Senate Secret Santa

Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., has teamed up with Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., for Senate Secret Santa 2012.

Most members of the Senate are expected to participate in the gift exchange Monday night during the Senate’s holiday party. Last year, nearly two thirds of the Senate took part.

In the invitation to their colleagues, Johanns and Franken wrote that the event was “in the spirit of the upcoming holiday season and in order to promote bi-partisan comity.”

They urged everyone to participate and noted that if all 100 took part, by necessity a few of the Democrats would end up with the names of fellow Democrats.

“As we did last year, we considered the possibility that Independent Senators Sanders and Lieberman could simply gift each other, but decided once again that would ruin the suspense so crucial to any successful Secret Santa,” they wrote.

The gifts are not supposed to exceed $10 in value.

“The feelings of bonhomie and good cheer will be enhanced by eggnog and other holiday treats, including a fruitcake that the Senate kitchen started on two months ago,” according to the invitation.

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