I am so happy to share one of our family Christmas traditions with you. We call it The Christmas Basket Game.
We started doing this around 30 years ago. Each family unit chooses a theme to create a basket around. We don’t really put a price on it, but usually $40-$50 is what people spend. They have the whole year to create their Christmas Basket.
As guests arrive, they have their baskets covered in a large trash bag, and they are set in a designated room.
After we have our Christmas dinner, open gifts, and play the White Elephant game…it is time for the baskets.
When the time comes, a family member carries all of the baskets into the party room, and removes the trash bags.
Each basket is given a number. The family units then try to guess who made each basket. Whoever gets the most right, picks their choice of the baskets to take home. It continues by 2nd place etc. Everyone that brings a basket, goes home with a basket.
We have had so many wonderful themes over the years. Some of the baskets have been “A Day at the Beach” “Movie Night” “The 99 cent Store Basket”
“The As Seen on TV Basket” “Western Theme” “The Cat in the Hat” “Italian Basket” “Things That Keep you Warm”.
We fill the baskets with nice items, funny items, and everything in between.
It is always a challenge to try to fool everyone.
Here are the baskets that were created this year.
My theme was “The Night Before Christmas” basket.
I started with the storybook and found items to go with
“Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse”
“The children were nestled, all snug in their beds”
We all laughed so hard on this item! I found the bed
at the Dollar Tree and the babies at Party City in the
baby shower department. I taped them in their bed and
placed some “sugar plums” around their heads.
Most of the items were purchased at Wal-Mart or the
Dollar Tree. I placed some small gift boxes in there with
a $10 Wal-Mart gift card in each and a $50 Texas Road House gift card in the larger box as gifts Santa left.
The basket that I ended up with had a story to go with it
for sure. Everyone knew who had created this one as soon
as it was uncovered.
We were all laughing because it was so obvious. My son-in-law was burned in a gasoline/brush fire accident this summer while they were on vacation. He spent a month in ICU at a burn center, and then time in rehab.
It was such a horrible experience for our family, but
thanks to our prayers being answered, and the help of a
wonderful community, he is totally recovered, and we can
talk about this experience. The collection of hospital items
only made us appreciate this Christmas together even more. My daughter hid a $50 Amazon gift card in here too.
“The Hospital Basket”
They were all beautifully done and such fun themes.
My lighting was very bad downstairs on this evening, so my pictures are not the best.
The Car Care Basket. A favorite of the men.
The Art Basket. (I missed a picture of this one!) A canvas basket packet with art supplies.
The Christmas Movie Night Basket. Movie,snacks, a bottle of wine, and wine glasses and other goodies.
The Sweet Frog Basket. Kids loved this one with items
from Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt, t-shirt & gift card.
The Hangover Basket (or The Liquor Basket) This one
brought many laughs. Small beverage bottles & meds needed for a hangover.
I heard some of the people saying they already had their
idea for next year’s basket.
Try the Christmas Basket Game with your family one year and see what fun and creativity everyone has.