Christmas 2014 - The Grinch And Dancing

Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind. ~Mary Ellen Chase

2014/12/14 - Grinch And Dancing

Seasons's 52, The Grinch, and Dinner Dancing
Lunch at Seasons 52

Seasons's 52, The Grinch, and Dinner Dancing
Hours of sharing... Always fun!

Did You Know? - Seasons 52 is an American fine dining restaurant chain owned and internally developed by Darden Restaurants, Inc. in 2003.

The brand concept is to deliver a sophisticated atmosphere, seasonal menu, and offer fresh ingredients to deliver a lower-calorie option when compared to its competition. As of March 2014, there are 41 locations in the United States throughout 16 different states.

The restaurant is a seasonally inspired fresh grill and wine bar.

The core menu changes four times a year with every season, and all the features on the right hand panel of the menu change every week, 52 times a year. George Miliotes, their master sommelier, specifically visits different vineyards in order to hand pick wines for Seasons 52. The menu showcases over 100 different bottles of wine, 52 of which are available by the glass.

They also proclaimed there wasn't any butter in the restaurant, until recently when a lobster tail accompaniment was added to their menu.

All items on the menu are said to be under 475 calories and nutritionally balanced.

A Short Jaunt To The Orange County Performing Arts Center Folloiws

Seasons's 52, The Grinch, and Dinner Dancing
We honor their request NOT to take pictures of the performance

Seasons's 52, The Grinch, and Dinner Dancing
Jan and Brian enjoyed it

Seasons's 52, The Grinch, and Dinner Dancing

Did You Know? - The Grinch is a bitter, grouchy, cave-dwelling creature with a heart "two sizes too small" who lives on snowy Mount Crumpit, a steep high mountain just north of Whoville, home of the merry and warm-hearted Whos. His only companion is his unloved, but loyal dog, Max.

From his perch high atop, the Grinch can hear the noisy Christmas festivities that take place in Whoville. Annoyed, he decides to stop Christmas from coming by stealing their presents, trees, and food for their Christmas feast.

He crudely disguises himself as Santa Claus, and forces poor Max, disguised as a reindeer (by tying an antler from a deer plaque on the wall to his head), to drag a sleigh to Whoville, where he slides down the chimney and steals all of the Whos' Christmas presents, the Christmas tree, and the log for their fire. (He is briefly interrupted in his burglary by Cindy Lou, a little Who girl, but concocts a crafty lie to effect his escape from her home.)

The Grinch then takes his sleigh to the top of Mount Crumpit, and prepares to dump all of the presents into the abyss. As dawn breaks, he expects to hear the Whos' bitter and sorrowful cries, but is confused to hear them singing a joyous Christmas song instead.

He puzzles for a moment until it dawns upon him that perhaps Christmas is more than presents and feasting: "Maybe Christmas, he thought, means a little bit more." The Grinch's shrunken heart suddenly grows three sizes larger.

The reformed Grinch returns all of the Whos' presents and trimmings and is warmly invited to the Whos' feast, where he has the honor of carving the Roast Beast.

 

Seasons's 52, The Grinch, and Dinner Dancing
Simply delightful

Seasons's 52, The Grinch, and Dinner Dancing
Green as green cam be

Did You Know? - How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a children's story by Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel written in rhymed verse with illustrations by the author. It was published as a book by Random House in 1957, and at approximately the same time in an issue of Redbook.

The book criticizes the commercialization of Christmas.

Based on a 2007 online poll, the National Education Association named the book one of its "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children".

It was one of the "Top 100 Picture Books" of all time in a 2012 poll by School Library Journal

To Old Ranch For A Post-Play Dinner Dance

Seasons's 52, The Grinch, and Dinner Dancing"Let's dance to get warmed up!"

Seasons's 52, The Grinch, and Dinner Dancing
We were surprised

Seasons's 52, The Grinch, and Dinner Dancing
The ladies visit

Seasons's 52, The Grinch, and Dinner Dancing
Romance is always in the air with these two

Seasons's 52, The Grinch, and Dinner Dancing
The guys talk about motor cycles, cars, and aiplanes

Seasons's 52, The Grinch, and Dinner Dancing
Jan catches up on the latest

Seasons's 52, The Grinch, and Dinner Dancing
Paul's most special favorite thing

Seasons's 52, The Grinch, and Dinner Dancing
Ten step polka begins here

Seasons's 52, The Grinch, and Dinner Dancing
TIme to open presents

Seasons's 52, The Grinch, and Dinner Dancing
Marcia and Sue giggle ... Penny for their thoughts

Seasons's 52, The Grinch, and Dinner Dancing
We took the sleigh home and attempted to
watch a Christmas movie... We didn't make it