Decorating wasn't supposed to take me as long this year Due to that economic side trip earlier this fall, I decided to keep my decorating very simple. If it was good enough last year, it's going to have to be good enough this year.
How in the world redoing the same old thing can take so long is anyone's guess,
but it is.
but it is.
Today, I leave it all behind and head out for a little shopping adventure. I haven't had a lot of luck with my gift getting in East Podunk this year so I am tagging along with the husband for parts unknown.
I'm on the hunt for several gifts, not the least of which is a gift for an annual gift exchange. That gift swap is the reason for my ramble this morning.
I love gift swaps.
Over the years, I've participated in a lot of them with friends and coworkers. We've exchanged ornaments and mugs, swapped cookies and made recipes-in-a jar. One year, my Bible study group decided to keep it really simple and just exchange the recipe cards instead.
Better for the pocketbook and the waistline.
For nearly a decade, I've done a long distance gift exchange with a group of friends. Every year, we try to switch it up and do something a little different as an exchange theme. We're sort of a themey bunch.
We've sent gifts inspired by our states or locations.
Then, by the first letter of our last names.
And then by the first letter of our maiden names.
We might have done first names too; I can't remember. .
This year, our creative Exchange Queen has come up with a new idea. It has been so fun that I thought it was worth a yakabout. We're playing Christmas Scrabble.
Here's how it works. First we created scrabble list of all the words that can be made using the letters of our first and last names. (She furnished this online Scrabble Maker for those of us too lazy to scrabble it ourselves.) Then, we chose a word from the list as our theme inspiration. Doesn't that sound fun?
Yeah, I thought so too.
So I used that nifty little scrabble maker and scrabbled my name, and do you know what word came up first?
It was Babble.
I also had Babel.
So there you have it. Apparently, I'm living up to my name.
I would mention that the word bile was on my list as well, but some things should probably remain unyakked.
Not to worry, though. I have used my scrabble list to come up with an exchange theme which includes no bodily fluids. Since the intended recipient of my scrabbled Christmas has been known to read this blog, I can't share what I came up with just yet.
However, since the Christmas Scrabble game was such a boost of creative fun, I thought I'd pass along the idea to the rest of you.
And that's all I have for now. Somewhere in Georgia, there is a mall with my name written on it. So fellow Georgians, if you happen to see a confused blonde eating her way through the Babble Dabble Mall, please stop me and say hello.
In the meantime, how about you? Do you enjoy gift exchanges?
Care to share a creative theme from a gift exchange of your own?