(Closed) Christmas parties

posted 8 years ago in Holidays
Post # 3
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10287 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Every year my Future Mother-In-Law, Future Sister-In-Law and I get together to make chocolate covered everything. Its alot of fun. We make a ridiculous amount of stuff so that we all have enough to give as gifts and eat for months.

I host a mini party for my three best friends. We each bring something for lunch and normally either make a gingerbread house or cookies and exchange gifts. We always do a secret santa and it works out well.

Post # 4
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10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Ooooh we always have a Christmas party! I look forward to it ALL year!!! We usually host it as an open house, friends (no family), pot luck although I can’t help it and I always make a ton of food anyways, and Secret Santa for anyone who wishes to participate. We open the doors at 5pm and people usually stay until 11 or so depending on if they have other parties to go to or if we’re the only stop of the night. We just have good music on, and everyone sits around and chats and catches up. It’s a fantastic night!

One year I didn’t get the tree decorated in time, so it turned into an accidental tree trimming party 😉

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

We usually go to Christmas parties. We don’t host mainly because we don’t drink so we wouldn’t buy alcohol (which is apparently a big determining factor for most people) and we have such a tiny apartment and no parking area.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@Ember78: The greatest game ever! Everyone secretly gets a person they have to buy a gift for (and no one else knows) and then everyone does the gift exchange together. It’s a lot of fun.

Post # 8
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10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@Ember78: We do Secret Santa a bit differently for the sake of the party since we’re never sure of who wants to participate. This year we have a price limit of $30 for the gifts. Whoever brings a gift puts it under the tree. Then we each take a gift (you can pick your own if you want) one by one. So person A picks and opens their gift. Oooh ahhhhh. Person B (clockwise usually) can either steal Person A’s gift, or pick and open a new one. Person C can steal from Persons A & B or open a new one, so on and so forth until all participants have a gift. If your gift gets stolen, you get to pick a new one to open.  When everyone has a gift, we do one last round of stealing to even it out. It’s SO much fun! It’s a bit awkward though when sometimes you have one really bad gift that no one wants, LOL! Last year I ended up with fortune cookie soaps, whaa whaa whaa! It was my job as host to take the fall though I guess 😉 Big winners are always booze or gift certificates.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I secretly dream of having a fancy cocktail Christmas party, but that’s not really us or our friends:)  But, someday, I will put on a shiny dress and heels and host a fancy-ish party!  We tried to have one last year, but there was a blizzard on the night we planned!  We may try again to have a party this year, and it will most likely be a simple open house.  I’ll probably have cider, egg nog, and apps and play Christmas music in the background.

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

We do a Christmas party for friends that is a brunch on the second Sunday in December.

We used to do a gift exchange but have all come to realize that we are all blessed compared to others so we don’t do that anymore.

Instead we all bring a gift for a family we have chosen from the  Christmas Bureau. This is an organization that oversees the collection and distribution of gifts and hampers for the less fortunate in our community.

We all bring the gift and wrapping paper. After we have all had a chance to see what was purchased, we wrap up the gifts and attach labels.

Everyone also donates cash towards the hamper.

My next husband and I do a family by ourselves so this way we can participate in helping two families.

Post # 13
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971 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

We are thinking of having one.  Just casual with wine/beer, appetizers and cookies with our friends. 

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