The Mountains of Instead

Championing fiction as an escape from pandemics, politics and bad TV.

Christmas Time is (nearly) Here, By Golly

While trawling through my neglected Google reader today, I was delighted to come across a post concerning the Book Blogger Holiday Swap. I instantly assumed that it would be US only, but NO! It's international, so we can all take part.

The idea is basically that of a huge, international Secret Santa. If you sign up, you will be assigned a blogger who you can then send a small Christmas package to.  This could be a book or it could be something completely different.  The idea is not to spend a lot of money but to brighten someone's day in the run up to the festive season.  And while it is international, you can ask to only send within your own country so the cost really can be minimal.

You can read more about it here and there is also an extensive FAQ section.

It's one of the nicest ideas that I have come across since blogging. I understand that last year there were some issues with people not receiving gifts but really, who gives to receive?  Personally, I'm looking forward to putting together a small yet magical package for someone I don't know with the express purpose of putting a smile on their face. That, to me, is exactly what Christmas is all about.

Ho! Ho! Ho!  


I love putting together packages for my secret santas, and I do admit to going a little overboard. Sadly, I always seem to draw the short end of the stick in these exchanges and get a santa who just decides they'd rather receive than give. I even saw some people bragging last year about how they got great stuff but didn't send anything themselves. That kind of sucks the fun out of things, imho. But hey, I'm an optimist, so I am still joining this year!
Oh, I'm definitely game for this! I absolutely love the idea and really enjoy surprising people :) Thanks for spotlighting this - I would never have known about this otherwise!
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