Oldbury Writing Group Christmas 2019

By Nicole J. Simms

On Saturday 21st December 2019, we celebrated our sixth Christmas together by having a small Christmas party in the library and a Christmas meal at the Court of Requests in Oldbury.

For our Christmas party in the library, Angela baked some tasty cinnamon and chocolate chip cookies and some cranberry and raisin muffins. Others brought mince pies, sausage rolls, teacakes and fruit.

During our party, I handed out the Christmas presents I had made for everyone. Paul treated us to a Christmas ghost story he had written. I read out my Christmas drabble trio about Santa and Krampus, and Andy read out his story, which involved a fight.

We also pulled crackers, showed off our Christmas outfits (if there had been a competition for the most Christmassy, I think I would have won ha-ha), took group selfies and photos and we talked about writing and life in general. It was a lovely way to end the year.

After our meeting, we headed over to the Court of Requests for our Christmas meal. Our table was in a different place to last year, and we didn’t have a festive tablecloth either. But we did have crackers.

Once seated, some went to buy drinks while others studied the menu. This year we ordered our food separately, which I feel was easier than doing one big order like we did last year.

While we waited for our food, we pulled crackers and read out our jokes. We then chatted away until our meals came. Due to ordering separately, our meals came at different times, so some were eating while others were waiting, and some had already eaten while others were eating.

Sadly, a misleading Christmas menu did ruin the Christmassy vibe. So due to this, we will be looking to find a new place to have our next Christmas meal. But we didn’t let that stop us from enjoying ourselves — we always have fun when we are together.

This year has been challenging for me, so I am grateful that I was able to enjoy another Christmas party and meal with my OWG pals. Spending time with them all always makes Christmas feel even more special. I am lucky to be part of such an amazing group, and I hope we have many more Christmases together.

We hope you had a lovely Christmas, and we would like to wish you a Happy New Year.


This Christmas by Scott Holmes

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