Our extended family party. Lots of yummy grub and a ridiculous white elephant game. I mean white elephants used to be fun, you try to find the most bizarre or shocking gift and laugh at who goes home with it but these guys like to play where you actually buy something half decent . The problem arises when you have people grouping and scheming to get the prize they actually brought or where a kid picks the gift they wrapped themselves and is going throw a mass fit if your kid actually took it from them. Times this by 35 people and the chances are you gonna leave with a crap wwf calendar and wish you'd stayed at your awesome girl friends Christmas celebration. Q:So what do you get, when you cross a bunch of scrapbookers with a party? A:An entire table full of bows and ribbons and tags all blinged out and smelling sweet. I'm so glad we planned this lunch amid our crazy holiday busyness. These ladies and our shared love of all things gluable, have been my happy place all year long. We have little but adhesive in common and each has her fair share of drama, some of which let loose at the table but we all love each other and to just sit and scrap together. Anyone who mocks, scrappin or quilting or book groups has never had the privilege of a good one. The title and craft is just a cover for "quality girl time with no rules" So which of these 2 events would you rather be at? They occurred on the same day.
If your still reading I will throw in another fun tradition. Boyd making Chex Mix. It stinks up the whole house!! I love it when people walk in and smile as they recognize the smell. This year we decided to share the love and made 30 bags, each with a little tag saying "don't forget Santa "chex" his list twice , so be good for goodness sake." We delivered them to the neighbors to help counter act the sugar high from all the sweets. While I'm on the subject, I wonder if there is a single person I know, who isn't on a diet, wishes they were on a diet, ought to be on a diet or who is in great physical shape because they don't eat crap? So why in holy heaven then, do people feel the need to hand make fancy truffles or mice from hershey kisses and peanuts (pretty impressive)and deliver them to MY HOUSE? 25 plates full in all. It is a neighborhood tradition/requirement to drop something off. We have, sort of, been off the hook the last couple of years since we were new and didn't know too many people but not this year and this can really get out of hand. I've decide that the Joy and happiness we feel at Christmas is more from the sugar rush than the actual fun, cos we're all so busy making gifts for neighbors that we are not joyful at all. Ok, I am kidding but I do prefer to get crafty creative and make something. One year I actually delivered protein powder with some shake recipes to a couple of friends. They were most appreciative. So the problem only exists because I feel, out of respect for the person who slaved over there peanut brittle (have mercy, that was so good I ate the whole plate:)that I should at least try them ALL. When you add this to you required tin of quality street and 3 Christmas puddings it's just not a good balance.
Today was my first Gym day of the new year!! UGH> I'm almost caught up :)