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A Fabulous “Let it Snow” Party

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Oh, the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we’ve no place to go
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

It doesn’t show signs of stopping
And I brought some corn for popping
The lights are turned way down low
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

When we finally say good night
How I’ll hate going out in the storm
But if you really hold me tight
All the way home I’ll be warm.

The fire is slowly dying
And, my dear, we’re still good-bye-ing
But as long as you love me so,
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

The weather outside isn’t so frightful nowadays (except for the fact that it’s too warm to be so). Not to state the obvious, but weather has changed—let’s face it. The Midwest can no longer count on a freezing, frosty, white Christmas—it hasn’t been able to for years. New York is lucky if the humidity is low enough to justify wearing a scarf! California is populated with transplants from chilly lands, the South is full of wide-eyed youngsters that have heard blizzard legends but never put their tongues on a snowflake. We all still hang onto the dream of a White Christmas and that first magic, white, feathery snowfall that covers grime and grit and renders city life (momentarily) pure.

This year, increase your good karma by celebrating Old Man Winter in all of his nose-dripping glory. Bring it all back! Believe in Bing! Believe in It’s a Wonderful Life! Believe in Santa. Have a beautiful bash that celebrates the optimism of the season. We are all just big old kids inside, and that’s pretty great. Spread that joy around, with a dinner party that checks your cynicism at the door. Here are some pointers for a blizzard of fun …

1.    Play an array of Christmas classics on the stereo or iPod. “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “The Year Without a Santa Claus,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Loop them, and watch your guests melt like Christmas chocolate. We are all nostalgic at the core, and that makes for a lovely sentiment at any ’do.

2.   Dress up. Enough of casual crapola! Give Christmas its due, and sport brooches, gloves, hats, mistletoe headbands, frocks, heels, and suits. It’s a special time of year—dress accordingly!  You’ll feel really fantastic. Dress as an elf, Santa, or the sexy and brave Mrs. Claus (… behind every great man …).

3.    Serve classic food. No fusion cuisine is necessary now; the rest of the year is fine for that—Christmas is for tradition and time-worn recipes. Get out your family’s recipes and serve those suckers with pride. Let your inhibitions relax for a day or two and just appreciate the tradition of a time when food was so scarce that thoughts of carb and fat intake were totally ridiculous. Your grandmothers and greats were starving! Literally. They would think you insane if you snubbed a piece of pumpkin pie. Yes, we know you aren’t living during the Depression now, and you aren’t trying to feed twelve children—you are just fine, and you can do your boring old aerobics class tomorrow. In keeping with our snow theme, try lots of mashed potatoes (with a tiny toy sled perched on it!), snow cones, pecan snowballs, and other white fluffy foods. How about a blini bar with mounds of Cool Whip, coconut, silver sprinkles, and white chocolate shavings? Don’t forget the hot chocolate with fluffy marshmallows!!

4.   As far as décor goes, try this Web site for lots of great snowflakes, balloons, etc. Fun and cheap! Lots of twinkle lights in white, silvery garlands, and candles. If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace, I don’t have to tell you to light it, do I? Use miniature snow shovels for place-cards at the table, and put artificial snowballs in your punchbowl—the tackier the better, as far as I am concerned.

5.   To make your snowy white dinner party/shindig “green,” and properly environmentally conscious, tell everyone what they can do to ensure future snow will actually exist in the appropriate places—i.e., Colorado, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, the Arctic—you know, those places. Grab some pamphlets from your favorite green organization and pass them around. Have a big (recyclable) plastic snowman in the middle of your living room, and set it up as a donation bank for your environmental charity of choice.

Winter has just begun, and is going fast. Life-saving hot cocoa, soggy mittens, snowmobile suits, puffy moon boots—all of these are becoming obsolete with the advent of global warming. Depressing? Yes. Is there still room for hope? Absolutely. Celebrate a joyous Noël with a great party for a great cause. Let it snow … forever!

Photo courtesy of Gatorxgrrrl


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