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counting down.... Christmas preparations!

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counting down.... Christmas preparations!
Swap Coordinator:kittenred (contact)
Swap categories: Seasonal  Email 
Number of people in swap:8
Location:International
Type:Type 1: Electronic
Last day to signup/drop:October 14, 2011
Date items must be sent by:November 5, 2011
Number of swap partners:10
Description:

I thought it might be fun (and helpful) for everyone to share their hints, tips and tricks they use to help make preparing for Christmas easier.

I know you may all be thinking, "it's a holiday, it's supposed to be fun, not require military precision!" to that I say, yes it is fun, but Christmas can lead to the biggest spate of suicides each year, namely two weeks into the new year when all those credit card bills arrive, people freezing as they have put money for gifts above money for heating or depression for those who have spent the holidays alone, annoyed relatives because 'great uncle Milton' was forgotten off the card list, or upset children as they didn't get the toy they wanted (because daddy left his shopping to the last minute again and the shops were sold out) I work in retail, so I know how busy and stressed shoppers can be, and i know how many times despite the fact I work in a clothes shop have given instructions on how to do a turkey, or 12 different ways to wrap awkward shapes to the last minute, edge of closing on Christmas eve customers because they got desperate and brought vases for everyone (we also do have a tiny bit of home-wares too)

so, with all of this in mind, I thought we should share our advice, ideas and other snip-its to make this and next year's easier!

you will have 10 partners as this is an e-swap, and have to give a minimum of 2 suggestions (with the exception of top 5's) for each of the following topics:

)1) organising your Christmas card lists )2) organising your gift list )3) top 5 best places to buy gifts and why )4) Christmas crafts and hand-mades - do you do them? any suggestions to help those who are new to them? ones you would like to receive? )5) top 5 Christmas movies (for entertaining kids while you bake/gift wrap in another room, snuggling up with your partner to, or watching with pizza and friends or to pass the time while you're snowed in!) )6) Christmas trees - live tree maintenance, how to decorate, tree disaster stories, how to avoid things getting tangled, other tree thoughts )7) top 5 favourite Christmas songs (or carols for the more religious) )8) dream Christmas presents )9) what to do if you're alone on the day / what you would do for swappers who will be alone for the holiday )10) favourite Christmas story / poem / food

other things you'd like to be added - please comment below!

so that's 1 e-swap for 10 partners and 10 items to discuss! send time is during October so partners will have all of November to make use of the information shared! but if there is a high enough demand to bring dates forward, I will do!

newbies are welcome as I can angel this swap

content of email is sender's choice

the swap picture is not of me, and this swap is also being hosted in fun mail group.

Discussion

DixieDiane 09/ 9/2011 #

What a NICE idea-TKS for hosting this email swap :)

Chic 09/21/2011 #

Great idea for a swap. Just a note to the people I send to / recieve from: I will be leaving for a holiday abroad shortly after latest send date and won´t be back until last day of November, so if any questions please have patience for my reply :-D

kittenred 09/24/2011 #

if everybody sends promptly (ie. before November) then you should have time to rate them all @chic enjoy your holiday! I'd love to go away in Nov but can't as it's xmas rush at work! :)

Chic 09/27/2011 #

Thank you kittenred, I realized shortly after I wrote the comment that it was an electronical swap and not a posted letter, so that gives me plenty of time :-) Remember to take it easy even in work rushes :-)

InFlorida 11/ 8/2011 #

Oh I sent my emails (on time!) and forgot to mark it here! :/

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