My partner and I went to a white elephant party. It was uproariously silly. We came home with hideous gifts but, on the bright side, we also got rid of two useless objects. I immediately decided to regift the Santa toilet seat cover that really didn’t fit my decor but I knew my Christmas-crazy friend Merlin would enjoy. The “ham radio,” a pink plastic pig speaker for your iPod, is going to be wrapped up for next year’s party.
When I was a kid, my father and uncle had a gag gift they passed back and forth for years. It was a novelty toilet seat that did something I don’t remember. Light up? Sing a song when you sat down? Make embarrassing sounds? Anyway, the fun was to package it in unique ways so that it actually looked appealing. Both of the men were extremely creative and went to outrageous measures, like building a cardboard airplane to imbed the thing in.
The holidays are a time of gathering friends and family so it’s an opportunity to create and share stories. I will continue to tell the story of the toilet seat because it reminds me of being at my grandmother’s house, squeezing into the small living room with the big table, the smells of turkey and sweet and sour green beans, the cuckoo clock bonging out the hour, and the warmth and joy of being with my family. And, of course, the presents.