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A Very Merry Orphan X-mas: Did You Spend the Holidays Away From Family?

I hope y’all are enjoying the holidays!

I last wrote about how butt-hurt I was that I wasn’t able to go home for the holidays and how Christmas is not the same when you’re an adult and blah blah blah.

Well I finally got past my moping when I experienced the MOST AWESOMEST ORPHAN X-MAS PARTY EVER!

My lovely friend Karinne (see beautiful hipster chick below) co-hosted an X-mas Eve shindig that brought 20 little orphans together in a festivity of fine food, libations, board games and gift-giving (my boyfriend gave Karinne an expired book of coupons from 2007, so not all the gifts were stellar).

We ate halibut with cream sauce, broccolini, brussels sprouts, kale and sweet potato salad, spinach salad and the gift that keeps on giving, Rippled Lays with french onion dip. White Russians were sipped while Risk was played (did you know that the French filmmaker behind The Red Balloon created Risk?) The warm glow of Christmas lights that hung over a merry table of jovial friends and lovers shuffled me off into a deep and wonderful sleep on the couch. Though I miss my family terribly, I couldn’t have asked for a better X-mas without them.

Happy New Year!

The stocking my mom got Geoff- she knows him well

The sequin sweater Karinne bought me

 Orphan dinner!

The lovely hostess

 How much more awesome could this sweater get? The answer is none, none more awesome

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  • Reply @distract_me December 27, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    This post reminds me of the phrase ‘urban family’; I think it’s pretty appropriate to use here. Looks like you had a great time. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year xx

  • Reply nikkiana December 28, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    I don’t have a close relationship with my family of origin, and generally do not go home for the holidays because it’s just flat out not a fun time (it’s not like it’s traumatic or anything, but it’s painfully boring), so these orphan holiday parties are like a huge huge deal for me because for the first time in my life, I’m having fun on the holidays and am around people who I actually like and have things in common with… and it’s amazing!

  • Reply Onely January 5, 2013 at 12:46 am

    Good for Karinne! (PS I love her haircut.)

    I have been a holiday orphan many times and have always been picked up by kind friends, except for once. And that one time was actually just as great–it was Christmas and I had just returned from an overseas trip that involved two weeks of socializing with a good number or people. I returned on Christmas Eve and spent Christmas day in peace and quiet by myself, opening cards and mail and calling friends and family from a safe distance. = ) Not saying I would want that for every holiday, but I was surprised how much I liked it that one time.

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