7744 Jayhawk Dr, Riverside, CA
Hello all! For December Meetup we are planning an ugly holiday sweater party with a white elephant gift exchange. Tristan will be making her famous spaghetti and we will be playing games while celebrating this wonderful time of year! Any questions please contact Bri.
White Elephant Gift Exchange :
In its most basic form, the game rules are as follows: Each participant supplies one wrapped gift.(around $10 in value for our game). The gifts are placed under the tree, and number are drawn from a hat to determine in which order participants will take turns selecting them. The first person opens a wrapped gift, and the turn ends. On subsequent turns, each person can open a new present or gets the choice to "steal" another person's gift. One gift can only be stolen three times, after it is stolen for the third time the gift is "dead", meaning no one else can steal that gift. When a person's gift is stolen, that person can either choose another wrapped gift to open or can steal from another player. The game is over when the last person goes. Generally, it is recommended to have at least six participants for the gift exchange party. With a larger group, game play may be more protracted.
White elephant parties have been known to result in playful rivalries between players trying to get sought-after items.
If you want the history...
A white elephant gift exchange or Yankee Swap is a party game where white elephant gifts, are exchanged during festivities. The goal of a white elephant party is usually to entertain rather than to gain.
The term "white elephant" refers to an extravagant but burdensome gift that cannot be easily disposed of, based on the legend of the King of Siam gifting rare albino elephants to courtiers who had displeased him, that they might be ruined by the animals' upkeep costs. The term white elephant refers to a gift whose maintenance costs exceed its usefulness. While the first use of this term remains a matter of contention among historians, one theory suggests that Ezra Cornell brought the term into the popular lexicon through his frequent social gatherings as early as 1828.