Monday, December 22, 2014

White Elephant Gift

On the last day of school this year, Kai's grade six class had a White Elephant Gift Exchange. Have you ever done this? Abi's Youth Group also held one at their Annual Mexican Christmas Party at the beginning of the month. The idea with the "White Elephant" gift is that it is supposed to be something you can't use, or something that has outgrown it's usefulness, an item that you just don't want. Or a gag gift of some kind.  It supposedly comes from a time when the King of Siam gifted rare albino elephants to courtiers who displeased him, thinking they would be ruined by the cost of upkeeping the animal. Haha. How nice!

The kids and I had a lot of laughs as we came up with ideas that would work to fit the parametres of the rules that were emailed to us from Kai's teacher: it had to be used, but if you had to buy something, it still had to be used but under $10.  We had some clever ideas on what we could give. Such as used batteries (some may be dead), or used dirty socks, or ABC gum, or how about dead flowers? I love these silly kids!

Since we were also allowed to make something, I decided to make somthing that I've wanted to do for a few years now. An Indoor Snowball Fight Kit. (which is why I was making all of those pom poms earlier this week!)

I was quite pleased with it in the end, and I hope that the girl who ended up with it liked it as well. Or maybe her brothers do. (if she has any)  Surely someone will like to throw these pom pom balls around! I know that my kids certainly did! It was a bit frustrating having to pick them up off the floor and under tables and on counter tops several times a day!

Kai ended up with a Snickers bar, which he gave away. At her youth group party, Abi came home with an iPad case. Sadly, we don't own any iPads or any Apple products that are electronic, just the real fruit kind. She brought along a package of Beanboozled jelly beans, which is a hilarious Russian Roulette-type of game that Abi and I played with her cousin, Emma, a few weeks ago. That was fun!


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