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School gift exchange flashback


Do they still have Christmas gift exchanges in public schools?

When I was in grade school, that whole separation of church and state thing wasn't taken too seriously. We'd learn about Christmas celebrations around the world, make Santas and sing songs like "We Need  A Little Christmas" at our holiday programs.

We also had a Christmas party every year, with each child bringing enough treats for every kid in the class..so we'd all get 25 to 30 treats to inhale in a glorious sugar buzz.

There was always a gift exchange as well. We all drew names and had to bring a gift to school for that person worth no more than 50 cents. While some kids went over the limit (show-offs), most stuck to around half a dollar. That meant there were a lot of pee wee footballs, generic Hot Wheels, and the two most popular items: M&M's in a candy cane, and the Life Savers Story Book. (No story book, just a box shaped like a story book filled with several rolls of Life Savers candies).

I always wanted that Life Savers storybook. I'm not sure what the fascination was. It was long before I found out that you could create sparks if you chomped on the Wint-O-Green ones in the dark.



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12/05/2011 11:34AM
School gift exchange flashback
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12/05/2011 8:49PM
Love the storybook...
...also always wanted one. I remember one year the person that drew my name got me pencils with my name on them. I loved them. Then at the end of the day I saw her give them to everyone in the class. I thought, "why would they want pencils withmy name on them?". I should have figured out that she got them for everyone with their names on them. Humbug.
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