The holiday parties started this weekend for us. I was very thankful to have my mother here for 5 days and on one of the busiest weekends we will have in December. We were able to celebrate Eric’s birthday with a date, eat lunch with friends without our children, go to the staff Christmas party, attend the ladies’ Christmas luncheon, and host the 20’s and 30’s for a Christmas party at our house. The staff party and the 20’s/30’s party included a white elephant gift exchange- There have been lots of conversations about what makes a white elephant gift and these two parties continued to fuel the confusion. Are they nice gifts that you want to steal from others? Or are they useless, silly gifts that you would never buy?
At the staff party, we ended up with a flute in an old leather case. We thought that was a great gift, until we found out it came from the attic at the school and was irreparable and would probably cause some disease if you put it to your lips. (I actually hear this as Eric is putting it to his mouth and trying to play it!) At the party at our house, we ended up with a bread machine! And some of the other gifts were a nice coffee set with 12 flavors of coffee and a 4 pack of kahlua mudslides- I just never know what to bring to that kind of party. I guess one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Isn’t that why garage sales work?