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« on: July 12, 2009 04:38:09 PM »

Okay okay, so its a really long name for a swap, but it needed all those words to convey the real meaning.

Are you tired of being the only one with an almost empty stocking?

Do your kids look at you like "What did Mommy do to piss off Santa?"

Or are you going to be relatively without relatives this Holiday season? Why not fill a stocking for your fellow crafter who gets  gypped each year on the stocking front.

It might sound petty of me, but the child inside me (the one I let out regularly) looks at my stocking on Christmas morning and whimpers a little "how come me stocking is so empty?" the answer is I'm the one who puts the stocking stuffers together! I fill my families stockings full to OVERFLOWING with goodness and fun, which I love to do, but somehow each year my DH forgets that one little chore of filling mine. He does okay on the present front. Not great mind, but okay, except he forgets this area. My mom tries to help, but... well. I think it wold be more fun if I got to open some true surprises from some fantastic swapper.

The swap would have a lengthy form to fill out giving your partner a chance to have a good jumping off point and it would be a fairly large commitment. I think only 25% should be commercially purchased, including any and all food items. The rest should be hand made... we can decide on a number smalls for equalities sake and maybe a few mediums too, but all the items will have to be packaged so they can fit in a standard size stocking.

No stocking (unless you decide to do this with your partner outside the swap), just the filler. I am even toying with the idea of suggesting that we each give contact info for a responsible other (in my case my DH). Then ship to them so we can't peak before the big day. And we get to wake up in the morning to a fabulous surprise just like the kids  Smiley

To make this more open to any Holiday it might be fun to add a Hanuka and Kwanzaa option for those interested. Hanuka gifts are usually small anyhow, and Kwanzaa gifts are supposed to be hand made so its an easy fit.

What does anyone think? Anyone else up for it? I know its early for this, but I was thinking I would post sign ups in late September and have ship outs in early December.
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« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2009 04:47:27 PM »

I've been waiting for christmas swaps!!!!  EEEKK!!! yes!

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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2009 04:58:00 PM »

The question is, is this a problem you have? I mean I don't care if it is or not if you want in on the swap woohoo lets go, I am just curious as to whether I am alone in the problem or not.  Grin

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« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2009 06:18:29 PM »

HAHAHAHAHA - This one totally caught my eye.  I'd be game, although I think it's a little early.  But this fall, definitely.

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« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2009 06:36:44 PM »

my hubby definitely tries, but since he doesnt care for little things in general, he doesnt really get whole stocking filling job

but he does want to, i know that lol...

i would love to do this swap, and yea, i think we should have the packages sent to the person who will fill them, so we dont have the temptation to peak (though if you are sending to me, you must wrap them cos his skills are minimal and well, i always know what my presents are because i have to wrap them lol)

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« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2009 07:33:42 PM »

Oh, I think presents should always be wrapped. The fun of opening is half the fun! "What will this be?" and "guess what it is." Are really part of the present for me.

Mine tries too, but... he isn't very skilled is all. He and his family just don't gift give well. His mother used to be good at it, but when his dad left her on Christmas after nearly 40 years of marriage for her best friend no less she kind of stopped caring. She's getting back into now. She loves buying for our daughter... you would think she was the only grand daughter. She's not, she's the eighth (and there are 9 Great Grand children out there on that side). I have restarted him on giving gifts to his 3 remaining siblings just this previous year. We didn't have much, but it was fun to ship anyway. My swapping usually grinds to a halt around Christmas as I squish in all my present making last minute  Grin I am hoping this will help me get prepared. Cut out and put together like 13 of something and then just ship it out in every direction to family, friends, and friends I haven't yet met.

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« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2009 08:44:35 PM »

I would totally love to do this swap. Christmas is not my favorite time of year but the stocking is the best part of the day.... (and I promise I am not a grinch when it comes to others)!!!  I think this would be so much from to do this with others who know how great it can be!!!  I hope we do this one!

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« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2009 09:18:44 PM »

Mrs Scrooge is quite interested

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« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2009 09:27:07 PM »

I have never done a swap and I'm not sure how to, but this is a great idea!!  You hit the nail on the head!  I use to buy my own stocking stuffers so the kids wouldn't notice (after two years of nothing), but as the  kids got older I quit.

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« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2009 10:37:21 PM »

Me me me!!!  I am always so sad come Christmas morning when my stocking is empty or else filled with things that I put in myself.  The only thing my hubby has to buy for Christmas is my present and stocking but he always fails to do both Sad

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