Monday, November 17, 2008

Oh the WHO-manity!

(The First Annual All-Blogger Non-Virtual Secret Santa Exchange)

Now that the Hallowe’en candies have all been eaten, it’s time to concentrate on the next big holiday that is not Grey Cup or American Thanksgiving. Try to deny it all you like, but you know Christmas is fast approaching. So before you start getting dragged off to mind-numbingly boring office parties or over to your next door neighbour’s place where you will be forced to make small talk in a living room that smells of hamster bedding while you participate in your block’s annual burnt cookie exchange, we’d like to invite you to observe the season with something that’s actually fun.

Sean of Everything is Pop and Barbara of Bad Tempered Zombie have been musing lately about the delightful and clever bloggers that we have been fortunate enough to become friends with over the years, and how much fun it would be to hang out with everybody over the holidays. But since our table-top cloning machines are currently in for repairs, showing up at everybody’s house with a couple of bottles of wine and a sleeping bag is not an option.

But we can invite you to participate in a Secret Santa exchange.

And since we are both a little music-obsessed and abhor going into stores at the best of times, let alone during the nutty season, we’d like to put two conditions on this exchange. Gifts must be music-themed and they must be handcrafted. How that manifests itself is completely dependent on how Santa interprets it.

For example, your gift could certainly be a mix cd or dvd, but it could also be a song written for the giftee, or a painting, or a story, or a collection of poems. You might put together a collage of photos of your giftee’s favourite band, or even build them a musical instrument. The possibilities are endless. Just be creative! At the end of this we’ll throw a blog on the virtual fire and marvel at one another’s clever handiwork. (Do feel free to include some delicious bonbons to round out your special package as well as most of our Hallowe’en supplies have long since been picked over.)

If you would like to join us, just email us your mailing addresses before midnight on Thursday, November 27/08. We will randomly match up the participants and send you the particulars that weekend. You have to promise to send your parcels out in a timely fashion, though, so that they will arrive during the holiday season, not mid February or something lame like that.

You don’t want to miss out on this, and you only have ten days to get in on the action, so send your mailing address to either:

Sean (sean dot thisispop at gmail dot com)

or

Barbara (bbruederlin at shaw dot ca)

We hope you’ll join us. It won’t be any fun without you.

11 comments:

Deb said...

I'm considering this (although the recipient of my gift might be somewhat disappointed...what can I make besides a mess?).

Just noticed DeVotchKa in your links....Linds recently introduced me to them. Man, you kids are cool.

Deb said...

Oh and GO STAMPS (although, if I remember correctly, you're a Rider fan?)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You should join, Deb, I'll bet you will surprise yourself. Wouldn't be the same without you ...
Oooh DeVotchKa kust starting playing, how surreal is that? Aren't they wonderful, I'm really hoping they play the folk festival sometime.

Bombers actually, but I do have admiration for the Riders and of course will be cheering on the Stamps. Wouldn't an Edmonton/Calgary Grey Cup have been weird and wonderful?

allison said...

A very inspired idea!

I don't think I would make it for the deadline though. I'm horrible with that. Case in point: your birthday present sits wrapped in my room still. Things to improve on for the new year. :)

Bridget Jones said...

What a great idea!!! yeppir count me in!!!

I'm a Rider fan too but they don't live here anymore....

Barbara Bruederlin said...

hahaha it's just like my brother giving me my Christmas present in October! I totally respect your ability to know when to say no, Al. But if you change your mind, you know where to find us.

Yay, Bridget! Glad you are joining in. It's going to be awesome.
I miss having two Rider teams in the CFL. It's what made us Canadian.

hahaha my wv is "funshist"! This pleases me.

Ruh said...

THIS IS AN AMAZING IDEA!! I am totally emailing you right now.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Good stuff, Ruh! Glad you are joining in the festivities!

BeckEye said...

Yay! This sounds like fun!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Are you in Beckeye? Can I throw your name into the Santa hat?

Ruh said...

So when do we get our assignments? I am excited!!