We survived another Burridge-Miller Gift Shove.
For those of you not in the know, here's how it works.
- A year ahead of time, someone offers to host a family party.
- On the day of the party, everyone gets into their cars and starts driving.
- Relatives arrive at the party site, and we all have a very pleasant time. Activities may or may not include
- Singing Carols
- Watching Football
- Assorted Party Games
- At some point someone -- usually the person who drove the farthest -- will look at their watch and utter the magic words: "We have to get going."
- Mayhem. People rush around, sometimes from car to car, with boxes of gift-wrapped loot and shove them into the hands (or trunks) of recipients.
- Someone yells, "Wait! You can't go yet!"
- Rapid fire hugs and kisses preceed the emptying of the host and hostess's driveway (and adjacent street).
- Invariably, a gift is left behind or misdirected
This year was a lot of fun, and Arthur got to meet his first cousins twice-removed, Andrew and Zachary. And their toy trains.