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Teen TalkGabi Harris

’Tis the Season for Holiday Parties

By Gabrielle Harris

Now, I don’t know about you but every holiday that comes around the corner gives me an excuse to have a party or celebration of some sort. Finally, my favorite holiday season has commenced and it’s time to party plan! As a party planner for the last eighteen years and proud Pinterest user, I am an absolute expert when it comes to holiday party celebrating.

My school newspaper class has been having holiday cookie swap parties ever since I was a freshman (so for four years), and they’re one of my favorite types of celebrations. You probably already understand how this is going to go. Everyone supplies a type of cookie, a large enough portion for all of the guests attending, and then all attendees take one cookie from each person. By the end of the party, you’ll have twenty different cookies on your plate which is either a really good or very, very bad situation for your calorie counter. For these parties I usually just stick with my sugar cookies with a Hershey kiss placed in the middle – they’re super simple and I make them every year!

You’re never truly too old for a good old fashioned Christmas movie night. I basically have them every night in December by myself with a mountain of popcorn, but having a party is always fun too! It would also be more fun if everyone showed up in pajamas, so it’s similar to those slumber parties you’d have as a kid, watching Christmas movies with friends. Elf is always a must when it comes to Christmas movies. Home Alone, The Santa Clause trilogy, Christmas with the Kranks are a few of my favorites that I have to watch every year. ABC Family also has 25 Days of Christmas which is a very beautiful way to spend nights during December! And the pajamas add to the “throwback” feel of childhood Christmas seasons for me at least.

My all-time favorite type of Christmas party would have to be an Ugly Christmas Sweater party. Mainly because I own about a closet full of knitted sweaters and I’ll use up any opportunity to buy more in hopes to find a Christmas sweater that is absolutely amazing yet, atrocious. There are so many things you can do with Ugly Christmas sweater parties. Having an Ugly Christmas Sweater contest has to be done with the theme of the party. It’s a huge laugh and gives everyone something to talk about later.

It may just be me that loves to be with others during this time of year and have an excuse to host another event. But, I truly think this time of year should be spent with loved ones no matter what holiday you celebrate! I hope you all have a very, jolly holiday season!

Gabrielle Harris is a senior at Wellington High School. She is involved in the Quidditch team, Key Club, and is the social media and news editor for the WHS Wave school newspaper. She hopes to study mass communications in college and aspires to someday tell her travel stories to the world. 

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