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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Annual Christmas Ornament Exchange

I have previously mentioned a popular ornament exchange here in town that I avoided for years. The pressure was too great-bring a beautiful ornament wrapped perfectly that everyone will want. I had a friend one year who brought an ornament and was very embarrassed when some comments were made reguarding the size and color of the ornament. So out of fear I never went to this party. Fears of the party-bringing an ornament, people I don't know, attention on me when I pick an ornament, and worrying that somehow I would make a fool out of myself. Last year as part of my year of no fear, I went to the ornament exchange with Mrs. B. I spent a few weeks finding the perfect ornament and trying out a bunch of different recipes to bring, which led me to try these fabulous s'more brownies (to die for but I decided they were too messy for the event). I ended up taking a great wooden angel and swedish meatballs. I had a fabulous time! I had a great ornament that was well received, not knowing many people wasn't a big deal, attention on me was minimal when picking a very popular ornament when it was my turn and no big deal, and I didn't embarrass myself, not even once. I vowed to go back the next year.

Here is the ornament I got last year (it even lights up):


2008 Ornament exchange rolls around and I decide my mom needs to come (not to hold my hand! Just for fun!) so I go twice-once in the afternoon and once at night. I used my mom as an excuse to go twice, but really I wanted to go twice. What happened!? I was no longer afraid of something that I was afraid of for so many years, instead I was excited and anxious and I will even admit I had a hard time sleeping the night before because I was so exited! And this year the ornament exchange didn't let me down. I had the best time!

Here are some pictures of the ornaments I got this year:


So the moral of my story is I'm so grateful that I decided not to let fear win last year and that I attended the ornament exchange and attended this year too!
Is there any other holiday parties you look forward too each year?

5 comments:

snowwhiteor said...

cking out great ornaments never really bugged me...if you can't find one YOU like, just pick out a big plastic red ball!!

adventures in mommyland said...

I loved that you were there! It was my first year this year and it was a blast! I've had the same feelings as you and have no gone before but will be going back next year. :)

Julie said...

HOw fun! Wish I was there. I'd love to go, too. NIce ornaments!

Jacque said...

Oh yeah, you're the one who stole the snowman that lights up from me...grrr! J/k I am sure the one I ended up with was cute...although it will always be the one that got away.....

Christy said...

You know, you only have that ornament because you stole it from me! But I have already forgiven you since I left with the best ornament ever! (and guess who brought it, you did!) He hung beautifully on my tree in a place of honor this year!