|The gang's all here, arriving with presents|
My friends and I hold a big all-day Christmas bash every year... in January. That's right, in JANUARY. Let's face it, December is rather hectic in many ways, and its Saturdays are tied up with shopping as well as work, church and family functions. We also have several members of our circle of friends who travel "home" for the holidays to visit relatives in other states.
So, we pick a Saturday in January where we can meet, eat, exchange gifts, and generally enjoy each other's company. This year it just happened a little later in January than usual. One more Saturday and it would have been in February... However, that fact didn't seem to stop the Christmas cheer!
First we spent some time bringing in gifts, saying HI and getting settled. Then, dinner was served! This year it was brought in from Boston Market. We had turkey and all the fixings!
|Our host Mark enjoying his turkey dinner|
There were also more treats than you could possibly imagine for snacking and dessert. Here we see Elaine and Robin enjoying their dinner. They had to move aside the mountain of cookies, brownies and fudge to accomplish this.
|Elaine and Robin and the mountain o' cookies and other goodies|
See? We can be healthy, too!
Then, once everyone was fed, the partying began.
We always open with a game of silly presents called the "Pic N Save" gifts. Pic N Save was actually the name of a discount store many years ago which is now called Big Lots. The idea is to purchase something for $5 or less. It helps if it makes folks laugh.
|Julie opens a gag gift as Laura and Maura look on|
It is gift giving mayhem, I tell you.
|Abbie opening her gifts|
Our friend Barbara moved to Virginia, so she participated via Skype.
|Handing out the gifts|
|What on earth is this?|
Maura looks on while Jackie takes her turn opening presents
|Hey, look! It's a Cute Thing!|
|So, do I keep this? Hmmmm....|
You know how they are!
|Mark with one of his ferocious kitties|
We're still having a good time and opening presents...
|Julie and Laura with their "haul"|
|Laura going through the gift pile|
|Lisa was buried under a pile of her gifts|
|Look, I got a cross-stitched sheep!|
|Mark opening his gifts while Peggy and others look on|
|Thumb light saber wars...|
Okay, you had to be there.
It's a thing.
|Peace love dove, everyone.|
Maura hams it up for the camera
Have I mentioned that already?
|A serious moment?|
Naw, there weren't any of those! We laughed a lot!
|I came home just dripping with glitter from this bow!|
|Watching the unwrapping|
|Paula opening her stash|
|Peggy and Paula|
|Robin and Elaine|
|Robin finally has her own Minion!|
Each one of us got a little Disney ornament from Cathy this year. This is Robin showing hers off.
We're like that.
I love my friends. Okay, I've already mentioned that. This is the best party of the year, even though our other ones are pretty good, too.
Thanks for the good food, laughter and gifts and especially for your friendship. It was worth waiting an extra month past Christmas for!