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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

That White Elephant…

The office Christmas party. Yeah, I’ve heard plenty of people knock them, dread them, make fun of them, and see them just as everyone’s excuse to ‘let go’ a little and drink a whole lot. Well, I’ve been blessed to have wonderful office Christmas parties that I actually look forward to. Both place I’ve worked at since graduation have had Christ as the center. My December celebrations shared with co-worker have mostly been filled with laughter, fun, practical joking, unmerciful teasing, and ended up as sweet times of reflection of the year past and hope as to what God will bring in the next one. Last night was no different. Except this year I had a significant oth… I mean, a fiancé to join me =o) It was awesome having Phil there to share in the togetherness and wonderful food and let others get to know him a little more.

And what is an office party without that White Elephant gift exchange? Yeah…we had one! There were some doozies: a whole pony-tail of someone’s cut hair; a Halloween costume; an urn-complete with a clock to set nicely on you mantle; a hamburger flipper; an old orange fabric chair; and many other goodies. I got to take home a wreath that I’ve been told has had is share of recurrences over the years. But the one that I’ll not soon forget was a pair of black Speedos that were rumored to be worn by someone we all knew on his honeymoon. Gah! I’m glad I was not the one to unwrap that one….beware though, it may show up next year……

What has been the best (really, the worst) White Elephant gift you’ve receieved?

3 whatevers:

Joel said...

Either the Viagra doctor's office samples container (someone ended up stealing that from me for whatever reason) or the Tinky Winky doll. I still have that, and I'm not sure why.

AmyLea said...

I gave away an N*Sync Justin Timberlake bobblehead doll... People fought for it, too!

philio said...

at a Christmas party earlier this month, I saw someone get the a jar of foot-long german sausages. Now, they looked HORRIBLE! Almost like they were from the 80's or something. Just these big pinkish sausages swimming in whatever that embalming-fluid-like-juice is. SICK!