Irish Fireside Secret Santa

It should be no surprise that I celebrate Christmas. This year's was great. Really really great. I'm here this morning to share a small piece of it.

Do you know the Irish Fireside? It's a great website and podcast dedicated to Ireland. I've been a listener for years. I just love it. 

Last year the guys at Irish Fireside, Corey and Liam, put together a Secret Santa exchange. I participated, and it was kind of fun but kind of not. I was really excited about the gift I'd sent to my person, but I never heard from her. No response to my emails, no thank you note. It was a real let-down. But that didn't stop me from playing along this year, and I'm so happy I did. 

My gift-giver is a lady in Texas named Judy, who is a crocheter. In her card to me, she mentioned that she crochets things to send to a nun friend of hers in Ireland who sells them for the orphanage (at least, I think that's how the story goes!). She sent me three crocheted ornaments for the tree (two angels and a snowflake) and a celtic cross pendant to boot. I really like the ornaments - they add some personality to our tree. And the pendant is just perfect. Presbyterians, of which I am one, incorporate the Celtic cross in worship (meaning, decor). I like the symbol, and I've been looking at Celtic cross pendants for a little while now, but I haven't found one that I really like. Until now, that is! I really like how the knots in the design mimic the ones in my wedding rings. So cool. These are really special gifts that I plan to treasure for a long time to come. I think Judy and I may keep in touch, too - and that's pretty cool!

Anyway. On to the photos!

What's the best Secret Santa gift you've ever received?

1 comment:

  1. I have to comment on this post because this year we TRULY had a secret santa. Charlie and I had decided that, due to our financial situation, we were not giving each other gifts this year for Christmas and we limited our Christmas budget for the kids pretty severely- which was a gift all in itself, I should tell you all about that later. Anyway as we moved into the Christmas holiday, I felt myself deflate a little more each day....see I speak love in gifts- and to receive a gift speaks love to me. Under the tree were wonderful gifts for our children, but nothing for us. It was a little sad for me. And then, two days before Christmas, two presents showed up on our doorstep- one for Chas from me and one for me from Chas. A beautiful sweater and skirt for me and a sweater set for Charlie. We still don't know who brought them to us, and I don't guess it matters- whoever did made my Christmas. Best. Secret Santa. Ever. Cari


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