This year, we will be celebrating our 9th annual sibling supper!!
For those who don’t know, my brother and my two sisters and I have a Sibling Supper around Christmas time every year. We very seldom get to spend Christmas together as a family anymore since we’re married or involved and we have to share Christmas with in-laws and such, so we made a plan to make a new tradition for us.
It’s a very laid back, chilled supper that we all contribute to and share, and we reminisce and giggle and trade gifts… and here’s where it gets entertaining.
Because we now only buy Christmas presents for the children in our family, essentially to try and keep the costs down, we thought we would use our annual Sibling Supper as an occasion to trade gifts.
We now search for the most horrendous, kitsch, ugly, impractical piece of brick-a-brack we can possibly find and wrap it up as a gift. We then pull names out of a hat to exchange these gifts, and open them one by one.
The rule is then that you have to display your gift, in your house, where it can be seen by anyone and everyone. You may not hide it away, and if it breaks you have to fix it.
After a year, you get a new horrific gift and you can do what you like with the old one!
Now, bear in mind when you see pictures of our gifts given and received, that taste is relative- and something I consider hideous will be seen as gawjiss by someone else. By no means do we want to insult anyone’s taste when we label our gifts as atrocious. In fact, over the years we have each received something we actually rather liked that was considered dreadful by the sibling who gave it away!
Last year, I won the competition when my brother got my gift- a polystyrene chicken with real feathers glued to it to make it look life-like!
This year’s party will be taking place next Wednesday, so on Thursday you’ll hear all about it and see what we got!