The girlfriends' Christmas party tradition was really started by a friend of mine who moved to another state about 8 years ago. When she moved, my friend, Stephanie, approached me with the idea that we should carry on the tradition. About five years ago, we decided to make wearing pajamas to the party part of the tradition since our fun always lasts into the wee hours of the morning every year.
It's such a fun tradition! So much fun, in fact, that even though some of our friends have moved, they come back for the party. It's so great to have everyone together.
Tracy and Nannette--both have moved away but came back for the fun.
Holly has also moved and though she came back this year, she may decide that I've gone too far with my party games. And then there's Carrie. She had so many gifts stolen in the gift exchange, she may decide not to come back as well. She didn't get to hold that blanket for long. It was the first of three gifts taken from her.
But it's OK. Those who stole from her had to pay a price. Tracy had to dress herself up like a tree and sing, "O Christmas Tree." Jackie had to play her air guitar to "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" when she took the spice rack from Carrie.
Nannette performed a ballet to the Nutcracker March and Camille had to give us a hearty "Ho-Ho-Ho" in order to earn the gifts they wanted.
Unfortunately, my pictures of Stephanie donning a sombrero and shaking her maracas to "Feliz Navidad" didn't turn out.
Kathi didn't steal anyone's gift but was such a good sport that she played Rudolph just for fun, much to our amusement.
These are great friends that I have. It's always a blast when we get together. It's a party to look forward to all year long!