This weekend, we had our annual Christmas party. Our party is now in its fifteenth year or so, I think, although it’s hard to remember because I don’t recall exactly when it started, just that it was sometime in college. Years ago our friend Anna brought a lasagna to the house where my husband and his roomates lived, and hence the first party began. Soon after, when my husband and I moved in together, we took it over, and we’ve taken it ever since from house to house as we moved. We used to exchange presents, when it was smaller, but that got too complicated. We used to have a bonfire, at the old house, but that was a rental and now I’m not so keen on setting fires on my own property. And it used to go way late, but we’re all a little older now, so most people clear out by midnight (although I was up till 2:30 this year, VERY late for me, I’m still recovering!) What the party does most of all every year is remind me how lucky I am that I am still in contact, not to mention still good friends with, so many people from my high school and college years. We may only see each other once a year, but we do see each other, and we always have a good time. And that, I think, it what the holiday is all about.

In other news, I’m going to do a little last minute shopping today and get ready for the real festivities to begin, as my extended family arrives tomorrow. My entries may be a little more sparse than usual in the next week or so, but I promise to be back in the New Year strong as ever. Brace yourself for MORE pop culture references, MORE movie commentary, MORE info about the new book, The Truth About Forever (in stores in May!) and MORE of the miscellaneous stupid information that I somehow feel compelled to share with you, my faithful readers.For now, though, I wish you all the happiest and safest of holidays, stress-free, full of good food and cheer.

happy holidays everyone!