The atrium was quite reminiscent of that of the once Stouffer (now Renaissance) hotel in Orlando, FL. The daylight cascaded down into the created world of the "Crown Plaza". Water fixtures dumped liquid into the fish filled ponds as trees lined open space. It would have been nice to have a balcony, on which we could relax and drink our coffee, but this view was fine just the same. (Much better than others about which I had heard.) But this was no picnic! It was business. The best kind...a Christmas gathering...complete with shrimp cocktail and crab legs, a pasta station, a meat station, a potato bar, and desert table.
As the night went on, the music became more vibrant and dancing was encouraged. The Little Chef and Little Leaguer called me and asked if there was a disco ball (when they heard the beat in the background). I do believe a good time was had by all.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God's gift to man. (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4, 11-13 ESV)