Oy - and I am SO not prepared this year. At this point, I have gotten exactly *one* present bought - not counting, of course, the Non-Denominational Fourth Quarter Work-Sanctioned Social Gatherings with accompanying Dirty Santa games or the stocking stuffers I've bought for the dog. I've got three of those office dealies this year - and they're always fun.
The first was with the old co-workers, who were strangely insistent that I go. (I think they didn't want to miss out on my annual hash brown casserole.) It was a lovely bring-a-dish deal with a brutal game of Dirty Santa that nearly came to blows behind a set of cordial glasses and a vanilla scented air freshener thingy. I walked away with a pound of coffee and giant new coffee mug.
Last night was the second one - with my new co-workers. This was even better - an evening at the pub near the theatre where the troupe usually goes after shows. I had the AWESOME chicken club (add jalapeños, of course) and a delightful selection of fine beers. (I think the old office staff would be more fun if we had beers at those parties. On the other hand, though, there might have been a donnybrook in that whole Dirty Santa thing...) Last night's gift - a brand new laptop computer
! This thing has everything on it - an LCD screen, letters, shapes, and even a fun game where you move a honey pot around and try to catch dripping honey. The congratulatory cries of "Good job!" from the naked bear REALLY bolstered my self-esteem and helped me get to the bonus level.
This weekend, the improv troupe will have our shindig, and another game of Dirty Santa. I can only imagine what sort of things will come out that! The thing's going to be at Chez K, so tonight and tomorrow are all about getting the last of the cleaning and straightening done. I've got the tree and stockings (for Horatio and me, anyway) displayed by the chimney with care. I found H a paw-print shaped stocking
(trés adorable) and liked it so much, I got Jr's giant dogs giant versions. Don't tell H, but there's already a pig ear and some rawhide in his stocking. I think he's gonna be a happy boy on Christmas! :-)