Thursday, December 22, 2005

My last work day before Christmas

I get a four-day weekend starting tomorrow. Aren’t I lucky? (Well, yes I am. And for a lot of reasons. But having a four-day weekend is nice!)

Today at the office everyone was in a holiday mood. We had scheduled our annual “Chinese Christmas Party” for today with a $10 limit on gifts. You all know how those work, right?

We had 19 participants. Each person brought a wrapped gift. We all drew numbers, and number 1 selected first. She opened her selection and held it up for all to see.

Then number 2 had a choice: either select and open a wrapped gift, or take the gift number 1 had opened. If number 2 takes number 1’s gift, then number 1 selects another wrapped gift, and it’s then number 3’s turn.

Things get exciting after about half the gifts are opened. The rules state that if your gift is taken, you can take any OTHER gift, or select another wrapped gift, but you can’t take back the gift that was just taken from you.

So the strategy becomes (if you want that gift BACK that was just taken from you) that you take a gift that is already popular and desired by several people. Chances are, someone will take it from you soon, and you can THEN take back the gift that had been taken from you earlier.

Two other rules are important to make this work: First, if one person manages to possess the same gift three different times during the game, that gift becomes theirs permanently and can’t be taken from them again. Second, after the last (highest numbered) person has selected, and there are no wrapped gifts left, number 1 still has one chance left to take his/her choice of any gift NOT permanently belonging to a player. (The theory is that number one might never have had his/her first gift taken, and thus never had a chance to choose between a known, unwrapped gift and the unknown wrapped gift he/she first selected.)

We do this early in the morning, and bring in breakfast taquitos and donuts. I found a $2.00 red Santa hat that was 25% off on clearance, and bought it to wear today. It was a hit. I told everyone, “Ho, ho, ho. Layoffs next week!” (I’m the HR Manager, remember?)

Don’t worry. I told them all I was just kidding. They know I’d never joke about something like that if there was any chance of it happening.

I don’t know WHY my car tires were slashed, though.

I’ll post over the weekend if the opportunity presents itself, but don’t be too surprised if not much happens here on “Romantic Ramblings” before next week.

Have a merry, blessed Christmas celebration!


kenju said...

John, I am SO GLAD you posted these rules. We did this at my neighborhood party last week, but we messed up because no one could remember exactly how it was supposed to work.

Merry Christmas!!

Anonymous said...

And a Merry Christmas to you, John.

And you are so right about the size of a Blog Roll - it took me three days to put that post together - not to mention at least 10 errors with the URLs for the links. I almost scrapped the whole project.

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas John, Carol, Christine and Amy - hope you all have a magical day.

I luuuurve the Christmas gift idea. I should keep this as it would make for great fun with my scrapbooking buddies. Though .... in all probability .... we would end up laughing so much that we could end up having little accidents along the way.

See you soon and I am looking forward to another 12 months of blogging with you. ((( hugs ))) to you all.

bigwhitehat said...

I have never participated in one of these games myself. The ladies in my family love these things though.

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Nic said...

Merry Christmas my fellow Texan blogfriend. I hope that yours is a very happy one filled with the love and warmth of good friends and family!

Anonymous said...

A very Merry Christmas to you and yours, John. May it be filled with love, peace, and more happiness than one man can stand. :-)

the many Bs said...

Wow, those are complicated rules. But it sounds like fun.

I get the four day weekend too. It's GREAT!

Merry christmas to you!

Candace said...

John, thanks so much for leaving holiday wishes on my blog! I just got home from the (mental) hospital again (this is getting monotonous) so I hope it's not too late to wish you and Carol and all a great four-days off and a very Merry Christmas!