Get holly and jolly — and join some holiday swaps!

Maybe I’m feeling flush with cash — or am just completely insane. (Probably the latter, as the former isn’t quite accurate.) Either way, I’m definitely getting into the holiday spirit early this year by participating in not one but four holiday swaps, all designed to spread good cheer to fellow bookish friends and bloggers! I had such a great time last year (and met Andi!) that I knew I had to get involved in 2010.

It’s just, you know. I can’t do anything halfway.

In addition to the Book Blogger Holiday Swap, the Broke and Bookish Secret Santa and The Neverending Shelf’s Booklovers Secret Santa, I’m going to be getting even more up close and personal with my local post office. Plus, I’m participating in a Book Bloggers Holiday Card Exchange — and will soon be offering holiday cards to write meg! visitors (details to follow!).

Yes, friends, it’s going to be a very merry holiday. Receiving boxes in the mail is tons of fun, yes, and I can’t quite express my level of excitement over getting last year’s package, but more than that is the joy of giving a gift — of figuring out what my Santee will enjoy, then getting a beautiful bundle all ready to mail to them. Mail is an obsession of mine. I mean, I send approximately 10 billion postcards a week to Postcrossing users and have joined book swap programs like BookMooch. It’s just . . . fun.

Sign ups for all four activities are still open — so jump in and participate! If money is tight, no worries at all; sign up for the holiday card exchange. You’ll pay just the cost of a card (a few dollars) and a stamp (44 cents, or 98 cents if headed to an international locale). It’ll be rewarding, promise.


Secret Santa drops by!

To say I was excited when I walked in the door yesterday and saw a giant box sitting on the counter would be a terrible understatement! I was practically dancing from foot to foot, dying to crack it open . . . but I wanted to make the suspense last, too.

It was my box of goodies from my Secret Santa, part of the Book Blogger Holiday Swap in which I participated this year! And, apparently, I’ve been a very good girl this year (I have, by the way). My fantastic Santa sent me two books by Elizabeth Scott — Love You, Hate You, Miss You and Stealing Heaven, both on my wishlist! In addition to the books, I opened a gorgeous red mug filled with candy (mmm, bite-sized Snickers!), a pink “to do” list, pink Post-It notes with really cute patterns (love it) and a container of paperclips and really cute office supplies!

Santa, you know me too well — and you were so very, very generous. Thank you so much — I love everything! Though she remained a mystery at first, my Secret Santa this year was the very sweet Andi of Estella’s Revenge — who, coincidentally, was my Santee! We got each other! Too fun. Merry Christmas!