One of my favourites, actually, and one we - the group of friends I regularly meet with - have created ourselves: the annual Schrottwichteln before Christmas.
You can find out what Schrottwichteln is here in this older blog post. I did not write one specifically last year, but rest assured we did not neglect this fun tradition in 2013.
This year was special, since our friend who moved to the north of Germany some years ago joined us. We don't get to see her very often, but stay in touch mostly by email. Nici stayed with me, as before.
We also had two "new" girls join our group this year; one is the sister of one of the "old" girls, and the other one is my running partner and wife of one of my pub quiz team mates (that is how I originally got to know her).
As always, my living room was ready very quickly. This is how it normally looks these days:
And here it was set up for the small party of seven:
The presents are getting bigger every year:
The one I ended up with... oh dear! Who designs such things? And, even worse, who goes and buys them?!
But, as you can see, much fun was had. By all - even if you can't see the others. I have not asked their permission to use their pictures on my blog, and therefore can't post them. (So, who knows, maybe I was having a party with six imaginary friends... and ate 20 Hawaii toasts and drank two bottles of champagne all on my own!)