To those of you who aren't familiar, this is a two day gathering on December 24th and 25th, alternate codename Waifmas. For more details, see the FAQ at the bottom of the mail. Come see folks, hang out, eat tasty food, and have fun.
NOTE: BY REQUEST OF ONE OF THE HOSTS, THIS YEAR, WAIFMAS WILL BE ALCOHOL FREE.
IF YOU WILL BE ATTENDING, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who: You and anyone you want to bring along. Please spread the word to anyone you'd have fun being around, as I'm getting invitations out late.
What: WinterHoliday of Choice (WHoC) 2011!
When: December 24th, from 4 p.m. until late
December 25th, from 1 p.m. to whenever
Where: 10670 Ford Road, Ypsilanti, MI 48198.
Why: Socialize! Snuggle a cat! Dodge your family gathering! Eat tasty food! Share goofiness with fun people you don't see anywhere near often enough!
What should you bring? Shared food is welcome, as are board/card games, musical instruments, and folding chairs. Other implements of public amusement are also welcome.
* But I don't celebrate Christmas. Will it be stuffed down my throat?
No. This isn't a Christmas thing. It's held on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day because it's hard not to be depressed if you're alone on those days; the culture is rough that way. We want to give people someplace to be if they want one, and increase our odds of company.
* Will you be offended if I'm busy?
No, not at all. We just don't want people to be alone, and we enjoy throwing a party. (:
* What cultural winter holiday things will I see?
Probably a tree, and glittery ropes, and possibly lights. They're only religious if you feel like you've been oppressed by the pagan majority, and probably not even then. (:
* Do I need to bring a gift?
No. Gifts will not be inflicted on random attendees. Food to share might be helpful, though; we don't have much money for provisions this year. If you really want to provide a house gift, well, don't wrap it in WinterHoliday paper, and we'll honor your intent. (:
* I can't be there for the whole thing. Is that a problem?
That's fine, we expect some people to be there for most of it, and some to only be there for a couple of hours. It's all good.
* I'm an atheist and/or cynic. Must I be filled with holiday cheer?
No. You must, however, be filled with normal year-round politeness. And if you've got the ability to have fun, that would be good, too. But you don't have to be filled with the joy of any particular season. (: