Here is a picture of my Mom, the hostess. This year we had chili, bean soup and loaded potato soup. Couple of salads, couple types of bread.
Once the timer goes off, people open their gifts one at a time. This one of Mom's is a rerun and has been to MANY of the Soup & Salad parties over the years.
Laura reading the story.
The next game is the Night Before Christmas game. Usually, Valerie reads it which is always enjoyable because she's quite dramatic. This year, Valerie couldn't be with us, so Laura rose to the challenge. But this year, we read 'Redneck Night Before Christmas' just to change it up a little. For the game, everyone starts with a wrapped Christmas decoration in their hands. While the story is being read, every time the word 'and' is read, you pass the decoration to the person on the left. Once the story is over, you get to keep the decoration you are holding. (We sometimes have to do some swapping to make sure people don't end up with the decoration they brought.) This way, even if you didn't score an awesome White Elephant gift, you get to go home with something nice.
Steph sporting some Christmas cheer!
The Soup & Salad Christmas party is a favorite. This year, we definitely had less people than usual, but it was still a lot of fun to be with everyone who was there. And we had a new guest, so we got to explain all the normal traditions. We didn't have it at all last year because of some family issues we were going through. That made this year even more special! Thanks for having it again this year, Momma!