Signups for The Country Christmas Connection are CLOSED
Welcome to The Country Christmas Connection! A agriculture blogger secret Christmas gift exchange. We are so glad you are here to sign up! After you have read the rules and requirements below, click the sign up link above. After completing the form you will be ready to share the holiday spirit and make new connections!
Dates to Remember
- November 21 – signups begin
- November 30 – signups close
- December 2 – receive your recipients name via e-mail
- December 14 – shipping deadline for your gift
- January 5 – link up to reveal your Country Christmas Connection opens
- January 5-12 – share on your blog about your TCCC experience and add your post to the link up
How the Exchange Works:
First you need to read and review the rules and expectations of the exchange below. If it sounds like a good fit for you then fill out the sign-up form above 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 sender! Then, on Jan 5th-12th, share a blog post on your experience and the gift you received, then link it up the party linkup we share. All to make new connections with like minded bloggers in the spirit of holiday fun!
Rules of the Exchange:
Each participant must fill out an information form. This information will be sent to another blogger who will be your Secret Santa- Secret Blogger. 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 in the sign up form that you check on a regular basis! We promise to the best of our ability that your information will only be used for the exchange.)
Each participant needs to post on their blog or favorite social about the exchange. This year we are limiting the exchange to only aggie/farm/country bloggers within the US. After you’ve signed up post on your blog or favorite social using the hashtag #TCCC16. Make sure to share and invite others who would enjoy the experience! The more the merrier!
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 secretly get to know them. The more you can learn about your person, the more personal you can make your gift. Suggested price range for gifts are $15-$25. (Local and handmade is encouraged, highlighting what is special about your farm, state, commodity or special Christmas tradition. Keep in mind what you’ve learned from your research of your recipient to make it thoughtfully personal!) Also make sure to include a note revealing and introducing who you are, your blog, social channels and the best way to contact you for a Thank You.
Packages must be sent by December 14th. Once you have mailed your package by the deadline you must send a tracking number to your host. If the hosts do not hear from you by the 14th, we will be emailing you to ask for the information! We know this time of year is busy, but please help us out when you sign up for the exchange by being willing and able to meet this deadline. We do not want anyone left out!! Also please make sure to provide an address in the sign up form to a secure location where you are certain to receive your gift – PO Box, office, etc. – if you don’t trust your home doorstep. (We as hosts are not responsible for unsent, lost or stolen packages.)
When you receive your package from you secret blogger connect and say Thank You! Post to your favorite social media channel with the tag #TCCC16 and tag your sender in it. Follow along with their blog and social channels. Also make sure to send them a personal Thank You note through their preferred contact. This is all about the connection you make in sending and receiving your gift.
Blog posts need to be posted on your blog and linked up between January 5th-12th. The hosts will post the new linkup for the blog posts on their blogs January 5th. You will be notified by e-mail when the link up is open. Please make sure to add your post to the link up no later then January 12th. Take the time to browse, comment and connect with all the bloggers who participated!
Share the love! Please take a minute to connect and follow the host blogs, and like their Facebook pages and social channels – this will help to remind you of all the important dates coming up for the exchange.
Jenny – The Magic Farmhouse
Darleen – Guernsey Dairy Mama
We would love it if you would share about the swap on your blog, Facebook page, or favorite social – the more the merrier! Don’t forget the tag #TCCC16, browse through the tags to discover some new bloggers and share the excitement of the exchange.
*Host Disclaimer: We are looking forward to hosting and organizing The Country Christmas Connection and hope you will be patient with us as we work out the kinks in the first year. We also need your help to make this a successful and fun exchange. If you plan to participate, you must be willing to agree to all the points above. The only way this works and is fair for everyone is for you to fully participate. If you can’t agree to any point above then this exchange is not for you. Failure to fully participate will result in our asking you not to participate again. We can’t stress enough that this is about the connections you will make and hope you will find value, joy and fun in that as well!*
We are so excited to see all The Country Christmas Connections that are made this year!
Thank you for signing up!
If you have any questions or concerns at any time don’t hesitate to contact us at the e-mail addresses above. Also be sure to check out our announcement post for a little background information about how this exchange came together!
May your holiday season be merry and bright,