Friday, January 1, 2010

New Years at Sugar & Spice

This year, instead of just handing everyone a present and sitting through lunch just to see everyone try to leave as soon as possible, I thought we would play a game.

A friend of mine had told me of this game that his very large family would play at Christmas. The game involves everyone getting a number to determine the order they would follow picking gifts.

The first person basically has no choice and just picks from the bunch of unopened gifts.

The second person then has a choice of either taking away the first person's gift or opening up an unopened gift. The person who gets their gift taken away just gets to open another unopened gift.

My wife thought that they would be too timid to take gifts away and it certainly was looking that way until I was picked and started the stealing; after that, some people started to get into the hang of it and one gift in particular was targeted as the gift to steal.

Also, this time, we let the kids organize lunch, while I organized the game and the champagne, and my wife organized the gifts.

Every year we face more and different challenges. We have never had a holiday season similar to past ones. Quite honestly, we were surprised by the very large demand we had this holiday season. It just came at once and did not let up. We even had people show up at the store during the lunch and Jessica had to go and work the store during the lunch. Next time we will just close early.

So I thought that you would like to see some of the people that make the magic possible at Sugar & Spice. These are the faces behind the wonderful cookies, brownies, pound cakes and our much sought after pan dulce. These kids will be the first ones to tell you that we make the absolute best and yummiest goodies in Argentina and you just can't help but believe them when they tell you.

I am so proud of them.


lisawho? said...

I do that same grab bag activity every year with my AP students. My variation, though, is that you have to bring a "re-gift." It is a lot of fun and the kids love it.

Unknown said...

Next time I am going to include some envelopes disguised as gifts forcing them to take a gift from someone. They were way too polite to each other.

Unknown said...

I like that, but I am shying away from asking them to spend money. I want to give that day, but I wanted it to be fun. I am pretty sure they all liked it.