Saturday, December 08, 2007



Sounds like a line from
"Fiddler on the Roof"
Well......Jill has asked us to post
some tradition that we have established in our family:D
Can't wait to see
the other traditions that people post!!!!!
Just go to Jill's blog
check out the other traditions
friends have posted!

so long ago
I can't even remember:D
Every Christmas Eve our family gathers
at our home!
After eating a special dinner and opening of gifts
we bring out the dice!
We all sit on the floor or close....some may grab a chair, raised hearth or ottoman.
We must be in a the years our circle has grown:D
In the center of the LARGE circle we place a pile of beautifully wrapped gifts.
These gifts
are silly gifts....
some useful
some gags
some embarrassing
some ridiculous
some just wonderful!!!!
Everyone is now trained....but years ago everyone was asked to bring
3 wrapped silly gifts.
Well, that led to alot of improvising......
Many inside jokes gain momentum with this game..
Creativity has taken charge and the gifts get better and better
with each passing year:D
We have had life size stuffed dolls wrapped (I mean 5 feet tall..ha..ha)
posters made of unflattering photos
business cards made of unflattering photos...use your imagination
banana peel
old bra
picture off my wall (for several years, my nephew would find a certain terrible portrait
of my son (his cousin) with a mullet.....and wrap it without us knowing.
He would then slip it into the pile of gifts without anyone seeing:)
almost anything you can think of:D
When a person has rolled (6) sixes on the die
it is their turn to pick a gift from the middle of the circle.
If a person rolls a six with the 5 die
they can roll again.
If they do not roll a six they must pass the die to the next player!
You must remember how many sixes you have
until you have accumulated all (6).
The MOST FUN is the second part of the game which occurs when
all the gifts have been taken!!!!!! is time to steal from your neighbor!
Again, each time you accumulate (6) sixes you can steal a gift!
Well, it gets VICIOUS.....that is all I can say...
Players get an idea of what is in a certain package and it gets taken over and over
We time the last part of the everyone is screaming and yelling to
get the move silly!!!
We tried to stop this silly Bunko game once, but the outcry was
Everyone said....."It won't be Christmas without BUNKO".....o.k. o.k.
we said.....
We will never try that again:D
Some years we have had family members that were ill and couldn't attend....
come over in P.J.'s just to play the game......ha..ha
(these are the only pics I had of the game that were taken with a digital camera and they are from several years ago:D


Karin (creativechaos) said...

Hi Linda! I just finished writing mine and thought I would pop over to see yours (and then I have to get to bed!!!) Looks like so much fun and love in your house! What a fun family tradition!

Jill said...

This looks like sooooo much fun! Lots of giggles and smiles... Thanks so much for sharing your tradition with us! This time of year is so special!
Merry Christmas!

eb said...

what fun at this house!!!!!!!!!

xox - eb.

Anonymous said...

That sounds hilarious!! I love it.

Thrifty Miss Priss said...

Oh I love the huge family gatherings with lots of yelling and laughing! We played family trival pursuit last year with scratch off lottery tickets if you answered the questions right! So much fun!
Merry Christmas!

Leslie said...

That looks like a fun tradition! We have done a Chinese gift grab before, and that also gets interesting! Nothing like it to get folks laughing!
Merry Christmas!

Lea said...

Wow! What fun! you can just feel it from your words and the pictures! Look at those smiles! Thank you so for sharing this joy with us all!

Mosaic*Queen said...

I play bunco once every month and enjoy it a lot, but YOUR bunko takes the cake!!!!!!!!!!!! What FUN!!!!!
Happy HOlidays!!!

Anonymous said...

Good Heavens! how wonderful!

Susan Tuttle said...

Thanks so much for sharing your family tradition--great pics!!

Thanks also for your very kind blog comment!


Sharon said...

I wanna come this year. I've got some really cool fun crazy gifts.
Such a fun game you play.