My friend Paul Dehaan had the great idea of bringing everyone together for a Christmas
party at his apartment. The only caveat was that we had to dress in festive style and
bring a book to exchange.


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Jordan Disko and I took a trip to Goodwill to find this sweater and some stockings to tear apart for
fabric. Deb's idea of using a battery-powered set of lights worked well with cotton balls and
stocking felt to create this masterpiece.


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Here is Deb's elf outfit along with her daughter Scarlet in front of their tree at the Disko home.


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Here is another of the Disko's daughters - Violet.


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Initially when Jordan asked Deb to join us in dressing up, she declared that under no uncertain terms
would she ever wear a matching sweater. Once that was sorted out and it became clear that she didn't
have to wear a matching sweater, but instead could wear her own outfit, she was thrilled. Note the
great nametags as the icing on the cake for these outfits.


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The Disko family, missing only Ruby.


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Okay, NOW we were ready to head to Paul's party. As if these outfits aren't the best Christmas
outfits EVER!


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Jordan and Chris Gorman, with Chris showing off his sweater vest. Note that the crest on Chris'
shirt once belonged to someone named 'Aaron'.


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My friends Jeff Hemphill and Lisa Hansen with a nice red and white soft sweater theme.


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This is Carl and Leanne, recently married friends of ours. We teased Leanne that normally people
worry about looking goofy by dressing up, but in this case, Leanne looked out of place (until she
took her jacket off to reveal a Christmas brooch) since she was NOT dressed up!


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Allison Vaneerden and her friends Alysia Chapple and Kathy. Nice sweaters ladies!


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The host with the most - Paul Dehaan. Apparently, he went to the fabric store, thinking he would have
a tough time finding some felt to make his snowflake. The fabric store ladies were so stoked
that he was in their store, they immediately found not just nice white felt, but white sparkly felt.


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Luke and Heidi Smith, with their great sweaters. I think, purely from a looks standpoint, Luke
had the nicest sweater at the party. Check out that blue!


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Paul, claiming that he needs to put on weight if he's going to be Santa.


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Jeff quickly discovered that the gift that he had coveted turned out to be doggie socks.


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Paul wound up with possibly the best book of the night (courtesy of Carl). The Cookie Sutra is a
great view of baking and life and can be read about here: AMAZON BOOK REVIEW .

I woke up to snow for the first time in Oregon in almost 2 years. This is a video from my deck: VIDEO


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The view out my patio window on Sunday, 18 December, 2005.

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