My mom had a wonderful tradition for our neighborhood Christmas party.
She asked every grown up to bring a small gift for a grab bag. The gift had to be wrapped in aluminum foil so that (1) you couldn’t quite tell what it was, and (2)everything looked shiny.
When folks arrived at the party they put their gift into the Santa sack by the front door. Then, as each grownup left they got to take a gift, unwrap it, and shout ‘ho ho ho’ as they showed the gift to everyone else.
The big challenge was that the gift had to be something “surprisingly delightful”.
They could be new, they could be used, they could be re-gifts, they could be silly– but the whole point was to be somehow delightful.
That lead to some pretty weird gifts, I thought. Once someone wrapped up a can of whipped cream. That was ‘surprising’. But it took a special person to see how it might be ‘delightful’.
In any case, I’ve been thinking about gifts and au pairs and drawing a blank this year about what to write. We’ve got lots of posts in the archives about gifts for au pairs, which you’ve probably already searched for and read if you’ve been looking for ideas.
But what about gifts for each other? Host parent to host parent?
Here’s the challenge then:
If you could wrap a gift in aluminum foil and drop it into a Santa sack, for any other host parent to pull out, what would your grab bag contribution be?