Tonight was the annual gift exchange party with my friends in Patterson. We always have a lot of fun at the party.
With the very long week I have had and a busy day I was looking for ideas of what to bring. I got a text that all the men were wearing Hawaiian shirts to the party. Since I don’t have a Hawaiian shirt I decided to at least bring Hawaiian chips and onion rings. The gift I brought for the gift exchange also included a little set of Hawaiian themed salt and pepper shakers.
After enjoying the finger foods it was time for our Christmas carol singing. We all enjoyed singing the carols, including our traditional ending song of The 12 Days of Christmas. We divide up in groups and each group sings one or more of the days as they come up in the song. This year I was in a group that sang the 2nd and 9th day. We have a lot of fun with the song including adding action into some of the parts. It is also traditional that the newest members of our group always sing the Five Golden Rings part.
The last section of our party is the gift exchange. We all draw numbers to see the order of picking the gifts. I think most of you know the logic behind a gift exchange. You get to choose between stealing a gift that has already been unwrapped or a new one. If a gift is stolen then that person has the same choice. As soon as a gift is unwrapped then the person with the next number begins the next round.
I brought the Hawaiian salt and pepper set as well as a small box of tea flowers. See: Tea Flower
When it came my turn to pick I unwrapped a red coffee cub with a packet of Starbucks coffee. Luckily, the gift was stolen from me and I was able to pick again and got a different mug with a packet of Starbucks hot cocoa.
We had a lot of fun at the party. Now to look forward to a holiday party for work next Wednesday.