Great Holiday Traditions Last Forever

Posted by PartyWeDo on Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Secret Santa and other holiday traditions

Secret Santa and white elephant gift party

As fans of the gift exchange we love the traditional white elephant gift party or the secret Santa swap. These and many other holiday events make Christmas a very engaging time of the year.

It doesn’t matter how old you are or how bad a year you’ve had, when Christmas comes there’s something a bit special in the air.  Stretching back to that first Christmas you remember as a kid – running down to the Christmas tree and opening those presents in a state of pajama clad excitement – you can remember that something special happens come the festive period.  Yet while your priorities may have changed and you now just look forward to having a great time with family and friends, some things always stay the same, joined by new traditions that appear and stick in the calendar.  So, what Christmas traditions do you hold on to?

Manic Rush Around

Everyone knows that feeling.  It’s Christmas Eve and you’ve forgotten your Aunt Joyce’s present.  The coat goes back on and you run out to brave the crush on the high street.  You’ve had your first Christmas drinks, so I’m afraid there’s no car for you, so that crowd on the bus has to be beaten.  We all hate it, yet it still happens every year.  You can fight as much as you want, but it’s almost like it’s written in stone.  No matter how prepared you are, you will always run into a reason to dash out to those shops.

To Me, To You

Christmas is not the same without those decorations.  Getting up that Christmas tree, covered in tinsel and bright lights signals the real start of the festive season and can really brighten the mood. Some buy real trees every year but there is also a tradition for fake trees that don’t create a huge mess on the floor every year.  Yet one thing these need is storage.  Preferably in the loft where it takes a great effort to drag a huge box down and into its rightful place once a year.  It’s pretty much traditional for the cursing and spitting as you wrestle with the decorations, pulling and pushing them out of the loft and down the stairs: it wouldn’t really be the same if it was simple, would it?

Christmas Meal

It’s almost time to get on the phone to that favorite spot: booking time is almost upon us.  It’s a pretty regular tradition for friends to get together for that glorious roast close to Christmas time.  Who can want anything more than roast turkey and cranberry sauce, pigs in blankets and red cabbage, all washed down with brandy soaked Christmas pudding.  Forget your family Christmas meal: that lunch is a great warm up at the start of the festivities.  Wherever you choose to eat, however, you need to make sure you book nice and early: you don’t want to miss out on a table at your favorite restaurant.

$10 to Rule Them All

Ah, come the Christmas meal, come the Secret Santa.  We all know that feeling: a week, a month or whenever before the meal, a friend comes around with a hat and you pick out a name.  Do you get the luck of the draw and pick your best friend, or do you pick the poor guy you know least about?  Either way, it’s all the fun to run around looking for that perfect present.  Do you go for the comedy gift or something actually useful?

Whether your budget is $10, $20 or $35, looking for the perfect Secret Santa gifts can be tough, so use the internet. We spend a lot of time online nowadays and it contains a lot of information and a great choice of gifts, so make use of it.


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We are passionate about white elephant gifts and white elephant gift exchange parties. We will do all that we can to make your experience with AlbinoPhant better than you can imagine.

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