Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Advent Calendar - Party Time!

Prompt for December 7 – Holiday Parties
Did your family throw a holiday party each year? Do you remember attending any holiday parties?

 Our family did not throw Christmas parties. We did have New Year's Eve parties for several years. These parties usually involved sledding on our hill out in the hayfield or skating on the ponds near the house. We always hoped for a clear night with a full moon for these events. These events were a blast! Lots of food, mulled cider and family and friends. The first year we did this was 1971 after we moved to our farm in New Gloucester, Maine. I remember the house was undergoing major renovations and it was cold. I'm not sure anyone made it to midnight at that event because the house was so cold. We had a woodstove in the kitchen and it could not keep up. Over time these get-togethers disappeared. My sisters and I have talked about reviving this event, but it is one of those things that never seems to happen. It seems that in many recent years we have not even had snow or ice on New Year's.

My wife and I just attended my company Christmas party last Friday. This is the only holiday party that we attend regularly these days. For the past few years, this party has taken place at a local restaurant and is generally a pretty low-key event.

© 2010, copyright William C. Haskell

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