Who's the jackass who invented the white elephant gift exchange?
Want the quickest way to make a festive holiday gathering go terribly, terribly wrong? Just have the party-goers exchange gifts. And then encourage them to start stealing from each other.
That's what happens in offices, families and among friends year after year. I've never been a fan. It actually feels like it goes against everything the holidays stand for ... the gift of giving.
The momlogic office is filled with fantastic moms, single folks and those somewhere in between. It's a great bunch of people whom I am proud to call friends. That being said, I saw some of them get downright pissy when it came to the exchanging of the gifts.
And who could blame them?
You bring what you think is a nice gift and put it in the pile. In return, you are excited for a little goodie and feel appreciative when you unwrap the bottle of wine, beautiful candle, or gift card to your favorite store.
Then someone comes over, checks it out, and plucks it out of your hands.
I was lucky to choose the number-two spot. You know what that means, dozens of people after me have the opportunity to covet my gift. I was safe for quite a while with my cute toiletries travel cases that I was pleased to unwrap. Then a seasoned traveler got wind and decided it was hers. Again ... no hard feelings, it's part of the game.
So when I had to choose again, what did I get?
$20 in floss. Yes, floss. (Fortunately, I have a sense of humor but suspect some others may have left less than appreciative for their healthy teeth and gums.)
Is this game really the best way to say happy holidays? Or, even though someone always gets pissed, is it all in the name of good fun?
At least I will have good oral hygiene for the next couple of years.