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You've Been Jingled

Updated on November 9, 2015

A Surprise Hanging on the Door Knob

You've Been Jingled Bag
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A fun Holiday tradition - Jingle Your Neighbor

One evening in December you may hear someone knock at your door or ring your doorbell. If you open the door and find there is no one there you may want to investigate further. Look carefully and you may discover a package of holiday goodies and a message indicating, "You've been Jingled!" or "You've Been Elfed"

If you've been Jingled, it means you have a secret friend in your neighborhood. Enjoy your holiday treats and the fun of trying to solve the mystery of who Jingled you. This game is similar to the old tradition of leaving someone May Day flowers or the Secret Santa game, but with a twist. As the recipient of a "Jingle" or "Elf" you have also been invited to participate in the game by Jingling other neighbors who have not yet been Jingled.

If you've never been Jingled, why not start the tradition in your neighborhood? Starting a chain reaction of the "You've Been Jingled" or "You've Been Elfed" game is fun and easy. It helps to strengthen neighborhood ties and makes a great family project for adults and kids to work on together. Your "Jingle" can be as simple or as complicated as you like. Just follow the easy steps below to participate in this fun Christmas tradition.

(All photos by Vicki Green - PNW Travels unless otherwise credited)

Post the "Been Jingled" Sign for All to See

We've Been Jingled Sign
We've Been Jingled Sign

We've Been Jingled

Now what do we do?

If you've been jingled, the first thing to do is put the sign on your door or in a prominent window to let everyone know that "We've Been Jingled". Then, if you'd like to participate and continue the game, quickly put together a bag of goodies and Jingle (or Elf) two of your neighbors who have not yet been jingled!

Whether you've just been Jingled yourself, or if you want to be the one to start the game in your neighborhood, the process is the same:

1. Select 2 "victims" in your neighborhood that you will "Jingle" (either individuals or the entire family)

2. Make a list of what goodies you will include for each victim

3. Buy or make your goodies

4. Buy, make or recycle containers large enough for your jingle treats

5. Create or copy a "Jingle Poem" of your choice and a "We've Been Jingled Sign" to include in each jingle

6. Deliver your Jingle to your neighbors after dark when no one is looking! Leave your package on the doorknob or porch, ring the doorbell or knock on the door, run and hide! (This is usually the part the kids love most)

7. Watch as the "We've Been Jingled" signs multiply and appear on doors and windows through the neighborhood


It's Time to Jingle Your Neighbor!

December 1st - a great day to begin!

Normally the game is started anytime after Thanksgiving - usually December 1st or sometime in the first week of December - but any time in December is a good time to start elfing your neighbor.

Whether you've been Jingled yourself, or are starting the tradition in your neighborhood, select your "victims" and start thinking of some ideas for what you want to include as goodies. Remember that the fun of the game is mainly the element of surprise and mystery, so your treats can be simple and inexpensive.


Pick a Festive Bag for Your "Jingle"

Finding or making a bag for your goodies can be part of the fun! Involve your children by letting them paint or use crayons to decorate a plain brown paper bag or use a colored bag and glue clip art on the front. If you don't have a bag with a handle, you can use a hole punch to make holes at the top of a bag and use ribbon or string to make the handles. If you don't have the time or inclination to be creative there are some really fun bags that look like elf or Santa pants.

A Keychain with an LED Flashlight

Kikkerland Santa Key Chain and LED Flashlight - KRL20T
Kikkerland Santa Key Chain and LED Flashlight - KRL20T

A key chain with an LED light, especially one with a holiday theme like this Santa is an inexpensive and fun gift that is also very practical for both adults and children on those dark winter nights.

