Time for the big clean up. I am taking down Christmas but I may leave a bit of New Years around for a while. I love the clean slate when the decorations are gone, however I do miss the sparkle. I am hosting our Bunco group mid January so I am toying with the idea of using my silver garland and snowflakes for a bit of New Years bling 'til then. What do you think? Is it too much for too long?New Years Eve was spent with some of our oldest and dearest friends. The kind that feel as comfortable as a soft robe and slippers to be around. So we had a PJ party and loads of fun. We played a great party game I learned from my sister-in-law. Take several boxes, from the size of a computer box down to a small gift box and be sure they will fit inside one another. Place a gift in the smallest of these. (It is best if the gift isn't breakable as this game can get WILD) Wrap each box with packing tape and gift wrap, place inside the next larger box and continue until you have the biggest box wrapped and full of the other boxes. (For adults use lots of strapping tape etc. to increase the difficulty of opening) Put two dice in a container or bowl for ease of passing around quickly. You will also need a hat, scarf and mittens. Each player rolls the dice then quickly passes them to the next player. If doubles are rolled that player must put on the hat, scarf and mittens and try to open the box. Meanwhile other players continue to roll. When doubles is rolled again that player takes the hat, scarf and mittens and takes over. It is surprising how many doubles are rolled and how fast the game moves.
Before one person gets the mittens on two more have rolled doubles. It is a riot!
Everyone is laughing and so determined to get to that last box.
My friend Mary succeeded in retrieving the slipper socks from the smallest box. This would be a great game for birthday parties and I'm sure all of you creative gals could come up with variations for many occasions. It was so much fun we wished we had wrapped two sets of boxes so we could play again.
We hung out in the basement by the fire, my friend Lynn got into the spirit by toasting her toes.
The men watched football while the girls chatted by the fire. We were even joined by my son and 4 of his friends for a while. I think it was the loveliest New Year we have spent since our kids were little. Being surrounded by good friends like these is the most blessed way to welcome the New Year.
I hope you had a joyful celebration as well.
Have a shiny new Friday, P
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