We began by discussing how our Christmases had gone in 2020, especially considering that some things had to be different due to the virus. We all felt that they went quite well. Carrie felt good about keeping things more organized, and shared that her family did nearly all of their usual Christmas activities. She had also asked the kids about any activities they might like to incorporate, and only one thing on their list did not happen. Susan shared that their family time with their granddaughter was truly wonderful, at times actually feeling like a Hallmark movie as they shared memories and old family photos. Wow! It's hard to imagine much better than that. As for Mr. T and myself, we felt that things were much as usual and we made some great memories with the local grands.
The one negative thing we all experienced in common was the unusually slow postal service. Yes, we were warned about all that -- but for a package to take a week to get from the middle of New Hampshire to the lower end of it is slow indeed. And then it still had to cross the country to its destination. Though mailed in plenty of time, the gifts sent to Nevada were all late. (Other than those sent directly from Amazon, which went through just fine! 😀)
We went over a list called "January Assignments" that I had saved from a previous year. Most of this came from Organized Christmas originally, I think.
The second point concerns gift closets, and both Susan and I did go through ours this year. I threw some things away and sent some to the thrift store. I also found a couple of gifts in an area where gifts had previously been stored. One went to the gift closet and the other to the thrift store.gift closet inventory form to really make the best use of this storage space.
The third point involves making a Rudy Day tote to have a way to stay ready to celebrate each month. It's a lovely idea, but probably something none of us will make time to do.
The fourth point is a fun project: recycling Christmas cards. We are going to do that at our February meeting, but I still have 2018's and 2019's cards, so hopefully I will turn a number of these into gift tags before that time. The tags pictured below are from a previous year.
Susan likes to send Valentine cards and maybe gifts; Carrie usually makes a special meal or dessert for her family. When my kids were in college (a long time ago now) I sent Valentine care packages. Now that it's just Mr. T and myself, I might make a special meal or dessert, or we might go out. We don't usually exchange Valentine cards or gifts, preferring to save the money we would have spent on these things and use it on getaways instead.
We will see how well I do. But it does feel great to have met for Christmas Club -- and on Rudolph Day, to boot!