A friendship tradition at Brewster by the Sea!

I have always enjoyed tradition in our family and continue to bring back many of the old ones that my mother and grandmother created. We usually interweave a few new traditions each year that our family enjoys. A family favorite is the lovely Dickens Christmas village which displays perfectly on our piano at Brewster by the Sea. My mom and I also had fun putting a santa hat an an old wood carving of an old man with a pipe that use to be my grandfathers.

Christmas village

Dicken's Christmas Village at Brewster by the Sea

Christmas decorations at Brewster by the Sea

It’s always fun to think about new ones and this weekend we were blown away with the creativity of two lovely couples from New Jersey and New York that have come up with a friendship tradition that has enriched both couples lives for over 20 years.   They met in 1987 at a church social sponsored  by their church, the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. As a way to get into the holiday spirit, Richard Curtin took on the responsibility to  research and organize a winter getaway for the two couples to enjoy together. His goal was to find a special place each year that brought some of the old time values, such as caroling and tree lighting for everyone to get into tho holiday spirit. Each year he would creatively provide clues to their upcoming getaway. We were so touched by the bond that had been established between these two couples. When we asked them where they had visited they quickly gathered beside our fire with a glass of sherry to provide a list of the 21 places they had enjoyed over the years. Listed below, in no particular order,  is a list of their destinations over the  years. Happy to report that Brewster by the Sea was #21.

Richard’s research included dining at our favorite Cape Cod dining destinations, Bucas Italian Roadhouse and a fun new spot in Wellfleet, PB Boulangerie.

As they were leaving they told us that they usually don’t revisit a destination but they so enjoyed their stay with us at Brewster by the Sea that they were thinking about visiting us in another season….possibly the spring to see our beautiful Hydrangeas.

1. Chaddsford, Pa.
2. williamsburg, Va
3. Hershey, Pa. (one of the clues was “two words that mean the same)
4. Bethlehem, Pa.
5. Annapolis, Md. (the one spot they voted to revisit twice)
6. Fredericksburg, Md
7. Cape May, NJ
8. Martha’s Vineyard, Ma
9. Philadelphia, Pa.
10. Manchester, Vt
11. Lakeville, Ct.
12. Essex, Ct.
13. Mystic, Ct.
14. Providence, RI
15. Rockport, Ma.
16. Kennybunkport, Me.
17. Sturbridge, Ma
18. Newport, RI
19. Selinsgrove, Pa.
20. Woodstock, VT.
21. Cape Cod, Ma

Richard & Lynn Curtin and Richard & Jeanne Struck

Holiday traditions with family and friends are such a special gift.

Happy holidays to all!

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