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First Christmas Party of the Season

I had my first party for the year Saturday afternoon with the ladies' group at my . I had a lot of fun even though I arrived late and left early because I wasn't comfortable leaving Guiness the Cat alone for long after his hypoglycemia episode that he told you about .

In the past, we've met at a restaurant for our get-together, but it's so difficult to sit and talk in a restaurant when you have a fairly large group. We've also held pot-luck dinners in the fellowship hall at church where it's easier to socialize, but the last couple of years we've combined the best of both options and had our party catered. That way we can treat ourselves without the hassle of taking a group to a restaurant.

After our meal, we exchange gifts. This year, I got things I desperately needed and wanted: kitchen towels and salt and pepper shakers. My kitchen towels are all too old and worn to be pretty anymore. My old salt and pepper shakers had gotten in such sorry shape, I threw them out quite a while ago and I've been looking for new cute but affordable ones since. Trying to sprinkle salt by hand out of the container has gotten pretty old, so I'm really excited about these. I'll be using these little snowmen well after Christmas.

Last year, one of the ladies brought us a to make that was as cute as it could be. We had such fun, we appointed her to bring one again this year. I didn't stay for craft time since I wanted to get back to check on Guiness as soon as possible, but I'll do a post on last year's craft as well as a tutorial. It's a really easy, fun little that is so cute, I left mine on the kitchen counter all year.

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SLGarcia wrote on December 8, 2014, 2:39 PM

Sounds like a lovely time and a wonderful way to begin the Christmas season. I like your snowman shakers.

Ellis wrote on December 8, 2014, 4:08 PM

Is it that time already? Better get started on some Christmassy posts...

carmela wrote on December 8, 2014, 6:53 PM

'm happy you enjoyed your get together inspite of what happened with Guinness the Cat. 'm looking forward to the tutorial your going to post.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on December 8, 2014, 10:57 PM

Me, too. They're sitting in the dish drainer right now, ready to fill up.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on December 8, 2014, 11:04 PM

This party is usually the first Saturday in December, and it always sneaks up on me.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on December 8, 2014, 11:05 PM

I should have it within a few days.

scheng1 wrote on December 8, 2014, 11:22 PM

Perhaps you can form a kitty Christmas party just for cats! Guiness must be very lonely when you go partying.

marialy18 wrote on December 8, 2014, 11:25 PM

Christmas is indeed here,mostly people in the Philippine start Partying on the first Christmas Novena.
It is the most awaited part of the Christmas Season.

HappyLady wrote on December 8, 2014, 11:46 PM

We (the Catblog Cat and I, are glad you had funat the party. I am off to a church one on Saturday. That will be NY first.

slexy143 wrote on December 9, 2014, 1:12 AM

it does sound like fun. and am. happy you had a lot of fun in the little time you spent. my regards to guinness the cat.

JanetJenson wrote on December 9, 2014, 2:29 AM

Poor kitty. Glad you got out some and had a good time though. We went to our first Christmas party Saturday and it was very nice but we are going out of town for the holidays and back next year, so I think that will be our last one for this year as well. I have been SO busy that I haven't even logged on here for what seems like a very long time, but Happy Holidays to all. Poof the Cat, of course , wishes Guiness all the best!

celticeagle wrote on December 9, 2014, 3:33 AM

Sounds like a fun group. Have you heard of the Red Hat Society?

crowntower wrote on December 9, 2014, 4:33 AM

It looks cool and fun, I wish I will receive lots of gifts today but no one will think that way, and my friends has a lot of finances problems to take care of just like me. Anyway it is Jesus' birthday not mine. Lol!

chatombreux wrote on December 9, 2014, 2:14 PM

Heck yeah - salt and pepper shakers are great when you don't have any! And, I use my winter towels all year long because I don't have all that many to begin with. They're still towels! LOL Nice gifts. I attended my first one the day after Thanksgiving. My cousin gives it every year and, although it isn't large, it is nice to get away and see her again. It is also a gift exchange and I received a Christmas mug with a note pad and pen plus some hand cream. The next one will probably be nearer to the end of the month and it is another gift exchange. I have my gift already ready to go.

AngelSharum wrote on December 9, 2014, 2:41 PM

Your gifts are very cute. Glad you had a good time at the party.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on December 10, 2014, 1:58 AM

This is Guiness the Cat. I think that's a very good idea! No need to wrap my presents. I'd prefer them in a bag or a box. Lunch meat will do nicely, but treats are always appreciated.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on December 10, 2014, 1:59 AM

I haven't heard of a Novena. What is it?

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on December 10, 2014, 2:09 AM

I had the ladies' party Saturday, the children's party Sunday (I'm a Sunday School teacher, but right now we don't have any children that age in Sunday School). Next up is the adult Sunday School class party. Finally, there will be a fellowship after the church Christmas program. (We do like to eat!) My church is the center of my social life, so other than my family get-together, that should be it.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on December 10, 2014, 2:09 AM

This is Guiness the Cat. Purrs!

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on December 10, 2014, 2:15 AM

It was fun, and Guiness did fine. I was only half a mile away, and I wasn't gone long. Guiness sends purrs to Poof.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on December 10, 2014, 2:16 AM

I've heard of it, but I really don't know anything about it.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on December 10, 2014, 2:20 AM

The adults in my family don't exchange gifts, and I am so glad. With money being so short, there will probably only be one or two friends that I will exchange with this year. Most of my gift giving is children. I give my great-nephews money, and buy something inexpensive for my students.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on December 10, 2014, 2:25 AM

The tops of my old shakers just got to cruddy-looking, I couldn't stand to use them anymore, and I've been trying to find some nice ones without metal tops. These are perfect. And I very much needed towels that look nice.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on December 10, 2014, 2:26 AM

It was fun, and the food was great. Some good friends in that group.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on December 10, 2014, 2:29 AM

I don't have a lot of presents to buy, not much company, and I don't do a lot of decorating, so Christmas isn't very stressful to me.

BarbRad wrote on December 11, 2014, 2:44 AM

I'm glad you had a good time. I'm not much of a party person or a crafts person. I'm actually glad I have an excuse to avoid Christmas parties and social events this year. I'm not anti-social, though. It just sounds like I am.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on December 12, 2014, 1:34 AM

I'm not a party person in the usual secular definition of party. In my church, that's just a five letter way to spell food.

LilyDay wrote on February 4, 2015, 5:08 PM

Cute salt and pepper shakers.

I do the sprinkle-by-hand method with salt. I don't use much salt, and I have moved around so much that I just haven't gotten any more salt and pepper shakers.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on February 4, 2015, 10:48 PM

I was doing the same. I hardly ever use salt, but I do like black pepper. I've been sprinkling pepper directly out of the Sam's-sized container (jug?) for several years now.