Saturday, December 19, 2020

Strangerhood of the Traveling Snuggie, Part 3

First off, I wrote a piece about what it feels like to close the chapter on 2020. It was incredibly cathartic to write this, in a way I hadn't really anticipated when I sat down and started typing. I would love to have you check it out. Special thanks as always to Josh Fowlke for the absolutely incredible artwork.

Second, the Traveling Snuggie has made it back home, sort of unexpectedly. Brooke (featured below) had it and she emailed me to let me know she would be in Utah for the month of December and so she offered to bring it to me if I wanted to see it. I had anticipated having it continue its journey, but I admit that I was selfish and couldn't resist getting ahold of it after its long journey.

When I started Strangerhood of the Traveling Snuggie a few years ago, I honestly didn't think people would actually be very interested in participating. I thought at most a couple of you near Salt Lake City would sign up and we'd do this for a few weeks and have a small shared laugh over it. 

What ended up happening was hundreds of people emailed me and wanted to participate. People from all over the country (and world). Everyone was so enthusiastic and delightful about it. The Snuggie ended up hitting 50 or so of your homes all over the United States (I was too scared to send it abroad, but maybe we need to have an international version?). 

You all took it and added little trinkets and gadgets along the way. You created a travel book to write notes to one another and you sent information and keepsakes along with it to represent your town.

Along the way, we had some really incredible stories and encounters and, at the risk of sounding too self-important on behalf of our purple blanket with sleeves, the Snuggie ended up being a really important thing for a bunch of people. Take, for example, Tracy, who shared her story on Strangerville early this year about receiving the Snuggie the day before starting chemo and then taking it with her as her security blanket and "holding onto it for dear life." Tracy talked about how this stupid little thing helped her feel like she wasn't alone and there was a community of weirdos (you) who were with her for one of the scariest things a person can go through.

I had so many lovely interactions with you through this process, and that has been such a gift to me. 

During 2020, it was difficult to keep this going. When things started to shut down, Amy Rose happened to have the Snuggie in her possession and, not knowing whether shipping something like this could spread a disease we didn't know existed until just a few months ago, we decided it would be best to just pause things for a while. 

Eventually we felt ok about sending it on and it made it through several more homes before landing in mine. 

I intend to restart this, probably next year. I don't know whether to retire the current Snuggie and send out a new blank slate or just put this one back out there. I'm open to suggestions.

In the meantime, please enjoy our latest round of photos. 

Brooke, Huntington Beach California

Carrissa, Canton Minnesota. Carrissa received the Snuggie on the day of her dad's viewing. She wrote, "It was a rough day . . . . I was getting ready to leave to go to the funeral when I opened the door to find this mysterious package on the door step. On a day where I felt very much alone, getting the Snuggie was like a little hug from the universe."

Jessica, Albuquerque New Mexico

Kristin, Bellevue Nebraska

Kim, Miscatine, Iowa

Molly, Bethel Missouri 

Nicole, Omaha Nebraska

Nicole, Kalamazoo Michigan

~It Just Gets Stranger


  1. You should link the previous installments here too! Or even create a section of the site devoted to the traveling Snuggie.

    1. Good idea! Note though that the tag at the bottom of the post (Strangerhood of the traveling Snuggie) will take you to all of them.

    2. It looks like maybe tags don’t show up on mobile. Unless I’m just not seeing it?

    3. Yeah I only use mobile and don’t see any tags. Blogger hasn’t kept up with the times, I guess.

    4. At the very bottom on mobile you can click view web version and then they should come up.

  2. What an amazing story these photos tell! Send out the same snuggie. A new one just would not have the same magic.

  3. Agree- same Snuggie! There’s a lot of room left on it for joy!

  4. I think my favorite part of these stories is that the snuggie has a divine way of showing up when it's needed most.

    1. Agreed. It was the absolute last thing I was expecting on that day and it was just what I needed. I'm grateful for this goofy little community ❤

      - Carrissa

  5. I would be thrilled if you went international...I'm up here in Canada where the Snuggie would have a blast!

  6. I was so excited when I got it! My husband thought I was a little looney but he knows enough from my comments about Stranger to suggest getting our dog in the picture!