Sunday, January 27, 2008

Trash vs. Treasure, or the Great White Elephant Chase

In my workplace, a public school, we work hard. We throw ourselves wholeheartedly into teaching and planning, assessing and managing, disciplining and rewarding. We work hard, and we play hard, too.
Happy Hour after report card writing day.
Ordering in a simple lunch on Fridays.
And -- the annual holiday party, complete with White Elephant gift exchange.
The party was last night. Husband and I attended, carrying our BYOB (New Glarus Spotted Cow, Wild Berry wine cooler, Diet Coke for the driver) and our two gag gifts: the ugliest ceramic piggy bank ever and a pair of media passes to a defunct Milwaukee Brewers playoff game.
Giftees were allowed to either choose a new gift or "steal" a coveted item from some who had opened it earlier. As the night went on, two or three gifts got passed around so much that at times no one knew who had them! A bird made of a broken golf club, with a golf ball head and a golf tee beak, traveled through at least six people, some of them several times. A poorly made ceramic Buddha was also in demand. They were, in fact, moving too quickly for me to take pictures! When all was said and done, no beer was spilled, no tears were spilled, and Husband and I managed to come home with something useful!
We are now the proud (okay, laughing) owners of a small squishy lumbar pillow in bright orange and a sachet/ herbal heating pad created from an old pillowcase. I actually heated it in the microwave this morning and tried it out, and it works!
I can't wait until next year.

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Blogger Special Needs Mama said...

Sounds like you made out!

1/27/2008 11:05 AM  
Anonymous Maddy said...

That sounds like a fun way to achieve something positive. Good for you.

1/27/2008 11:20 AM  
Blogger Flea said...

Yay for good gifts! We wound up with beer can holders - those styrofoam thingys. Oh so useful.

1/27/2008 8:43 PM  
Blogger raqgold said...

i love this gift game... glad you had fun.

1/28/2008 6:22 AM  

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