On Tiree they certainly know how to put on a great party. There is no doubt that a great big thanks are due to the Tiree Christmas Parties Committee for an evening of food, fun and friendship.
Guests are welcomed at the door, coats are safely stored and refreshment offered. The hall has a festive feel about it, while tables and chairs are tastefully decorated. Before the meal is served Iain Cameron welcomes everyone on behalf of the committee and expresses thanks to those who have made the evening possible by their giving and in preparing the tables and chairs. After thanks was given to God by the saying of grace, Fiona Maxwell cut the Christmas cake.
How do they do it? Due to the stalwart efforts of those working in the kitchen and the efficiency of those serving the three course Christmas meal is served warm. Home-made soup or pâté is followed by a plate groaning with turkey and all the trimmings, followed by trifle or dumpling and custard. For those wanting it glasses are topped up. Then if you have still room, there is coffee or tea and Christmas cake.
No wonder guests were allowed to sit and watch a film of Life on Tiree in years gone by. For an island where the sense of community is strong it was indeed a trip down memory lane for many. Although we have only been on the island three years, it was good to be able to recognise some of the faces, including children who are now all grown up.
Was that the sound of sleigh bells?
Yes! It was Santa with gifts and a warm embrace.
Just before taking his leave he promised to return for the children’s party.
Tables and chairs were pushed back and the dancing and games began. How I wish I did not have two left feet and a poor sense of rhythm. But it is a joy to watch fellow islanders who certainly know how to glide across the floor as the band plays familiar Scottish tunes. Just because you are sixty plus doesn’t mean you loose your competitive spirit when it comes to games such as pass the parcel or musical arms.
A prince charming is looking for the lady who left behind a slipper.
Thanks to all
who worked so hard
to provide a great meal and evening.