One of the things that I LOVE about Meridian is the sense of comradery, in both Rob's unit and the wives. Maybe it's because it's a small town but everyone is just so stinkin' friendly and inclusive. While we loved Pensacola for the things to do in the town, I love Meridian for the people! When Rob got an invitation to his squadron Christmas party, we weren't sure what to expect because we had never been to one before.
Rob came home and told me that tacky sweater was the dress code, probably cringing because he knows I can't do anything half-way. I had no idea what other people were planning on wearing but I knew that I wasn't going to miss an opportunity to dress up! There aren't many shopping options here so we had to get creative and make our outfits. I wish I could sew but I am pretty good with the glue gun ;)
The Christmas party was held at the Soule Steam Museum in downtown Meridian. I had never been but was totally shocked when we got there. It was gorgeous--high ceilings, exposed brick walls, completely decked out for Christmas! This place is a hidden gem. And it wasn't just the location that was gorgeous....the party was awesome. Sit down buffet dinner catered by Honeybaked Ham, open bar, music, and tons of fun. It completely exceeded my expectations and it was awesome to spend time with friends and meet new people in Rob's squadron.
During dinner, they gave a couple of speeches and awards and then had a few contests. They gave out a prize for the best class drink, the best guy's costume, and the best lady's costume. They called the top five for each category up in front of everyone and and then narrowed it down and gave out prizes to the top three in each category. I was totally shocked and excited when I won 1st place (and a $75 giftcard to Weidmann's!!!)
They were even thoughtful enough to cancel all of the early morning flights and have duty drivers available so that everyone could have fun and stay safe. We had such a fun time and I am kind of hoping that we are still here at this time next year so that we can attend again!