My friend Helen Farias started the tradition of Lucia Parties back in the 80's, and my circle sisters and I hosted them continually since 1997. The last 8 parties were held at Heron House on the island. This year, we rented a beautiful Victorian mansion in downtown Bellingham. A good time was had by all, although many people left early because of the blizzard that swept in halfway through. After a harrowing drive home on icy hills, a few of us continued the party into the wee hours, then rose Sunday morning to a blanket of snow. The hostesses & overnight guests gathered for brunch at Rainbow Cottage and we spent a day of "time out of time." Our hearts are full and grateful.