Nelson Algren said never eat at a place called Mom’s. But that should never rule out a stop at Gramma’s Country Kitchen in Banning, warm and cheerful as Kathy Hannigan O’Connor and I headed east for a couple of days of Christmas in the desert.

O God, the King eternal, whose light divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep your law, and guide our feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness while it was day, we may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

— Book of Common Prayer