Thursday, October 17, 2013

Dear Santa, All I Want for Christmas ...

is a Secret Santa Swap!

Now, before we get started, I DO have to apologize.  I really DO NOT LIKE seeing all the Christmas displays that are out in stores already.  I mean, Costco started filling their Christmas aisle when I was doing back to school shopping!  Annoying.  I regularly avert my eyes and give the Christmas aisles a wide berth until around Veterans Day.  BUT ... crafting packages and mailing them out takes a bit of lead time.  So, I gotta open up registrations earlier than I would like to on a normal basis.

Register by: October 26
Mail between: November 5 and November 15

Your Secret Santa Swap package should be a minimum of $20 in value before postage, and include the following:

One Handmade APRON
Something to Read (book, magazine, poem)
Something for the Tree (garland, ornament, topper, skirt)
Holiday Goody (candy, cocoa, tea, coffee, chocolate)

Challenge: Include one gift for each letter needed to spell out a word from the season (SNOW, JOY, FAITH, LOVE, HOPE, GIFT, TREE, JESUS, STAR, SANTA, etc). We've done this the last several years and it is SO MUCH FUN!

Then, make this a special box -- gift wrapping, bows, the whole nine yards! Include a note identifying yourself with your email and blog address so your partner can contact you with her grateful thanks.   

Once again, I would like you to please copy the following questionnaire and post the answers on your blog for all other participants to see.  Include the badge picture with your post.  This is a great way to add traffic to your blog and make new friends!

then leave a comment below and post this questionnaire on your blog 

Shawnee's Secret Santa Apron Swap Questionnaire
  1. What are your hobbies?
  2. What are your favorite colors?
  3. Do you collect anything?
  4. Are you allergic to any fibers or animals?
  5. Do you have any pets?
  6. Coffee, Tea, or Chocolate?
  7. What do you like to read?
  8. Do you prefer Cookies or Candies as a sweet?
  9. What is your favorite holiday treat?
  10. Describe your favorite holiday tradition.
  11. Did you believe in Santa as a child?
  12. When do you open presents?
  13. Do you put up a tree and when?  If not, how do you celebrate?
  14. Does your tree have a theme?
  15. What has been your favorite gift to give?  to receive?
IF YOU ARE WILLING TO BRIGHTEN UP SOMEONE ELSE'S HOLIDAY, let me know.  I have a small list of gals who cannot participate that I would like to bless with a package this season.  Or, I encourage you to send an extra Secret Santa box to someone you know that needs some cheer this season and then tell us about your experience.

NEW SWAPPERS:  We all love making new friends, but swapping can be risky business.  I've tried various ways in the past to minimize the risk and one of the best ways I have found is to have new swappers send their first package to me and include postage so I can forward it to your partner.  This ends up costing you about $13 in postage (flat rate w/delivery confirmation) but is the fairest to all. If you're an experienced swapper but just not with me, just include some references when you register to forego the extra expense.
P.S. Those people who have signed up for swaps and HAVE NOT completed them or if you have been consistently late, then you are not able to participate this time. There are some exceptions to this rule (I mean, I've had a pro make my aprons before when I got overwhelmed, so I get it), such as the person contacting both me and her partner with their extenuating circumstances or someone dropping out early and my ability to fill their spot in time. I understand that things come up but I don't want anyone disappointed, especially at this time of year. If you owe someone a package and REALLY want to participate, you would need to send me your overdue package to forward in order to be eligible to sign up this year.


  1. I signed up for The Secret Santa Swap!! Yeah!! Looking for some fun!!

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  3. I'm registered! Thank you so much Shawnee!

  4. Sign me up, Last year was a lot of fun

  5. Where do you want us to post our answers for the questions? Thanks

  6. Thanks for hosting another awesome swap, this is my favorite. Since it's a week before Halloween...Happy Holiday Ladies!!!

  7. Nothing like leaving it till the 11th hour! But I am signed up....and being tired will wait till tomorrow to post answers to questionnaire on my blog! Looking forward to some Christmas fun!

  8. Have we been assigned partners yet? I'm worried that I have missed an email?

  9. whew! I am happy to I am not the only one,,, (Jennifer)... I started to panic when I realized I had not received a swap name yet. :>)
    I had better get to crackin' cuz 11/5 is not far off!


Welcome Apronistas -- I appreciate your lovely comments!!