Sunday, December 18, 2011

12/18/2011 Workamper Christmas Luncheon

Today was the day that most of the workampers met at 11:30 for a Christmas luncheon. Chip and Bunky weren’t here because they are still with their family up north and one other couple that I know of weren’t there.

Everyone was to bring a dish to share and our contribution was macaroni salad. There was quite an array of dishes to choose from so everybody found at least a few things they liked.

We also had the option of buying gender neutral gifts for ten dollars or under for an exchange. We chose to get involved with this. We brought a flip calculator that had more functions than just a plain old calculator. We also brought a stainless steel lined insulated travel mug. Either man or woman could use either one.

After eating lunch Toni and I led the group in “our version” of the Twelve Days of Christmas. We geared the words to reflect our duties here in the park. It was fun and everyone seemed to enjoy it. As an example the first part went like this. (I should explain that Swafford is the last name of our park managers)

Everybody sing!

On the first day of Christmas the Swaffords gave to me, a place to park my RV and it just went on from there.

Next came the gift exchange and we were told to get in a circle and to stand shoulder to shoulder with our gifts in our hands. Everyone in place, the rules of the game were explained. A story was going to be read to us and every time we heard the word RIGHT we were to pass our gift to the person to our and of course when we heard the word LEFT we were to pass left.

It wasn’t as easy it sounds. Here’s the story, you can see for yourself how confusing this can get.

Christmas was almost here, and Mother RIGHT was finishing the Christmas baking.

Father RIGHT, Sue RIGHT, and Billy RIGHT returned from their last-minute Christmas errands.

"There's not much LEFT to be done," said Father RIGHT as he came into the kitchen.

"Did you leave the basket of food at church?" asked Mother RIGHT.

"I LEFT it RIGHT where you told me to," said Father RIGHT.

"I'm glad my shopping is done," said Billy RIGHT. "I don't have any money LEFT."

The hall telephone rang, and Susan RIGHT LEFT to answer it.

She rushed back and told the family "Aunt Tillie RIGHT LEFT a package for us RIGHT on Grandma RIGHT's porch.

I'll go over there RIGHT now and get it." she said as she LEFT in a rush.

Father RIGHT LEFT the kitchen and brought in the Christmas tree.

By the time Susan RIGHT returned, Mother RIGHT, Father RIGHT, and Billy RIGHT had begun trimming the tree.

The entire RIGHT family sang carols as they finished the decorating.

Then they LEFT all the presents arranged under the tree and went to bed, hoping they had selected the RIGHT gifts for their family.

Now I hope you have the RIGHT present for yourself, because that's all that's LEFT of our story.....

Except to wish you a Merry Christmas....Isn't that RIGHT?

Next time you have a gift exchange, of any sort, keep this in mind as its lots of laughs and the story can be adapted to any kind of situation or holiday. The party was over much too soon but I guess its “tis the season” to be rushed

We’re in the middle of a cold snap and we don’t like it! Not only is it cold,,,well, COLD isn’t really right, cooler than what we would like is probably a better way to explain it. So cooler temps with drizzle and the occasional downpour just makes everything miserable. We’re hoping the weather man gets his act together real soon and straightens this out.

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