Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Jeppson Family Reunion - Secret Pixies

C'mon slackers who haven't answered!!!!!


So, family members, remember how we did Secret Pixies sometimes when were growing up? For the in-laws, I will fill you in - every once in awhile during FHE, we would each draw another person's name. We then became their Secret Pixie for a week. We were supposed to do nice things for them or give them little (very little) gifts. The point was that we were supposed to think about them and be considerate towards them. We were supposed to find ways to make them happy, while keeping it a secret.
I was thinking that it might be fun to do Secret Pixies during the family reunion. What do you think? We could do it a number of ways. We could do it by family. We could do it for each individual person, adult or child. Or we could just have the cousins participate. I think it would be a nice way to get the cousins excited about the other cousins they don't know very well. We could make the assignments beforehand so that we could all come prepared (or even start beforehand by mail), and the pixie acts could take place the actual three days of the reunion. It would definitely be all about thoughtfulness and not material goods.


If we did it by family, it would probably be simplest and those without kids could still participate. Even if some of the family members weren't old enough to know what was going on, the other family members would.


If we did it with individuals or cousins, it would make it more personal and each child would probably be more excited about paying attention to and getting to know the person they are assigned to. However, it makes it more complicated and more work - especially since we will probably do most of the work ourselves as the parents. I think it might be hard for Levi and Audra to explain to their non-English-speaking kids too, whereas if it were their whole family doing it together it might be easier.


Then again, maybe I am getting carried away and none of you want to do it period! :o) Don't be afraid to say so - I am all for keeping things simple and this would definitely add one more thing onto our t0-do list.

10 comments:

Ash said...

I would love to do it! And I really think that doing it by family would be the best.

Linda, Mom and Granny said...

Pixies...another great family tradition! I like the family...make it simple.

James said...

Sounds like fun. Family level would probably be easiest, but that doesn't mean a family couldn't make their own assignments on an individual level as well.

Doing things ahead of time by mail could be tricky because the post mark would give things away. Maybe if we had a designated drop point for mail so we could preposition some of the little gifts instead of having to pack them in our luggage (the new airline rules are silly).

If we do this, we should have everyone do a quick likes/dislikes/collects summary, especially for the cousins. This would help spur some ideas of things to do/get.

Linda, Mom and Granny said...
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Linda, Mom and Granny said...

BTW, I LOVED the picture you posted...the Pixie house's hole is right around the corner...

Christie said...

James gave a long enough answer for the both of us ;p

Katie said...

You weren't one of the slackers I was referring to Christie. C'mon Aaron and Lindsey! It's not like you two are BUSY or anything ;) I know that Audra is in the mountains, so that is her excuse, and Sabina gave me an answer in person today.

It looks like it will probably be a family assignment. I can draw up the assignments in the next couple of days and give them by email - that way I will be the only one who won't be surprised.

Aaron said...

Sorry, but I try to stay away from the blogs as much as I can. Jamie drags me over every once in a while to comment or look at a picture. We're up for whatever you decide, but I think pixies would be fun.

Christie said...

Ok, I set it all up. Each family should have an email from Elfster. See my bog for more details.

lindsey said...

i was in colorado this weekend with the inlaws and the computer room was also lily's room... so anytime i had time to get on it was because lily was asleep and well you get the pics. sounds like you guys already decided. sounds good.