We had our annual family Christmas party Saturday night. My entire family gathered at my dad’s house for a huge holiday dinner, presents, and a whole lot of fun!
If you listen to the advertisements on TV, you’d think the best presents are the biggest and most expensive gifts. Not so. Let me tell you a little bit about the gifts we gave…the ones that will be remembered for years to come.
One of my brothers adopted a dog recently. His dog is a pretty good dog, but he suffers from a little separation anxiety. The dog went through a period where he would chew up my brother’s pillows while he was at work.
As a joke, I emailed the rest of my family and asked them to each wrap up a pillow for my brother, Brad. Saturday night, when he unwrapped his first gift, it was a lovely pillow pet. His next gift was a standard pillow. Then came a ladybug pillow, a cheetah print body pillow, another standard pillow, and a pillow with a pillowcase decorated especially for the dog. By the end of the night, everyone was rolling with laughter, including Brad. I’m sure we’ll be talking about those gifts for years to come.
At the end of the evening, my kids gave my dad a very special gift, too. My sister attended the University of Oregon, so we’re all big Oregon Ducks fans. Except my dad, who loves to be a contrarian. Early in the evening, my dad was giving my son a hard time about being a Ducks fan. So it was perfect when my dad opened his last gift of the evening…a children’s book, entitled “Go Ducks!” Again, we all had a good laugh.
I’m certainly not saying that every gift should be a joke. Believe me, my family gives nice gifts, too. But sometimes a good, unexpected gag gift can go a long way toward creating fun family memories. And it’s fun memories that bond families together.
Do you ever give gag gifts to your family? What’s your best story?
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