Present giving has never been that central to the Christmas celebrated in my family – packages always has. Every year we play The Package Game. In The Package Game your goal is to end up with as many packages as possible. Traditionally, every family member will bring two packages. Each contains a small mystery item (or items). Finding the right item is half the game. It may not be expensive nor downright useless. On the other hand it should not be useful either unless it’s extremely ugly as well. Finding the perfect balance between repulsive and interesting is an art. Then comes the wrapping. Your package should not be giving itself away but it is considered good form if you are capable of making it appear as something it is not. It is customary to add fake weight to boxes or include items that will rattle, chime or make other sounds in order to obfuscate and – indeed – fascinate.