Wednesday, December 14, 2005
A Quilty Christmas Party
It's the time of year for parties. As of yesterday, I have been to four, one of which was a somewhat impromptu dinner for nine at my house on Saturday. They were all family members, one in from out of town. I am lucky that Jerry is a fine cook, so when we entertain it is a team effort. This time he fixed some tasty smoked salmon and grilled chicken. The Christmas lights and candles filled the house with a beautiful glow, and we had a wonderful time.
My absolute favorite party of the year is the one with my small group of quilting friends. It's the party just for us, the one where we all feel special. For a little while we let down our hair and don't worry about husbands or children, or anything else for that matter. I love this group of women. Over the years we have had plenty of comiseration, coffee and laughter. It's the best therapy you can imagine.
One of our traditions at Christmas is a "quilt exchange". In January every year, we draw names, make quilts for each other, and exchange them at Christmas. Each quiltmaker works very hard to create something that is "just right" for the recipient. Most of us give quilts but don't receive them, so this is special and wonderful for each of us.