12.22.2009

A quick question...


...for my dear readers (because you're smart). My dad's side of the family is HUGE. Seriously. No less than 40 people will be attending our christmas dinner/gift exchange. Instead of purchasing gifts for everyone, we draw names, which is great. What we don't have is a good system for handing them out. We usually start with the oldest sibling (my dad) handing out their gifts first and then work our way down to the youngest sibling. By the time we reach my poor aunt everyone is exhausted, the kids are melting down, and the ooooo-ing and aahhh-ing is so o-v-e-r. Can you think of a better way to hand out gifts?

11 comments:

Peaches said...

Everyone until 10 years old gets their gift from the person who drew them, but they can’t opened it yet. Then they all open the gifts at same time… ready set go. Next the teens, 11-19, do the same thing. The adults go last. This is really fun and festive.

Anna said...

we do the SAME thing at our huge Christmas. And the poor kids get so aggravated waiting for a gift. We thought of just a huge myahem of gift giving all at once & then doing our usual around the room show & tell. but if you come up with anything let me know!!

Kelly Kilmer said...

i'd suggest mixing it up a bit-giving to random folks. Have the kids Help play Santa's Helper or Elves...make it a game. Try playing guessing games like randomly picking a present and seeing whose next or what's in it, etc... Focus on games and silliness and not the presents themselves might help.
With little ones, I would give them theirs first to avoid melt downs.

amy said...

Honestly, it seems kind of mean to make the kids wait until last. And impractical. So, I'd go kids first (because it's so much more exciting for them than for grownups, and that makes them more fun/festive to watch opening gifts), then everyone else all at once. No-one needs that much mandatory ooooo-ing and aahhh-ing.

Jenn said...

How about choosing 4 teams (10 people each) who exchange gifts and ooh and aah in separate circles?

me again said...

I'm an only child, so I know that's not much help :-), but my hubby is from a big family, so I can offer up a couple of ideas based on what's been done in his family in the past.
One idea is to hand out all the gifts, but then everyone opens at the same time. This doesn't work if everyone wants to watch everyone else open, but some people actually just want to get on with it....so you have to judge the crowd.
At one of our gift exchanges, we all drew numbers and that was the order.....the order has also gone from oldest to youngest and vice versa.
You could also have trivia questions and whoever answers the first question gets to open a present or give theirs out.
Don't know if any of this helps, but I hope it sparks some ideas!
:-)
==lennie==

Mim Smith Faro said...

Would it be too rude to have all of the people in each generation open gifts at the same time? I'm not sure if understand that everyone (including children and grandchildren) are included in this exchange. If your father and all his siblings opened gifts at the same time and then your generation could all open at the same time and then the kids, it wouldn't take as long and everyone could ooh and ahh at their neighbor and check out the gifts they missed later.

ilana said...

alphabetically by first name....
youngest to oldest...
take it in rounds...(like 5 presents, then eat appetizer, 5 presents, walk outside, 5 presents, abbey does a jig)

Kelly said...

Just give them/open them all at the same time! The "ooh"-ing and "ahh"-ing is more for the gift giver to feel special about their great taste in gifts, and that's not really necessary. It's more about the person receiving the gift loving it. Then discuss and ooh and aahh. :)

Phil said...

Gift Gun - like a t-shirt gun only way more accurate and lethal.

Aesthetic Outburst... said...

Thanks, everyone! We're going with the kids first generational idea. I really appreciate your help!!!

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