14. White elephant gift exchanges

I’m sitting in my living room staring at the back of a life-size cut out of Adam Sandler from “You Don’t Mess With the Zohan.” It was a gift someone brought to our Christmas party as part of our gift exchange – we did a white elephant swap.

If you live under a rock and have no idea what I’m talking about, a white elephant gift exchange – at least in our family – is where people get to pick a present, then the next person can pick a new one or steal one from someone that’s already been picked. This goes on until everybody has a present. We started doing presents this way a while ago with my dad’s side of the family and it’s been pretty fun. I have gotten a five-pound bag of M&Ms and other random things like that.

White elephant exchanges are just fun because you don’t know what present you’re gonna get – which you can say about any other type of gift exchange, but I think the fact that there’s kind of a game with it makes it even more fun.

Our family’s party is this weekend and we have to get a gift to exchange. I have no idea what I’m going to take. That Zohan cutout is looking like a possibility..

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