Celebrate Christmas with an Ornament Exchange
Every December, my mom hosted a holiday party for family, friends, and neighbors. Come party time, the house had to be cleaned and decorated, which began right after shopping on Black Friday. That meant putting up the outside lights, decorating the house, and hanging the 558 ornaments on the Christmas tree. Yes, I counted one year after several guests asked how many were on the tree. It was my job to decorate the Christmas tree and to this day, it’s still my favorite thing to do. I think every ornament tells a story, so why not host an Ornament Exchange Party.
You could have a simple ornament exchange party. However, why not have one you’ll remember for years to come. Here’s a unique way to share a part of you, along with an ornament to hang on one’s beautifully decorated tree.
Purchase an ornament that best represents something about YOU. For example, if you love to cook, then find an ornament with a cooking theme – a kitchen utensil such as a rolling pin, a slice of cake, or a gingerbread cookie. Wrap your ornament.
Purchase a holiday card and write inside what it is about the ornament that best represents YOU. Sign the card and attach it to your wrapped gift.
When your guests arrive at your party, assign a number to each gift. Place a second set of numbers in a decorated basket or bag. Let each person draw a number making sure they’re not drawing the number to their own gift. One at a time, have each guest choose their present and share the card and ornament with everyone. That way everyone learns a little something about each person.
Every year when you decorate your Christmas tree, you’ll remember the person from whom the ornament came from.
Serve your guests cookies and hot chocolate.