Sally opened her home and heart to all the gals involved in the shop for a wonderful Christmas party.
No shortage of delicious food...
....no shortage of smiles..
...and Linda, Heidi and Karen.
For an evening, it almost felt like peace on earth,
..until we got to the gift exchange! Nah, just kidding, everyone was entirely too nice about stealing gifts from each other (except for me, sorry Denise).
Eagerly waiting their turn...
Heidi opening her gift while Becky waits to see if she should steal it or not.
Michelle and Cher waiting,
Mary Jo and Annette barely containing their excitement...
..and yes, Annette did steal that reindeer, but it looks pretty good with her don't you think?
This is the one picture I got of Lori without her glaring at me (she doesn't like the camera).
So this was supposed to be a vintage white elephant gift exchange, and I guess I'm the only one that got the memo that I sent out, because everybody else brought adorable, usable Christmas-y gifts, while Lori unfortunately was the receiver of my ornery pink pig bank complete with glittered poker chips.
Rules people, follow the rules!!!
Oh, and Denise and Sally heave a sigh of relief that they didn't get
So, here's where I want to express my deep analytical thoughts.
See this staircase?
Same staircase, filled with lovely hearts.
One of the things we shared tonight was what the shop means to each of us. The resonating sentiment was the cherished friendships that have developed over time. At different moments, we've all been there to lift each other up, to support each other, and to share the joyful journey of one more step up.
Yes, it was a peaceful, blessed evening.
Merry Christmas to you and yours...
love Lisa and Sally