That’s Some Pig!

You will never guess what I found at our local thrift store.

I turned around and there he was – just looking up at me and smiling.

Thats Some PigIsn’t he cute!

As soon as I saw him I instantly knew what his destiny would be. It was such an amazing idea that even my kids knew my plans for this little porker as soon as they laid eyes on him.

This guy was becoming a practical joke.

You may remember that my crazy and amazing family loves a good joke and we have a few floating around the family.

You may also remember that my family gets together over Labor Day to celebrate Christmas as a family. (This works well for our busy schedules and nobody has to drive in bad weather.)

One of our traditions is to hold a Christmas gift exchange.

My brother-in-law loves to kid around and he can really dish it out – so when we drew his name for our Christmas gift exchange – I knew I wanted to do something crazy.

Are you following me here?

Yep. That 18 inch wooden swine became his Christmas gift! We wrapped it all up really nice and presented it to him at our gift exchange.

You should have seen his face when he opened it! Priceless!

He was a good sport and named the piglet and even carried him around for a while just like a part of the family!

But don’t worry – it wasn’t the only gift we gave him.

Gift cardIt turns out that this wooden piggy makes an awesome and rather unique gift card holder!

And knowing my brother-in-law as I do – this may become a gift that keeps on giving.

I have a feeling we will see this pig again!

This Little Piggy…

“This little piggy went to market,

This little piggy stayed home,

This little piggy had roast beef,

This little piggy had none.

And this little piggy made the family laugh

‘he he he’ all the way home!

Meet our family practical joke!

Okay – maybe I better explain.

You see, I have a rather eccentric aunt who has a habit of watching the shopping networks late at night. She tends to buy things – interesting things.

One of her most memorable purchases was an 18 inch plastic Bubble Bunny that moved in circles while playing “It’s a Small World” and blowing bubbles.  It terrified small children.

So a few years ago when she moved from her apartment and gave my mom several boxes of stuff, we really had no idea what to expect. My Mom went through all the boxes and then shared some things with my sisters and I. There were some nice things in those boxes that we split between us  – and then there were the pigs.

We were speechless as we gazed in amazement at the ceramic momma sow with several nursing piglets. Then we burst into laughter.

Hmm…which one of us wants to put a lactating pig on our mantel piece?! I’m country – but not that country!

The more we looked at it – the more we laughed!

I’m not sure at that point how the legend got started – but the piggies disappeared soon after  that only to reappear, all wrapped up and under the Christmas tree.

We had a good laugh at my sister’s shocked face when she opened them.

A practical joke was born.

That sister hid them away for awhile until everyone forgot about them, then rewrapped them and gave them to another sister at a birthday party.

That sister in turn, re-wrapped them and gave them to a brother-in-law, who re-wrapped them and gave them to another family member… and on and on the joke continued.

These little piggies have made an appearance at birthdays, Christmas gatherings, graduation parties, and, for the first time last weekend, at a Bridal Shower.

Since I was the last recipient of the piglets, it was my honor to choose the next home for the little piggies. I thought it was the perfect to way to welcome a new family member – to include them in a family tradition. So I wrapped them up and gave them to my niece at her bridal shower.

I know – I’m such a good aunt! 🙂 (And yes – I did give her a real gift as well!)

I think my niece was honored. I’m not so sure about her fiance!

I doubt that momma pig will ever grace the mantel at their new home – but from the glint in my niece’s eye – I’m sure our family joke will live on.

Hmm…I wonder who’s next?