We aren't necessarily playing - rather just making note of the most far off plates.
In 230 miles:
Tamaulipas, Mexico: 1
What games do you play while your driving?
Repurposing: The triangular shaped hospital freebie formula sample box wasn't the only oddly shaped package under our tree. We've been known to use the oatmeal canister, the cylindrical tube inside the paper towel or toilet paper. And like the John Deere bag, we repurposed lots of other paper: newspaper, pages of magazines, possibly even homework, before it was the all the rage.
Maple Twist Rolls: I think that's all I have to say about that.
Are you repurposing anything for wrapping gifts this year?
After Christmas, I'll show you how I repurposed some broken Christmas lights!
Sleep: It never failed, because of our anal-rententive unwrapping, my dad would fall asleep numerous times during the process.
Tape: One year, we ran out of tape by the time my brother got around to wrapping his gifts. And you don't just run and get more, when Wal-Mart is twenty minutes away. He improvised. He used black electrical tape. And wrapped that particular gift in a paper John Deere bag, strategically cut and taped with the JD logo centered on the front of the package.
Duped: The year my sister had a "present" wrapped for her show choir performance. While filled with textbooks for the performance, it was unwrapped, and rewrapped with a gift for my brother. For once, he had NO IDEA!
Scavenge: Because my brother and I were such good sleuths…my mom would send us on EXTRAVAGANT scavenger hunts. We're talking across town people. Last year I used the same idea for my mother-in-laws gift (a KitchenAid mixer)...it was HILARIOUS! That's a story for another time!
Anal Retentiveness: In our quest to not spend money we didn't have, we were pretty anal-rententive/uptight about not tearing wrapping paper. Typically we were each handed a steak-knife before opening gifts, to avoid any unnecessary ripping/tearing. (In recent years, I've definitely gotten my fair share of grief for this one.)
Paper: Because of the aforementioned aversion to tearing, there was wrapping paper older than me. And, like the aforementioned triangular shaped hospital freebie formula sample box, the same rolling commentary about what all had been wrapped in that paper ensued.
Disguising: The year my mom wrapped our presents in their "own" paper. My brother, sister, and I each had a "specific" paper all our gifts were wrapped in. She was hoping, in vain, that we wouldn't figure out what we were getting.
"The box": The triangular shaped hospital freebie formula sample box, that was kept purely for it's ability to disguise Christmas gifts. And every year there was a rolling commentary about who had a present in that box the previous years, and what the present was.
The Tree: Waiting until Christmas Eve to scour the available trees (that were almost always free), for the skinniest/scraggliest tree we could take home and give new life!
Sleuthing: The year my brother asked for a gun. After calling Wal-Mart to see how much that particular gun cost, with tax, we scoured the "log" in my mom's checkbook to see if she had written a check for that amount. There were also numerous times that gifts were unwrapped and rewrapped, for curiosity's sake.