Saturday, December 09, 2006
The Cookie Exchange  
Tonight, Lucky and I are going to a cookie exchange. We are NOT participating in the actual exchange of cookies. People who are have to make 23 bags of cookies. That's not 23 cookies, but 23 BAGS of cookies. Sometimes it's just two or three cookies per bag but it still totals around 7 dozen cookies. Which means not only do you have to make 7 dozen cookies, but you have to then eat 7 dozen cookies. Even if you freeze half of them, and then pass some off to others, you are still stuck with a bunch of calorie-laden temptations during the holiday season. And I honestly, don't need that.

We will be, however, participating in the "White Elephant" part of the party. I was watching a travel show, and learned the origin of the term....

White elephants (they really aren't white... just some parts of them are lighter than regular elepants) were regarded as holy in ancient times in Thailand and other Asian countries. To keep a white elephant was a very expensive task, since you had to provide the elephant with special food, and provide access for people who wanted to come and worship it. If a Thai King became dissatisfied with a subordinate, he would give him a white elephant. The gift would, in most cases, ruin the recipient.

Talk about passive aggressive behavior!

Anyways, here's to a good gift exchange; maybe I can get something I actually like.



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