Christmas Turkey

13 12 2009

I am not a huge fan of turkey at christmas time. I am however a massive fan of a christmas hat in the style of a huge turkey. That is why when I was rummaging through the box of “hats” in the party shop in Clapham on Saturday, I just could not resist. My mission was to get some festive head-gear for a party that afternoon – all of us had to provide a secret santa in the form of a hat. Priceless. What was even better was the fact that when santa distributed the gifts, my carefully wrapped offering (2 plastic bags from the party shop) ended up with the guy sitting opposite me. I burst out laughing. He looked like he wanted to burst out the door and not look back. But in true christmas spirit and with the daring of a helicopter pilot – he donned the turkey – and didn’t take it off all night. 10/10 for effort!

I got an illuminated elf hat, not bad, but after 1 or 2 or maybe even 3 merlots, I made it my personal goal to commandeer a very sparkly, very shiny sequined beret that a guy across the room was wearing. I was not to be dissuaded by his stubborn reluctance to part with his secret santa gift. I tried using the bobby hat – complete with flashing light, and pretending I was an officer. No. I tried sending over a 6’4″ lad in a fur trim cowboy hat to negotiate 5 mins with the hat. No. I tried begging. No. This human disco ball was not having any of it. Not to be deterred I even considered jumping across the tables, executing a matrix style flip (in slo-mo) off the back wall and snatching the hat. Merlot makes you invincible.

No. Perseverance and a bit of help from my partner in crime paid off. When the disco ball was busy at the bar – we ran up behind him, snatched the beret – and very maturely ran straight into the ladies loo – where we stood with the door open taunting him. Filled with Christmas cheer, it was very, very funny. In fact the whole evening was funny from start to finish. I finally feel like Christmas is here! Ho Ho Ho!

Anne thanks for organising such a great afternoon!

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