When my children were little we played a game called "I love you more than...". It involved making a long list and alternatingly adding an item. The aim was to memorise the list. If you failed to remember the list, then you didn't love enough!! It is the same principle as "my aunt packed in her trunk...". By tradition, we always started with "I love you more than all the tea in china ... and the hairs on my head and the grass in the meadow and so on ...."
"I Love You More Than...,"
Word Ways: Vol. 41
, Article 18.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol41/iss2/18