My mom's side is rather large and so no one (especially in this economy) can afford to get everyone a gift. So over 10 years ago, we started doing a white elephant gift exchange (which, for those of you who haven't participated, just means that everyone brings an anonymous gag-gift and we take turns opening the gifts or stealing them from each other... you can read more here).
This didn't go over so well as people were fighting over really dumb things like the singing Billy the Big-Mouth Bass and ended up stuck with really dumb stuff they just threw away.
So we decided to bring real gifts but it ended up being one of those things where only the women shopped so it was filled with potpourri and lotions and candles.
Now, my Stepdad is a quiet, unassuming type, but oh-so-funny. I guess he deemed our little exchange too dull or feminine and one Christmas, he brought a box of bullets. Everyone had a good laugh, the men felt involved for the first time and it was grand.
Each year has gotten progressively more interesting....
This year, I was texting Boyfriend-Fellow during the process and had to update him that "Cousin so-and-so just opened a Japanese sword..." and "Holy crap! Mom just opened a REVOLVER!"
Now, this photo is terrible, except for the hilarious face she's making. But if I posted it, she'd kill me, so I will have to deny you, dear readers.
What is your family gift tradition?