the atheists) 'Look out for the wall!'  ~Dave Barry, "Christmas Shopping:  A Survivor's Guide"


Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
Greg studies the Christmas Story trivia that Paul printer off from IMDB

Did You Know? - JR & Karen sent us "The Christmas Story" book complete with sounds and details of the movie.  The book made the rounds!

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
Donna and Bob were right on time... Yeah!! The party may commence!

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
Great shirt Bob... Body, not so much!

Do You Remember? - "It came without ribbons!  It came without tags!  It came without packages, boxes or bags!"... Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before!  "Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store.  Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more!"  ~Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
Carri and Greg welcoming friends

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
"Pssssst Robin.... Watcha doin' with my wine???"

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
Hans brightens the room when he enters....
It's the sun reflecting on his hairdo

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
It's 75 degrees here and tomorrow they will be freezing in London

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
Leon is having a great time.... He spotted the movie

Something To Think About - May the lights of Hanukkah usher in a better world for all humankind.  ~Author Unknown

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
Ralphie is viewing the department store window

Did You Know? - The department store featured in the Santa scene is really Higbee's in downtown Cleveland. There is no Higbee's in Hammond.

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
Carefully hiding the BB Gun add inside Look Magazine

Did You Know? - The LOOK magazine used by Ralph Parker to insert his Red Ryder promotion for his mother's observation was a December 21, 1937 edition with a cover featuring Shirley Temple pouring tea for Santa Claus.

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
Frank delivers the menus... Dinner is about to get seriously underway

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
Great times with great friends

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Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
"We love this movie"

Did You Know? - Ralphie was supposed to be 9, but Peter Billingsley who played him was 12.

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
We heard Brian mumbling...."Nine??? I was nine once.... about 100 years ago!"

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
Bob remembers: There are four stages of man:
1. He believes in Santa Claus;
2. He does not believe in Santa Claus;
3. He is Santa Claus; and
4. He looks like Santa Claus

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
A great Christmas celebration... With dear friends and family

Let It Be So - To all the days here and after, may they be filled with fond memories, happiness, and laughter.

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
Here's to you! Paul remembers....
I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas
with a note on it saying, toys not included

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
Cheers and clinks

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
"Gar-Con Gar-Con... How is the guest of honor doing??"!

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
Frank gives us the sign indicating two "guests of honor"

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
Actually it was a secret sign to Frank.... Ready the "Guests Of Honor"

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
Fra-Gee-Lay.....

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
Notice the men looking at the TV screen

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
The appetizers are almost gone....

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
Everybody is wondering about the "Guests Of Honor"

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
Greg is still amazed by the leg lamp

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
Look out fuse box... Here comes the overload

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
Betcha Hans has tried this at home

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
"You can't do that in Europe with our 220V plugs"

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
Smile.... You are on candid camera

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
What did he say???? Was it fudge????

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
Old Faithful also shows up!

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
"What in the world is that???"

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
That looks like it hurt!

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
Frank delivers the second
"Guest Of Honor" un-carved

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
All the men screamed when they saw the head.... Soooo

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
Paul did the honors

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
Slice... Whack.... Carve...

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
At the end of the battle is was
Duck 1 - Paul 0

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
The people in the booth next to us wanted to see what a duck looked like....
We had two so we shared some with them

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
Old faithful had to make an appearance.... Paul or the Duck??

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
Squeezing the yellow "duck" was a lot more fun!

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
"Off with his head!"

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
We had to convince Kerstin that it WAS NOT DONALD DUCK

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
She does not look convinced

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
Donna decided to talk to the duck... Face to Face

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
Now we have the real rundown!!!

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
It's me

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
What a pile of dishes... Glad we do not have to clean up

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
Time for a Christmas Toast and a Special toast to Herbie

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
Darn near did.... Thank goodness he had glasses on!

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
"That's going to hurt"

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
"M-m-m-m-m-m-m Nick will have to wait!"

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
We explained it to Bob this evening

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
They know what is going to happen next!

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
The Bumpases dogs got the Christmas Turkey

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
"Eeeeeek... It has a head and it is smiling!!"

Did You Know? - [in a Chinese restaurant]

Waiter #1Waiter #2Waiter #3: [singing] Deck the harrs with boughs of horry, fa ra ra ra ra, ra ra ra ra.

Chop Suey Palace Owner: No, no, not 'ra ra ra ra', 'la la la la'! Try again.

Waiter #1, Waiter #2, Waiter #3: Deck the harrs with boughs of horry, fa ra ra ra ra, ra ra ra ra.

Chop Suey Palace Owner: No, no! Sing something else.

Waiter #1, Waiter #2, Waiter #3: Jingre bers, jingre bers, jingre arr the way. Oh what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sreigh!

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
Family and friends falling out of their seats laughing....

Did You Know? - The address for the Chop Suey Palace was 744 Gerrard Street East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
Life is good

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
The giggler in charge

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
Greg gives another toast

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
...and a little Christmas story...

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
Bob is scared of the German  Christmas Story...

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
Now the giggles begin

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
Bob does his magic trick

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
"OK Brian... How many fingers and phones am I holding up???"

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
We had almost a full house tonight

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace
Carri has a new Japanese Camera... Press the button and it goes "Crick"

In Memory Of Our Dear Friend Herb Silverstein...

אנחנו מתגעגע אליך בכל לבנו
אלוהים ברך את החברים הרב היקר שלנו

We Miss You With All Our Hearts
God Bless Our Dear Friends Herb


Herbie always in our memories

Christmas Dinner 2013 at Panda Palace