The Great Ornament Exchange 2010

Some of you may remember the Great Ornament Exchange of 2008… well, I didn’t have the time or energy to do it last Christmas, but I am excited about doing it this year!

If you love Christmas and would love to get (and give) a unique ornament, this is the exchange for you!


1.) You email me with the following information:
*[your name, mailing address, ph #, & one sentence (please only one!) stating anything you really like or anything you really don't like.. i.e. "no Santas- I love silver ornaments!"- keep it brief...remember part of the fun is getting something you haven't specifically picked out]*

2.) I add your name to the list.
*[and yes, your info is very safe with me... I will put it on a spreadsheet for the exchange only and then delete it once your ornament has been received- pinkie swear!]*

3.) On DECEMBER 3rd at midnight the list closes. Then I use a random number generator to decide who “gets” who.

4.) On DECEMBER 4th I email you with the info for the person you “got”.

5.) You buy a fun ornament, write an encouraging note, visit the person’s blog [if they have one- not required] and ship said ornament NO LATER than December 15th.

6.) You receive a fun ornament, an encouraging note and maybe even make a friend. :)

So… email me @ and put “ornament exchange” in the subject line of the email. If you want to add the cute button above to your blog/facebook/website, ask for the code and I will email that to you in response.

Invite your friends… its going to be fun!


  1. I love stuff like this! I’m in!!!

  2. Okay, I’m going to give it another shot. Last time, I sent out my ornament and never received on in return. Sad. :( I’m optimistic that this time around will be much different. :) Thanks for doing this…again.

  3. Yay! So glad you’re doing it this year!

  4. Anne,

    I am going to hound people if ornaments aren’t sent (and black list them for next year!) And I will keep a stash of ornaments to send out myself in case something falls through…

  5. Yay! We are doing this again! Wooooo!!

  6. I love this as much as a bake exchange at Xmas. Being that I’m from Canada, can I still participate?

    • Yes- Betty Lou! This is also for non-US residents :)

  7. Yay! I too hope that this time around is fun. And Betty Lou, I don’t mind mailing things to Canada!

    Kate, please let me know if you didn’t get my email, I’m not sure I have the right address!

  8. Yea! I am so glad that Canadians are included! :) Thanks for organizing this Kate!

  9. So excited! I loved being a part in 2008. :)

  10. I agree with the other ladies…hope this time around goes better! And at the risk of sounding completely computer illiterate, how do I put the button on my blog?

  11. This is so fun! I’m emailing you right now :)

    • The specialist that I would love to have an oprtopunity to work with is a Neonatologist. I think that it would be a blessing and a miracle to be able to work with little ones that have to rely on you during their first few weeks of life. Some infants may require extra attention and treatment for various reasons. Being able to show empathy and give support to the families during the process is essential. My daughter was six weeks premature and required extra treatment, so I can understand the feeling that parents have when they can’t leave the hospital with their little miracle. Being able to now be the one to give that support to the families and making them feel as comfortable as they can be knowing that their child is receiving the best care possible is really important to me. New parents may feel overwhelmed and may not know how to do certain things, so being able to assist in showing them how to care for their little one would be an amazing experience.The specialists that I would least want to work with would be an Emergency physician and a Proctologist. Working with an emergency physician, you would never know what you can encounter any given day. I feel that I can handle a lot with respect to blood or anything that could make a person queasy, but I don’t know how I would react if a patient came in with a severed limb or just anything that is extreme and out of the ordinary. As with a Proctologist, I don’t have an interest working with a specialist that deals with disorders of the colon, rectum, and anus. With both of these specialties, it may be because neither are areas that I would explore. I’m sure with proper training you will be more knowledgeable and see the importance and necessity of having a specialist that can provide care for patients that depend on them to make them feel better.At the end of the day though, you have to love what you do no matter which area of interest you choose.

  12. Kate, do you still have room in the ornament exchange? I think it sounds like fun.

  13. I’m in. Just emailed you. Would also LOVE the button code as well!


  14. Too fun! I’m in.

  15. I emailed! I hope it’s not too late to sign up!

    • For me this is a relatively easy qositeun, but has a pretty complex answer. The specialty I have actually looked forward to working with is OB/GYN. I find that the ability of a woman’s body to produce a child, endure the amount of abuse it takes during a pregnancy, and the amount of pain endured during delivery is amazing. The joy of being able to be present as life enters the world is truly one of the greatest moments in life. To me that would be the best possible option. I also would love working in the operating room with a surgeon. I have experienced the OR quite a few times, and have been on both sides of the table. I have to say I would love to work with any surgeon in the OR except for Orthopedics. The reason behind that is the surgery’s are pretty brutal when it comes to the skeletal system. Having been in the OR with an Orthopedic surgeon and seeing the use of the saws, hammers and other heavy equipment in order to perform the surgery just sends chills up my spine. I know that type of surgery is not for me. I think my favorite surgeries have to be that of the abdominal cavity. The specialties that I would least like to work for are few, and for simple reasons. Pediatrics is not a specialty for me since I have four children of my own. My Aunt is a neonatal nurse practitioner and I followed her in high school and saw the good, the bad, and the ugly so I can honestly say I could not emotionally handle that type of position. Podiatry is also an area I could not see myself working. The reason behind this is pretty silly, but here goes, I very much dislike other peoples feet especially if they are not well kept. I know in the medical field you will encounter feet on a daily basis, but I could not mainly work with feet on an everyday basis. My last specialty is Orthopedics for the reasons I noted above about the barbaric nature of the surgeries and treatments for the musculoskeletal system. Its just not for me.

  16. Oh, I’m so sad I missed it this year!!! Arg! I loved it when I did it last time! I received this cute little glass blown pig ornament. Ha! Well, Hope everyone enjoyed it!


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