Tuesday, December 06, 2011

New tradition: Senator Santa?

CNN – Republicans and Democrats in the Senate may not agree on everything, but 58 of them are teaming up for one measure that doesn’t involve tax policy or budget showdowns: Christmas presents.

In what’s billed as the first-ever Senate “Secret Santa” gift exchange, the lawmakers are engaging in a rare bipartisan effort meant to bring a little more “jolly” to the halls of the chamber.

The terms?

Republicans drew names of Democrats – and vice versa – when the participating senators kicked off the tradition before Thanksgiving.

More Democrats (37) than Republicans (21) signed up, however, leaving some Democrats to give to each other when the participants exchange presents and reveal their identities at a holiday party in mid-December.

Gifts must be wrapped and cost no more than $10.

The effort was launched by Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota, who recalls becoming friends with a bully after drawing his name for the traditional gift exchange in grade school.

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