December 10 - Christmas Gifts What were your favorite gifts, both to receive and to give? Are there specific gift-giving traditions among your family or ancestors?
One of the fun things that we did in school was a gift exchange on the last day of school before the Christmas break. We brought in wrapped low cost toys to school. They were all placed in a large sack and the teacher walk around and pass them out as she went. We weren’t allowed to open them until they were all passed out.
When our kids were small our family made a game out of a gift exchange. It started at my brother’s house but was carried on at others too. On the floor there would be a pile of low cost wrapped presents of all different sizes and shapes. Two decks of cards were shuffled. One deck of cards was handed out equally to all game participants. The other was used to randomly call out cards. If one of your cards was called, you got to pick a present out of the pile. When the pile was fully depleted and your card was called, you got to take a present from one of the other players. When one of the Jokers came up you had to pass a present to your left or right. When all the cards were called you finally got to open your presents to see what you got. A lot of swapping deals followed.