Where did the “white elephant” come from? Did people really gift people large white mammals or is this some sort of telephone game gone haywire through the centuries. It’s a blend somewhere between the two actually.
The white elephant comes from a story about the Kings of Siam. They would trade/gift white elephants. They’re rare and valuable, but they’re cost outweighs the benefits (outweighs, get it?). I had my first experience with a white elephant this weekend which was a combo pot-luck! yum!
I decided to bring Dexter along. Jack was being a meany all day so I decided he deserved some alone time with the cat. I put Dexter’s snowman outfit on, baked some beer bread (it’s vegetarian Liz!), and jumped out of the house once my friend Jordan headed back to Ohio. (Oh yeah, I forgot to mention by best friend from Ohio came over this weekend!)
There was a ton of food, and luckily my teeth have calmed down from the braces I got last week. I still couldn’t eat some of the crunchier goodies, but I had my fair share of 6-layer dip, cheese ball, and buckeyes!
The boys watched football and the girls talked while we waited for everyone to show up. The weather this weekend was ridiculously fantastic given it’s a week until Christmas. The balcony was slanted, but since I’m no engineer I considered it safe.
The view definitely made me jealous of the city life. Being able to walk to a friends house, or to a bar, or just around is something that I miss about college. I’m happy with suburban life 90% of the time so I’m happy I’m there, but trips into the Fan make me wish I could afford two homes
The White Elephant went really well. I ended up not taking too many shots of the gifts because many of them were R-rated, but there were some cute gifts scattered amongst the herd. The most stolen were lotto scratch offs, followed closely by the Rock-um-Sock-um Robots!! I walked away with a tiny dart gun (I’m sure the dogs will LOVE that) and a day calendar of “Damn You Autocorrect.” That’ll definitely make 2013 a little funnier!
Now that I know the concept of the White Elephant, and some extra history I didn’t need, I feel more prepared for next year. I haven’t decided on if I want to get a gift that’ll be stolen a bunch or a gift that will cause a lot of laughter. Maybe there’s a both? All I know is I still have Christmas shopping to do and I have a week left. #WhyamItheWorst?