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Secret Santa Gifts for Our Favorite Texas Politicians

The U.S. Senate can't seem to agree on much these days, but that doesn't mean that the spirit of Christmas has escaped them. For the third year in a row, the Senate held its annual Secret Santa gift exchange.

Originally started by Minnesota Senator Al Franken, the gift exchange is a way for the usual partisan lines to be erased for one day of holiday fun and some good old-fashioned ribbing. West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin, for example, got Florida Republican Senator and headline maker Marco Rubio, a Republican; he gave him donkey and elephant figurines made out of coal. West Virginia is coal country, after all.

The maximum amount of money each Senator could spend was $15, but you can be pretty creative with $15.

How fun! It's nice to know that no matter the party line, government can still have a good time.

I thought it would be nice to give $15 Secret Santa gifts to some of our favorite state and local government officials, and wish them a happy holiday, Merry Christmas whatever it's being called these days.

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Abby Koenig
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