I've heard many tales of families who have a white elephant-esque item that gets wrapped and passed around the family during Christmas. One of my friends passed around her cut off pony tail for years.
My family recently got into some hilarious sneaky swapping that strikes when you least expect it.
It's the fruitcake that keeps on giving. :)
My parents got a fruitcake from a friend for the holiday season. It is a fruitcake that conforms perfectly to the stereotype: full of gummy fruits, solid, dry, and gross. When they unwrapped it, us kids were all there, and were laughing hysterically about how nasty and gross fruitcake is. My dad tried it, said yuck, and then *said* that he was going to take it out to the trash in the garage. The sneaky little man took it out to my car, and stuffed it into one of our bags we had loaded for the drive home. Imagine my surprise and subsequent laughter at unloading bags and finding an aluminum foil brick in one of them. :) This was war.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago, my parents were in town visiting. I went out to get the paper on the day they left, cruised past my freezer that held the fruitcake, and stuffed it in the back seat of their car. They called me rolling as soon as they got home too.
This past weekend, we were back home visiting the folks. My sister Meg became the lucky recipient of the brick fruitcake. She has declared that it will be coming to someone when they least expect it...and so the swap continues.
I think it's hilarious, and such a fun way to play a practical joke on our family members. Keep an eye on your belongings at all times and lock your car...the Hot Mess family is planting fruitcake bombs.