 

You've Been Elfed Gift Ideas

After selecting your bag, fill it with some things you know are particular favorites of your "victims". Here are some ideas:

Christmas Candy

Small Holiday Decorations

Hot Cocoa Packages

Wrapped Cookies and Snacks

A votive candle and votive holder in a Christmas scent

Small sample packages of hand lotion

Lip balm

Key Chain

Refrigerator Magnet

Magazines

Puzzles

Holiday Window Clings and Decorations

Treats for the family pets

Homemade edible goodies may not be a good idea, especially if this is a new tradition in your neighborhood. Since the idea is to keep the identity of the person or family who left the treats a secret, some people may be reluctant to eat homemade goodies from an unknown source.


Lip Balm in Festive Seasonal Packages

'Tis The Season Lip Balm Berry Blizzard By Avon
'Tis The Season Lip Balm Berry Blizzard By Avon

This Santa lip balm is another example of an inexpensive gift idea for your family gift bag.

 

Lip balm and Hand Lotion

Lip balm in holiday flavors and seasonal packaging or small sample-size hand lotion are some other thoughtful gifts that will be appreciated.

A Votive Candle in a Christmas Scent

Christmas Scented Votive Candles
Christmas Scented Votive Candles

Christmas Scented Votive Candles

Include a holiday scented candle in your bag of surprises

Candles have long been associated with Christmas, so a votive candle in a holiday fragrance in an inexpensive votive holder would make a great Jingle treat for a neighbor. Here is a list of some popular Christmas candle scents:

Candy Cane
Christmas Pine
Home For Christmas


More You've Been Elfed Gift Ideas

Holiday Treats
Holiday Treats

Hot Cocoa For Cold Nights

Ghirardelli Chocolate Premium Hot Cocoa, Double Chocolate, 0.85-Ounce Packets (Pack of 12)
Ghirardelli Chocolate Premium Hot Cocoa, Double Chocolate, 0.85-Ounce Packets (Pack of 12)

Packages of warm beverages like this hot cocoa mix will be enjoyed by the whole family.

 

Warm Beverages

Individual packages of warm beverages like hot cocoa or apple cider are great fillers for your gift bag that will be appreciated on cold winter nights.

Treats for the Family Pets

Flint River Ranch Dog and Cat Treats
Flint River Ranch Dog and Cat Treats | Source

Jingle Treats For the Dog and Cat

Don't forget to include the family pets

It is always thoughtful to include a beloved family pet in your Jingle gifts. Heatlhy, natural treats will be appreciated.

Make Your Own Graphics with Clip Art

You've Been Jingled Elf
You've Been Jingled Elf

Jingle Poem

Several versions or make up your own!

There are several versions of a poem that can be used. Some say "You've been Jingled" and some say "You've been Elfed". No one seems to know who originated the game. There are several different versions of poems that can be found online or you can make-up your own poem. They all go something like this:

You've Been Jingled!

The Christmas Elf is jingling around.

Ringing the bells of the homes he has found.

Leaving some goodies for a happier season.

Continue this jingling, you have a good reason.

First, post this Elf near your front door.

Do it soon or you may get some more!

This will let the other Elves know of your visit.

Be sure to participate, you don't want to miss it!

Second, make two goodies & two copies

Deliver them to two neighbors and try to stay calm.

Jingling the doorbell, its certainly fun,

To act like an Elf and then Run, Run, Run!

You only have one day to act, so begin.

Leave it at a door where the Elf hasn't been.

Deliver when the time is just right.

Ring the doorbell and stay out of sight!

The Jingling Elf wants to bring everyone joy

Visiting the homes of every good girl and boy

This is all in good fun and we all we are trying to say,

Is have a Merry Christmas & Happy Holiday!

Start a "You've Been Elfed" Game at Work

Make the Office More Fun
Make the Office More Fun | Source

Start Some Holiday Fun at the Office

You can also add to the holiday fun by starting a Jingle at work. The rules are the same, but instead of leaving a package on the door and ringing the doorbell, you can simply leave a holiday treat on a

co-workers desk or mail box with the jingle poem and sign. Instead of a "We've been jingled" sign, make it an "I've Been Jingled" (or Elfed) sign and depending on the situation the sign can be taped to a desk, outside of an office, attached to a cubicle or mail box.


Free "You've Been Jingled" Poems and Signs

I've included a link to a website below which features free poems and signs with nice graphics that you can print off on your computer to start your own "You've Been Elfed" game!

Your comments are welcome - Please share your "jingled" stories

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      Paul 6 years ago from Montreal

      Great idea to spread the Christmas spirit around the neighborhood!

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      Treasures By Brenda 6 years ago from Canada

      Great idea; I'm sure I've heard of a similar Christmas game where people leave gifts at your door...You've Been Jingled sounds like fun.

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      Absolutely adorable! I have always done the "You have been Booed" so this is a new one for a new season! Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      oztoo lm 6 years ago

      I've never heard of this idea. It sounds like a great thing to do for people that don't have family or live alone, or are new to the area. I'm sure they'd really appreciated being "jingled".

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      lemonsqueezy lm 6 years ago

      I have never heard of being "jingled." I'm going to favorite this so I can find it again! Nice lens!

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      This sounds like great fun! :)

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      OMG! I love this idea -- we had something like this when I was living in a gated-community in Jacksonville ... I think I need to find a community that likes to be jingled!

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      Senora M 6 years ago

      Cute lens! Cute idea!!!

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      AmateurAtHTML 6 years ago

      Cute tradition. A little more Christmas cheer never hurt anyone. I like this!

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      Heidi Reina 6 years ago from USA

      My daughter just finished "booing" some friends. Sounds like it's time for a jingle or two! Thanks for the great ideas. My daughter will be delighted.

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      littlelu lm 6 years ago

      What a great lens!

      ~Blessed by a Squid Angel

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      Bambi Watson 6 years ago

      What a fun holiday game idea, sounds much funner than secret santa :)

      ~ Blessed by a Squid Angel >*

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      Lisa 6 years ago from Rhode Island

      This is a great lens and what a wonderful tradition

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      What a wonderful and unique idea! Great gift suggestions too!

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      Wonderful holiday tradition!

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      WhiteOak50 6 years ago

      This page is wonderful, I love this tradition and bet is it so much fun. Can you imagine all of the smiles it would create!! Beautiful!

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      Wendy Henderson 6 years ago from PA

      fun idea!

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      debbieann19 6 years ago

      What a wonderful idea, i have never heard of this before, maybe it hasn't reached Australia... or i don't live in the right neighborhood lol Thank you for sharing this idea. Cheers :-D

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      Asinka Fields 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      These are such fantastic ideas presented so beautifully! Thanks for this lens. Also, thanks for visiting my lens and showering your angel blessings. Ever grateful for that ...

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      JenOfChicago LM 6 years ago

      What a clever idea!

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      Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      I have never been jingled, in fact I never heard about this before reading this page. Sounds like a fun idea:)

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      blessedmomto7 6 years ago

      This is an awesome idea. I have never heard about this before. I don't know my neighbors well, but I think I will try this to add some fun to my neighborhood. Great lens, thanks for the idea. Thumbs up!

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      Rita-K 6 years ago

      I love this! With so much negativity in the world "jingling" would add a bit of needed love! Great Lens!

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      Rita-K 6 years ago

      I love this! With so much negativity in the world "jingling" would add a bit of needed love! Great Lens!

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      Holley Web 6 years ago

      Now this looks like fun! You have given us some great ideas to start a new tradition!

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      jlshernandez 6 years ago

      What a great idea. I have never thought of this. Thanks for sharing.

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      Mickie Goad 6 years ago

      I had heard of being "Booed" but not "Jingled". Sounds like a good way to regift or give away the jars of pickles that my husband made by the dozens!

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      livingfrontiers 6 years ago

      Very nice lens, and great idea! I love it...angel blessings!

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      Melissa 6 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      This would be fun to do in the office building I work at.

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      Tony Payne 6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      This is a really good fun idea, but it reinforces the fun of giving as well. Not only a great idea, but I love the imagery you used on the lens as well.

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      Julianne Gentile 6 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

      Oh I love this idea! How fun!

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      Ann 6 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      what a wonderful idea - lensrolled

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Love it, someone was sure smart to come up with this idea to spread goodwill. We all need some fun and a secret Santa in our lives.

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      ohcaroline 6 years ago

      It's a nice tradition to start in a neighborhood. Helps in bringing good will to your neighbors.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Not only is this a wonderful idea (that I've never heard of before) but it is also a most beautifully put-together lens! Absolutely top class in SO many ways - thank you for the pleasure of viewing it! :-))

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      I have never heard of this. Sounds fun!

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      javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I never knew about it but it sounds great. This lens has been blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      poutine 6 years ago

      Never heard of this one before either.

      Sound like fun.

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      KDimmick 6 years ago

      You've been jingled! Happy Christmas! Blessed by an angel :)

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      Robert T Gasperson 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Merry Christmas

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      JeffreyTymczak LM 6 years ago

      Clever Lens...very clever. ;D

      Jeff

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      squid-pinkchic18 6 years ago

      What an awesome idea! I absolutely love this. It's a great way to spread Christmas cheer and also celebrate with your neighborhood - I'll be sure to try starting this next Christmas. Wonderful lens, blessed by a Squid Angel :)

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Sounds like a pretty neat thing to try. Thanks for sharing the tradition.

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      I love this! When I was a little girl I would give out May Day baskets, but I have never heard of this.

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      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      What a fun idea!

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      Mona 5 years ago from Iowa

      What a delightful idea. I remember May day baskets but this could be even more fun.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      What a fun idea! I have never heard of this before. Hmm.............this gives me some ideas.

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      Lemming13 5 years ago

      Lovely idea!

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      iWriteaLot 5 years ago

      This sounds like so much fun! I remember doing something like this on May Day back when I was just a little kid. I already know who I'm going to Jingle, too! I'm going to get my neighbor across the street because she's always so grumpy, and I'm going to get my next door neighbor because she seems lonely - especially during the holidays. Thanks for a wonderful idea. Blessing this lens!

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      ladykida 5 years ago

      This ought to be a wonderfully fun activity for my son and I......thanks for such an inspiration!

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      This is a wonderful idea and act of good cheer. I love it! Thanks for sharing this joyful fun so we can all spread the holiday spirit. *Blessed*

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      Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Fun idea! I would love to do this in my neighborhood. I think there is still time. **blessed**

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      This is an adorable idea - never heard of it but it's *blassed* so others may see it.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      What a merry little Christmas game to play. At first I thought that your lens was on random acts of kindness but quickly caught on to the Jingle game. Very cute holiday idea actually for any season.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I've never heard of this before :)

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      A fun game to play for any holiday really. Community spirit sure needs a pick-me-up.

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      What a great idea. I'm going to jingle my neighbor this year.

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      Carol Goss 4 years ago

      Such a wonderful idea and so cute. Blessed :)

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      Cara 4 years ago

      This is a wonderful idea. I love it.

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      MintySea 4 years ago

      cute idea

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      fullofshoes 4 years ago

      What an awesome idea. Never heard of this tradition until now but we just might give it a try. ~blessed~

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This would really be a pleasant surprise. Just love the idea of being jingled or jingling my friends.

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      Jen 4 years ago from Canada

      I have never been jingled before but it sounds like lots of fun:)

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      Darla Dixon 4 years ago

      I just nominated your lens for Lens of the Day. Hope you win it.

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      EdmondHoggeJr 4 years ago

      LOL no can't say I've been jigled but I will try anything once liked and tweeted!

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      dotcomdiva 4 years ago

      OMG! This is even cuter than "Boo Your Neighbor"!

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      Donnette Davis 4 years ago from South Africa

      Hahaa i LOVE this game! What a wonderful and festive way to bring the neighborhood together.

