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Peaceful Holidays Exchange

November 8, 2010

We all know the holidays are busy, but the best parts for me are the moments of togetherness, warmth, peace, calm, joy, anticipation…the moment when you sit down quietly in the afternoon with a blanket on your lap, a good book and a cup of tea, listening to some Bing Crosby. That is what I loved about the exchange I participated in last year that sparked this exchange. I picked up something to cross stitch for the first time and loved the time that I spent stitching quietly in the afternoon, listening to lovely music and thinking of all of the others in the exchange doing the same. Sitting and crafting something that brings you peace and that’s fun to share with others, sharing traditions that have deep meaning to each of our families. So, I’m so excited to announce the 2010 Peaceful Holidays Exchange!

What is the Peaceful Holidays Exchange?

A nod to the Holiday Traditions Exchange, a chance to enjoy and spread some love  through an exchange of handmade items and sharing the small, non-commercial things that bring you and your family peace and joy as you celebrate the holidays together.

In your package you will need to include:

-A handmade holiday decoration in any form that you love.

-Something small that brings you peace through the holiday season.  Music? A cup of tea? A recipe? A smell? A handwritten letter? Spending time doing something for others? Anything small that brings you a bit of happiness and joy.

-To carry on the original exchange tradition, share a “Tradition Tutorial” for something you do with your family that perpetuates the spirit of peace through the holidays.

  • From the original Holiday Traditions Exchange: “A “Tradition” Tutorial. This is description of one of your family’s special holiday traditions. If needed, you should provide step by step instructions. (For example, if your family makes graham cracker candy houses each year, you would provide more concrete instructions.) You might also consider sending along a couple of photos of the tradition in action.”

Important Details:

-The deadline for sign up is Friday, November 19 at Midnight EST. Names will be exchanged and drawn on Saturday, November 20 and no one will be able to be added after that happens.

-All packages must be postmarked by Monday, December 13.

-Please, please, please only sign up if you know that you will be able to participate!

-Make sure that you take pictures of what you’re sending before you send to your partner, then I’d love for you to share in the Peaceful Holidays Exchange Flickr Group.

To join the fun:

-Send me an email at peacefulholidaysexchange {at} gmail {dot} com letting me know that you’d like to participate.

-I’m going to use Elfster.com to orchestrate the pairing to minimize a bit of work for myself, so I will use your email address and send you an invitation to join the Elfster exchange group. Once you agree, you can sign up in Elfster. Make sure that you add your mailing address to your profile so that the person who gets you knows where to send the package! You might also like to include a link to your blog if you have one.

Best wishes for the loveliest holiday season! I can’t wait to see all of the creativeness!

~Lillian

p.s. I’d love to ask that as you think of this exchange and participate, please take a few extra minutes to send some thoughts of peace and love and comfort to Meg and her family.

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