Okay, we've now decided on the date for our "liberry" Christmas party. But that's not what I wanted to write about here.
we had a different sort of "liberry" Christmas party yesterday after
our Friends of the Tri-Metro "Liberry" group bought us all lunch. I even
came in an hour early to join in the festivities. We had a tasty
sandwich variety platter from a local bakery along with a crock pot full
of potato corn soup, chips and desserts. Mighty nice of `em.
to our Christmas party theme, I should explain first that the year
after I began working for the "liberry" we have always had to have a
theme for our Christmas parties in order to limit the spending of our
beloved Mrs. J. If we don't pick a fund-limiting theme and talk very
sternly to her about sticking to it, she'll rush off and spend her
entire paycheck on presents for us. (In many ways, we're the family she
wishes was really family, because her own family is pretty awful. We've
often threatened to adopt her in order to take away their visitation
rights.) So, in year's past, we've chosen cookies as our theme, or
comfort food, or something similarly cheap.
theme is gift baskets. Mrs. A found very cheap, empty baskets and
bought enough for each of us to have one. We were then asked to come up
with a gift-buying theme for ourselves. For instance, Mrs. J needs stuff
for her kitchen so Mrs. A told her to her choose KITCHEN STUFF for a
theme. And since Mrs. B has like 5000 pictures of her first grandbaby
laying around, she chose PICTURE FRAMES. (The themes were all supposed
to done anonymously, so that no one knew whose theme was whose, but
we're all good detectives so everyone knows everyone's theme now.) We
then take our list of themes and go out and buy one item per theme,
spending no more than $5, then we're to get together at some point and
put our stuff in the baskets.
I decided to go with
something a little less permanent and chose COOKIES as my theme. I chose
this because I really like cookies and I know you can buy and/or make a
lot of cookies for $5. I'll likely regret the decision, but I can
And when do you think we chose to have
our party? Why at 8 in the morning this Friday, of course! Yep. 8 in
the morning, for a Christmas breakfast party. This was near about the
only time we could all get together before Christmas and still wouldn't
have to worry about needing someone to watch the desk. It wouldn't be
so bad, except that I'm going to have friends from out of town staying
overnight, who I'll have to temporarily abandon to run off and party.
Maybe we can take them to the new pub down the street and get them faced
on Guinness, the night before. They'll sleep right through it.