Eugene Cho

gift exchange disasters

We had our annual church Christmas Dinner and Party this past Saturday evening.  It’s one of my favorite gatherings especially since folks from the larger church gather together in one space.  The craziest part is the White Elephant Gift Exchange or whatever people call them.  The only rule we have is that you can’t buy anything for the exchange.  Rather, you bring something that you’ve enjoyed before.  But why is it that every year, I always get shafted? 

Two years ago, I got some hideous Thomas Kinkade clock.  Last year, someone left the entire set of the Left Behind book seriesthe entire set!  And this year, I ended up with this “gift” [photos courtesy of DCruzin Photography]…

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Yup, those are stilts.  Again, I win the prize for the craziest gift disaster!

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7 Responses

  1. DJ says:

    hah hah. that’s hilarious.

  2. Darwin says:

    It was definitely an interesting assortment of gifts that night. Minhee almost ended up with the gift I brought as a joke, a CD on the “High-Tech Road to Romance,” but luckily she put it down and picked another. Luckily Miles ended up with that gem!

    I hope you know the expectations are “high” to see you wear those around 😉

  3. kent says:

    Kind of whinny aren’t ya?

  4. eliacin says:

    I’ll be waiting to see photos of the stilts been used in the next summer solstice parade in Fremont.

    Peace.

  5. Fighting ….urge…. to …. make…. short…. person…. joke…… rising…rising…. falling…falling…falling…. whew!

  6. RyanBD says:

    Oh, that’s awesome. I guess we know what you’ll be bringing to next year’s gift exchange. Now you can put the Left Behind books someplace really high the kids can’t reach…

  7. Sue says:

    Eugene, you can now tell people that God answered your prayers of getting tall to have a shot at the NBA!

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