I'm going back in time to before my encounter with Santa, just one evening really. It was the 6th of December and the 1st Friday of the month - the traditional date for an annual tradition my girlfriends and I have established many years ago: Schrottwichteln, a kind of Secret Santa. I have posted about this every year since I started my blog; last year's post is here if you want to compare pictures.
Unfortunately, not all of my friends could make it this year, so there were only four of us at my flat. It did not deter us from having fun, though!
I prepared the table for four in my living room, complete with Christmas-themed table cloth and decorations (some of them edible):
Toast Hawaii is a "must" for our Schrottwichteln, as is sparkling wine:
Then the game begins - everybody has their gift in front of them, and the dice are thrown:
After ten minutes (which can be a long time when you are rushing along with this game!) everyone ends up with a different parcel in front of them, and we take turns in opening our gifts:
One of my friends got a projector that throws moving patterns of light on the ceiling or a wall. She said it might help her daughter (3 1/2 years old) to sleep; I have not asked her yet whether the lights do the trick.
Another one of our group ended up with this... erm... interesting candle holder: (remember - the thing about Schrottwichteln is to get rid of something you definitely do NOT want!)
And here is what I got, a small felt bag in the shape of an owl:
It now sits on my kitchen window sill and will be packed away with the other Christmas things on January 6.
We had a fun evening together, and although I missed those friends who were not there with us, I was happy to be with those who were there. We'll all meet again in 2020.