Christmas began on the 23rd. I hosted the party for my sister this year - she's been ill and taken more than her turns. We changed up the menu to pasta, so I didn't have to find seats for 28; you can't eat soup on your lap in a plastic bowl.
Instead of swapping $5 presents, we decided to do a service project. We didn't get things together in time this year, so we just donated the money we would've spent on gifts to a local charity. It was a successful party and so much fun.