Longest White Elephant Gift Exchange Ever

Our Christmas tree at the Element Case holiday party
Our Christmas tree at the Element Case holiday party
While most normal humans enjoy gathering together with friends and family for holiday parties prior to the actual holidays, we at Element Case like to do things a bit differently. We decided to have our holiday party after all regularly-scheduled events, allowing us to continue the partying post-new year. This past Friday (January 5th) employees, friends, and families all gathered together at Element Case HQ for some food, drinks, and good times. Little did anyone know, a record was about to be broken. Drumroll please…

I am pleased to announce that the team at Element Case has set a personal record for the longest white elephant gift exchange ever.
White Elephant Gift Exchange: a popular holiday party game found primarily in North America. Generally, white elephant parties need a minimum of six participants. With a larger group, game play may be more protracted. White elephant parties have been known to result in playful rivalries between players trying to get sought after gifts. The goal of a white elephant party is usually to entertain rather than to gain. (Wikipedia)
For a short game summary, read below:

Person 1 called, present unwrapped, Houdini doll.
Person 2 called, present unwrapped, Hennessy.
Person 3 called, present steal!, Hennessy. Person 2 unwraps new present. 
…40 minutes later…
Person 23 called, present steal!, Houdini doll. Person 1 steals Forever lazy blanket thing. 
…1hr later…
Person 26 called, present unwrapped, Woman nutcracker.
Person 27 called, present steal!, Person 27 steals Remote control airplane. 
…1hr 30 minutes later…
Person 30 called, present unwrapped, game over and we’re all sober. 

Done. 1 hour, 30 minutes. Record set.

Although the game seemed quite long, it was probably one of the funnest events I’ve been to in a long time. Seeing all of the laughter and love in the room really does make you appreciate the culture of our company. The people who work for Element Case really care about each other, and it showed on Friday. The person who was picked 1st not only stayed until the end of the game, but she was cheering everyone on the entire time. That’s commitment. That is who we are. Our culture is our commitment to the people who matter: our families, friends, and you.

Thank you for being part of our New Year!

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