Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Parties

I don't remember when it started, but somehow Jilda and I dropped off the radar. For years our dance cards were always punched around Christmas. We had to take care in accepting invitations, because going to one party meant skipping another one. It was tough, but we managed. 
It was not uncommon for me to gain 10 pounds during the holidays.
But something happened the last few years and I'm not sure why, but we stopped receiving invitations to Christmas parties.
I'm fairly certain I've always showered before partying in the past so I don't think it was a hygiene issue. Most of my jokes are fairly tame, and I almost always stopped swilling wine after the third magnum of Red Daggar (just kidding mom). So, I'm not sure why the invitations dried up.
I was about to get really concerned this year when two invitations came in this week. I must say I breathed a sigh of relief.
We had a Christmas open house here for many years. It was not uncommon for 50 of our closest friends and neighbors to show up on the Sunday before Christmas Eve to visit. It was always a great deal of work, but we both loved the party.
But when Jilda's mom got sick a few years ago, she pretty much lived with her mom. The open house was one casualty during that dark period. Come to think of it, our Christmas invitations waned during those years as well.
So you can imagine our excitement at receiving invitations this week. Hopefully this will turn the tide and we'll be back on the A-List next year.
 I hope you all have a chance to celebrate Christmas with all your friends.


  1. What a great post. I hadn't thought about parties through the years before I read it.

    The parties do come and go, don't they? I remember the years when I had so many that were work related. I am a CPA so many of my clients had parties and we were invited. I also professed so there were University faculty parties. Now things have calmed down all right. We had two parties this year: the dog club and the Norwegians. *sigh* Each had it's own fun crowd. ;) We had a great time, though.

    Every second year we are at sea so it's a whole different kind of Christmas party.

    Thanks for another fun post.

  2. It seems as the children have aged out and moved away from home the parties have gone with them! We have a few we still attend but for the most part it's pretty quiet around here...
    Have fun at your parties!

  3. Awwww of course you'll be back on the A-list! I think you've never been off it - but I think your friends knew when to back off during very personal stressful times! :-)

    Take care

  4. I'm just stopping by different type of blogs and thought id say hello folks. So greetings from an Amish community in Pennsylvania, and wishing everyone a merry Christmas and a healthy and happy new year. Richard from Amish Stories

  5. Rick, I know you thought you showered, but what you think and what actually happened tend to be two different things. Just sayin'.


  6. I wonder if people still do Christmas parties as much as they used too. I don't hear about them much anymore or maybe it's just me. My hubby and I have faded from the party scene since retiring. Out of sight - out of mind I suppose. To tell the truth, I really don't miss them. Hope you enjoy all of yours.

  7. Are you sure there are parties happening? Maybe others have stopped giving them too! sandie


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