Dec 26, 2008

Secret Santa Revealed

My Secret Santa from the Book Bloggers Secret Santa Swap, organized by Nymeth and our beloved Dewey, was revealed to me some time ago, though I waiting until Christmas to open my gifts. My Secret Santa was Carrie of Care's Online Book Club, which is a new-to-me blog. You can bet with such great taste, she is the latest addition to my Google Reader.

I bet you all want to see what Carrie got me, well, here you go:

Here are the presents all wrapped up:
Wrapped Secret Santa Gifts

And here are the gifts in no particular order, since I kind of randomly opened them:

This gift has a Santa-candy puzzle. Too funny. Wherever did she find this?
Stocking and Santa Candy Puzzle

Here's some Mary Kay products, I believe she is a Mary Kay Rep:

Mary Kay Products

This book has been on my To-Read list for sometime, and she kindly gave me her copy. And she was worried I wouldn't like it. She'll know better now! :)

Secret Santa Gift #2

The best present in this bundle was this one because I saw some television show about this series of books and have been dying to start on them. Carrie even got this one for herself to read. Happy Reading Carrie!

Secret Santa Gift #1

Wanna see what else the little elves brought me?

Mug, Bath Gels, PaperThis one is from a friend of mine, who apparently had ESP that I had run out of nice smelling bath gel, though that is under the paper cubes and the mug.

Homemade Pillow cases, waffle maker, socksMy hubby got me the waffle iron and the socks. The pillow cases were made by my aunt. She's very crafty!

Now for the most coveted of my gifts, are you ready?

Lace Reader, Rest of Her Life, Frog, Wii Light Sword, iPod

Can you find the froggie that Anna's daughter (aka The Girl) got my for Christmas? She just knows I love my little frogs. Anna got me the much anticipated Lace Reader and The Rest of Her Life, which she highly recommends. I want to provide Iliana at a Bookgirl's Nightstand with a shout out because she made me the small little journal in this photo as a thank you for ordering from her store. Anna's one of the recipients of Iliana's handiwork. Yes, I am a Star Wars fanatic, thanks Dad! So the hubby got me the Wii light Sabre, now all I need is the game and another one so we can battle each other! LOL And last, but not least, my favorite and newest iPod. Yes, it will hold much more than the last iPod I bought ages ago...thank goodness because I have way more music than will fit on the other one. Yippee, thanks to the hubby!

I hope your secret Santa and elves were as good to you! I hope you had a great holiday. Have a great weekend.


Luanne said...

Merry Christmas Serena - what a lovely package from your Secret Santa! I must admit - the light sword sounds like a lot of fun!

Serena said...

Luanne: I cannot wait to try out that light sword.

Anonymous said...

I'm so impressed that you were able to wait until Christmas to open your Secret Santa gifts. You got a lot of great books!

Serena said...

Bermudaonion: It took a lot of will power. I almost lost it two days before Christmas!

Jo-Jo said...

You got some nice stuff from your secret santa! I opened my stuff yesterday too. My book club has been reading the No. 1 ladies detective agency together and we just love them. The first book is awesome so I hope you enjoy it! I got an ipod too...woohoo!

Serena said...

Jo-Jo: I've heard so many great things about the Ladies' Detective Agency books.

Amy said...

Looks like you got a lot of great stuff, Serena! Enjoy it all and Merry Christmas a little late. :)

Marg said...

Great gifts! Sounds like you had a great Christmas with your family. Here's to a Happy New Year!

Dawn - She is Too Fond of Books said...

It looks like you had a very Merry Christmas, indeed! Your Secret Santa did a great job with the surprises (I love that Satin Hands cream, myself!). I'm so glad I was in the swap this year ... mabye we should all do "Christmas in July" too :)

When I saw the last photo with the light saber I thought, "well, that can't be for Serena!" ... then I kept reading! Enjoy it (I hope the game and another light sword aren't hard to find). My 4 yr old calls the light sabers "lifesavers" which is pretty funny since he duels with them!!

Melanie said...

Merry Christmas! It looks like you received a lovely bunch of gifts -- I hope you'll enjoy the Ladies Detective Agency; I love all his books!

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

What a lovely package! I stopped doing Secret Santas because I never put together good packages!!! I'm lame like that.

