It’s official. Suburbia received our first Christmas cards of the season today. The good news? My own cards are sitting on my dresser just waiting to be addressed, and my holiday paper for the annual family ABC list (all the highlights, one for each letter of the alphabet) arrived a couple of days ago as well. The bad news? That ABC list? Not written.
But it’s also the season for holiday celebrations. I’ve had to turn down an invitation to a cookie exchange on Saturday because I’ll be working a shift at a Junior League fundraiser. However, I just accepted another invitation and will be hosting the party for our Sunday school class. I also will attend holiday concerts for DD1’s orchestra and DD2’s vocal music group and Soccer Boy’s class party. In addition Soccer Boy is in a play at school (non-holiday themed but still this month) and the children’s Christmas play at church (which, somewhat ironically, conflicts with the party I’m invited to for All-American Public Schools’ law firm). There’s a possibility we’ll have one or two other parties that I don’t yet know about, but just reading all that makes me tired.
Which is why our big party of the season happens on New Year’s Day rather than during the Christmas season. Those invitations arrived in the mail today, giving me–yes–another thing to address. But by the time New Year’s rolls around, I’ll have had plenty of time away from work, and I’ll be ready for one last celebration before it’s time to return.
And speaking of celebrations, I’m interested in two things. First, what’s your favorite holiday celebration or tradition? And second, I’m in need of some white elephant gift ideas for two different parties. If you have a classic one to recommend, I’d appreciate it!