Which means the tacky sweater Christmas party! It was fun and festive as always with the highlight of the evening (at least for me) was hearing the comments everyone received before leaving the house.
From my neighbor to his wife: "Are you sure that is tacky enough? I mean, just having bells doesn't seem like enough."
From a friend's Mom: "It is so nice you're wearing the sweater I gave you!"
From various sons and daughters:
"You're not really going out of the house like that are you?"
[Moving from a look of horror and confusion to understanding to approval] "Oh! It's a BAD sweater party!"
"I can't believe you used to wear that in public."
And from my own sweet girls: "I don't know why you call it a bad sweater party Mama. Yours get more beautiful every year." [Which, according to Ann, makes them "part of the problem."]