On Christmas Day, we attended St. Nicholas Episcopal Church in Tahoe City. “The recorded history of the Episcopal Church in Tahoe City starts July 27, 1900,” according to the church’s history. “In The Sacramento Missionary of 1903, Bishop Moreland described the area and reported that ‘A Sunday School has been formed at Tahoe City, and in a year or two we home to see a church erected from the contributions of summer visitors. In the winter this country is buried in ten feet of snow.’”
On Christmas Eve, about 70 people gathered in the small chapel, almost a full house, according to Rev. Jenni; on Christmas Day, there were about 20 of us, largely young local families with their children.
It was an informal affair, as always. Our son read from Isaiah, an impromptu decision by Jenni when we arrived. Longtime resident Ann Bryant, founder of the Bear League, helped with the service. She also brought along her two pet bulldogs, who sat quietly in the back.
Years ago, Ann had a pet porcupine and brought it to the summer service, where it sat on a bench. The Reverend joked it was “stealing the show.” I forwarded the item to my friend and colleague Herb Caen, who wrote about it in his “three dot” column.
Afterward this time, we crunched our way through the snow. It was an idyllic and memorable Christmas Day.