So, I've been to three parties this holiday season where the game of the night was "Dirty Santa." The first one was at an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party with friends. I was the DD, so I drank Coke all night, but everyone else was so toasty by the time we got to the game, no one was paying attention to the rules or really interested in playing, so we just each took a gift from the pile and kept whatever we got. The second party was my company's holiday party – we always play this game and the game always gets interesting, since the group is so tight-knit and people bring funny gifts like last year's "Kevin Federline Kit", which came with his then-new CD and a white, men's tank top. I usually just bring gift-cards since that's what I'd want, but next year, I want to do something good and funny. The third party was the one I went to tonight at the office.
Out of all three parties, I've lucked out this year as far as gifts go. Usually, the good gifts get stolen away from me (Murphy's Law), but so far, I've racked up a Chick-Fil-A gift card, lottery scratch-off tickets (we won $52!), and a Starbucks gift card. Not too shabby, eh?
Tonight, I got extra lucky with my number selection: 35 (out of 37, I think). For those of you who haven't played "Dirty Santa" (click the link for more info and rules), the higher the number, the better off you are. My 35 got me that adorable sachet pictured above and inside…my Starbucks gift card! I'm super excited about using that gift card because I've been working really hard on giving up Starbucks, and I think I'm ready for a reward. I used to drink Starbucks two or three times a week and wondered where all my money went. After calculating and tracking my expenses, I realized a shocking amount was going to my latte habit (the rest to clothes), so I weaned off (both). I hardly ever get S-bucks (or clothes) any more, but I'm ready to enjoy some lattes soon, thanks to my gift card…yippee!
Have you played any Dirty Santa games this year? Did you get anything good?