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      Thamisgith 4 years ago

      What a great idea - and what a great lens. Thanks for sharing. Blessed.

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      Canvas-Art-Shop 4 years ago

      I've never heard of this before but I might have to start doing it myself!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Cute idea!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Cute idea!

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      Such a cool idea!

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      siobhanryan 4 years ago

      Blessed-I never heard of this tradition but it is a great idea

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      BarbaraCasey 4 years ago

      Love learning about fun ideas like this. Wonderful lens.

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      rawwwwwws lm 4 years ago

      BLESSED!!!

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      loveanime22 4 years ago

      great ideas thanks for sharing

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      Kay 4 years ago

      Never been jingled but I think this sounds fun. Blessed!

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      I love this idea and came from your blog page to visit it again. Glad I did, because I noticed the blessing didn't take.

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      victoriahaneveer 4 years ago

      What a lovely idea!

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from London UK

      I'm going to do this. We don't have this in the UK -at least I've never heard of it anyway. So now I'm hooked! Merry Christmas. Nice Lens BTW

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      scribenet lm 4 years ago

      Never heard of this, but it is quite charming. Think I will jingle some of my friends...who I normally do not exchange gifts with! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very exciting lens.

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      cjbmeb14 lm 4 years ago

      Never heard of this before, great lens.

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      IMKZRNU2 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      What a fun tradition to start! Thanks for sharing.

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      What a wonderful tradition! Thanks so much for sharing!

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      KandH 4 years ago

      Sounds like a terrific idea - thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      First time I've heard of this. Neat idea!

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      VspaBotanicals 4 years ago

      Very clever. Great lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      sounds like fun but hard to do here as only 3 people in the street.

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      LaurenIM 4 years ago

      OK this is hilarious! I want to start one. I know just who to do this to!

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Washington State

      What a joyous lens, this is the one I picked for the most joy to me this season! What a wonderful tradition to start. Thanks for a beautiful lens.

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      Scraps2treasures 4 years ago

      What a fun idea! I bet my kids would enjoy "jingling" the neighbors. Blessed.

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      reasonablerobby 4 years ago

      What a brilliant idea. A great way to bring the community together at Xmas

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What a wonderful way to spread some good will and Christmas cheer!

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      I'm so glad I found this again. I'm doing this tomorrow. Thanks for this idea.

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      MaryMitchell 3 years ago

      Soon be Christmas again already - where has the year gone! This sounds like a great way to to meet the neighbors and spread some joy at Christmas.

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      L. Olson 3 years ago from Northern Arizona

      What a great idea!

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      Evelyn Saenz 3 years ago from Royalton

      What a great idea! I love discovering fun ways to build community spirit.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      This is such a great and simple idea.

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      rtaustin 3 years ago

      Our Family loves this! We found a site that had lots of fun Christmas characters - Rudolph, Santa, Frosty, etc, etc. We got the "Mystery Sneak" one - which is way cute. BeenJingled.Net

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      After I read this last year I did it. Looking forward to giving a jingle gift again this year.

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      Vicki Green 3 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      @favored: That is great - so happy if this page gave you some ideas.

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      I think Jingling someone during the holidays is an amazing thing to do. I love this idea. Best wishes for a very Merry holiday season to you and yours.

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      Angela F 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      What a fun way to interact with neighbors.

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      marsha32 3 years ago

      How fun! Even more fun that May baskets of flowers.

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      Glad to see you here. This is one of my favorite things to do at Christmas.

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      sue 2 years ago

      This sounds like fun. I'm a bus driver and I'm going to start this for the Bus drivers to do this year! Should be a lot of fun!

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      Jayme Kinsey 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      This is such a fun idea! Sadly, I don't have any neighbors nearby. And they would notice if I drove up to their house after dark. It's a great idea though! I love making and giving goodie bags!

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      That is too cute...much prefer it to Secret Santa as you can remain anonymous. It is fun to me to give without someone knowing who gave the little treats.

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