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.