Secret Pal Ideas from Author Chelly Wood

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I came up with a silly poem to give my secret Santa teacher pal on our final day, and I just thought I’d share that with you. But please be aware that you can eliminate the religious stanza to make it more adaptable to your Secret Santa.

I’m sure you’re thinking daily

Who sent this stuff to you?

She’s poetic and she’s crafty

Or at least she thinks that’s true

 

Perhaps you’d like a hint

Perhaps you want a clue

Well brace yourself, it’s coming

That’s what I’m about to do

 

The first time that I met you

I thought you were a farce

“No one’s that nice,” I said to myself

“She’s faking it, of course.”

 

How foolish was I, how stupid

To think it wasn’t you

With your sweet smile and clever eyes

And all the kind things you do

 

You had a secret. I didn’t know

That Jesus was in your heart

Your kindness is a reflection

Of those who stand apart

 

So now I understand

Your goodness is genuine

I can’t believe I thought you fake

The error is definitely mine

 

And someday when we’re old and gray

And ready to leave this place

I’ll see you up in heaven

With a genuine smile on your face

 

Unless they only let Catholics in

In which case I’m outta luck

I’ll wave to you from hell I guess

But that will really suck!

 

Now, of course, you’ll want to alter some of the words to fit your secret Santa pal. For example, you might want to change “Catholics” to “Baptists” (or whatever religion applies to your secret Pal belongs to). You could even change it to “Unless they only let science teachers in” if the person’s religion is unknown. Also, if the person is not a Christian, just eliminate the “Jesus was in your heart” stanza from the poem, and you’re good to go.

And remember, my sister site is a lot of fun too: https://chellywood.com/ It offers free, printable doll clothes patterns for anyone who enjoys sewing.

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#Snowman #Chocolate Bar for Your #SecretSanta from http://livingpractically.blogspot.com/

Here’s an idea from Jessie at http://livingpractically.blogspot.com/ and it’s perfect for a Secret Santa/Silly Santa stocking-stuffer gift:

Image of Hershey bar wrapped in white paper and decorated to resemble a snowman.

Image used with permission from http://livingpractically.blogspot.com/

Instructions:

  1. Wrap a Hershey bar in white paper.
  2. Tie red embroidery floss around it.
  3. Use a hole punch to make black dots for eyes and mouth.
  4. Cut a long triangle from orange paper.
  5. Glue facial features onto paper.
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Valentine’s Day Poems for Secret Pals

Image of black dog inside a heart-shaped gift box with a parachute attached

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It’s funny… I googled the heading for this post, and guess what came up… my own blog! I guess the universe is telling me to avoid cheating and write my own damned poem.

So here’s a Valentine’s Day poem for your secret pal:

 

A paper heart

Framed in lace

Chocolate candy

And a happy face

A big, red ribbon

A card for you

Your secret pal

Works at this zoo too

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The Big Reveal–A Silly Poem for My Secret Santa Teacher Pal on the Final Day

Okay, so I said yesterday’s post would be my last for a while. I lied.

I came up with a silly poem to give my secret Santa teacher pal on our final day, and I just thought I’d share that with you before I go on my holiday vacation:

teacher secret pal last day gift or present

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I’m sure you’re thinking daily

Who sent this stuff to you?

She’s poetic and she’s crafty

Or at least she thinks that’s true

 

Perhaps you’d like a hint

Perhaps you want a clue

Well brace yourself, it’s coming

That’s what I’m about to do

 

The first time that I met you

I thought you were a farce

“No one’s that nice,” I said to myself

“She’s faking it, of course.”

 

How foolish was I, how stupid

To think it wasn’t you

With your sweet smile and clever eyes

And all the kind things you do

 

You had a secret. I didn’t know

That Jesus was in your heart

Your kindness is a reflection

Of those who stand apart

 

So now I understand

Your goodness is genuine

I can’t believe I thought you fake

The error is definitely mine

 

And someday when we’re old and gray

And ready to leave this place

I’ll see you up in heaven

With a genuine smile on your face

 

Unless they only let Catholics in

In which case I’m outta luck

I’ll wave to you from hell I guess

But that will really suck!

