Years ago, some friends of mine who couldn't make it home for the holidays started a Christmas Eve gathering they dubbed "Orphan Christmas." The party consisted of a potluck dinner, charades, and plenty of holiday punch. Every year, those from the friend group who can't make it back East still gather to celebrate together.
Are you hosting a gathering for friends today? Perhaps you're hosting the entire extended family? Let me know all of the details of your hosting situation this year!