We have had this party for many years and I will share the themes from previous years.
This is a list of the parties since I started keeping track. I believe we had parties several years before that.
2000 - - - - - -2000 ornament 2009 - - - - -Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
2001 - - - - - -Patriotic 2010 - - - - -White Elephant
2002 - - - - - -In glass container 2011 - - - - -Joy to the world
2003 - - - - - -White Elephant 2012 - - - - - Old fashioned Christmas
2004 - - - - - -Nativity 2013 - - - - -Piece on Earth
2005 - - - - - -Home Made 2014 - - - - -We Three Kings
2006 - - - - - -WINGS 2015 - - - - -What in the heck is it?
2007 - - - - - -Let you light so shine 2016 - - - - -Angels we have heard on high
2008 - - - - - -Sound of music
We started the evening with a Epiphany devotion from
Higher Things and prayer. We also discussed the meaning of the"THREE GIFTS" of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.
Then on to the food.
I cheated this year and served Subway sandwiches. It didn't seem like it bothered anyone. Everyone brings something delicious to share.
We took some time to just visit and catch up on things. it had been quite some time since we had all been together.
For the last 11 years, since our 2003 White Elephant party we have had one gift that is passed along every year and turned into something that goes with the "Theme" of our party. It has also been given for birthdays and anniversaries.
This year Rich got the "BEE" as it originally started out as. It had been changed into one of the kings. A wonderful job and he even had a Treasure box full of Gold for the "Baby Jesus". It came with the other two smaller wise men. Latter Jim Snyder who created this masterpiece gave Rich the whole nativity set that had been purchased by his mother-in-law at a garage sale.
|GREAT JOB JIM|
Another unique gift, very neat Wise Men, "THREE KINGS".
|The back with "game" description. Nicely done Rich!|
Another gift was a nice picture of We Three Kings.
After everyone had their anonymous wrapped gift by picking a # and having the chance to trade with one of the other un-opened gifts, there was one final twist to our gift opening.
I brought out this nice large red wrapped gift and ask if anyone wanted to trade for this gift that could be a simple tooth pick or penny or maybe something really nice. It took some contemplating but finally we had a taker, Nancy went for the trade.
|OH MY, It's another wrapped gift.|
|And yet another smaller gift!|
|And yet another very small gift. Oh no, what could it be?|