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[livejournal.com profile] mockduck suggested a Secret Santa for her f-list this year, so this is where you sign up.

The first rule of Secret Santa is you DO NOT tell your recipient that you've sent them the gift. The second rule of... oh, let's not go there. But yes, please don't tell - if you want to have a guess or reveal yourself, please wait until after your lucky recipient has opened and enjoyed their gift.

It should all work like this....

Enter your details in the poll below - don't worry, I'm not the government, and consequently your personal details really are safe with me, and won't be found on a memory stick left on the underground. I promise. Also, if you want to give some clue as to what kind of person you are / what sort of thing might tickle your fancy, please add a few key-words in the poll which will be passed on to your Secret Santa to help provide inspiration. However, if you don't mind what you get, just put 'anything' in the text box.

Because of posting timescales, particularly last post to the USA, we need to have some deadlines in place. Therefore, this is the procedure, and these are the dates to remember:-

Sign-up needs to take place by 12:00 noon UTC on Saturday 6th December - that's only a week from when this first goes up, so spread the word people!

The random assignation of givers and receivers will be undertaken via a complicated procedure involving my children, a hat and several pieces of paper on the Saturday afternoon. You will receive the details (lj name, name & address) by e-mail from me within 24 hours.

Gifts should really be posted as soon as possible. Please be aware that if you get someone who lives in the USA, the last posting date is 10th December, which only gives you a few days to organise, wrap and send your gift.

There is no price limit on gifts - obviously don't spend more than you can afford. Equally, home made / home created gifts are positively encouraged.

It would be appreciated if you could drop me an e-mail once your gift has been posted - that helps me to keep track of what's been sent and when, so that I can chase up any queries, or even (heaven forfend) prod any of you who may have inadvertently not made it to the post office just yet...

Finally, it would be nice if you write an entry about your received gift to send me a link to the entry so that we can have them all indexed in one place early in the new year, and everyone can see what everyone received.

Merry Christmas - any questions, reply below.

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Date: 2008-11-29 09:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mockduck.livejournal.com
Oooh, have you had many responses yet? I can see why you'd be valued in any admin-type job; this is so well-thought out and thorough, much more so than it would have been if I'd done it. I love idea of posting about what you got.

I was going to ask whether you ought to also open this up to your own Friends, as it's on your journal?

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Date: 2008-11-29 09:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bingo-mcdingo.livejournal.com
I thought it was vaguely worded enough that anyone from my f-list who wanted to sign up could do - but I may make it more explicit (ooer madam)...

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Date: 2008-11-29 10:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bingo-mcdingo.livejournal.com
Hmmm... I was wondering about opening it up to... well, to anyone really. There are huge overlaps in all the (current) participants f-lists. If you and I both ask our f-list to ask their f-lists and point them in this direction, it could not only make this wonderful on a grand scale, but also affect some interesting new introductions.

I think because of our online social circles and the type of people who'd want to join in we should have a fairly good success rate of active participation. Plus, the tight timescale to sign up means that it can't explode and become unmanageable from my point of view.

I'm happy to do the extra co-ordination that this would / could entail, but I also don't want to tread on your toes - this is your idea, and if you want to keep it just within your f-list, that's perfectly understandable.

What do you think?

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Date: 2008-11-30 03:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mockduck.livejournal.com
Sorry not to reply sooner: it doesn't mean I was in a huff! It was just because I saw your post late at night last night on the bus home, and then haven't had a moment to reply since.

Having slept on the idea, though, my preference is towards keeping it small - your friendslist and mine. This is purely because I'd much prefer the chance of giving a gift to someone you know a little bit about, and perhaps care about, to be as high as possible.

Really the impetus for the whole thing came from a couple of people saying their families were having present-free xmases this year, and thinking how nice it'd be to send them something. I also hate the idea of sending something either so bland or so inappropriate to someone I don't know, that it just gets thrown away.

What do you think? Does that make sense?

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Date: 2008-11-30 03:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mockduck.livejournal.com
PS, many sign-ups yet??

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Date: 2008-11-30 05:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bingo-mcdingo.livejournal.com
No that makes perfect sense, and is absolutely fine - that's why I wanted to check with you, so no, no problem!

Also, so far - 11. Plenty of time for some more casting around though. And that's the last time (until after the event) that I'll tell you how many are involved! After all, a co-ordinator's got to have some secrets!

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Date: 2008-11-30 07:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mockduck.livejournal.com
Ha ha, I just can't help being curious! But, if I know that there are 11 I will rest easy, because that number is workable. I'll post about it again tomorrow.

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