Advent {Day 11}: Relentless Christmas Party


Did I mention our month of December is PACKED with Parte’s!?!?!

Some times it may be overwhelming preparing for each one, remembering what I’m supposed to take, when we’re supposed to be, and where it’s hosted {1/2 are @ my house…that would be BAD if I forgot}. We are having lots of fun so far though. My kids LOVE going! Izzie wakes up every morning asking to put on her shoes and “ja-ket!” and Mags keeps asking if today is “Jesus’ birthday!?” I have to remind her we are still in the fun, preparing part of December in anticipation for His big day!

In anticipation we’ve baked TONS, made lots of homemade gifts, gone shopping for a needy family, prepared Operation Christmas Child boxes, bought our personal family gifts in their honor, attended a deacon/staff Christmas dinner, shopped for Angel Tree children, and hosted our 1st outrageously fun party!

Just to give you a peek into our party, I’d like to teach you how-to play “Dirty Santa“!


  1. Ask everyone attending your party to bring a generic gift ~$10.00 {if hosting, have a spare just in case someone forgets}
  2. When guest arrive, place all gifts in one place {on a table or under the Christmas tree}
  3. After everyone has arrive, munched on some goodies you are ready to play!
  4. Have everyone sit together in a circle {or simi-circle}
  5. Have numbers {according to the number of gifts/guests} in a hat to draw
  6. Everyone draws a number


  1. Start the game with the person who drew #1, they chose a gift to open
  2. #2 get the choice to steal #1’s gift or pick new gift to open
  3. Each person after that can steal a previously opened gift or may open a new gift
  4. If a person’s gift is ‘stolen’ they may not steal directly back but may steal someone elses or chose a new one to open
  5. once a gifts been stolen 3x it’s frozen
  6. once all the gifts have been open #1 has the last chance to steal
  8. Let the merriment of stealing begin ;o)

Helpful Suggestions for selecting THE gift that wants to be stolen by all:

  1. Gift Card {Sonic Happy Hour makes $10 go a LONG way!}
  2. Toy
  3. Silly Info-mercial item

What take on “Dirty Santa, Yankee Swap, Chinese Gift Exchange, Thieving Secret Santa, Parcel Pass, Christmas Swamp Thing, or Pollyanna” do you and yours have? PLEASE SHARE!

To read more Rothacher’s Advent Days click—>
Advent {Day 1}: Cookie Swap

Advent {Day 2}: Dizzie Izzie’s
Advent {Day 3}: Giving Christmas Away
Advent {Day 4}: Homemade Gifts
Advent {Day 5}: HIPPY Christmas Party
Advent {Day 6}: The Fridge 
Advent {Day 7}: Sprinkle Joy @ Home
Advent {Day 8}: UpCycle Gift Wrap
Advent {Day 9}: Sugar Cookies (Gift Ideas Series)
Advent {Day 10}: Snack Mix (Gift Idea Series)


About as Jules is going

Julie Rothacher is a missionary currently serving in central Arkansas, with her husband of 10 years, as youth ministers. She and Matt have 4 children, Magdalene (6years), Isabella (5years), Benjamin (4year), and Elizabeth (1year). God is leading Julie and her family on fun adventures. She is new to blogging but loves sharing what God is doing in her life which include but are not limited to the simple silliness of every day quirkiness that happens around her home with 4 under 6, a hilarious husband, and their newest endeavors: homeschooling and CHURCH PLANTING!

2 responses »

  1. You forgot “White Elephant”. In college, me and some of my friends played, but we were all poor college kids, so we brought rediculous gag gifts. Surprising what people will steal and fight over when it’s all silly gifts. One of the best was a coin bank shaped like a toulet that made toilet noises when you flushed coins into it.

    • Can’t believe I forgot to list “White Elephant”! *very common
      I LOVE gag gifts! We had to make it real gifts bc some people brought junk from their houses (to get rid of) instead of fun cheapness! It’s SOOOooooo fun watching people “fight”, all in good fun, over silly gifts!

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