Cranberry Lacers gathered at the Stage House Tavern in Somerset this past weekend for our traditional December "meeting" - the holiday lunch. We shared wonderful conversation and great food in this historic restaurant. Part of the fun of the afternoon was continuing a 20 year old tradition of reading "The Night Before Christmas" and doing a gift swap. Everyone brought a gift and every time during the reading the word "the" was said, the gifts were passed to the next person around the table until the last "the" was said and the gift in your hands was the one that you opened and kept. The book that has been used for all these years was gifted to the group 20 years ago in 1997 by Trish, sadly no longer with us. It is believed that the idea for this was started in 1996 and then Trish bought the book the following year.