Adopt-A-Family Holiday PartyThis weekend Susan and I are getting organized for the annual Adopt-A-Family Holiday Party we host at our home. I can't believe it's only three weeks from today. Our party is scheduled for Saturday, December 6. With Thanksgiving between now and our holiday party, I always joke that every single plate, pot, pan, and piece of silverware receives a thorough cleaning.
This year will be the ninth annual party. The tradition started with Susan's college friends. Rather than purchase gifts for each other, they decided to do what their parents taught them and decided to share with others who are less fortunate.
How does it work?
Susan and I invite friends over for dinner on us. In exchange, our friends contribute a donation of non-perishable food items and/or daily hygiene items such as toilet paper, deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, etc. These items are always in need at our local shelters. Yes, even in DuPage County. We also ask for a financial donation to purchase gifts for the family or families we adopt. In the past we have set a targeted donation amount. This year we opened the donation amount. We ask our guests to consider what they would spend to go out to a special dinner. Since we contribute to the Elmhurst Walk-In Ministry (a non-denominational organization) and the DuPage County Convalescent Center, all donations are tax-deductible. Each year I'm amazed at people's generosity.
Around 3-3:30 p.m., the early crowd drives over to Target and goes shopping. With lists in hand, we divide and conquer the store. Yes, guys buy the toys and the girls buy clothes. Just works out better that way. We return to our house and wrap presents.
Around 7:30 p.m. it's time to eat. This year's menu is:
Veggies with dip
Baked goat cheese (my personal favorite)
Balsamic onions with blue cheese
Pasta with sun-dried tomatoes
Roast pork with fennel
Mustard roasted potatoes
Applesauce (from apples Susan and I hand-picked at Edward's Apple Orchard in Poplar Grove, IL)
A variety of red and white wines
Good beers (Fat Tire, 312, Matilda, etc.)
Numerous Pepsi products
I wish we had some fellow Humzooers in the area to invite. Hey ozthegreat, you're the only one close. The more, the merrier. And I'm sure it goes without saying that even if you can't join us on the 6th, if you want to donate, we are more than happy to accept your donation.
Happy (almost) Holidays
Susan & Bill