Every year, for the past seven years, I've held a holiday party called "Holiday Cheer at Lantern Square". Some things remain consistent from year to year - an appetizer called an oyster roll, my little Christmas tree, and a plethora of Christmas music. Each year I think I don't have enough food and scramble to cook more, and inevitably, with the help of my friends, I end up with way too much. My tiny apartment somehow expands and manages to hold more than twenty people. This party has become more than a party in my mind. It's my gift to my Philadelphia family - a way to celebrate the holiday season and the end of another year. Tonight, I took a moment to look around and feel thankful for my amazing friends.