Or at least our party did! We had a blast, so many of our friends came. There was good food (I love potluck) and music, as well as liberal drinking, all the makings for a merry time. Our different groups of friends got along really well and started to make friends with each other. The party became standing room only, and was generally fantastic. Unfortunately we were so busy hosting we forgot to use our camera. Hopefully some of our friends took pictures and I will share those.
The party was really great because it made it feel like Christmas. It has been a little difficult for me, as this is my first Christmas away from my family. The Christmas party was great for two reasons. First it kept me busy, second it was a blast and brought the “feeling” of Christmas.
I have been trying to focus on creating new holiday traditions rather than grieve for the old ones I can not participate in this year due to geography. For Christmas Eve we went to a Symphony Concert which was really fun. The music was lovely and it was something to really make the evening feel special. Tomorrow Bulent’s whole family is coming over for dinner. It will have to be buffet style to accommodate everyone. While the preparations for hosting large party then a large dinner party so close together are challenging, it is worth it. They have been so inclusive of me in their holiday traditions, I wanted to reciprocate and involve them in mine. Plus it feels more like a holiday when your house is full of people. Also when there is lots of wine—that makes it holiday-ish too. Yes, I am Irish. Can you tell?