yankee swap/chinese auction

Grant Barrett gbarrett at WORLDNEWYORK.ORG
Mon Dec 13 16:10:13 UTC 2004

A branch of my family has done this for maybe ten years or so; they
call it "rob your neighbor." However, the presents are NOT opened until
everyone has one and all forced trades have been made. This is what
keeps it interesting: gifts are disguised, some people know what's in
them, some people don't, some judge by weight, others by size, etc.,

In St. Croix, in the Virgins Islands, among the long-term but not local
white off-islanders they called this "pirate Christmas" (also dating
about ten years ago).

(I think we have discussed this on the list before.)

Grant Barrett

On Dec 13, 2004, at 09:56, Dale Coye wrote:

> Yesterday up here in New Hampshire I heard someone talking about
> having a
> Christmas party with a Yankee Swap.  When it was described I realized
> it was what
> was called a Chinese Auction in New Jersey (this came to the list
> several
> years ago).  It's where you have a fairly large group and everyone
> brings a
> present. Then numbers are drawn.  Number one goes to the pile of
> presents, picks
> one and opens it, then number two can either pick a new one to open or
> demand
> number one's, and so on.  If one present is particularly desirable it
> can
> exchange hands several times.
> Dale Coye
> Wilton, New Hampshire

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