2010 Book Club Christmas Party: A Recap

The fondue was ready…

The table was set..

The atmosphere at Janet’s house was just lovely…

It was December 22, and time for the Book Club Christmas Party!

Complete with our discussion about December’s book – Little Women, a classic game of Telephone Pictionary…

And our “White Elephant” Book Exchange.

We all wrapped a used book we have enjoyed, wrote a three-word description and then did our “white elephant” exchange. We didn’t unwrap our books until everyone was done exchanging, and there were definitely some surprises. Can you guess what these books were from just their three-word descriptions? (The answers are at the bottom of the post.)

  1. Murder, Modern, Motivational
  2. Comedy, Christian, Laugh
  3. Real, Like Lewis, Letters
  4. Happiness, Relationship, God
  5. Oats, Ginger, Cab
  6. Romantic, Spontaneous, Old-Fashioned
  7. Adventure, Non-Fiction, Silly
  8. Grandpa, Goats, Free Spirit
  9. 1800s, Journal Format, Fiction
  10. God, Honesty, Growth
  11. Mystery, Suspenseful, Male Author

We all left with something new to read and a lovely handmade ornament (constructed from the pages of A Christmas Carol).

And what book club event would be complete without a group photo?

The not-so-successful…

and the successful!

I know I had a great time; I hope the rest of you who attended our Christmas Party did too! We hope you can join us in January as we read The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by A.J. Jacobs!

We’re looking forward to some great reads in 2011!

 1.  The Secret Life of Bees
 2.  Stuff Christians Like
 3.  Lord Foulgrin’s Letters
 4.  The Secret of Happiness
 5.  Black Beauty
 6.  The Bridges of Madison County
 7.  Round Ireland with a Fridge
 8.  Heidi
 9.  Stepping Heavenward
10. Honest to God
11. A Painted House


    I’m reading Little Women.

    Really, though, I should be done by now. Our meeting is in 2 days, and boy is it going to be a PARTY! The Christmas party is always the best meeting of the year, and so I hope you’re all ready to get your fondue on. AND discuss the book. 1st things first, though–discussion questions!!!

    ~Which character did you relate to the most?

    ~Was there any aspect of life in the time of the Little Women that seemed particularly appealing to you?

    ~If I were to put on a play that I had written, would you rather: fall out of a poorly made castle or get shut up in a cot?

    ~Miss Louisa May wrote a sequel to this book called Little Men. If you were to write a sequel, what would you call it and what would it be about?

    ~Do you prefer to dip food in chocolate or drink warm wintry beverages?

    I know these questions are hard, so put your thinking cap on and I’ll see you Wednesday! (Don’t forget your used, wrapped book for the gift exchange!)

    Christmas Party Details

    We still have one week until our party and discussion. Plenty of time to finish Little Women! (If you don’t have a copy yet, read it free online here.)

    What you need to know:

    We’re meeting on Wednesday December 22nd at Jodi’s house

    Our format for the evening will be a little different than usual. We’ll be discussing Little Women, enjoying chocolate fondue, maybe a game or two (telephone pictionary anyone?!) and having a book exchange!

    Book Exchange info:
    Please bring a used copy of one of your favorite books wrapped for our book swap game. Please choose a book we have not read and wrap it completely, and don’t put your name on it. (To see a list of the books we have read check the side bar on the right.)

    What else:
    If you would like you can bring something for the chocolate fondue. This is not necessary, but if you do please let us know what you’re bringing when you RSVP. If you need some ideas just think of anything that’s good with chocolate. Marshmallows, shortbread cookies, pretzels mandarin oranges, vanilla wafers, kiwi, grapes or nuts and even cheesecake! I’ll stop there before I get more carried away!

    But please RSVP to the evite with what you are bringing if you choose to bring something.

    We hope you can make it, it’s always a blast!

    Little Women / Christmas Party

    late 1860’s.
    Four sisters.
    Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy.
    Concord, Massachusetts.
    vanity, a hot temper, shyness, selfishness.
    dances, play acting, an author, an artist, a pianist.
    I won’t spoil any more of it for you… in case you haven’t read it yet!

    It’s the perfect book to curl up with by the fire and read this cold and snowy time of year! If you’ve read it several times or if this is the first time I think everyone will say it’s a wonderful story.


    **This month’s meeting is not on it’s usual day. With busy schedules and many holiday festivities we’re meeting on a WEDNESDAY. December 22 at Jodi’s house at 7pm. AND… it will be the annual Christmas party! Please RSVP if you can make it. (in a comment or to the evite)

    Please bring a USED copy of a favorite book wrapped for our book exchange and something to dip on our chocolate fondue! (when you RSVP leave a note of what you’ll be bringing)

    Have a joyful, peace-filled December! Hope to see you on the 22nd!!