Gift Giving Traditions

In The Mix

December 23, 2018
Gift Giving Traditions

No matter what you celebrate, most families have their traditions around gift giving. No matter what you call it - gift exchange, white elephant, nasty Christmas, or something else - it's likely a memorable experience. This week for "In The Mix" - we ask our DJs how their families give each other gifts this time of year. Let us know on Facebook or Instagram @991TheMix (@991WMYX on Twitter) how your family exchanges gifts.

Elizabeth Kay (5:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.): "Well, on one side of my family we do a White Elephant Exchange, but how it works is that you buy a gender-neutral gift, it can't exceed more than $25. Every year there is a theme and no gift cards allowed and then usually an argument breaks out of 'does the first person get to pick again at the end?' I still don't know."

Tony "Radar" Hess (5:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.): "In my family, we do something kind of like the White Elephant, although we call it Nasty Christmas. Why? Because you can give gifts and then steal one and then give a gift and then steal it. Basically, that goes on for 3 or 4 hours, while drinking and then at the end of it you pretty much don't even know what you're doing. That's a lot of fun in my family. So, come on over, door is always open at Christmas. It's called Nasty Christmas, although we have a lot of fun, go figure!"

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Dave "Producer Dave" Stein (5:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.): "So basically our holiday gift giving tradition has become 'you're going to get an e-gift card' from all of the family, separately. Because who wants all that wrapping paper in your house? It takes so long to clean up and it's so loud. For what? A box of toys? Just give me a gift card."

Molly Cruz (9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.): "A couple of years ago my family and I decided to stop giving presents. It just became unnecessary, like I was getting things I didn't need. I was buying things people didn't need. And so, we only give presents to the little ones, like my niece and my nephew and cousins. And then me and my family we get together after the holidays, sometime in January, and we just do something fun together. Whether that's a museum or going to a movie or going out to a nice dinner. So, we decide instead of buying each other presents, we just like to spend time with each other."

Aaron Carreno (1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.): "Well, I've been trying for years to get my family to do something different and fun over the holiday gift exchange. Finally I think this year we're going to do something where if you pick a name and then you give that person a gift. But I still think White Elephant is more fun, because you can steal and I'm bad at gift giving."