A few years ago my family decided to stop exchanging gifts. Now each Christmas Eve we play a dice game our friend, Archie, told us about. Everyone brings 10 wrapped items that cost around a dollar. We roll dice and for each 6 you roll you get to take a package from the pile. After all the gifts are gone (there were 80 this year) we go two more rounds and we can take packages from each other.
Then the fun begins because after we opens the packages we all start trading with each other. It's loads of fun for $10. The gifts usually include a few re-gifting items, lottery tickets, candy and a thing or two from the hardware and kitchen stores.
Part of the fun is finding great deals throughout the year for this activity. The BOO above my brother found after Halloween for $1. It had been $16.99. It was in one of my packages and it was the perfect gift for me.
I also found a Moleskine journal in my pile of goodies. I think someone spent more than their allotted amount and it made my day!
We had a wonderful time. We have great memories and there was no stress over spending hours in the mall. Some gifts we see year after year. I think the plastic butter spreader made it's 4th appearance. My nephew and brother would usually hide what they don't want under the couch in the den and then my mom would find it a month or two later. Mom is not with us anymore but we all can still hear her saying.... "Now, don't put anything under the couch this year!!!" I have reason to believe that something was put under it last night. We'll see if my dad finds it.
We had a priceless amount of togetherness and laughter for $10. I hope you enjoyed your time with your friends and family.