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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#GiftIdeas: Make a #Quilt Ornament as a #Secret Santa Gift @ SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com

The FREE printable no-sew ornament pattern is available at: https://chellywood.com/2018/11/15/crafty-hanukkah-or-christmas-diy-tutorial-w-free-pattern-chellywood-com-3/

You can download the pattern and cut out a bunch of fabric squares. As you see in the video, you would use straight pins to poke the squares into a Styrofoam ball. Then just turn each square into triangles (shown in the video) and pin them down in layers.

It’s a fairly simple project to make, and what secret Santa would love to get one of these in their stocking?

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#Funny #Poem for #SecretSanta @ SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com

Visit SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com for more free Secret Santa Poems and gift ideas. The image is a printable poem that goes with any gift.

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Another free #SecretSanta/#SillySanta #poem @ SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com

Visit SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com for free printable poems and other Secret Santa gift ideas. Poem is affixed to the image of a sun on a yellow background.

Visit SecretPalTeachers.WordPress.com for free printable poems and other Secret Santa gift ideas.

Here’s the Secret Santa poem that accompanies my cupcake topper from last week. The idea is simple; bake a cupcake (or a bunch of them) and stick the cupcake topper into the cupcakes with the topper taped to a toothpick. Include this poem with it, and shazaam! You’ve got a sunny, happy Secret Santa gift!

More themed poetry is yet to come. Please show your appreciation by taking the time to pinlike, or tweet about my free Secret Santa poems and goodies.

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Free Printable Cupcake Topper for #SecretSanta or #SillySanta @ SecretPalTeachers.wordPress.com

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You might be thinking: “What the–” because a sun seems out-of-place for a Secret Santa gift. However this little printable cupcake topper goes with a very silly winter poem that I will post next week.

Think of it this way; for people who live in Hawaii, a snowman seems sort of out-of-place, right? Well what about wishing someone a sunny Christmas? Is that possible? Of course it is!

The poem I’m planning to post next week will make it all go together nicely.

For now, bake your cupcake gifts, print this little watercolor sun, tape it to a toothpick, and jam the toothpick into your cupcake. Then wait for the poem… It’s coming soon!

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Free Printable Christmas Journaling Cards for Your Secret Santa Gift Labels

Again, I’ve been storing up all kinds of goodies on my Pinterest page to share with you at a later date. Here’s a free printable Christmas journaling card set for labeling your Secret Santa gifts in December.

It looks like this one came from onevelvetmorning.wordpress.com so be sure and pay them a visit if you use these printable cards.

The one in the upper right-hand corner might be just perfect for passing out to Secret Santas right before you embark on this year’s Secret Santa fun!

Courtesy of OneVelvetMorning.wordpress.com

Courtesy of OneVelvetMorning.wordpress.com

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A Christmas Poem for Your Secret Santa

What can you do with a Christmas poem? There are lots of things you can do with one. Here are a few ideas:

  • Print it and use the poem as a “sleeve” into which you slip a bag of microwave popcorn (uncooked).
  • Wrap a Hershey bar (those monster-sized ones) in your Christmas poem.
  • Tape it to the front of a Christmas gift bag, with other gifts inside the bag.
  • Leave the poem on your secret Santa’s desk or computer keyboard, along with a simple candy cane.
  • Layer it on top of a tin full of home-made Christmas cookies, as a personal message inside.
  • Slip it inside a Christmas card for your secret Santa.

With that in mind, each of my December posts will be Christmas poems. You may print these, but please note that all of my graphics come from iClipart.com and are therefore copyrighted. I encourage you to get an account with IClipart, as they are the ultimate in graphic design!

And if you have never visited my sister site, cruise on over to English Emporium, where I am the webmaster of an MLA handbook for teens and English language learners. It’s a very useful tool for writers as well!

Here’s my first poem for the month of December:

Christmas Frame Poem 3

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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

Image: iClipart

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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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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Give your secret Santa a caffeine high: order him or her an espresso drink!

last minute present for office secret pal

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Why not? As long as they’re not on a strictly caffeine-free diet, everyone loves a mocha latte.

Okay, except maybe people who are lactose intolerant (like me), but even for those people, they have yummy soy milk lattes.

Experiment with flavors and extras:

  • There’s vanilla latte with a little whipped cream and cinnamon on top.
  • There’s an Irish mocha with extra foam and chocolate sprinkles.
  • Try a peppermint mocha with a candy cane sticking out.
  • Or ask the clerk at the espresso shop, “What’s your favorite?”
  • You could even order four different flavors, and let your secret Santa try them all (if you’re feeling rich).

Before you buy, though, consider this. Do you ever see your secret Santa person hovering around the coffee pot at work? That will let you know whether or not he/she is a coffee drinker. (Some people don’t drink coffee for health reasons; others have religious reasons for laying off the caffeine; so be careful not to offend.) If your secret Santa person is definitely into coffee, how much would he/she appreciate a special coffee from the espresso shop down the road? I mean, unless he/she regularly brings his/her own espresso to work, you’re bound to impress your secret Santa with a cup of special Joe.

If you want to spice it up a bit, buy him/her a festive travel mug as well. But let’s face it, we all hate getting those holiday-themed coffee cups that you seem to get every single year, from someone who can’t think of something better. So only go there as a last resort, if you’re feeling guilty about getting your secret Santa person something every-day-ish.

But honestly, for those of us who only treat ourselves to espresso on our birthdays and the day before lent begins, this one’s a real treat! I suppose it just depends on the person…

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