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Annual VNA Holiday Potluck and "White Elephant" Party

  • Dec 11, 2010 · 6:30 PM
  • home of Nancy Woolley

Every December we have a special potluck gathering for the holidays, where we also do a "White Elephant" gift exchange. This year it's on Saturday the 11th, at Nancy Woolley's home in West Austin. The potluck dinner will be at 6:30 pm, with the gift exchange afterwards. We're specifically inviting all of you in our Meetup group to come join us, especially those who we haven't met yet, are new to the group, or who haven't been in a while. Some of you may be reluctant because the gathering is at a private home you've never been to, or because the RSVP count here is low- but please don't be! We welcome everyone, especially new people to our members' homes for our potlucks, and we always have about 25-30 people at our gatherings, since we have people come from our other online groups like Facebook.

Please bring a VEGAN dish to feed 8 plus a serving utensil, as well as your own plate, utensils, and beverage. Also please bring a list of ingredients for your recipe. As for the gift exchange, for those of you who aren't familiar, a "White Elephant" is a kind of holiday game where you bring an item or gift to contribute. The White Elephant Gift exchange works this way: Each guest contributes one gift to the game, and ultimately each guest walks away with one different gift from the game. The theme for the gifts is recycling, some possibilities would be something you were given before and are now "regifting", or something you used to use but now could get more use from someone else, etc.

All gifts should be wrapped, but not labeled to reflect the sender or a recipient. Everyone will draw a number to determine the order of gift choosing. The person who drew #1 chooses a gift from the pile, and then shows it to everyone. Then it's Person #2's turn. They can either steal an item previously unwrapped or open a new gift from the pile. If a person's gift is stolen, that person can immediately unwrap a new gift or steal another person's gift. This process repeats until a gift has been stolen 3 times, or until a person chooses to unwrap a new gift (as opposed to stealing a gift), at which point play proceeds to the next person. Owners of opened gifts must keep them visible for all to see and hold them up when requested.

We look forward to seeing lots of you there!

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