Christmas was almost here, and Mother (RIGHT) was finishing the Christmas baking.
Father (RIGHT), Sue (RIGHT), and Billy (RIGHT) returned from their last-minute Christmas errands.
"There's not much (LEFT) to be done," said Father (RIGHT) as he came into the kitchen.
"Did you leave the basket of food at church?" asked Mother (RIGHT).
"I (LEFT) it (RIGHT) where you told me to," said Father (RIGHT).
"I'm glad my shopping is done," said Billy (RIGHT). "I don't have any money (LEFT)."
The hall telephone rang, and Susan (RIGHT) (LEFT) to answer it.
She rushed back and told the family "Aunt Tillie (RIGHT) (LEFT) a package for us (RIGHT) on Grandma (RIGHT)'s porch.
I'll go over there (RIGHT) now and get it." she said as she (LEFT) in a rush.
Father (RIGHT) (LEFT) the kitchen and brought in the Christmas tree.
By the time Susan (RIGHT) returned, Mother (RIGHT), Father (RIGHT), and Billy (RIGHT) had begun trimming the tree.
The entire (RIGHT) family sang carols as they finished the decorating.
Then they (LEFT) all the presents arranged under the tree and went to bed, hoping they had selected the (RIGHT) gifts for their family.
Now I hope you have the (RIGHT) present for yourself, because that's all that's (LEFT) of our story.
Except to wish you a Merry Christmas. Isn't that (RIGHT)?
By iluv2craft from Rochester, NY
Each gift was given a # and then a piece of paper with that same # was put into a bowl. One at a time we each drew our # and received a gift. It was so enjoyable!
Because all of our family lives in different states, this year we finally got our siblings to agree to only exchange one family gift instead of buying for each person in our sibling's household. I was surprised when it came time to Christmas shop, that I had little to do!
By Chris from Blacksburg, VA
Our extended family started to give "White Elephant Gifts" (gag gifts) at Christmas. We are all big Bears football fans so one year we wrapped up a Green Bay t-shirt (big rival). It was a big hit and truly a White Elephant. I know it is not about money but cleverness and we do not have the money to spend, but I still need a White Elephant gift and I am coming up dry.
By Beth P.
I'm thinking a big piece of cheese wrapped real well (Green Bay's specialty!), or make a hat in a cheese-slice style. Google Green Bay's website to get some ideas.
OR, you can make all sorts of things with bear motiffs: ornament covered with bear pictures, a "letter to Santa" asking for a Super Bowl for the Bears this year (include players' names, stats, etc.), inexpensive mugs filled with chocolate bears, candy bars wrapped with paper covered with football/Bears sayings - have the wrapping say (unwrap in "emergency" only - if Bears are behind!), etc.
My place of employment is having a Christmas party where you buy or make a gift for about $20. We all pick numbers. We get to pick a present as our number comes up. The person next can take your gift or anyone else's, etc. Any good ideas on a general gift? Last year I did a movie package with Blockbuster rental with popcorn and candy for a movie night. Any ideas of any kind are welcome. We have some pretty crazy people there.
The gift I brought was stolen until frozen (that's how this game was played) it was so popular. 20$ of lotto scratch off tickets. I stole the four $5.gift certs to kfc, jamba, starbucks & in & out till frozen. Another good gift is a money jar that counts your change or $20 gift cert to target or walmart.