Wednesday, December 29, 2010

I Couldn't Have Planned it if I Wanted to

Each year our five children draw a sibling's name out of a hat for a gift exchange.  They have such fun thinking of a gift, buying it, wrapping it, and then giving it.   This means that under our tree are always five gifts with tags that say who the gift is from but not whom it is for.

In the past, we've started with one child who gave their gift to their sibling who then opened it before we moved on to the next person.  But they asked this year if they could all do it at the same time because otherwise the last kids always know who had their name.  No problem, "Kids go get the gifts you bought and sit in a circle in the floor."

The did and here they all are waiting for the signal to hand their gift to their person.

"Now everyone on the count of three, give your gift to your person.  One. . . two. . . three. . ."

Do you see what happened?  They had sat in the perfect way that each of them simply handed their gift to the person on their left.  We couldn't believe it.  That made this special gift exchange even more memorable.

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