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Hello,
I have been known to invite "mathoms" (Hobbits' recycled gifts) at my own birthday party.

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Free Stores and Gift Exchanges. Our potlucks and many of our other activities are good opportunities to engage in free stores/gift exchanges, seed and fruit and veggie swapping and other gift economy activities.

I'm thinking of applying for a Neighbourhood Small Grant to host one or more Everybody's Birthday Parties with mathom exchanges.

If you're interested in helping with this - or event attending if we get it together, please contact me at maryinvancouver@gmail.com

Perhaps on September 22!!

September 22nd
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Hobbit Day is the birthday of the hobbits Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, two fictional characters in J. R. R. Tolkien's popular set of books The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. In the books both Bilbo and Frodo were said to be born on September 22nd, but of different years.
Hobbit Day - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hobbit_Day

Here's info about mathoms if this is a new idea for you:

Mathom

n. hobbitish. A birthday present, esp. one whose use has been forgotten.

"Hobbits give presents to other people on their own birthdays. Not very expensive ones, as a rule, and not so lavishly as on this occasion; but it was not a bad system."

-- The Fellowship of the Ring, pp. 50-51.

"It was a tendency of hobbit-holes to get cluttered up; for which the custom of giving so many birthday-presents was largely responsible. Not, of course, that the birthday-presents were always new; there were one or two old mathoms of forgotten uses that had circulated all around the district; but Bilbo had usually given new presents and kept those that he received."

-- The Fellowship of the Ring, p. 65.

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