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Monday, December 24, 2012

Guest Post: Neck 'N Nog Sweater and Wassail Party

Marcus Lane was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah and served his mission in Guatemala City. He is married to his tall blond dream girl and they have a 3 year old son and a 10 month old daughter. Marcus just moved with his family to the Pacific Northwest where they are loving the wet weather in Olympia, Washington. He likes to spend his time running and training for marathons, half-marathons and 10-K's, while pushing his kids in the jogging stroller. Marcus writes on his family blog, Marcus Lane, where he updates his readers on the family's travels, humor, thoughts on parenting and other meaningless adventures that they come across. Read Marcus' guest posts here.

Every year around this time I pull out all of the Christmas decor and get an overwhelming sense of joy and happiness. I love this time of year. People really are generally happier and are more giving and willing to help. I must have caught this sense of giving because every year for the past seven years I have been hosting a unique and fun party that has received a lot of attention. The party that I speak of is called the Neck 'N Nog Sweater & Wassail Party.

This neck 'n nog party is an evening where you gather all of your friends, family and co-workers together for hot cocoa, wassail, egg nog and desserts. Everyone comes dressed up in their ugly holiday sweaters, vests, turtlenecks, etc. I make sure the house is decked out in Christmas decor, including lots of lights, Christmas trees, good smells, and a photo booth area where you and your loved ones can take funny pictures with a wide variety of props.

Over the past seven years I have also been collecting mugs and sweaters. I have a wide variety of over 100 mugs that are classic, hand-picked mugs from thrift stores all over Utah, Colorado and now Washington. These mugs are used for beverages at the party and also play a big role in the photo booth. As for the sweaters, these have also been hand-picked from thrift stores over the years, and I try to pass them around and share them as much as possible to keep to keep it fresh and ugly. The party is a very festive event that helps get everyone into the Christmas spirit.

So go all out there this year and host your own party! It's easy and fun and honestly, it really is the most wonderful time of the year. Tis the season friends!

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