|Julie cracking up over her gift|
Holding our party in January means no competition from other distractions and leaves us with a whole day to hang out, eat, have fun, talk, laugh, and exchange gifts.
It's become a tradition, now with the Crew. In fact, this year a new phrase was coined, "Merry Crew-mas".
|Julie and Laura look on while Peggy gives her "look of joy"|
For many of us, family is far away, and this is the only "real" Christmas fun we have. Let me just go on record as saying no kid could have a better Christmas, than the 16 of us adults who celebrate "Crew-mas" together.
|Paula showing off her new journal|
For one thing, we've all been friends for many years. Many, many years. That makes us more family, in some ways, than friends.
|Maura smiling for the camera|
Secondly, we're all bound together in a geeky, nerdy, fannish bond. (Yes, we are fannish. Don't ask. We're all a little crazy.)
|Mark and Robin watch Jackie open her gift|
|Rooting for the BYU Volleyball team in the middle of the festivities|
WE LAUGH A LOT. A WHOLE LOT.
and we open a LOT of presents. A BOAT LOAD OF PRESENTS.
There were so many presents there wasn't room for them in the living room. They had to be staged in the back bedroom!
|Presents abound in the back bedroom|
This is always such a wonderful end to the holiday season. It gives me something to look forward to every year once actual Christmas and New Year celebrations are past.
I have the best friends, ever. Thanks for a very Happy Crew-mas!
(Photos by Elaine)