I know that I should only make one batch of cookies but then I have an ulterior motive for even agreeing to go to the swap. Last year I decided that I could only afford to make cookies as gifts. The best reaction that I got was from my bachelor friends. The universal reaction was 'what's this?'. The realization that I gave them holiday sweets was precious. It even saved one of my friendships. So I'm doing it for the single men in my life.
I got suckered into a holiday charity last week. I got a coupon from Anthropologie for my birthday & then an email that said if I donated a used sweater I would get a $10 gift certificate. Finally the stimulus to get my nautical tea ware! What a crock?! The $10 was a discount on a sweater in store that had to be bought on that trip....the Anthro sweaters start at $198. So I just used my coupon for my storm in a tea cup.
When you drink your tea down, it gets to the ship inside that is storming around on Earl Grey. All while your holding onto a tentacle.