Sunday, December 18, 2011

Secret Santa Fun!

My friend's adorable rescued Chihuahuas.

My group of closest friends decided to do a Secret Santa gift exchange because we are all broke. Doing it that way meant everyone got a single nice gift instead of several cheap gifts from everyone. We drew names and spent the week thinking of the best gifts to get for our Secret Santa. Then we all contributed to the buying/preparing of the food (which was delicious!).

We had barbecue little smokies, homemade mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, baked beans, Hawaiian rolls, turtle pie and German chocolate cake. It was awesome!!

I made a homemade rope halter (like the one I made for Chrome that he's wearing in all of his pictures) for my Secret Santa. Everyone was confused why I kept saying we had to open gifts before dark, but I wanted to try it on her horse and make sure it was sized right lol. She loved it.

For my gift I got this gorgeous, handmade necklace . . .

I love it! He made the whole thing himself. It's made with wire thread, beads and a piece of ivory. On the ivory he carved my horses' initial C, F and Z, for Chrome, Faran and Zeppelin. :D It's one of the best gifts I've ever received. We had so much fun! This is what I love about Christmas. Spending time with great friends, eating good food and exchanging thoughtful, creative gifts. Hope everyone has a great week! I have two more days of vacation and then it's back to the grind, so I'm going to enjoy them as fully as I can. Goodnight everyone!


  1. That really sounds like a wonderful get together and gift exchange. Sounds like the perfect tradition to do year after year. I, too, prefer the thoughtful, one-of-a-kind homemade gifts over cheap store bought common gifts.

    What adorable chihuahuas!

    Enjoy your vacation :)


  2. That's what Christmas is all about! :)


  3. Sounds like you had a wonderful time- good friends, good food, good presents!!

    Merry Christmas!

  4. Hand made gifts are always so special. I love gifts with personal thought and from the heart.

  5. I love the necklace-- it's gorgeous!

    What a great gift.



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