 

Now, of course, you’ll want to alter some of the words to fit your secret Santa pal. For example, you might want to change “Catholics” to “Baptists” (or whatever religion applies to your secret Pal belongs to). You could even change it to “Unless they only let science teachers in” if the person’s religion is unknown. Also, if the person is not a Christian, just eliminate the “Jesus was in your heart” stanza from the poem, and you’re good to go.

And remember, my sister site is a lot of fun too: English Emporium. It offers free journal topics for teachers.

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The big REVEAL for secret Santa…

creative secret santa present ideas cheap and easy

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Today’s the day I’ll be doing my big REVEAL to my secret Santa person at work. What does this mean to you, my reading audience? Well, for one thing, I’ll be taking a break from my posts until we get back from our holiday vacation. At that point, we’ll be drawing names for a new secret pal project, which may only require participation every Friday. (It depends on what the other teachers vote for.) If we go to a weekly secret pal gift, then I’ll be posting my ideas once a week instead of every weekday. Sorry! I hope that doesn’t disappoint my faithful readers.

What am I giving my secret Santa at the big REVEAL? I’ve got a gift bag with a few goodies inside…

My secret Santa person is an avid reader, so I bought her Debbie Macomber‘s holiday paperback, The Perfect Christmas. When buying a gift for an avid reader, I figured it’s best to choose a book that has positive public appeal, and Macomber is a New York Times bestselling author. It’s also a good idea to buy a book that’s not a classic. My secret Santa person probably already has a copy of Pride and Prejudice, for example, whereas The Perfect Christmas was published in 2009, only three years ago; the paperback came out just this year. (Something newer than 2009 might be an even safer bet though.)

I’ve also purchased a DVD of Christmas music, which is accompanied by peaceful video images of winter scenes. It’s called Winter Serenity, and it’s published by Somerset Entertainment Ltd. I found it in my local grocery/buy-all store, at one of those music kiosks. Watch for these. When they’re ready to rotate their stock, you can buy the CDs for a cheaper price. The cool thing about this “Christmas music” is that you can tootle around your house preparing for Christmas, but in addition to the holiday music that’s playing in the background, you can also see festive winter scenes on your TV screen as you work.

Finally, I’ll be stuffing my secret Santa person’s gift bag with all the leftover goodies I’ve given her throughout the weeks: cookies, chocolates, and even an extra recipe card that didn’t fit in the box with the other recipe cards. If you’d like to see those secret Santa ideas that I came up with earlier in December, just click on the ones that interest you.

Also, if you’re a teacher, remember to visit my educational blog, englishemporium.wordpress.com, where I post my journal questions for langauge arts.

See ya in January!

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Christmas cookies for your secret Santa office pal

home-made gifts for secret santa office gift pal secret friends exchangeRunning out of money for your secret Santa office pal? Bake him/her some cookies!

If you’re not much of a bake chef, try some of these options:

  • buy a Betty Crocker instant cookie mix and follow the directions on the box
  • buy the tube-o-cookies from Pilsbury; cut and bake according to the easy directions
  • buy a cookie tin at your local dollar store and fill it with bakery cookies
  • or do the same with a red or green wicker basket

The container for your cookies can be as decorative as you wish without being too expensive. Party stores sell simple lunch sacks in various colors (sometimes red-and-green or candy cane striped for the holidays). Or like I said above, you can buy a cookie tin at the dollar store this time of year, without any problem. Line it with festive crepe paper or a Christmas kitchen towel.

I’ll be giving my secret Santa pal cookies this week (today most likely), and I plan to put just four small home-made cookies in the same Christmas card boxes that I made for her two weeks ago. Here’s the link to see the instructions for that.

If you want to stretch your cookie-giving gifts for a week, offer a theme:

  1. on day one, offer your secret Santa only one shaker of red candy sprinkles
  2. on day two, give your secret Santa another shaker of green candy sprinkles
  3. on  day three, wrap up a container of Betty Crocker pre-made frosting
  4. on day four, surprise your secret Santa with a box of food coloring
  5. on day five, offer up a basket of Christmas-tree shaped (or star-shaped, or Santa-shaped) pre-baked holiday cookies, ready for decorating

Who doesn’t love to decorate cookies?

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