Sunday, November 30, 2008

gift exchange highlights

the 2008 gift exchange began with the usual, a pot-luck buffet.

james & brian martineau (with major assistance from ashley, peter, and others) created a fantastic hot seat ceremony that consisted of:

* a video introduction, set to the theme of "raiders of the lost ark" [uh, hot-seat], "starring harrison ford as albert martineau,"

* a procession of the lost hot-seat, after being re-covered,

* the "warming-up" of the hot-seat, and much, much more.

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below: gift exchange pictures, for historical purposes. ..i'll try to add more as they come in:
above: the kids escort brian, who is sitting on the (formerly) lost hot-seat (2008).

special note: "the chicken" was resurrected in 2008, and brian is pictured wearing it on his head during the procession. ..you'll see the chicken a few more times, later in this post, as various family members receive gifts.














below: the hot-seat, being warmed-up (2008)


below: james helps us to see the light























below: the pre-adults open gifts (note that the wrapping paper becomes part of the stage)













below: nick "graduates" into "adult-dumb" (which means that now he's part of the adult gift-making group). ..nick's gift was made by buddy.
below: stacy in the hot-seat (2008)



below: cheryl creates a mirror-effect
(gift engraved by james)
below: buddy, assisted by eric (drawing by john)
below: james gets blanketed (from jen)







below: ashley in the hot-seat





below: brian, kissing an art-festival frog (by tom)




below: jen, with a hand-carved bowl, etc.
(from cheryl)























below: rob, with a drawing of madison (by clare)
below: mike, with a hand-carved chess-set (by brian)


below: janet -- who made jerry "bow" to her -- as he presented a wood-burnt keepsake case that spells "janet" (forwards & backwards, upside-down & rightside-up).

below: john, with a drawing of his hand -- in the act of drawing his own logo
(by lenny)
below: lenny, with a wood burning of the book title "hidden treasures"
(by nick dunn)
below: tom, with a n.y. yankees clock
(by mike dunn)
Italic

below: clare, with a family photo album
(by mom)
below: gifts on display












below: pre/post gift exchange frenzy












4 comments:

  1. ohhhh. i get it now. you and your puns.

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  2. Thanks, James!

    It's been wild, trying to piece it all together! Let me know if there are any other typos :)

    Yeah, we've been calling it (the adults exchanging with adults) "adult-dumb" in a loving, punny way.

    :)

    Rumor has it that Jessica and Danny are ready to join the adult ranks next year!!

    Awesome!

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  3. A Quick Note:

    This year marked the 20th Anniversary of the Gift Exchange!

    xoxoxo, cd

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  4. 20 years of Gift Exchange memories!!
    :)
    It is hard to believe how quickly those years have flown by, and the number of laughs that we've had along the way!!
    :)
    Len

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