I know, I know, it's too early!
Except I live in a country without Thanksgiving...so there isn't actually a major holiday between Halloween and Christmas. And that pushes things up a bit.
And then there's the fact that classes end for Term 1 on 29 November...so most people who are heading home will be leaving that weekend. Thus, if we want to do course Christmas parties, they have to happen now-ish!
So Christmas has come to Rebecca's Rooms of Requirement. There are trees, and snowflakes, and lights, and candles galore. And it is beautiful!
Not sure we're going to get actual snow...
I had just a few people over last night for a gift exchange, as a lot of folks had to bail at the last minute. But next week I'm having a social for the full International Law cohort, and I'm setting up a "White Elephant" exchange. The “White Elephant” Gift Exchange is a North American holiday party tradition. Everyone is asked to bring one small wrapped gift (<5 GBP). During the social, attendees will take turns unwrapping a gift. People have the option to open a new gift or “steal” an already unwrapped gift. The point of this is entertainment and laughs over which gifts become popular and who steals from whom.
We did a mini version last night. Naveed got chopsticks, and a 5-minute lecture from me and Becca (the other Becca...one of my best English mates is also named Becca) about how he should learn to actually use them. Other Becca left with a snuggly lion companion (stuffed, not real - I didn't do an actual "white elephant" problematic gift) she has dubbed Aeb. And I have a lovely box of chocolates!