2016 U.S. Food Blogger Christmas Gift Swap

I know, I know, I know!!!  Please dont judge…I feel your disbelief that here we are talking about Christmas already, but truthfully, there’s only about 12 more weeks until Christmas!  12 WEEKS PEOPLE!!!  86 days to be exact!  Egads!  Do you know how fast that’s going to go?  And how much we all have to do in those next 12 weeks?  This is not the time for complacency…we’ve got things to do, places to go, people to see, food to cook, presents to buy, blog posts to write…the list goes on and on!  

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But Christmas is not called THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR for nothing!  Personally I think the reason I love Christmas is because I love to give to others!  There is something so special about sharing – whether it’s a gift of your time, your talents, or something you’ve carefully chosen, purchased, and wrapped for a loved one or special friend – giving makes us feel good!  And people who feel good are happier people.  Honestly – the world is not the happiest place right now, so we could all use an extra dose of happiness to spread around this year!  

Anyway, when I found about this 2016 Food Blogger Christmas Gift Swap, I was a little intrigued.  And a little skeptical as well.  I sometimes tend to shy away from getting involved in group activities like this.  It’s the extroverted-introvert in me…I wanted to participate, but I was unsure because I’m a new blogger and my blog is tiny…just a baby and I struggle to get page views.  But then I thought – hey!  They said everyone was welcome, they said you didn’t have to have a huge following for your blog – and that it didn’t even have to be a blog strictly focused on food and cooking!  So finally I thought, yep!  This is something I want to do, and honestly I’m super excited about it and can’t wait to see who I get matched with.  I’m hoping to make some long term connections with other bloggers – and that, friends, is the biggest gift of all – the opportunity to connect with folks whom I admire and respect!  

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Only 86 more days people…..86!!!  If you wait til tomorrow it’ll only be 85, then 84, then…well…you all know how countdowns work!  But the time is short – they’ve opened it up to only 100 bloggers, and wouldn’t it suck to be number 101?!?  Today is the day to make the decision to sign up.  The rules are simple, the dollar amount is minimal – $25.00 is the limit, and it can be a purchased gift or homemade/home baked.  All they ask is to please be careful to check that there are no food allergy issues if you give a gift of food!  You’re application to participate must be received by November 1st.  Your blogger gift exchange partner will be announced no later than November 8th.  And the gifts must be mailed by December 17th to assure arrival by Christmas.  Easy, right?  

img_4503Please dont hesitate to join in as well! We’d love to have you!  Please go here to learn more, get all your questions answered, and to sign up! This is the original blog post I saw from Valerie at The Kitchen Revival and she can answer any questions you might have!  ‘Tis the season to be joyful, so lets spread a little joy amongst ourselves and have fun with this – cause the thing about joy – it’s contagious! 

Merry Christmas…86 days early!

 

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