December 8, 2012, brought about the chapter's Christmas Party at Billy Bobs! The dress code for the event was Ritz and Redneck. There seemed to be a pretty good balance between the two dress styles for the night. Margaret and I went Ritz. That was a story in itself. For a couple of weeks before the party, she was trying on old dresses trying to get the right look. Every night she would whine about how she looked in a certain dress. After being asked for an honest opinion on how she looked in one dress our boys said she looked anorexic. She was crushed and whined even more.
Shopping For Margarets Perfect Dress
That being said, on the Friday night before the party, we spent the evening shopping for elegant dresses. After hours of shopping and failure, we happened to come across a woman’s formal wear store in the mall and found almost immediately the dress that would soon be hers. It was complete agreement the moment we saw it. Normally the shop will send it off to a tailor to have the length fit since they leave the bottom long but seeing as there was no time for that, Margaret did the sewing herself when she got home with one of her fancy sewing machines. We also bought some cosmetic jewelry that matched the waist thingy that came with the dress.
Christmas Party Dinner
Upon entry, everyone received a raffle ticket that would later be used to win prizes and gift cards. The evening began with a bit of socialization and then food. We had chicken wrapped in bacon, BBQ brisket, mashed potatoes, green beans, and some fruit parfait thingy and I had a shiner bock, then another, then another, then……you get the point.
The entertainment for the night consisted of Casino games. Showing our raffle ticket got us 20K worth of chips to gamble with. The top 3 winners at each table at the end of the casino game time were entered into a raffle for prizes. Margaret and I played blackjack and did fair. She tripled her money and I doubled mine which was good enough to get us into the drawing. Later I found out that Sue was slipping her chips so that She would be able to gloat about winning more than I.
The evening concluded with raffle ticket drawings for riding gear, accessories, and gift cards. There were some VERY generous amounts of gift cards ranging from $15 up to $1000!!!!! We both won a drawing and our total take was $65 for the evening in gift cards.