This afternoon we're off to the annual Tuba Christmas on Solomons Island, Maryland.
There are Tuba Christmases being performed all across the country each year where tuba players young and old gather to celebrate the season. Our friend Nadiri (age 14) played at the Tuba Christmas at the Kennedy Center earlier this month and our grandson's best friend (also 14) will probably be playing at today's concert.
If there is one near you, I urge you to go. It's a good time.
Here's last year's Tuba Christmas at New York's Rockefeller Center.
Update: After feasting on homemade chili, cornbread, and peppermint brownies, we made our way to the Tuba Christmas. Over 53 (they lost count) tuba, euphonium, and sousaphone players from Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Colorado (!) showed up to play for an audience of (my guess) 700-800 people. The players -- those that wanted to reveal their age -- ranged from 11 to 72. One 19-year-old girl said that this was her tenth annual turn at playing this Tuba Christmas. One player had played in the second Tuba Christmas ever, back in 1975. There are now over 270 Tuba Christmases celebrated throughout the country. Good time, good feelings, good people.