Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The great ameryllis exchange

Traditions are good things, right? Except perhaps when they signal that your parents may be losing their minds.

My parents get along very well with my MIL, and they exchange gifts at Christmas. Even though they see each other (we pack the MIL along with us for our drive down), they like to take care of things by mail order. Fine.

The MIL sends them an ameryllis bulb kit. Just add water, and a few weeks later you have a ginormous (usually) red flower. Fine.

And do you know what my parents send her? An ameryllis. Seriously. And what's really crazy is that both parties appear perfectly happy with this exchange.

Could they possibly skip the mailing and each buy themselves an ameryllis? Of course not! That's not the holiday spirit!!

Bring it on.

11 comments:

Jen Yu said...

you crack me up. my mom does this with her sisters, except instead of ameryllis bulbs, they exchange ginormous checks. whatevs...

Sabina said...

no comment...really, no comment...

NJDecorator said...

It's the thought that counts. And they tought about each other.

NJDecorator said...

Sorry, meant thought about each other not "tought".

Purple Flowers said...

It's hilarious, but it happens all the time, especially with the exchanging of checks or cash or gift cards.
But the same flower is entirely too funny!

KK said...

That actually is really cute! :)

ElleBee said...

Too cute! :)

Jackie said...

That is too funny! I need a gift for my neighbors so this post just gave me a great idea.

New York City Girl said...

That is straight up hysterical and stupid! i love it!

Deb said...

Maybe one was a candy cane striped amaryllis? Or, maybe they're losing it?

Ned said...

My parents and MIL do the same thing. MIL buys my Dad a can of VA peanuts, and my mom a Christmas bell ornament with the year on it. My poor mom is up to 13 bells...