December 20 Day 287: Holiday Gathering

In this time when we are suppose to limit our exposure to others, indoor gatherings of friends and family are frowned upon. How is a girl supposed to celebrate the holidays with the family she loves? Especially when they are over 2500 miles away?

My husband will groan, but I am suggesting

They have created a “home for the holidays” space for this purpose. (I have selected the Christmas theme but they also have Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.) We can hang out in the kitchen with a glass of wine for some girl talk or we can sit around the family table and play classic party games. There are small and medium conversation areas. I’m thinking of creating a family slide show to watch in the living room. I know its unconventional and at this point I have only talked to my brother about it, but I think the hordes of young cousins might enjoy the venue—especially those spending the holidays away from home.

Now to select a time and convince my Mom. (I wonder if she or my sisters will read this post before I get a chance to talk to them about it.)

The avatar I pick for a family gathering can be different than the one use with my students. Which do you think best represents me? For working with students, I use the “librarian with a bun”, third from the right. I am thinking I can be a little less restrained with my family.

I will be testing out some of the online games with friends from MAA and its special interest group in recreational mathematics. The SIGMAA Rec Social Hour will happen Tuesday December 22 at 5 pm eastern, 4 pm central, 3 pm mountain, and 2 pm pacific times. Look for a link to register on MAA Connect or the Math Mamas Facebook Page. If you don’t belong to either of those two groups and are interested in playing along, message me and I will check if there is space still available.

Published by Jenny Quinn

Mathematician. Mother. Wife. Leader. I am a professor of mathematics at the University of Washington Tacoma. Mother of Anson and Zachary. Wife to Mark. President of the Mathematical Association of America.

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