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mlle.b 12-14-2007 09:44 AM

Chinese Christmas Gift Exchange
Does anyone have any ideas about how to word a note home to parents about a chinese gift exchange?
The students want to have a chinese gift exchange. I am asking each student who wishes to participate to bring a $5 unisex gift on the last day of school.
Pregnancy brain has officially hit......I have been sitting at the computer for the last 45 minutes and I don't have a single word typed! Boo me!

~ Lindsey

Teach4 12-14-2007 10:08 AM

What is it?
I've never heard of this. What is it? Is it truly a Chinese tradition? If not, I don't think I'd call it that in the letter home.

TexTeacher 12-14-2007 12:38 PM

Gift exchange
I wouldn't call it that.

mlle.b 12-14-2007 01:00 PM

I teach in a small town, and they all refer to the gift exchanges as "chinese gift exchanges".

The way it works is that everyone brings a gift. Everyone then draws a number. Number one gets to select the first gift from all of the gifts. Number 2 gets to either select a new gift or they can "steal" someone another person's gift. It continues on until everyone has a gift and all of the gifts are taken. Then the first person gets to pick from any of the gifts (if they so choose).

This is a very fun exchange. I just don't know how to word a note going home about it.
~ L

NJ Teacher 12-14-2007 01:38 PM

Gift Exchange Game
I also would leave the word "Chinese" out of it, even though we used to do this same activity at our staff party and call it a Chinese auction. I would call it a gift exchange game, and explain the rules the same way you did in your post. I would also make sure that the children participating truly understand that they might have to lose the gift they received with their number if a person with another number wants it. We gave up this game at our parties after our social committee felt that it was too upsetting to people. I thought that was ridiculous as I never participated with the absolute certainty I'd get a great gift there, but the point is that even some adults can't handle passing the gift on. Have fun! <!--christmastree-->

RebeccaH 12-14-2007 03:10 PM

Secret Santa
Where I come from in Western Australia we call it Secret Santa or Kris Kringle.<!--christmastree-->

g8rFan 12-14-2007 04:10 PM

Yankee gift exchange
I've played this game and around here it is called Yankee gift swap. I WOULD NOT call it a Chinese gift exchange. If fact, I would just call it a gift exchange and explain the rules the day you do it.

TeachAL 12-15-2007 11:40 AM

We call it....
.... Dirty Santa.

GJ 12-17-2007 09:37 AM

Not "Chinese"
'Tis a fine and fun frivolity. It goes against several Chinese gift-giving traditions. Until recently in Chinese communities, gifts were given from a person in higher status to one of lower status: parents to kids, boss to employees, sometimes a small item from older brother to younger siblings. Gifts to teachers were gifts from parents. Gifts were generally new cash in a red envelope. New Year and weddings were the main gift-giving times. The times they are a-changing: merchants have been pushing more general gift-giving for Mother's Day, anniversaries, etc.

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