Happy Advent Calendar! Today we’re going to try something a bit different. Have you heard of a white elephant gift exchange? There are many different ways to play, but the basic scenario is this:
Everyone brings a wrapped Christmas gift. In some gift exchanges, everyone purchases a gift within a set monetary limit (such as five or ten dollars per gift). In other gift exchanges, people bring from home something that is in good condition but not wanted.
There are many ways to distribute gifts, but the simplest way is to give each gift a number and then have everyone draw a number to determine which gift he or she will receive.
We’re going to do a virtual white elephant gift exchange today, and this is how it will work:
I’ll be the first recipient.
The first person to comment describes a white elephant gift he or she will give me. If you have a blog, feel free to post a picture of the gift and then post the link in the comments. Describe the gift and why you chose it. I’ll reply to your comment with my reaction to the gift.
The next people to comment describe two white elephant gifts to give to commenters posting before you. If you see anyone who hasn’t received a gift, feel free to add an extra gift. Again, you can describe in detail, post a link to a picture online (such as a product description page on Amazon), or post a link to a picture of the gift on your blog. Come back later to see what you’ve received!
Check back to see what “gift” you receive from the next commenter, and post your reaction as a reply.
Oh, and for the last commenter of the day I’ll comment by posting a gift for you.
Also, will you participate in a real-life exchange this year? Tell us about it and what you plan to bring. I’m going to engrave two small wooden plaques with Bible verses and decoration for an exchange this Sunday. I’m not sure what I’ll get, but I’m thinking it won’t be wooden spoons. 😀
P.S. To keep things interesting, please don’t duplicate any of the gifts already posted. Thanks!
(Disclaimer: The white elephant gift exchange is for entertainment purposes only. No actual gifts will be given.)
- Day 1: Welcome and Christmas Expectations
- Day 2: Christmas at my House
- Day 3: Giving Tuesday
- Day 4: Pizza and Poker/Holiday Recipe Exchange
- Day 5: Little Lynnie’s Christmas Crackers
- Day 6: Blue Christmas
- Day 7: Take your Child to the Bookstore
- Day 8: St. Knickerless Day
- Day 9: Not so Traditional Holiday Traditions
- Day 10: Holiday Sing-a-long
- Day 11: Jolly Old Mrs. Claus ( Ana’s Spoons)
- Day 12: Congratulations to winners so far
- Day 12A: Christmas Kisses
- Day 13: Writing over the holidays
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