Happy Holidays! Come help us celebrate another WONDERFUL year of stitching and camaraderie. The holidays seem to have arrived quickly this year. People are in full swing with gift knitting, baking, and travel plans. With little time left, we will once again have our very popular White Elephant exchange aka a Yankee Swap for this meetup. Please review the guidelines below. Participation is optional.
Those who wish to participate are asked to bring one gift, wrapped with no name tag. Selecting the gift you plan to give is possibly the most challenging part of the whole exercise. The gift does not have to be fancy or fiber related. It can be conservative, functional, whacky, or whimsical - whatever your heart desires. The price tag is not the issue. The key is to find a gift that makes a statement for you. Do you want people to squabble over your entry, or would you rather have someone contentedly tuck your gift away? Keep in mind that you are buying for an anonymous recipient and that you could go home with your own gift. Gift submission is anonymous. You don't have to admit to being the bearer of a gift unless you want to.
A Yankee Swap works as follows: Each person will draw a number and that will determine the order of play. The first person selects an unopened gift. Each person following has the option of selecting an unopened present or "stealing" an opened gift, provided it is not "DEAD". Opened gifts must be visible for everyone to see. The best Yankee Swaps are the creative ones. I participated in another where someone else once brought a 5'x 3' framed painting of Elvis on Velvet, obviously a gag/re-gift. Many times it is all in the packaging...we can't quite help ourselves in trying to guess what is inside. $20 is the MAX. Please don't exceed this. Be creative! The concept of the game is what is fun and we all have enough expenses this time of year. :)
The Swap itself will take place at [u]approximately 7 pm[/u] to give people time to arrive, eat, and get settled. As we learned from last year, this is a popular event and it takes time to get through all the openings and swaps. As always....bring your stitching. You can knit and admire while the event goes on!
Note- Santini's is located in the Home Depot plaza at the intersection of Baron Cameron and Bracknell Dr (called Fountain Dr on the other side of Baron Cameron. It is located next door to Wendy's. The plaza is accessible from either the Fountain Dr/Bracknell Dr end or Reston Parkway (which is closest to Home Depot) There is some open air parking right around the restaurant but more ample parking closer to Home Depot. If you would like my cell phone, please email me and I'll be glad to send it to you. Looking forward to meeting you! Happy stitching :-)