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Heyo, everyone! Please bear with me through this wall of text! I had an idea of sorts that I wanted to present to everyone in the forums to sort of get into the Christmas/winter-holiday spirit. 💛 I personally love this time of year--mostly the modern interpretation of the whole 'gift-giving/eat all the good foods/just be happy' aspect. But anyway, I thought it would be fun to do something of a 'secret santa' sort of deal! Now, how this will work is: 1. People who wish to participate will have until December 12th to post their wishlist to the thread. Your wishlist only needs to be posted in the thread once! If you post your wishlist then I'm going to assume you intend to fully participate and thus are signing up to not only be a 'gift receiver', but also be randomly assigned to someone else in the thread who has indicated that they want to join in on the fun as their 'secret santa'. 2. After December 12th and by December 16th, I'll randomly assign everyone one 'secret santa' by taking down the names of those participating and putting them in a spreadsheet and just randomly selecting until everyone's been partnered up. Once I know who's been assigned to who, I'll be messaging/IMing/DMing (whatever your word is for it. ;p) the 'secret santa' via forum-mail the name of the person who they are to buy a gift for. 3. Secret Santas are encouraged to purchase their gifts by December 25th (Christmas day). -------------------------------------------------------- The technicalities: *1. I am personally encouraging that Secret Santas purchase their gift from the wishlist of the person they've been assigned (which, you will of course find posted in the thread. 💛 ). However, it is not a 'requirement' that any gift be chosen directly from anyone's wishlist. Instead, wishlists may also be simply referenced to get an idea as to the type of things the person you're getting a gift for might enjoy. The gift a Secret Santa gives is purely up to that individual--but I do personally discourage giving 'gag' gifts (in case maybe the receiver doesn't understand the joke!); giving 'cheap' gifts (I'll leave it up to your judgment to decide what you'd assume is 'cheap'); or anything that might be 'unusable' by the receiver (again, it is up to your best judgment to decide what you think might not actually be able to be used by who you're purchasing a gift for). *2. Please do not get discouraged if your gift is not received by Xmas. With everyone on a busy holiday schedule, it may be possible that your gift is given a little later in the month. Preferably, of course, worse case scenario--you do receive a gift in the month. However, in the off-chance that someone just wants to be a rude Grinch and not actually get someone a present, I want to apologize now for it. I am simply here to offer the idea and to do the sorting, but I am not capable of guaranteeing that those who claim to be interested will do as to be expected of them. I would imagine it to be the worst feeling in the world, especially during this time of year, to know that you came into this with no intention of actually giving when you see that there are those out there who did join this with good intentions. *3. I'm encouraging that, once your present is received, you maybe post a picture of you with your present in this thread as a sort of shout-out kind of 'thank you' to who gave you the gift! You don't have to mention them by name if you don't want to, just reference them as 'Secret Santa' if you'd like, but I think it would be fun to see what everyone got. 💛 *4. A goal in doing all of this is to have all participants be both a 'Secret Santa' and a 'Gift Receiver', however, if you feel so inclined to purchase for more than just the person you've been assigned too--feel free! All of this is, ultimately, about bringing some sort of joy to someone for the holidays! *5. My personal time zone is (+2 SLT), so, the 'by December 12th' cutoff will literally be when it is December 13th for me, since I'll be the only person randomly coordinating the names. *6. Because I wish to be as accommodating as much as is possible of me to this process, feel free to message me either here in the forums or via forum-mail with any questions you may have. I do ask patience in waiting for a response, tho--I'm not a big forum-conversationalist and often don't respond as quickly as some forum goers do. -------------------------------------------------------- I want to thank those who do decide to participate and I look forward to seeing how everything unfolds! ---- ̗̀Ϻomo ̖́-ღ ((And a special thank you to a few of my friends that were kind enough to help me brave up the nerve to post this idea. 💛))