For years now my siblings and I have drawn names at Christmas. We were a large family and some sibling hit on the idea of drawing names at Christmas. Whether or not this sibling, who's identity is lost in the mists of history (perhaps it was even one of our parents who suggested it) did it because they did not have enough money to purchase every other sibling a present, or for whatever reason it has persisted for years.
Some years ago (eight? oh my...) I hit on the idea of putting up a web page that would fill in for the 'Name-Drawing-Hat'. Since that time it has worked all the intervening years except one where we decided to draw from a hat.
Year before last I even put together an open source project that you could download from a popular code sharing site and put together your own custom name drawing event.
Well this year the time has come to move this all to Google Apps and this post is one of many that will detail my progress to accomplish this. Keep watching this blog for updates on how it is going. Please feel free to comment and even join in with ideas.