Our most endearing tradition at Christmas is to go to the Meeks house for Christmas dinner and play Yankee Swap. Everyone brings a wrapped gift under $15 and through various rules unwrap the gifts and vie for which one is our favorite. I always bring one that I like and usually end up going home with it. This year it was a glass bowl and though Sue though she ought to keep me from getting it, she was once again unsuccessful.
Each year we have one gift that is not as loved as the others.
We have a term for it, "The Canned Ham" This is due to the year that one person brought a canned ham and no one wanted it and everyone spent the afternoon trying to get rid of it. This year it was the first gift unwrapped, the Rotato, a device for peeling potatoes and apples. Mike unwrapped it and spent a good while trying to get rid of it, but after a round of trading it was still in his hands. Our rules change every year and this year we had only one round of trading, but if you got the same gift three times you could keep it for good and leave the game. During the middle of the game he finally got rid of it for good as when he got the Disney video for the third time. As more and more people dropped out with gifts they liked, the gift pool became smaller. Nat had the chance to get a set of holiday mugs as they were given to him the third time, but he thought he could do better so elected not to take them out. He later regretted this as the Rotato came back into his hands and he was stuck forever with it.
Dianne put up a site that holds some of the quotes she heard over the course of the night. I'm the mom that told her daughter she can't play the cassette tape because it is old technology. (It is currently unviewable in Netscape use IE.)
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