This year we celebrated our 13th (jeeesh!) annual ornament exchange with the BSM girls and Moms. It’s definitely one of the highlights of the Holiday season and we are all so grateful for Mary Mulvehill and Katy Mucahy (sounds weird still) for putting it on. We started this event when we were just baby freshmen back at Benilde. The topics of conversations have certainly changed over the years. In high school I’m sure we were gossiping and chatting about our sports and activities, teachers, boyfriends, parties and college acceptances. In college we drank a lot and smuggled out a few extra bottles of champagne from the Mulvehills for the after party events. Now we’ve moved on to job relocations, graduate schools, weddings and even babies! I don’t know where the time goes but I’m so grateful for this annual tradition and love the opportunity to laugh with our friends and our Moms.
The spread is amazing and what’s a Mulvehill party without sprits?!? We mingle, catch up, laugh, swap stories and move on to the main event, the ornament exchange!
Despite all of us participating in this event for over a decade, we can never manage to remember the rules and there is usually a somewhat lengthy discussion about how to proceed with the game. Once the cobwebs have been dusted off we draw our numbers and begin.
One of the highlights of this year was the voluptuous male bust ornament with the red and silver bedazzled G-string brought to us courtesy of Becky from the German Christmas Market in Chicago. Mrs. Quealy was lucky enough to open it but it was Annie who went home with the prize to deliver to the one and only Mrs. Tilton as a surprise on Christmas morning. I’m convinced Mrs. T, given her covert sassy and sexy ways, will truly appreciate this ornament more than anyone else in the group possibly could.
The rest of the ornaments were exchanged and while I had my eye on an adorable little MN snowman, I was stuck with the awfully wonderful tacky gift that I brought. Little did I know that this fierce feline would end up on OUR Christmas tree for years to come. Yes, he will go up on our tree every year. While I admire those of you with the perfect Christmas trees full of glass ornaments with a coordinating color scheme, I personally like our tree to be a little eclectic and have a story to tell of its own.
Looking forward to the 14th Annual Mother/Daughter Ornament Exchange next year and more babies to come too 🙂