Christmas in the Country 2015 Gift Reveal!

001-1Here we are again! It is time to reveal what was given in this years Christmas in the Country gift exchange! This is by far my favorite part of the exchange. Through all of the signing up, matching up, emailing, tracking packages and finger crossing, this is the part that makes all of that time worth it.

I really think this year was our best yet and I think I am beginning to see why. Being our third year, we have had several repeat participants. Each time they participate, we get to know them a little bit better and that knowledge of them and their blogs makes for better matching up of individuals.

This year we had 53 Bloggers; 52 women and 1 man. We had 19 states represented, stretching from Pennsylvania to Oregon. We had Bloggers who are dairy farmers, cattle ranchers, agricultural industry leaders, custom harvesters, agriculture teachers, extension agents, pig farmers, photographers, greenhouse operators, row crop farmers, poultry farmers, farm/country women and all around fantastic individuals. I also had three co-hosts who this could not of been done without! Thank you Jamie, Lara and Kirby for all of your help, all of your time and for just being there when I had a question or needed to run something by you. Thank you for everything!

This year we also had delayed packages, packages left in obscure places that took the receiver a day or five to find, a package that was returned to the sender by the shipping company, packages that arrived early and even a package that the family pet got a hold of before sending. I think we saw and or had it all happen this year! Through it all though, we could not of asked for better understanding and attitudes from all of the participants. Thank you to all of them!

This time Lori from Home on the Range Exchange had my name. I love the name of her blog and that she is from Kansas, a place I still refer to as my second home. Lori and I have more in common then similar first names. We both were born and raised on our families diversified farms; she is a fifth generation and I am a fourth. She is an Extension Agent and my mom has been in Extension for over 30 years. She too loves photography and is also very crafty. We both also love to cook. Didn’t I say something about making great matches this year…


Lori sent me some great handmade items, an awesome little cookbook that I can’t wait to use and a pretty new camera strap that she also made. My current strap is just black and works great in the cattle lot or in the tractor cab, but is not very stylish for when I am other places. Now I am set!

Thank you Lori for the lovely gift you sent. You really did take time to get to know me and your gift could not of been more perfect. I wish you the very best in 2016 and can’t wait to continue to get to know you better!

Each of the 53 Bloggers will be adding their reveal posts to a special LINKUP that is open from now until the 12th. Check the linkup so see what I sent to Chelsea of Boilermaker Ag.

Blessings to you,
Laurie – Country Link





Signup for Christmas in the Country 2015


Welcome to this years Christmas in the Country Aggie/Farm Blogger gift exchange! We are so glad you are here to signup! By following a few simple rules, filling out the information form and linking up your blog, you will be ready to spread and receive a little Christmas cheer.

*We as hosts, enjoy organizing and participating in Christmas in the Country and we enjoy getting to know all of you and seeing the joy that is shared.  We do know that this is a very busy time of year, but we can not stress enough the importance of making sure that each participant participates fully in the exchange. Full participation includes: shipping ON TIME, blogging and linking up to the online party before it ends, taking the time to really get to know your person and sending them something you think they will enjoy and thanking your gift giver for your package. (We as hosts of the exchange do reserve the right to not let someone participate because of lack of full participation in the past.)

Now for what you all have been waiting for, the ins and outs of this years exchange. We did have to make some changes, so if you have participated before, please read this blog post carefully!

Dates to Remember:
November 20th – signups begin
November 30th – signups close
December 1st – receive your name via email
December 15th – Shipping deadline for your package
January 5th-12th – Share on your blog and in the linkup about CITC2015

How the Exchange Works:
First you fill out the sign-up form so we can get all of your important information. Then, after sign-ups close you will receive a name – do your research (be sure to keep this a secret, don’t let them know that you have their name), then pick and send the perfect gift! Be sure to include a note in your gift revealing who you are and your info so your person can contact you to say thank you! In the mean time, someone else is doing their research on you and your gift is on it’s way! When you receive a gift, snap some pictures and thank your person! Then, on Jan 5th-12th, share a blog post on your experience and the gift you received, then link it up on a new linkup.

Rules of the Exchange:
Each participant will fill out an information form. This information will be sent to another blogger who will be your “Secret Santa”. You in turn will receive a name and information of a person whom you will be sending a gift. (All exchanging of information is done via email, so please provide an email that you check on a regular basis.)

Each participant needs to add their blog URL to the Christmas in the Country LinkupThis is a great way for all to see who is participating and a chance to find a new blog or two. This year we are limiting the exchange to only bloggers. 

Everyone who signs up will send and receive a gift. Once you receive your persons name and information, head on over to their blog and other social media sites and take a minute to get to know them. The more you can learn about your person, the more personal you can make your gift. Suggest price range for gifts are $15-$25.  (Local and handmade is great, but specific and personal is even better.)

Packages must be sent by December 15th. We are requesting that everyone send a photo of the tracking number or an email with the tracking information. If the hosts do not hear from you by the 15th, we will be emailing you to ask for the information! Also, if you do not trust a package being left on your doorstep, then please provide an address to an office or other location where you are SURE to receive you gift. (We as co-hosts are not responsible for lost or stolen packages.)

Blog posts need to be posted on your blog and linked up between January 5th-12th. This is to ensure that each post will be seen after the busyness of the holidays is over. The co-hosts will post the new linkup for the blog posts on their blogs on the 5th. (Once you do receive your package, send a timely thank you to your “Secret Santa”. )

Share the love! Please take a minute to follow the host blogs, and like their Facebook pages – this will help to reminded you of all the important dates coming up for the exchange. Also, please take the time to check out the Linkup to see who else signed up for the swap. Leave some comments, find some new blogs, and make new friends! If you feel so inclined, we would love it if you would share about the swap on your blog or Facebook page – the more the merrier!

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Thank you for signing up! We hope you enjoy this years exchange!

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Blessings to you,
Laurie – Country Link


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