Growing up, I didn’t have a lot of Christmas morning traditions. Mostly because, as the daughter of divorced parents, some years I’d travel to spend it with my dad and some at home in Florida. There wasn’t really a consistent routine. Not that it was a bad thing, multiple Christmases meant more presents and as a kid, that’s nothing to frown about. We certainly had family traditions but an annual Christmas morning routine was not a part of our holiday.
So when we started celebrating Christmas here in Louisville every year, I knew I wanted to have something that was uniquely ours. It took some brainstorming but at some point, I came up with this gift card exchange that’s scavenger hunt meets Supermarket Sweep with a touch of White Elephant party. It’s a great way to spice things up if you normally exchange gift cards with your family or regularly use them as stocking stuffers.
We spend Christmas morning with my mom who comes in from Miami, my mother-in-law and my brother and sister-in-law along with an ever growing crew of kids. It’s evolved over the years but when we started, it was just for the big kids. This year will be our 7th or 8th year playing and it’s now one of my favorite parts of the holiday. Lots of laughs, lots of competition and every ends up with some spending money.