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Baking Christmas gingerbread. Shallow depth of field.We all want to spend time with friends and family, but it can be difficult to think of a reason to have everyone over. Here are a few suggestions to get the ideas flowing:

1. Host a White Elephant Gift Exchange.

Party games are a great way to bring people together that may not know each other and break the ice. Ask each guest to bring a wrapped gift within a specific price range ($25 is a good limit). Put all the gifts in the center of the circle and have each guest draw number to determine which order the gifts will be selected. When it’s your turn, you can either open a new gift or steal a gift from somebody else. This game is fun and can get very competitive, plus you go home with a gift!

2. Organize a baking swap.

Invite a group of friends over and have each person bring a plate of their favourite holiday baking, as well as a copy of the recipe for everyone. At the party, sample the treats, then trade and package them up in little containers for everyone to bring home. It’s a nice idea because everyone leaves with some treats and a bunch of new recipes to try.

3. Invite friends over for a sit down dinner.

Determine a date, location and a menu. Invite your friends! Make sure you are preparing for the dinner a full week in advance. On Monday decide which day you are going to get groceries and which day you will clean. Make sure to set the table a day in advance; this will reduce the stress day of. Remember to relax and have fun with it, the most important thing is to enjoy the company of people you are with.

4. Put together a Christmas Craft.

Find a fun holiday craft to do with a group of friends and buy all of the supplies. Invite everyone over and enjoy creating something together. Ask everyone to bring baking and make an afternoon of it. Don’t forget to put on some great holiday tunes.

Do you have any unique holiday traditions with your friends and family? Please share them!