Which brings me to my point here... I just finished the Fourth in the No. 1 Ladies series... if you want it, give a holler. I'd be glad to send it along to an appreciative home.

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas! What neat presents!!

Marie said...

What a great gift box! :-)

Jill said...

That's terrific loot! I am glad you had a wonderful Christmas! We did too! Now it's time to prepare for my son's birthday (he's turning nine tomorrow). The festivities never end! =)Jill

Nymeth said...

Fantastic gifts from Care and from everyone else!

Jo-Jo said...

Wow...I must have missed that light sabre earlier, now that is cool! Star Wars Unleashed is the first game we bought for the wii but it would be fun with that!

Alyce said...

Wow, it looks like you got a lot of great gifts! I showed my son your picture of the light saber and now I know he's going to want one. It looks really cool.

Anonymous said...

I absolutely loved Mystic River. It's an incredible book. You got some wonderful, wonderful gifts! Merry Christmas.

Alea said...

I really liked the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books that I have read!

naida said...

Merry Christmas, what great secret santa gifts!
And the other gifts are lovely too, I do see the froggie in there :)

Shana said...

Serena, what a haul! It sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas!


Serena said...

Amy: Thanks for stopping by. I did get a great mix of stuff. I hope Christmas was great for you as well.

Marg: It was fun to have Christmas with Anna at Diary of an Eccentric and her family as well as my hubby.

Dawn: I used to call them lifesavers as well when I was young. The star wars thing comes from my dad...he weened us on those movies and now they have video games of them...Its a dream come true. We did find another light saber and the game! I hope you had a great Christmas too.

Melanie: I can't wait to start reading that, but I've been playing with the iPod and the Wii. LOL I hope you had a great Christmas too.

Susan: If you want to send me the 4th in the series, that would be great. Though I don't have 2 or 3. LOL I hope you had a great holiday as well. I'm sure your presents aren't lame. I think mine are usually lame.

J.Kaye and Marie: I think my Secret Santa did a fantastic job. I hope you both had a great holiday as well.

Jill: a birthday so soon after the holidays...does that mean more or fewer presents?? LOL I'm glad to hear you all had a great time.

Nymeth: Thanks. I'm sure you got some great gifts as well.

Jo-Jo: I can't believe you have the game but not the light sabers! That's half the amusement.

Alyce: They aren't that expensive. I think it was $15.

Literatehousewife: It was on my to-read list. I think that helped Care out a great deal...she did great.

Alea: I've heard the series is great.

Naida: I love frogs.

Shana: Thanks. Some great gifts...I hope you all had a great Christmas as well.

Ladytink_534 said...

Wow sounds like you got a good haul for Christmas lol!

Jeannie said...

Awesome gifts, Serena. P.S. My mom adores frogs. She must have about 30 figurines in her main bathroom.

Happy New Year!!

P.S. I got your very nice Christmas card today. Thank you so much for thinking of Mike and me. :D

Serena said...

LadyTink: I didn't do too bad. I hope you had a great Christmas as well...

Jeannie: I was wondering if you got my card. I got the address from Anna. :)

Literary Feline said...

What wonderful gifts! I do hope you enjoy Mystic River. I really enjoyed that one. And of course, I'm a big fan of Alexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Have a great week!

Anonymous said...

YIPPEE! Happy Holidays! :)

Anna said...

Glad you liked the gifts! You're pretty easy to please. :)

Have fun with your light saber. Next time I'm over your house, we'll have to duel!

Diary of an Eccentric

Serena said...

Literary Feline: I'm sure I will like Mystic River when I get to it. LOL

Bkclubcare: Thanks for stopping by to check out my loot. I hope you had a great holiday.

Anna: easy to please? me? And I thought everyone thought that I'm had to buy for. HMMMM

Red lady-Bonnie said...

What wonderful books and gifts you received! Thanks for sharing them, I love seeing pics of what people got from their Secret Santa! The No 1 Ladies detective series is wonderful! I hope that you enjoy the book.

Serena said...

Red-Lady Bonnie: I love seeing what other get too. Thanks for stopping by!

Iliana said...

what a bunch of goodies to enjoy! I hope you'll have fun reading about Mma Ramotswe - that is such a sweet series.

And, yes, how did you manage to wait until Christmas to open your Secret Santa gift :)