A Christmas Memory from Lawry’s

  • Dec. 3, 2014
  • #8503

Do you have favorite Christmas memories? Listen to Joni share one of hers.

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada with one of my favorite Christmas memories. Every family has its Christmas traditions, and my husband Ken and I are no exception.  For us, it’s dressing in our finest and treating the rest of the family to a holiday dinner at Lawry’s Prime Rib in Beverly Hills.  We hardly ever go to that part of Los Angeles; but during the Christmas season, it’s worth it.  I mean, all the decorations along the street and lamp posts trimmed with real poinsettias; all the holiday window displays, and the Beverly Wilshire Hotel with its huge Christmas tree out front.  With “Silver Bells” echoing down the boulevard, the only thing that’s missing in Southern California is the snow.

Lawry’s Prime Rib is an elegant restaurant: A grand entrance that opens into a beautifully decorated salon, and best of all, the finest prime rib west of Kansas City — crystal and linen, silver and candlelight.  Even a carver in his tall chef’s hat, pushing his cart loaded with racks of ribs so he can slice the exact cut you want.  This time of year Lawry’s has carolers go from table to table singing Christmas carols.  They’re dressed Victorian style, like a quartet straight out of a Charles Dickens’ novel, with ladies in fur-trimmed hats, and the bass singer holding a staff decorated with a holly wreath and bells.  I keep an eye on them, waiting for them to walk down our aisle. And when those carolers stop by our table and ask if we have a favorite Christmas Carol, I always request ‘Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming.’  They always look surprised; no one ever asks for that Christmas hymn. But I can tell they love singing it — and for me the harmony is so moving.  Just listen.


To me, this song pulls mysteriously on my heart, bidding me to go beyond, to “step into the other side” of Christmas, like an inkling, a hint, a whisper of an even greater celebration yet to happen.  On this side of eternity, Christmas is still a promise.  Yes, the Savior has come, but the story is not finished.  There is peace in our hearts, but we long for peace in our world. Soon though the Rose of Sharon will return and, with Him, all the fragrance and joy of a longing fulfilled.

Oh, and to make your season a little brighter, I’d love to send you a CD of my favorite Christmas carols — pop it in your CD player and sing along. You can never have enough Christmas music during the season, so be sure to come by my radio page today at joniandfriends.org and ask for your free CD of my Christmas carols. Until next time, may you and your family celebrate all that this marvelous season holds for every follower of Jesus.

© Joni and Friends


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