I Survived the Christmas Party

We had our SundaySchool party here at our house last night. Yes, I went totally nuts getting organized, extra-child-proofed, cleaned, and cooked. Yes, on a Tuesday night. That way, Travis could come and everyone went home at a reasonable time (before the kids were over-tired). Yes, I used disposables so there was little clean-up. Yes, I am the smartest hostess on Earth because I hired a babysitter!

Actually, I hired a team. Two teenage girls. I knew Sarah was a great babysitter and I just asked her to bring a friend. There were about 20 kids. Those babysitters were amazing! At one point they had all the kids in a circle quietly playing some game. Even the normally clingy kids immediately fell under Sarah's spell. Parents were stunned! and giddy! I pay good babysitters well, because I'm really buying peace of mind (although I suspect that my husband thinks its an extravagance, I have a lot of "mind" that need "un-worrying"). Plus, I understand that I'll get bumped to the top of the list during the busy season. Once I had a babysitter call and say "Mrs. Doe asked me to sit next week, but I told her I'd have to check my schedule. Would you like to use me next week?" But I digress ...

Anyway, the other parents were THRILLED that they actually got to enjoy a party without chasing children hither-n-yon. They were so thrilled that they tipped the babysitters, which made them thrilled too. Generally, EVERYBODY had a great time! We laughed. We ate good food cooked from scratch by a Southern cook. We laughed some more. We ate some more. We eventually just sat around being happy and relaxed. It was a Very Southern Christmas Party.

They're already envisioning having future get-togethers (since they've realized Sunday School functions don't have to be raw weiners served in a crop-circle in a swamp). Apparently, it had never occurred to any of them that babysitters could be hired. With this simple thought, whole new worlds are possible!


Sounds like a good time...and a bit like you bit off more than you expected :)

Sheilah | 12/09/2004 - 09:28 AM

Oh, yeah. You know that saying about "its like hitting yourself in the head with a hammer because it feels good when you stop". The party was a blast, but getting ready for it was soooooooo bad! Although, now my house is prepped for the holidays. There's nothing I like better than coming home from a trip to a clean organized house.

Lucy | 12/09/2004 - 04:33 PM

I held my Christmas party for my Country Bunny Reps on Monday. I had such a well-organized plan. The plan did NOT include spending all day Saturday and Sunday unable to move! I had to scrap my home-made food plan and buy frozen! Ah well, we had fun anyways.

Leni | 12/10/2004 - 04:16 AM

Everytime I think about you and the Country Bunnies I envision a vintage children's book called the Country Bunny. The illustrations are fabulous! Its a story about a mother country bunny who is very fast, so she must take the place of the EasterBunny who hurt his foot. Somehow she manages. The final illustration (and book cover) is her being presented at the KingEasterBunny's court to recieve her reward (which I seem to remember as being a pair of golden slippers). Its a great book!

Lucy | 12/10/2004 - 03:22 PM
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