Last night a bunch of friends got together for our annual Christmas gathering. We get together every year at this time for lots of food, lots of laughter, and a gift exchange…with a twist. “Yankee Swaps” are really popular around here, and they are a fun way to hold a gift exchange (if you don’t know what a Yankee swap is, check out this e-How post.) Usually there is a monetary limit set to the gifts, around $20 for most.
My group, however, does it differently. Instead of buying a gift, you have to bring something that you already have that you don’t want anymore. It makes for a wide range of gifts (this year we had a pair of shorts, fake Hallowe’en teeth and a mini green house among the gifts…) It’s also a great way to have fun and give and receive gifts, without spending any money! (and good for the environment too!)
Here is my contribution to this year’s swap:
A candle I received as a gift but never used, and one of the scarves I crocheted last winter when I decided to pick up crocheting again, but don’t really need as I already have 6 scarves and most of them are handmade.
What I came home with is this:
If you know what these are, you already understand my excitement on opening up this gift!! (And even more exciting is the fact I actually got to keep them when I was only the second person to pick a gift!). If you are not enlightened into the use of these wonderful words – they are fridge words, meant to be placed all over your fridge so you can make poetry like this:
Or, so relatives can leave you messages about their wonderful home provinces, like this:
Or, just for general messages meant to instruct or inspire:
And it makes your fridge look like a poet’s playground.
We also have fridge chess and a magnetic puzzle on our fridge, you really can’t go wrong with fridge fun!
I’m not always that lucky at these exchanges – last year I ended up with Christmas ornaments which I actually gave away before I even left the party! But hey, if ten ladies can get together with junk from their houses and turn it into an event that is the cause of a tonne of side-splitting laughter, than I would call it a success!
Hope you are enjoying some pre-holiday fun too!
By the way, what’s on your fridge?