Give 'Till It Hurts
December 18, 2007
Over the weekend was the big family Xmas party. The rules for adults: Nothing over $50, all gifts are wrapped. Everyone puts their name in a hat. The first name drawn opens a gift and picks the next name. The next name gets the option of stealing a previously opened gift or taking a new one from the pile. If someone has a gift stolen, they then must choose an unopened gift. Every time someone unwraps a new gift, they choose the next name.
It makes for a fun hour of gift-opening, provided 80 percent of the gifts aren't some combination of scratch-off lotto tickets and a bottle of Bailey's Irish Cream. But it's not the only way to spice up your holiday party!
Santa Scramble: All participants are randomly assigned a gift value ranging from $10 to $1,000. At the start of the party, all presents are placed, unwrapped, in the center of a large room with no furniture, but various yard tools and blunt objects lining the walls. At any point during the party, the host sounds an air-horn, signaling the start of a 5 minute period in which all partygoers must attempt to grab a gift or gifts. At the end of the 5 minutes, the air-horn sounds again, and any presents in the possession of a partygoer at that time belong to the partygoer.
Snowman Soiree: Only couples with deeply troubled relationships are invited to the party. Gifts are $50-$100, one gift per couple, and all gifts are wrapped. All women put their names in a hat. When a name is drawn, the woman selects and unwraps a gift; their man then must choose to either give the gift to another woman or immediately smash it with a 10-pound double-faced sledge hammer.
Naughty Elf Exchange: Most partygoers are told that a "Secret Santa" setup is in effect with a $40-$60 range, but every man shopping for a woman is told that there is an "erotic" theme to the exchange and a $5-$15 range. No one else is informed of this arrangement.
Jingle Bell Rock: The host purchases a number of luxury items, minimum cost $500 each. Each guest is presented with a gift, and if they choose to accept the risk, a coin is flipped. Heads, they get the gift; tails, the host keeps the gift, and then is allowed to kick the guest in the genitals.
The surface of the sun. Also, when there's a new trivia night I'll post the date here.
A nine-day journey into the heart of madness (aka California) is being posted on the travel pages. Read it before the Big One makes it obsolete!
The third Nerdcation (TM) is in the books. Feel free to recreate this journey stop for stop with your spouse, the next time you really want to strain your marriage.