Unique to the West? White Elephant Gift Exchange

Posted by Princess Phant on Thursday, July 9, 2009
The Unique Gfit Party?

The Unique Gift Party?

Chances are that if you’ve been to a white elephant gift exchange party, you did so in the United States or Canada. Here, they’re a really popular way of getting friends and family together, particularly during the Christmas holidays, and sharing gifts without running up a lot of expense. Maybe your party was called Yankee Swap, or Dirty Santa, or perhaps something different. But whatever the name, the concept is definitely an American one. No one’s really heard of it in Europe, anyway – although garage sales in the UK are sometimes known as “white elephant sales”. But that’s different.

Being the daughter of King Thibaw, of course, I can tell you that you Americans aren’t responsible for the legend of white elephants! No – in Burma and Siam, we’ve respected and cherished these noble creatures for centuries. People come from far and wide to bring them gifts and worship them, and my father, being king, has many. The royal white elephants are kept in only the finest conditions, and they want for nothing. And if the king should make you a gift of one of his white elephants, well, you’d better make sure you treat it with the care to which it is accustomed!

White elephants are almost as culturally significant in the USA and Canada as they are back in my home land, I’ve discovered, but it’s because of this fascinating craze of gift exchange parties that seems to have captured the imagination of so many people. I’ve been doing a lot of studying of the game, and its origins, and where it’s played – and the only down side I can see is that you all have to live reasonably close together if you’re going to enjoy a fun party without having to drive for hours or take a flight.

Thankfully, AlbinoPhant is here to change all that! Not only can you now play this much-loved party game online (which means that your location isn’t an issue, and all your guests can be in different states if you want!), but you still get to exchange real gifts, delivered to your door at the end of the game! And best of all, I’m here to guide you through it and help you get the most fun and enjoyment you can out of AlbinoPhant, while my father (yes, the King himself) watches over events in his aloof, noble way, and offers awards to the best players.

I think it’s going to be a fun party – wherever you are!

Image from thesucculentwife blog.

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