Its that time of year where we’ll be exchanging with family and playing games at holiday get togethers. Therefore, we decided to bring you the White Elephant Dos and Do Nots.
The popular game seems to have rules that vary by household. So we’re here to clear some of that up.
According to WhiteElephantRules.Com ,the game is also known as Yankee Swap, Dirty Santa.
Whatever you call it, you most likely play it the same way for the most part.
Here are the basic rules:
1. Each player brings one wrapped gift to contribute to a common pool
The gift exchange organizer should provide information on what type of gift people should bring.
2. Players draw numbers to determine what order they will go in
Alternatively, someone can draw names/numbers from a hat, or the order can be set by the organizer prior to the event.
3. Players sit in a circle or line where they can see the gift pile
To make things easier, everyone should sit in the order in which they will take their turns.
4. The first player selects a gift from the pool and opens it
Make sure everyone can see the gift!
Now, this is where things get tricky.
When it’s your turn, you can either steal a gift that has already been opened or pick a new unwrapped gift from the pot.
There have been debates over how many times a gift can be stolen.
The game and any of it’s versions can be played many ways. However, there is only one original rule about the amount of steals. That rule is, that a gift can only be stolen ONCE per turn. Which means, players who have a gift stolen from them have to wait to get it back.
There are however, popular variations of these rules. Luckily, we are here to help you avoid any family drama. Follow these White Elephant Dos and Do Nots and you should have a very merry Christmas.