Senators to Throw Secret Santa Party

Both Democrats and Republicans are in on the holiday gift exchange.

by Lesley Kennedy • Reporter

Despite the fact that many Americans believe Congress has been very naughty this year, U.S. senators are ready to spread a little holiday cheer—to one another. Yep, they’re crossing party lines and choosing Secret Santas.

The Washington Post reports Al Franken (D-Minn.), Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) and four others are planning the Senate’s first hush-hush gift swap, with 37 Democrats and 21 Republicans participating.

The Senate elves will adhere to a $10 spending limit, and they’ll reveal their presents at a December party.

“It is crucial the senators keep secret the identities of the senators they have chosen,” the Post reports organizers wrote of the exchange last week.

We say, revel in the spirit, senators. Maybe a Christmas miracle will come out of this, and you’ll figure out a way to get along. But we won’t hold our breath—or our eggnog—waiting for that to happen.

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First Published November 17, 2011

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