'A Home for the Holidays'

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Imagine if the only thing you had to worry about this week was throwing a holiday party. Life would be pretty good. But for thousands of children who need adoption, the love and caring of a family to call their very own is first and foremost in their minds. On Tuesday, Dec. 23, on CBS, country star Faith Hill hosts the 10th annual A Home for the Holidays, which highlights the joys of adoption through touching stories and musical performances to help raise awareness of the need for adoptive families. So if you have a little more Cratchit in your heart than Scrooge, call your friends and neighbors -- we're throwing a family party!

Setting the scene:
We're going to go out on a limb here and assume your home is already decorated for the holidays, so let's work with that theme and then pump it up a little by paying homage to Faith Hill. Add a few bales of hay, tie a few red handkerchiefs on the garland, and place a straw cowboy hat on top of the tree. A saddle in the corner on a sawhorse is another nice touch. On the invitations, include needed gifts for some local underprivileged families and encourage guests to "adopt" one of the families and purchase everything from the gifts to the family's holiday meal. Local churches and shelters should have lists of needy families. Also be sure to have information on adoption for any guests who might be interested or know someone who is interested in adopting.

Attire:
Guests should be encouraged to come as Santa, Mrs. Claus, Santa's helpers, elves and/or country singers. Baby New Year should not be put up for adoption.

On the menu:
This might sound odd for a holiday party, but everything should come from Wendy's. The special is presented in association with the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. The Wendy's founder was adopted and was a lifelong advocate.

On the hi-fi:
Since the special only lasts one hour, we suggest continuing the music of the show's performers and guests, including Hill, Tim McGraw, Melissa Etheridge, Gavin Rossdale, Jamie Foxx and Kristin Chenoweth.

The showstopper:
While we can't expect guests to actually adopt a child during this party, it might be nice to have a few people on hand who can provide insight into the process. Contact your local social services office to ask about possibly inviting local foster kids and their families to your party.