My wife and I just pulled off our 3rd Annual Christmas Party- in our kids' names of course. It was epic in scale and grandeur. A good comparison would be the party that accompanied the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Except we had Santa Claus instead of David Hasselhoff. If you don't have kids, you don't want the oh so cute details. If you do have kids, you don't want the gory details. Let's just say that 28 kids from 11 months to 11 years old attended , and sugar cookies were heavily involved. At one point we had 2 craft stations going while kids played stik the nose on the clown (you don't want pin the tail on the donkey with 2 and 3 year olds- real pins, real pin holes).
I can still hear the noise. It's echoing in the family room. It's sitting in the kitchen. And lingering in the playroom.
It's like all that laughter is embedded in the walls.