Best Gag Gift Ever
Christmas was really fun this year.
One of the things that made it so great is a family tradition that has been observed for several years.
It’s this gag gift that keeps getting recirculated each time the gifts are opened at Christmas.
I think it is the best gag gift ever. It’s a framed picture of my cousin’s artwork that he did when he was around 6-7 years old.
It has brown stains on it which are hard to see but believe me, they are there.
You can see he has his name, Eric, on it, but for the life of me, I can’t figure out what the blue part is.
I think it may be a flag.
Possibly, a flag of surrender. He was wise to give up and call it quits at such a young age.
I think he realized early on that his calling was not in the arts.
Rules That Come With the Best Gag Gift Ever
This picture is definitely something of an albatross when you get it at Christmas because there are all sorts of display rules that go with it.
The rules are as follows:
1.) After receiving the picture at Christmas, it has to be hung on the wall for a year and then brought back the following Christmas wrapped for the next person (victim) to receive.
2.) The picture has to be hung in a place of prominence (not the closet) and posted on Facebook as proof of compliance.
As you can see, there is an element of public humiliation tied to this lovely artwork.
It’s kinda like the lump of coal in your stocking, only on steroids.
How the Best Gag Gift Ever Started
It was originally a gift from my aunt to my cousin in 2012.
I know she meant well by it, but my cousin probably didn’t have quite the same feelings that his mother did.
Maybe a gift card or cash was what he was expecting for Christmas.
But not a framed picture of something he made when he was little.Even though it is a bit rough looking, I can see how my aunt would want to lovingly frame it for him.
It is sentimental…but only to my aunt.
My cousin, being the prankster that he is, decided not to let the thing die a quiet death.
He had to revive the old carcass and put it back into the Christmas gifts the following year.
It’s now been recirculated for about 4 years and has become a family tradition. The recipients even have their names proudly enshrined on the back of it.
The Best Gag Gift Ever Lost!
Just a couple of weeks ago, we celebrated Christmas 2017 with the family.
My sister who received the gag gift Christmas 2016 announced that the gag gift was lost.
She then proceeded to say that when she finds it, she is giving it to me.
What?? Really?? Who? Me??
What’s funny is that she was supposed to have this picture hanging on her wall in her house all year-long since that is part of the deal.
Now it’s “lost.”
How do you lose a picture on the wall within a year?
I smell a rat!
Suddenly, this is becoming an important detail to me.
One worth drilling into.
How did the Best Gag Gift Ever “Get Lost”?
What I want to know is how did the best gag gift ever mysteriously “got lost”?
My sister said she had it hanging in the hall but she had to take it down because she’s “remodeling the bathroom.”
And that was back in October 2017 so it’s been off the wall for 3 months. She is supposed to keep it up until Christmas 2017.
What I want to know is how the hall affected the bathroom remodel?
Let me see.. the workers might accidentally “break the picture” when they are “walking” down the hall to the bathroom.
Or the water from the bathroom might spew 10 feet out, turn a corner into the hall, and damage the picture frame. (Kinda like the magic bullet theory)
I don’t know, maybe she was thinking the workers would be tempted to take it for themselves.
(It is a priceless work of art.)
Whatever the reason, I admire her concern for the family heirloom.
I know she probably wrapped it up and put it in a safe place to protect it.
That was so thoughtful of her.
The Best Gag Gift Ever Was Mysteriously “Found”
What is even more interesting about this whole unfortunate event is that my sister “found” the picture 2 days after Christmas.
It just magically reappeared. (Amazing timing, huh?)
Her son (my nephew) actually found it in his closet when he was home visiting. It was “just in time” to give it to me. (I will have to personally thank him…)
I know both of them wanted to make sure I could enjoy it the full year.
Maybe my sister should keep it another year since it did not hang the full-time on the wall.
I feel really bad taking it from her. I wouldn’t want to deny her the full allotted time.
The Best Gag Gift Ever Given Over
To add insult to injury, the way I received the best gag gift ever has its own story.
My sister texted me after Christmas that my aunt was leaving town soon.
Everyone was getting together to have breakfast and say goodbye.
I fell for it hook, line, and sinker.
I showed up for breakfast which was fun, and we did tell my aunt goodbye.
But…at the end of the breakfast, my sister pulled the picture out. What???
I had been bamboozled. Hoodwinked. Duped.
The breakfast was to present me with the gag gift.
This “thing” was now officially mine-for a year.
I was suddenly hit with all sorts of fears like, ” I have to actually post this on Facebook?” and, “No one is going to believe I think this is awful.”
I do have to admit though, it is the best gag gift ever. They really got me. Touche’.
The “Laura Clause”
I was thinking about all the rules regarding this picture, and I have come up with the “Laura clause” to get me out of the full year.
You can blame my sister for this.
The “Laura clause” is an addendum to the rule which states that “whenever there is an event that might cause disruption to the picture, said picture can be removed from the wall and put in a safe place.”
This could include, but, not only, remodeling, parties, friends coming over, special occasions, and any other momentous events remotely worth celebrating. Trash day?
What can I say? It’s a slippery slope.
Or, better yet, my cousin could enforce the rules and make her hang it the full year in which case, I don’t get it until like…April?
Either way, I win!
I Like the Gag Gift
Secretly, I’m glad I have the gag gift.
Since it is the best gag gift ever, I’m going to proudly display it in the hall. (not the living room)
The picture reminds me I am loved. Which I believe was the original intent when it was first given by my aunt to my cousin.
What a fun way to be included in the family.
I was actually honored to receive it.
It’s moments like this that create fun family traditions and give us memories to laugh about for years to come.
Thanks, Eric, Laura, and Cynthia for having such a wonderful sense of humor and making me feel loved.
And thank you, Cynthia, for treating us to breakfast. (She must have felt guilty.)
But this is not over.
There may be coal in your stocking next year. And “other” gifts.
What traditions do you have?
Consider a gag gift. It is really fun!
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