Topper's Mistletoe Ball 2013

You can dance anywhere, even if only in your heart. ~Author Unknown

Time To Meet And Greet At The Mistletoe Ball (Page One)

(December 13th 2013) Last Updated: 09/11/2019 10:38:AM

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A beautiful venue for dining and dancing.... Call them!

Did You Know?
- Hanging mistletoe over a doorway during the holiday season is a tradition around the world. But have you ever stopped to think about the story behind it? Where did it come from? Why do we kiss just because we're standing underneath some shrubbery?

In this article, you'll find out about mistletoe, how it grows and how it is spread. You'll learn about ancient people's understanding of biology and how they put it to use in their stories and myths. The next time you stand under mistletoe, you'll have a whole new understanding of this intriguing plant.

The word "mistletoe" is derived from the Anglo-Saxon words, "mistel" (dung) and "tan" (twig) -- misteltan is the Old English version of mistletoe. It's thought that the plant is named after bird droppings on a branch.

One of the beliefs in the early centuries was that mistletoe grew from birds. People used to believe that, rather than just passing through birds in the form of seeds, the mistletoe plant was an inherent result of birds landing in the branches of trees.

So how did this plant become entwined with Christmas ? The holiday has assimilated a wide range of customs and traditions from many cultures, and mistletoe is one of them. For example, one French tradition holds that the reason mistletoe is poisonous is because it was growing on a tree that was used to make the cross on which Jesus Christ was crucified. Because of this, it was cursed and denied a place to live and grow on Earth, forever to be a parasite.

Everything was so very pretty this evening

The lobby was magnificent... Santa welcomed everyone

But alas... We had to work for a while to earn our dinner

Meet And Greet Begins

Bernie, Sue, and Vicky catch up....
Interesting.... Sue and Vicky are next-door neighbors

Welcome... Dressed for a cold day in December

Remember... You cannot hide from the camera... It is everywhere

The club was decorated everywhere

Our greeters made everyone feel at home

"Only two more couples and we can get up and dance!"

The fur coats were out in full-force this evening

Did You Know? - Fur is generally thought to have been among the first materials used for clothing and bodily decoration. The exact date when fur was first used in clothing is debated. It is known that several species of hominoids including Homo sapiens and Homo neanderthalensis used fur clothing.

Fur is still worn in most mild and cool climates around the world due to its superior warmth and durability. From the days of early European settlement, up until the development of modern clothing alternatives, fur clothing was popular in Canada during the cold winters.

All the way from sunny La Mirada... Kathy and Ed Roberts

Quick... Get the table picture before the members arrive...

Miles of smiles

Gigi is waiting for the music to begin

Sue and Gigi welcome Jan

J & J are simply elegant this evening

Cynthia is ready to dance

Henderina Lorenz looks warm and cozy

Ed smiles as he awaits a dance with Irene

Everybody dance

Gigi welcomes Roy and Dori

"OK... Lets dance so we can warm up!"

The Kroy's relax and save themselves for later in the evening

Little does he know that he will be giving the announcements this evening

Al and Mickey dressed to the nines

The Band Is Ready To Go!

Howard Clauson was with the band this evening... Always assures great music

Joe has completed his warmup.... Time to light up the room with his sounds

Visiting is well underway

The Slaters get the full welcome treatment!!

Friends are so very special

Al, Mickey, Roy, and Dori about to head for their table because dinner is served

Salads mean Paul & Sue make the rounds with the camera

Here's to you!

Marion and Gary Gray are here.... The party can start!!

Did You Know?

"Winter Wonderland" is a winter song, popularly treated as a Christmastime pop standard, written in 1934 by Felix Bernard (music) and Richard B. Smith (lyricist). Through the decades it has been recorded by over 150 different artists.

"Silver Bells" is a classic Christmas song, composed by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. "Silver Bells" was first performed by Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell in the motion picture The Lemon Drop Kid, filmed in July–August 1950 and released in March 1951. The first recorded version was by Bing Crosby and Carol Richards, released by Decca Records in October 1950.

"White Christmas" is an Irving Berlin song reminiscing about an old-fashioned Christmas setting. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the version sung by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single of all time, with estimated sales in excess of 50 million copies worldwide.

Accounts vary as to when and where Berlin wrote the song. One story is that he wrote it in 1940, in warm La Quinta, California, while staying at the La Quinta Hotel, a frequent Hollywood retreat also favored by writer-producer Frank Capra, although the Arizona Biltmore also claims the song was written there. He often stayed up all night writing — he told his secretary, "Grab your pen and take down this song. I just wrote the best song I've ever written — heck, I just wrote the best song that anybody's ever written!"