Lisa poined out that I hadn't posted information about the gifts I gave at work this Christmas. (For information on previous Christmases, start here and work your way backwards through the links.) So, without further ado, I present the work gifts of 2006!
Money is extra-tight this year, so I had to find ways of creatively stretching my gift-giving dollar. The centerpiece of the gift was something that I've never seen before this year: a battery-operated tea light! I bought over two dozen of them right before Halloween, and actually used several of them in candleholders to light up my steps for the Trick-or-Treaters. To hold the tea lights I also provided a wide variety of glass votive holders. This gift was given with diabolical intent: candles - open flames of any sort - are forbidden in our facility (except with a special "open flame permit"). I am envisioning a day when our safety officer comes drifting through and finds room after room where mood lighting is provided by a flickering LED "flame", and promptly freaks out.
Also included in the hunter-green gift bags (which I consider part of the gift!) are a chocolate lollipop from Diamond's Candy Shoppe in Nanticoke, a scratch-off lottery ticket, and a tangerine.
When I was growing up my mom would always put an orange in each of our Christmas stockings. I came to look forward to that orange each year. My mom told me that when she was a little girl sometimes an orange was all she and her brothers and sister would get on Christmas morning. I did some digging and found that oranges, tangerines, and other such fruits are traditional Christmas gifts throughout the world - a type of tangerine called a Satsuma actually helped save the world in the Doctor Who episode "The Christmas Invasion" (the first episode of the second season of the new series, and David Tennant's first full episode as the Doctor.)
So there you have it. Nothing fancy, nothing spectacular. No hours of work put into painstakingly handcrafting each gift as in previous years. Something simple, but something I think people enjoyed nevertheless.