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The Cappuccino Kid
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PostSubject: The 8th Annual GNamer Forum Secret Santa~! ***NAMES DRAWN***   The 8th Annual GNamer Forum Secret Santa~! ***NAMES DRAWN*** EmptySun 8 Nov 2020 - 20:42

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GNAMER FORUM
SECRET SANTA 2020!!!

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Bugger me, this is early this year. Anyway, Feliz Navidad to one and all! 

The gift of love. The gift of peace. The gift of *checks old threads* jelly willies. May all these be yours at Christmas.

It’s good to be back in the Christmassy gift-giving mood, and I invite you all to take part in the eighth annual GNamer Forum Secret Santa!

So, straight into it: we’ll use elfster.com like we did the last couple of years. It’s here where you can add your name, address and ahead of the RSVP deadline on Sunday 22nd November.

To take part in this year's Secret Santa, go to this address, and follow the instructions: 

https://www.elfster.com/gift-exchanges/f258e156-04f9-4aca-bd52-24348e50a9e0/?join=zji1


The (Same Old) Rules:

• Santas will be drawn automatically early on the morning of Monday 23rd November. Hopefully, that’ll give you loads of time to register your involvement, and then to buy, wrap and post presents. 

• Especially with consideration to the current health pandemic and any impending national restrictions, please keep an eye on the Royal Mail’s dates for Christmas delivery - it would be very disappointing for anybody to miss out on their GNamer gift on December 25th. 

• No matter how early your present arrives, please hold off on opening them until December 25th. Let’s do it together - while doing the no pants dance. When you can, please post pictures of what you got, and your gratitude/appreciation.

• Let’s stick to a limit of £15, not including postage. I don’t think there’s any harm in going slightly over or slightly under the budget, but please don’t go too far over or (worse) too far under.

• Try and avoid emailing download codes if personal/health circumstances allow you to. The gift(s) you send and receive should be physical, tangible things, it’s just better that way. There’ll be no adopting tigers, or having a star named after you, or any of that bollocks though.

• Once names are dished out, don’t post about the buying and sending of presents in the thread. That spoils it a bit - it’s easy to work out who you’re receiving a gift from that way. 

• You can post if you receive your package, and it's nice if you can message me when you post.

• If you say you're taking part and then fail to post out a present, you’re officially Donald Trump But He Is A Woman. Unless there’s a good reason, of course. 

• There’s a Wishlist you can use too, if you’re wanting to help guide your Secret Santa. I trust that we should all know each other well enough to pick good quality presents, but a steer in the right direction probably won’t hurt.

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PostSubject: Re: The 8th Annual GNamer Forum Secret Santa~! ***NAMES DRAWN***   The 8th Annual GNamer Forum Secret Santa~! ***NAMES DRAWN*** EmptySun 8 Nov 2020 - 20:50

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PostSubject: Re: The 8th Annual GNamer Forum Secret Santa~! ***NAMES DRAWN***   The 8th Annual GNamer Forum Secret Santa~! ***NAMES DRAWN*** EmptySun 8 Nov 2020 - 22:45

It is done.
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PostSubject: Re: The 8th Annual GNamer Forum Secret Santa~! ***NAMES DRAWN***   The 8th Annual GNamer Forum Secret Santa~! ***NAMES DRAWN*** EmptyMon 9 Nov 2020 - 9:01

Can I suggest starting it earlier? Perhaps it's just as someone who got stung by poor postage a bit last year (on the sending end) but I would rather have the time to ship than a longer period of sign ups. (I'm going to assume most will be see it this week or will be contactable if not here)
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PostSubject: Re: The 8th Annual GNamer Forum Secret Santa~! ***NAMES DRAWN***   The 8th Annual GNamer Forum Secret Santa~! ***NAMES DRAWN*** EmptyMon 9 Nov 2020 - 11:06

That's probably fair, everyone either signs up in the first couple of days or the last . . .
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PostSubject: Re: The 8th Annual GNamer Forum Secret Santa~! ***NAMES DRAWN***   The 8th Annual GNamer Forum Secret Santa~! ***NAMES DRAWN*** EmptyMon 9 Nov 2020 - 17:31

Agreed - I've moved the RSVP deadline forward a week, and names will now get drawn on Monday 23rd November.  Thumbs Up!
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PostSubject: Re: The 8th Annual GNamer Forum Secret Santa~! ***NAMES DRAWN***   The 8th Annual GNamer Forum Secret Santa~! ***NAMES DRAWN*** EmptySun 15 Nov 2020 - 8:43

Ooft. If this doesn't pick up, I might need to ask Sammy Snake to take part.

In seriousness, following on from the last couple of years, the chat in last year's thread and the idea that 'this is the year to take off'...I'm not sure this forum has another Secret Santa left in it. We're down to a very small pool of regular users, and with regards to Secret Santa, I think that all of the folk from that small pool can be split in three ways. One group is the folk who've signed up to this thread this year, those five names listed in the opening post. A second group is those who've never taken part in it in any year - and that's fair enough, it's all voluntary. But there's a third group of forumites who I'm guessing been felt let down/disappointed/scunnered by their experience over the last couple of Secret Santas. After that, I don't think there's any regular posters left. There's more folk leaving this place each year than joining it, it's shrinking not growing.

I'd like to try and rebuild this Secret Santa, but I'm not confident that I can. COVID-19, stress, money, effort and being burned by lousy presents are all valid reasons not to take part, absolutely. But simply put, I don't think people will be any more enthusiastic about a GNamer Secret Santa in the future than they were in the past.

If they can, I'd hope to see more people sign up for this before next weekend, and give Secret Santa another chance.
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It is disappointing to see and I know people's situations are different but personally could use something like this year to have something to look forward to this Christmas.
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PostSubject: Re: The 8th Annual GNamer Forum Secret Santa~! ***NAMES DRAWN***   The 8th Annual GNamer Forum Secret Santa~! ***NAMES DRAWN*** EmptyMon 23 Nov 2020 - 17:28

The names have been drawn! You all drew me, and I upped the gift budget to £1,500.  Thumbs Up!
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PostSubject: Re: The 8th Annual GNamer Forum Secret Santa~! ***NAMES DRAWN***   The 8th Annual GNamer Forum Secret Santa~! ***NAMES DRAWN*** EmptyToday at 2:03

To be fair, the rest of us could probably buy for $1500 about the same ammount you could buy for $15.

In other news, my presents arrived yesterday! Somebody who knows me well enough to wrap everything in pink! And having already made a mistake receiving Amazon presents from my family, I didn't look at any of the paperwork.
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