This is it – after years of ducking the responsibility, it’s finally caught up to you. All those years of carefully dodging being the host, all those years carefully eluding the responsibility yourself as cousin, after sibling, after aunt, after uncle took it on instead. But the time has finally arrived….this year, you will be throwing the annual Christmas party at YOUR house! The terror, the horror!
Luckily, in all those years you’ve managed to sneakily avoid throwing the Christmas party, technology has improved by leaps and bounds. Not only can you steal ideas for your party right out of Google and Youtube, but now software actually exists that can help you with your party planning. For example, instead of settling for a normal turkey goose, oven cooked and stuffed as if it’s just a trite, boring sequel to Thanksgiving, why not use the power and glory of the internet to find top rated electric smokers and smoke some ham instead? Use the internet and you might find yourself landing upon the delicious graces of Smoky Goodness BBQ, a great site for all!
What about invitations? Not feeling the trip through the ice and snow to Staples? Use your printer instead! Design your very own invitations from the comfort of your home. You want to be even lazier about the entire thing? Why not digitally invite people through a Facebook event page? Sure, it’s impersonal and the older, more traditional folk in your family might consider it downright disrespectful, but it’s free, it costs no gas money to do, you can be creative on your own terms, no unnecessary enveloping or personalizing of each card.
What’s more, you can also look up recipes right from the comfort of your own home. Want some Reindeer shaped cookies? Or perhaps some chocolate fudge moose deliciousness? There are dozens of Christmas inspired recipes online, as well as thousands of regular recipes without themes. Literally anything you need is at the tip of your fingers with the power and glory of the internet.
Trying to find the proper Christmas music for your party? Sure, it takes a special brand of patience to enjoy Christmas music. I find myself dreading this aspect of Christmas every year – the music, it never changes. It always stays the same. It’s just like when I followed the Grateful Dead’s new iteration, the Dead, around in 2009, when they got Warren Haynes on guitar to fill-in for the deceased Jerry Garcia. (RIP Jerry) We literally listened to Grateful Dead radio the entire time we were on tour. What was the sense in that? We were only diluting the experience – instead of saving the music we wanted to hear for the concert, we were listening to the same band, in their golden years, 24/7. Grateful Dead radio on Sirius, from one state to another. But I digress…find yourself a Pandora station dedicated to Christmas music and you won’t have to painstakingly create a playlist yourself. Lord knows we hear enough Christmas music without having to find and select it ourselves.
In the long run, you’ll find it wise to have dodged the responsibility year after year. It is much, much easier to use the internet and varying pieces of software to throw a memorable party. Manage your throw down with ease and efficiency harnessing the power of the world wide web.