>Our Staff Christmas Dinner
Last night was our annual staff Christmas dinner. During the time that I’ve worked at the Center, the event has been mostly held at Director’s home. One year, because of time constraints, it was held in the hallway at nap time. Last year, gifts were just dropped off by the secret pals-it snowed and we were busy calling parents because we were shutting down.
This year, our dinner was held in the church’s gymnasium. I thought it was a pretty great idea-Director wasn’t left with the clean-up and her home and family weren’t invaded by a group of loud, silly, and unruly
Director and Assistant Director (with a little help from Director’s brother in law) prepared for us: Prime Rib with au jus, potatoes, Chicken Marsala with angel hair pasta, salad, and wickedly delicious desserts, which included red velvet cheesecake and Medea’s homemade coconut cake. (Wait, I dribbled on the keyboard….)
We also had tea, coffee, water and hot chocolate. Can you say YUM?!!
Maybe I should mention that people who work with children are slightly mental to begin with.
The Dirty Santa gifts ranged from some pretty red mitten serving dishes to the ah, interesting bouquet that I brought home for a future gag gift for Honey to take to his work. Let’s just say there was much laughter and squealing and leave it at that. Co-Teacher and I contributed soup with playdoh and a box of tissues with crayons.
After we recovered from the riotous uproar of the Dirty Santa portion of the evening, we moved on to the gift giving, where all the Secret Pals were unveiled.
For me, the fun part is to keep your person guessing. I’m not the best liar in the world, but when it comes to secret keeping and misdirection, I’m pretty decent.
Then, she took out the funny card and read it and when she saw my name she yelled. Ha! Victory!!!!!! She and Director are pretty darn savvy and they’d spent considerable time over the months trying to figure out who had their names. Both were surprised.
I only snapped a few pics because I didn’t ask anyone else if they would mind being posted here and, I really just forgot about it once things got started.
However, our wonderful, generous, kind, silly, wise, helpful, understanding, flexible,
slightly mental giving, loving/lovable Director and Assistant Director said I could post them. They’re actually behaving here!
After the gift giving portion of the evening, it was time for fun and games. About half of the staff went off to play hide and seek. (I and another teacher once hid so well that, when we finally came out, we found that the police were going to be called in another couple minutes! Another teacher once hid so well that no one knew she was missing until Director, on the next round, tried to hide in the same place and found her! Being a grown up is FUN!)
Several of us though, determined that Director and Assistant Director were not going to wash all the dishes alone and we took over. That’s where the real fun was. I can only speak for the three of us at our sink, but it all started with a worn out spongy-scrubby thingy and it pretty much went sideways from there. We laughed so hard it’s a wonder we didn’t pee our pants. Just sayin’.
I hope everyone can have as much fun at their parties as we do!