Nov 23, 2007

The Blogger Christmas Exchange – An Idea


Edit: Click here for a list of participants (and if you've signed up, please make sure you're on it).


Over the years I have participated in many Secret Santa exchanges in message boards and other online communities, and today I was thinking that it would be fun to organize one within the book blogging community. Here’s how it works: Each participant is randomly assigned as another participant’s Secret Santa, and they are also assigned as somebody else’s “Santee”. What you have to do is send your person a little something – it can be a book, a pretty journal or bookmark, a box of homemade Christmas cookies, a Christmas mixed CD, or whatever else you can think of. Nothing pricey, of course. Second hand books are perfectly acceptable, as are homemade gifts. And of course, it should be something light, so it doesn’t cost a fortune to mail. Each person won’t know who their Secret Santa is until they get their package in the mail.

So, what do you guys think? Would you be interested? If so, I’d be really thankful if you could spread the words in your blogs – the more participants we have, the more fun it’ll be.

I know there’s more than a month to go until Christmas, but the mail can be very slow around this time of the year, so for the packages to arrive in time I was thinking of having them all sent out by Friday the 7th of December. So anyone who wants to sign up for this should do so by Friday, the 23rd of November. Just send me an e-mail to untuneric at gmail dot com saying you want to participate, and include your mailing address, so I can give it to your Secret Santa.

Now, the person you will be giving a little present to will not necessarily be a blogger you know well – and getting to know new bloggers is part of the fun here. But because we all want to give our “Santees” something they will enjoy, I encourage you all to include in your e-mail a short paragraph about what kind of things you like. I will then forward that to your Secret Santa, so that they have an idea of what to give you.

I really hope people are interested in this. Like I said, I’ve done it in the past and I promise it’s a lot of fun. If anyone has any suggestions on how to organize it better, they are more than welcome.

30 comments:

  1. YAY!! You're the best for organizing this Nymeth :D This is going to be so much fun. I'm definitely in. I'll send you an email. Such a great idea!!! Can't wait to get my blogger!

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  2. What a cool idea!! I love Christmas and Secret Santa's! If you do organize it, I'm in!

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  3. Chris: Got your e-mail! I'm very glad you're in :D

    Stephanie: I am doing it! As long as we get enough people to make it work, that is. I think that around 6 would be enough, but the more the merrier. Can I count you in?

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  4. What a great idea! I've sent off an email (hopefully, my spam blocker won't go hyper-active), and I'll pass along the word.

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  5. what a brilliant idea! i'm in!! :)

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  6. Melissa: Got your e-mail! Thanks for joining :)

    Jean Pierre: Yay! I'm glad you're in!

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  7. I'm definitely getting in on this. I've sent you my e-mail.

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  8. Looks like you already have your minimum number of participants! I'm in, too.

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  9. I'm in! Will email you shortly.

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  10. Hey, this sounds like a good idea. Thanks for making the effort to organise this. I'll help spread the word.

    Meanwhile, count me in. Will email you.

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  11. Thanks for joining, everyone!

    Dewey, Dark Orpheus and Court, I got your e-mails. And Dewey, yup... we have 9 participants so far, which is enough to have some degree of suspense about who each person's Secret Santa will be :P So this is definitely going ahead!

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  12. I think this sounds fun too. Count me in! (I will send you an email shortly!)

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  13. I'll send you an email, but YES, I'm definitely in!! I just posted it on my blog today! !

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  14. OK...scratch that!! I can't find your email addy, so here is mine:

    stoland at ameritech dot net. You can send me an email!!

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  15. This sounds like so much fun. Please count me in. I will send you an e-mail.

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  16. Ok, I have signed up and sent an email! This sounds like so much fun!

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  17. Please count me in too! I've posted a link to you on my blog and have sent you my e-mail. YAY!

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  18. Sounds good. Count me in! I've e-mailed you and put a link to my blog. Thanks for the great idea.

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  19. Saw a link to this on another blog. I think it is an awesome idea and would love to participate! I'll get an e-mail out to you.

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  20. Sounds like a lot of fun! I'm going to post a link on my blog and just sent you an email!

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  21. I love this idea!!!I love presents, give and receive them so..:)
    and It'll be so exciting to get an extra unknown present in the post!!!

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  22. This sounds like so much fun! I would love to join in!

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  23. How fun! Please count me in, too. I've sent you an email with my mailing address, and I'll post something on my blog soon.

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  24. Hey Nymeth, I just emailed you my details so please sign me up. Looking forward to it :)

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  25. Oh Nymeth, what a fun idea! Count me in...I'm off to e-mail you immediately.

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  26. My country's (well, not exactly mine, hahaha) unreliable postal system notwithstanding, this sounds like fun!

    Will email you in a bit.

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  27. This sounds like soo much fun but I just don't have any money to spare! Ah well maybe next year.

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  28. I hope you got my email for the exchange.

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