For the last week I have been struggling through a cold. You could put it on the calendar annually. The week before Christmas I am the most run-down of the year. There is just so much to DO-DO-DO, my body simply cannot handle it. Here is a photo of me Christmas 2012 relaxing with the family in the livingroom:
I’m flat-out tuckered, but at least I am keeping my humor. Humor is what gets me through everything. When I look back on all my Christmases (even the one where at least 12 of us vomited in the course of 3 hours), I never remember how my broke down body felt, I only remember the laughs!
This year we hosted our first ever Ugly Sweater Party.
Can you tell I had a little fun making the invite? I think I packed my entire childhood in there!
Here were a few ideas I came up with before the big day:
Coffee filters. I don’t know what made me think of it. Must have been the childhood reminiscing. I hung strings in the windows so all of the snowflakes could decorate te rooms as the party went along.
We took a coffee can and decorated it to play an old-school game of kick-the-can, but there was too much snow on the ground to play :( That’s ok. Summer-Christmas-kick-the-can will be fun too…
I scavenged thrift shops for old mugs for people to drink their spiked cocoa in.
Garland boas were all the rage.
For the candy cane hunt I also included some extra goodies. I found 80’s-inspired Pop Rocks, clear empty Christmas balls to fill with candy and hang from the trees, and one little box wrapped like a Christmas present. Inside the box was chocolate coal. We had the hunt outside and it was a big hit!
These people are the community we have created over the years. Many families and so many happy memories.
I may have had a sore throat and believe it or not, the very morning of the party I threw out my back. I guess that is what ibuprofen is for. Because all said, I pushed on through and had a great time. I may have even been the only one to use that karaoke machine ;)