Christmas Eve Gift!!
Ha! I got you first! You owe me a gift!
And for those that are lost, I’ll explain!
The goal of this game is to be the first to yell “Christmas Eve Gift” to the other person. Then, the person that lost and didn’t yell out “Christmas Eve Gift” owes the person that did yell it a gift. And who doesn’t want an extra gift?!?
Technically, you probably don’t have to yell. I’m sure a normal speaking voice would be fine. In our family, we are so obsessed with winning the game that we tend to yell.
Growing up, our Christmas Eve always started well before the sun came up with mom coming in the room and yelling “Christmas Eve gift!!” and then running out before we could respond. (Which, bonus points).
As we moved out, the phone would ring at about 6 am.
Now this is tricky – you have to time it just right and you have to get that phone up to your mouth super fast because the caller has the advantage here! They can hear when you pick up the phone and they can start yelling as you are bringing the phone up to your mouth. And, at 6 am, I’m really not at my best – I tend to answer “Hello, crap, Christmas Eve Gift” and at that point the caller has usually won the game!
Wait, I’m not done.
If it was dad that called you at 6 am, you aren’t done!
During the drive over to their house, I keep repeating “Christmas Eve Gift, Christmas Eve Gift” and then I walk in the door and get distracted and mom jumps out of the dark bathroom yelling “Christmas Eve Gift!!!”
And that is why my Christmas gifts are always in a bag and never carried in by hand!
This gets repeated over and over until you and every other person you encounter has gone through this!
And some years, you get to be the one making the 6 am phone call!
Not all of your relatives will appreciate this gesture of good will.
Just a heads up there!
This year our family hit a new
6:15 am Dad sent out a group text.
Which I promptly ignored.
Cause there was no way he could prove I had seen it or read it. (And this is the exact reason why I don’t have a “read receipt” on my text messages!)
Then my sister got in the action – but added Mr. T and her Twins to the group!
By now, it’s an hour later and so I figure it’s safe to respond!
And the best part?
We don’t actually get each other gifts.
Winning the competition is the only gift we need!
I’ve never actually met anyone outside of our family that plays this game, so you’ll have to let me know if your family plays this game – but in the meantime…
Christmas Eve Gift!