Apart from the office dos when I was working, the only Christmas Parties I attended were those of the Ladies group in Lincolnshire where everyone took something for the table and a parcel for the SSS (Secret Santa sack).
One of the ladies would put together some team games, another would do Pass the Parcel with little novelties in between wrappers and I would supply the music on the piano, my place in the circle being taken by the arranger. It was always good fun, even if bad weather reduced the number of attendees.
One of the last Christmases in my working life saw a raffle for charity.
We had the option of taking part in the Secret Santa which was totally separate, but with the raffle, staff would donate a wrapped prize (great way for recycling unwanted or unused gifts) and tickets went on sale for a pound a strip. There was no limit as to the number of prizes you could donate, or the number of tickets you could buy, but all funds collected were matched by the company and sent to a local charity. We raised about £200.
Another charity idea was a Christmas tree covered in labels in the supermarket foyer.
Customers were asked to select one and purchase a gift (not necessarily from their store) for the child mentioned thereon. You had a teenage girl/boy, a five year old girl/boy, a toddler, etc.
As the season progressed, then the labels on the tree were replaced by baubles and parcels placed around the base ready for Santa’s delivery to the children’s homes in the area.
This Tuesday sees a Christmas Party for my Slimming World group. I had to phone our group leader as I didn’t know what to expect, and didn’t want the embarrassment of turning up empty handed if I had to take something.
As with our tasting evening, if we wished to take in something to nibble, it would be gratefully received, but it wasn’t compulsory. There’s no SSS, so it should just be a pleasant evening following our weigh ins.
Christmas is just a week away now. The schools have broken up for the holidays, and the shops are going to be full of frustrated parents and excited kids.