Irish Fireside Secret Santa

Some of you know that I am just a teeny bit obsessed with Ireland. I have kind of an obsession with following the Irish Fireside blog as well. Corey and Liam post about all kinds of things Irish – news, events, photos, happenings here in the states. Best of all, I’m pretty sure they both live in Milwaukee – where I grew up! Last week I even won a giveaway from them for a $20 giftcard to Liam’s awesome jewerly company!

I signed myself up for their Irish Secret Santa and was seriously giddy about participating in it. The rules were just that it had to be something Irish in nature and $10 or under. I mailed my secret person a poster I photographed and designed of all the cool doorways in Ireland. This is what she got in the mail and hopefully she likes it:)

Yesterday as I was covered in flour making gingerbread people, the doorbell rang. It was the mailman with not one, but TWO packages for me! Whoohoo! I signed for them and then when I handed back the pen I realized it was now too, covered in flour. I apologized and the mailman just said ‘Merry Christmas!” I love this time of year.

One of the packages was filled with little wrapped presents from my parents. The other was from someone in New York. At first I was puzzled, thinking, why is this random person sending me something. Then I remembered, “IT’S MY SECRET SANTA GIFT!” Seriously, I was like a kid in grade school with this whole secret santa thing.

I loved that my Secret Santa, Karen,  started out the card with “Happy Christmas!” The Irish way of saying things.
Unwrapping revealed a super cute teapot. Chaya was interested in it as well.
Also, some really yummy tea! karen wrote that she remembered how incredibly welcomed she was while in Ireland and that there was always tea. What a perfect gift! I may have to steal this for my next year’s secret santa present. 
Thanks so much, Corey and Liam, for organizing this! Karen, I love the tea and the cute teapot. Thank you so much! Merry Christmas! Now I am off to sit by the tree and savor my cup of tea.

Bit Devine - December 23, 2010 - 4:32 pm

Dia Duit, Becky,

What a delight it was to open my secret santa gift and find your poster!

I think you and I would mae a most formidable team in Ireland with our cameras.

Nollaig Shona, a chara,


Karen Beirne - December 23, 2010 - 5:08 pm

I am so happy you liked it!

Betsy Avery - December 23, 2010 - 6:08 pm

Becky, your photos are gorgeous! I love your poster! I enjoyed taking pictures of doorways, too, when we were in Ireland but mine didn’t turn out as beautiful as yours. I didn’t participate in the Secret Santa exchange this year but you have convinced me that it is a really neat thing to do. Next year I will be signing up for sure!

Corey T - December 24, 2010 - 3:58 pm

Beckie, you definitely went above and beyond in your Secret Santa report. So glad you had fun… and thanks for sharing!!!

Your pics are superb!

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