Monday, December 17, 2018

Christmas Ornament Swap




Stephanie, over at The Enchanting Rose blog,
 hosted a Christmas ornament swap this year.
A warm thanks to you, Stephanie.

The rules were easy - buy or make a Christmas ornament and send it, 
along with a few little surprises, to someone you are randomly paired up with.
In return, you receive an ornament 
by someone who was randomly paired up with you.

So, double the fun - gifting and receiving.
And, more importantly, you make two new friends.

This was the generous gift sent to me by
Debby R., over at My Favorite Things blog.
Debby is a gifted writer and photographer,
and her blog is a reflection of her -
genuine, down-to-earth,
welcoming.

The packaging on her gift was so beautiful,
I hated to tear it.

Ah, but the goodies inside - the Hallmark keepsake ornament,
warm happy socks and some delicious hot chocolate (& lots of Christmas confetti).
Thank you, Debby!

Received from Debby R. in North Carolina


This is what I sent to Deb B. in Michigan.
Deb does not have a blog, but through e-mail we discovered we have quite a lot in common.

Deb shared how she celebrated Christmas with family and friends,
and spoke of her love of living in a big old farmhouse.

Sent to Deb B in Michigan 

It would be more interesting to show these gifts on and under a Christmas tree,
but the tree isn't going up until tomorrow.  
A little late getting in gear this year...




38 comments:

  1. These gifts are so fabulous, wow.

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    1. Thanks, Christine. This was more fun than I thought it would be.

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  2. How cool is that? What a nice idea!

    We're running late this year, too. Ours isn't going up until Saturday. We did go to a fun Christmas concert yesterday though.

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    1. Thanks, Candy. I feel better now :), though a Christmas concert counts.

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  3. Good evening, my friend! I am ever so glad you joined the swap and what a joy to see what you sent and received. Everything is just beautiful!

    I hope you have a most blessed Christmas, dear Chris. Love and hugs to you!

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    1. Thank you, Stephanie, and thank you very much for hosting the swap. Meeting Deb and Debby were the best things about the exchange.
      Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas, too. Love and hugs back!

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  4. What a wonderful idea. And a great way to make new friends too.

    God bless you always, Chris.

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    1. Thank you, Victor. Making the new friends was the best part.
      May God bless YOU always :)

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  5. Chris what beautiful gifts received and sent. I visit Stephanie's blog but have never participated in an exchange. Sounds like a delightful way to make new friends. Hope you are having a great day. Hugs!

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    1. Thanks, Debbie. I kept meaning to participate in the tea cup exchange, but never did.
      If Stephanie offers to host the swap next year, hope you are able to take part. It's really fun.

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  6. Such sweet gifts-you've displayed them beautifully for the photos. Merry Christmas!

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  7. Awww...I adore that cute little deer ornament and your other lovely goodies! And thank you so much for your kind words as well. I see you have two new "Deb" friends...how wonderful! Time's a wastin', Chris...you better get that tree up! :D

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    1. Got it up, Debby :)
      Thanks for coming over to say hi.

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  8. nice things you received and sent :) looks like a secret santa that worked instead of one where you get tat :p

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer. It was really nice to participate in it.

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  9. What a wonderful Holiday tradition! Beautiful!

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    1. Thanks, Carol. Stephanie did a great job organizing the swap - lots of work for her.

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  10. This is such a lovely heartwarming Holiday tradition! You're a born Christmas elf Chris!! xx

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  11. Santa has been extra busy this year LOL , what a lovely Christmas idea !

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    1. Yes, he has been busy :)
      And it was a great Christmas idea. Would be fun to do it among artists, too!

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  12. You certainly have received a beautiful gift from Debby, and she is a sweet heart!!
    Your gift for your recipient is lovely.

    Merry Christmas~

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    1. Thank you very much, Debbie.
      I'm so happy to meet you :)
      Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  13. Gorgeous gifts, Chris! Great idea to have a swap!

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    1. Thanks, Judy.
      Yes, Stephanie had a great idea :) It was lots of fun!

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  14. How lovely to exchange gifts with blogging friends dear Chris:)

    Hugs are equally charming

    Deepening the love and friendship through she cute memes is beautiful tradition.

    Lots of love and blessings and may you have wonderful peaceful Christmas with family my friend!

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    1. Thank you, Baili. Hope you are having a wonderful reunion!
      God bless you and your family! Hugs :)

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  15. Great gifts! Such a warm feeling to give this time of year. It's wonderful that the internet helps us connect with others in this way. Happy Holidays!

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    1. Yes, Pattie, it was a great experience, especially making new blogging buddies.
      Merry Christmas!!

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  16. Merry Christmas Chris! Also, may the new year bring much success with your artistic endeavors!

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    1. Merry Christmas, Teri! Wishing the same for you :)

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  17. Merry Christmas Chris, beautiful details and beautiful memories.
    my best wishes for the whole family.
    Regards.,

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    1. Thank you, Jose. Merry Christmas to you and your family & wishing you a safe, healthy & very happy new year!

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  18. Merry Christmas, Chris! Thank you very much for the interesting and heartwarming post. I hope we will share things, give something and maintain goodwill all the time like Christmas. Best wishes, Sadami

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  19. Such a wonderful swap.
    So nice to see the beautiful gifts received and sent.

    All the best Jan

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  20. Hi very good blog
    Thank for sharing such a valuable information
    Sajjao

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