Tuesday night the Bookies Book Club had their annual Christmas party. We had barely got home from a doctor’s visit in the cities so I didn’t have time to whip up a fancy appetizer, but I did make up a wok full of bean dip and quickly molded some homemade gummy bears. Amy was our hostess for the evening and we started out discussing our Christmas read The Christmas Sweater by Glen Beck. As Christmas reads go it was fairly typical and predictable fare, but in December we don’t really go thinking we are going to have a great discussion worthy book review. No, we go for the FOOD and PRESENTS!!
The food did not disappoint. We had broccoli chicken alfredo, cheesy potatoes, salads, ham & cheese bites, meatballs, bean dip, cheeseballs, quinoa, salami and cream cheese spread, punch, homemade buttercreams, and lots of cookies. After reviewing the book and nominating one for next month (that would be The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton at almost 600 pages) we got to the gifts.
Each Bookie brings a gift valued at $10 or less. This year we drew numbers. The person with number one got to pick the first gift and open it. The person with # 2 could either steal from #1 or pick a different gift. The person with #3 could steal from either 1 or 2 or grab a different gift and so on and so forth. There were some great gifts! There were homemade chocolates and jelly, homesewn reusable grocery bag, santa platters, christmas ornaments, digital photo keychain and gift cards to Kohls and Caribou and many others! We had a lot of fun sharing Christmas memories of bad or awkward gifts we had received over the years (many coming from the hubbies!)
It was a great evening with a group of women that have become like friends and family over the years. I wish each of them a very Blessed Christmas!