I have come up with a great idea for a December/Christmas exchange. For now, I am calling it The Stocking Swap. The premise is very simple, you make and stuff a stocking, then swap it for someone else's stocking in December. Simple!
"But that is just so boring."
"We've done that before."
"Why would I want to participate in that, especially since it's January."
I know, I hear your comments even as I type this. If that is all there was to it, then I would agree whole heartedly with you. Yes, it's a stocking swap, but it's more than that. It's a game and a challenge and you will get back a wonderful stocking full of surprises.
"Now, putting it like that, I am a little more interested, tell me more."
The game will be ongoing throughout the year and at the first of December you will send me your mailing address, (don't worry, I don't expect you to remember that far in advance, I will post on the blog when to send it to me) At that time, I will put the name of everyone who is playing, in a hopper and randomly assign who your swap person will be. (This way, only the people who are playing will make the exchange. You will definitely get a stocking and not get shafted if your "partner" decides to drop out) You won't know until it is time to make the exchange who you are making your stocking for. You may get a stocking from person B and send your stocking to person E. (So you have to be prepared for shipping costs if for example you live in California and your swap person lives in Virginia. However, your swap person may live next door to you, you never know. It all depends on who is playing) Similar to the Blocks of the Month "game" there will be something to add to the stocking every month. You will know what the addition to the stocking is before you start, so if you get behind, you can catch up or even work ahead if you know you are going to have an extremely busy month. It all has to be finished by the exchange day in December.
Okay, this is sounding interesting. Since I am going to know what I need to put into the stocking each month, I can work ahead if I find the perfect item. Or, if I get really busy during the summer months, I will still have a couple months to make those items I didn't get done during July. I'm with you, now what?
Now is the time to let me know if you might be interested so I can get a preliminary count of who might be joining in on the fun. If you want to wait until you know exactly what you will have to do each month, I understand. Sometimes it is better to be cautious than to just jump in feet first. My next post will have all the directions, etc. I am just trying to narrow down and finalize the list. I hope this interests you and you join in on the fun with me.