What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Saturday, December 01, 2018

A Little Something for December: a Gift Exchange!


Happy December!  Since it is December 1st- how perfect to announce some fun Christmas shenanigans here at Renaissance.

I was making my morning cup of tea the other day (tea of choice: Bengal Spice) and, as usual, my teabag was the last bag in the box.  (Bengal Spice is a favorite with the children too.)  I went to throw the box away when it occurred to me that a cute little tea box would make a nice little surprise in a mailbox for someone.  And it was just the right size to fit lots of fun goodies!  Not too much pressure to become a burden but just right to make someone's day.

I immediately starting thinking I should surprise someone with a little gift.  Then I thought how much I too would like to be surprised with a little something in the mailbox!  And it occurred to me-

Why not host a little gift exchange here on the blog- for anyone else who might like a bit of Christmas cheer to brighten these wintry days?

Enter ..............    The Christmas Tea Exchange

Details............. This exchange is open for anyone who wants to play along.  I'll keep the sign ups open ONE week.  On the 7th of December, Elfster will pair everyone up and email you your secret friend.

(I have never hosted an exchange with Elfster before but I have participated in them- and it is very simple and handy to use.   You can even ask questions anonymously of your secret friend or add details about your own likes/dislikes on your profile to give (or get) a more personalized gift.  You do have to sign up your email address so they can send you the name of your partner.)

Packages must be mailed by December 21st to get to their destination by Christmas.  Please make sure that if you sign up- you follow through!!  I don't want anyone who has been promised a surprise to not receive one! 

Every surprise must be packaged in a tea box but does NOT have to be filled with tea! 

Some ideas for filling your box-

cuddly socks
hat or headwarmer
something handmade !!
twinkle lights
hair things/ jewelry
a pocketknife (Andrew suggested this-ha!)
card games

Of course, you can simply mail a brand new box of tea, as well. 

Anything at all you can fit in a box of tea- or any combination of things.

There is no end to the possibilities!

And don't forget a note or letter to introduce yourself~ sometimes the notes are the best of all.

There is no minimum cost of your package- a box of tea is just a few bucks.   Handmade goodies can't have a price put on them.  Besides- it's not how much something costs that makes it special, is it?!

I don't want anyone to not be able to participate because they can't afford it!  And I won't limit your gifts either- if you wanna bless someones' socks off- go for it!  Just make sure that your gift is something YOU wish you could receive and I know it will bring joy. 

I trust ya'll to make someone's day!

It's the little things that matter most.  This will be fun.


Elisabeth Leake said...

This does sound like fun. What a cute idea to use a tea box. I think I'll sign up.

Unknown said...

What a neat idea! I'm in!
Mrs. Bowen

Ulli said...

Love it, Rebecca! I'm in!

I already have an Elfster account. We use it yearly for my family gift exchange. My list is l-o-n-g, and I hope it doesn't confuse anyone into thinking the should choose from it. Please stress that they do not. I don't think anyting on the list fits into a tea box anyway. (We all keep running lists year round so we don't forget something we might be interested in.) Do you need our email addresses?

julie said...

Sounds like so much fun! I'm in!

Chris said...

I'm in too!!!

Full of Grace said...

Sounds like fun :) You know my email :)

Miranda Hupp said...

ME! I love stuff like this!

Rebecca said...

Glad so many are interested! Just to be clear- you have to sign up through the Elfster website- it's the yellow link in my post called O Christmas Tea. Though I am super grateful for the enthusiasm and the COMMENTS (woot woot!), they won't get your information in the exchange. Thanks everyone!

down to earth said...

great I'm in!!!

Mrs Abbott said...

I’m in! What is the link again?

Rebecca said...

It is in the post.... right by the Enter....