Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Made it Through Another Day

Today was our potluck plus white elephant exchange at work. It went okay, except for the moment that a white elephant item was revealed to be one of these (and used, I believe):

Can you believe it! Luckily everyone knows the first rule of the white elephant exchange is "never take the big gift," so there's no way I would have opened that, but I do not even know what I'd have done if I had. I got a paperweight, and I was pretty happy about it, compared to the other possibilities.

Last week, I had my picture taken with Santa, also at work. I was pretty proud of myself, because prior to my sitting there, a few people I consider contaminated, including the janitor, had their pictures taken, too. And while you can't quite see it, Santa's gloves are gray and grimy. It's not an especially flattering photo (I'm not sure how I got so squinty) but I figured it was time for a picture.


  1. Is white elephant like dirty Santa? Where you pick out a gift and then take others' gifts away?
    Glad you got a paperweight.
    I love the photo with you and Santa!

  2. How fun to finally see you! :)
    Merry Christmas!

  3. Congratulations, and by the way, it's a beautiful picture.

  4. Boy, am I glad you got the paperweight! LOL

    I'm so glad you were able to enjoy the work festivities. : )

  5. Congrats!! for participating. Now i'm really glad dh works at a company where they do a simple (but new) gift exchange. Would not want him coming home with anything like that toilet!

    Nice pic, too!

  6. Yes, Tina, I think they're the same sort of thing, except that "white elephant" implies that the gift will be something fairly tacky that you don't want anymore. Usually this means a gaudy Christmas decoration or something similar. A few especially ugly things get re-gifted year after year- at my work it's tradition to bring back the birdhouse shaped like a cow's head. Usually about 20% of the items are actually attractive or nice, though, which keeps people busy "stealing" each other's items.