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Brothers regift same sweets at Christmas for decades

The gift exchange started in 1987.

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A box of Santa’s Book of Candy (Ryan Wasson family photograph via AP)

A box of Santa’s Book of Candy (Ryan Wasson family photograph via AP)

A box of Santa’s Book of Candy (Ryan Wasson family photograph via AP)

Two brothers in New Hampshire in the US have got their Christmas regifting skills down to a fine art — they have been passing the same sweets back and forth for more than 30 years.

It started in 1987, when Ryan Wasson gave a Frankford Santa’s Candy Book with assorted fruit flavours to his brother, Eric Wasson, as a joke for Christmas, knowing that Eric would not like it.

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One time the gift was sewn inside a toy bear (Ryan Wasson family photograph via AP)

One time the gift was sewn inside a toy bear (Ryan Wasson family photograph via AP)

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One time the gift was sewn inside a toy bear (Ryan Wasson family photograph via AP)

“I didn’t eat them,” Eric said. “And so the next year I thought, ‘Hey, I think I’m going to give it back to him. He’ll never remember’.”

But Ryan immediately recognised it. They have been taking turns ever since, keeping a log of their exchanges.

Ryan said the candy has been frozen in a block of ice and put in Jell-O, adding: “He one time sewed it into a teddy bear.”

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The gift was once delivered as a dessert to Eric Wasson by a waitress (Ryan Wasson family photograph via AP)

The gift was once delivered as a dessert to Eric Wasson by a waitress (Ryan Wasson family photograph via AP)

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The gift was once delivered as a dessert to Eric Wasson by a waitress (Ryan Wasson family photograph via AP)

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The tradition has also involved family members, co-workers and even a sheriff’s department. Last year, it was presented to Ryan on a silver platter at a restaurant.

This year, Ryan turned to a group on social media for ideas.

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The gift the brothers keep exchanging (Ryan Wasson family photograph via AP)

The gift the brothers keep exchanging (Ryan Wasson family photograph via AP)

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The gift the brothers keep exchanging (Ryan Wasson family photograph via AP)

Suggestions included having it arrive via a pizza delivery or Christmas carol singers, hiding it in a book or cake, or holding a scavenger hunt with clues.

“If you ask which one has ever done the best as far as giving these, we’re both going to say it’s ourself, right?” said Ryan. “We’re never going to give in.”


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