"cshenk" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> Our little neghborhood group decided to have a small party on the 24th.
> Lunch sort of thing. It's centered about a simple gift exchange but we
> expanded to add the kids. At the behest of several of our 'grandparents'
> who can't get to go where the kids are this year, we wanted something
> simple and fun.
> The parents emailed over the kids names listing 5 'preferred' items from
> the parents (all small things, crayons, glitter glue pens, coloring books,
> stuff like that since many are on fixed limited incomes). Just stuff
> their know will go over well.
> Older kids (past crayon level) are getting more intriguing lists but still
> under 5$. Like, modeling glue, various colors of model paints, pretty
> beads, mini-glue gun sticks. Mostly it seems to be lining up as sort of
> 'crafty' things. Age 14 and up kids get mostly food items except Billy.
> Billy learned to make candles from me back in 2000 when he was 9 (grin).
> He's getting 5 coffee cans partly filled with broken crayons (peeled of
> paper) and separated by colors. Largess of various parents with lots of
> those broken crayon bits arriving in little ziplock baggies.
> Art's holding this one as he has a large converted garage to a secondary
> family room. He also organized the gifts. (I'm sorting Billy's crayons
> Food? Our traditional potluck. We trotted our long porch 'credenza' over
> (in an earlier life, it was the back bookshelf of a king sized waterbed)
> and a spiral cut 10lb ham which Sadie will cook (her's is better than
> mine). Terrance is bringing more hoppin' John. Ghiselle is bringing
> german meatballs in gravy. I'm on the list for 'some sort of veggie dish'
> which needs to be vegetarian and will go vegan as one of the families eats
> close to that.
> Humm, soft boiled peanuts (a southern specialty) and something else with
> cabbage base seems right based on the list growing.
> Anyone else doing an Xmas party?
We're doing Christmas Eve Polish Wigilia (or at least what I, a former
Southern Baptist, translates it into).....We're having all fish or vegetable
based dishes and then the grands open all their presents from Gramma and
Pop-pop (we tried Babcia and Dziadje - but an in-law and her out-law
objected - I spit in FBS's general direction)....