Join us for our slightly different time and play the Yankee Swap Game on Wednesday, 12/13/17 in the Visalia Library Blue Room at 6:30 pm.
The Yankee Swap Game: Participants draw numbers to determine their gift choice order, starting with one, up to the total number of participants.
Each person takes a turn choosing a gift. The #1 person picks a gift, opens it and shows it to the rest of the company. Then the number two participant picks a gift, choosing to either pick a new gift or to “steal” the first gift. When a gift is stolen, the person who had their gift taken from them gets to chose another wrapped gift and then the turn passes.
Since items can be stolen, the item in your possession is not yours until the game is over, or if you are the third person to “steal” it. After a gift has been stolen 3 times it is frozen and becomes the property of the third person to steal it. This helps the process go more smoothly (avoiding, for example, the hypothetical scenario of the same gift being stolen by every successive participant).
When all the gifts have been opened, the game is over. Afterward, some trading should be expected and is perfectly acceptable so that, as much as possible, everyone goes home with a gift they are happy with.