Friday night was our Sunday school class Christmas party. I attend the Young Professional (YP) class and there are probably 40-50 people in the class. About 20 or so people attended the party on Friday and it was such a fun night!
Earlier in the week, I had asked Justin if he would like to go and he
said yes; since we were planning to play Dirty Santa, I picked up two
$15 Rosie's gift cards as our gifts. The party started at 6:00 and was
in Hampton Cove, so I picked Justin up about 5:45 and we headed that
way. On the way, we listened to The Statler Brothers Christmas CD and
laughed and sang and laughed some more at how bad my driving was. It's a
sure sign you're getting old when it's difficult to see while driving
at night. We passed quite a few houses that were well decorated and gave
them one, two, or three honks depending on how much we liked them.
Finally we arrived at the party in one piece and I told Justin he could
drive when we left.
There were quite a few folks there when we arrived, including Jackie and
her mom. Jan had prepared baked spaghetti for our dinner and Jackie had
come early to help her mom and the hostesses' mom get things set up. In
addition to the baked spaghetti, we also had broccoli and mashed
potatoes (yes, I also thought mashed potatoes was kind of an odd choice)
and garlic bread. The food was excellent! For dessert there were a
couple of cookie cakes. I actually didn't eat any of those, but had a
glass of what was supposed to be a coffee punch but really just tasted
like chocolate milkshake.
After we ate, we played Dirty Santa and I had the "luck" of drawing the
very last number. When we got towards the end of the game, there were
two people (including myself) who had not had a turn, but only one gift
left to open; so, we were short a gift. The other girl, we'll call her
#24, had brought her daughter along to the party and the daughter played
Dirty Santa with us. When I asked #24 if she had brought two gifts for
her and her daughter she said no, only one and that was obviously where
the disconnect was. Had she brought two gifts both her and her daughter
could have played but since she only brought one gift and her daughter
had played, she was out. Sadly, she did not comprehend this and she got
up to open the last gift and I had to call her out on it. I felt kind of
bad because she didn't understand, but hey, all's fair in love, war and
So, I stole one of the Rosie's cards, and that person stole her
boyfriend's gift and then the boyfriend stole the Rosie's card back from
me. This group plays different than my family and once a gift id with
the third owner it could no longer be stolen. There were a few iTunes
gift cards left to steal but quite honestly I didn't know what was open
and felt under a lot of pressure and was extremely frustrated and just
opened the last gift under the tree which was some sort of Mary Kay hand
lotion. Now, I have more lotion at home than I know what to do with,
plus I sell BeautiControl so Mary Kay lotion was about the last thing in
the world I wanted or needed. I ended up giving the lotion to a girl
who got a stupid gift that one of the boy's brought. Long story short, I
brought two gifts (for me and Justin) and went home with nothing.
Justin, however, scored a Starbucks gift card. He said he would buy me a
cup of coffee - I will be holding him to that. He did offer to give it
to me, but I just told him to keep it. I just had to keep reminding
myself that it is, after all, the season of giving. One of the guys told
me later that I looked visibly upset. I said, well, I was. Thankfully,
Justin had warned everyone ahead of time that I am terrible at hiding my
feelings and to be prepared because if I didn't like what I ended up
with I would be letting everyone know.
After the game, we had a photo taken in front of the tree and chatted
for a little while. Soon after we all parted ways. Justin drove back to
my parents' house so he could be dropped off and then I drove myself
home. First, however, we made a stop to fill my car up with gas because
it was $2.97 a gallon at the Wal-Mart in Hampton Cove and I just
couldn't pass that up since I knew it was a bit more expensive in South
Huntsville where I usually fill up.
It was a really fun night, despite the fact that I went home empty handed.