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Formalhaut
12-03-2016, 02:02 PM
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Give Somebody A Reason To Smile This Holiday Season



http://home.eyesonff.com/images/eoff_smilies//icon2.gif Ooh, Presents!

For the fifth year, Secret Santa is riding a sleigh to a forum near you! If you weren't around last year, or scared by the prospect of a cloak-and-dagger ninja Santa, then have no fear. This Santa only gives presents and fuzzy feelings.

EoFF Secret Santa is a great way to show fellowship and spread goodwill to other members of your community. And the best bit about this event? You get to both the giver and the givee!

http://home.eyesonff.com/images/eoff_smilies//icon2.gif Sounds good, but what do we do?

That's a good question. So here's how it works, step by step:



Reply in the thread that you are interested in becoming a Santa. Easy as. The deadline for this is the 10th December. That's a full week.
After sign-ups close, I will use a randomiser to assign everyone their Secret Santa!
Everyone will have to give gifts to two members: one member is another Secret Santa. The other member is someone else who didn't participate in the event but is deserving of a present all the same! Presents for all!
You can give as many gifts as you like! This is an on-line Santa, so we're not expecting actual gifts (though if you're feeling particularly generous...). This is more of a gesture of thoughtfulness expressed through the medium of Secret Santa. Gifts can range from images of a present we would give that person, electronic gift cards, to actual pieces of artwork, signature sets to use or pieces of literature. Most people typically give approximately 1-4 gifts per recipient.
There will be a second deadline for the submission of Secret Santa gifts. All submissions will be through me, Formy, via PM by the 23rd December, 19:00 GMT. That gives you about two weeks, ample time!
The Big reveal will take place on Christmas Eve! Again around 19:00 GMT.


http://home.eyesonff.com/images/eoff_smilies//icon2.gif 1-4 gifts? How will I manage THAT!?

With ease. This is effectively an imaginary exercise, giving your Secret Santas the present you wish you could give them in person. It may sound like a pointless exercise, but Christmas can be a hard time for some people. Even the kind gesture of an electronic gift can really elevate someone's spirits.

Moreover, it can be a great opportunity to poke fun at member's eccentricities, make hilarious in-jokey gag gifts, and the like. Seriously, go wild.

http://home.eyesonff.com/images/eoff_smilies//icon2.gif Any examples of fine gifts in the past?

Struggling for inspiration? Look at this selection of post Santa goodies and be in awe!

A veritable selection of images and GIFs (http://home.eyesonff.com/showthread.php/160645-Secret-Santa-2014?p=3494949&viewfull=1#post3494949)
All expenses paid trip to the Golden Saucer! (http://home.eyesonff.com/showthread.php/147022-EoFF-s-Very-Own-Secret-Santa!?p=3187816&viewfull=1#post3187816)
Mermaid Shell Bra. No, Seriously (http://home.eyesonff.com/showthread.php/147022-EoFF-s-Very-Own-Secret-Santa!?p=3187825&viewfull=1#post3187825)
The best MS Paint has to offer! (http://home.eyesonff.com/showthread.php/147022-EoFF-s-Very-Own-Secret-Santa!?p=3187832&viewfull=1#post3187832)
An expletive laden chainsaw katana (http://home.eyesonff.com/showthread.php/147022-EoFF-s-Very-Own-Secret-Santa!?p=3187849&viewfull=1#post3187849)
Final Fantasy VII themed Nativity (http://home.eyesonff.com/showthread.php/153392-EoFF-s-Second-Secret-Santa!?p=3350275#post3350275)
'Vintage' American Straight Jacket! (http://home.eyesonff.com/showthread.php/153392-EoFF-s-Second-Secret-Santa!?p=3350325#post3350325)

And many more! Hopefully you've realised that when we mean 'gifts', we really mean 'anything'.

You won't find these in your stockings.

http://home.eyesonff.com/images/eoff_smilies//icon2.gif Sounds awesome! Lemme in!

Great! Just post in this thread, clearly stating your intention to join in! Remember, you have until the 10th December to participate, but even if you choose not to, there's still the possibility that you may be drawn as a lucky second recipient. Because after the year we've had, we kinda need it.

Current Santas

BreakfastGrilledCheese
Bubba
Formalhaut
Fynn
Jinx
Lyndis Highwind
Night Fury
'Ninja' Santa
Mr. Carnelian
Pumpkin
Shauna


If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask any! From all of us at EoFF, have a lovely holiday season!

Jinx
12-03-2016, 02:35 PM
I'll join! :)

Pumpkin
12-03-2016, 02:47 PM
Me toos

Fynn
12-03-2016, 02:51 PM
I'M IN!

BreakfastGrilledCheese
12-04-2016, 03:34 AM
Ooooh! This sounds really fun! :D I would love to participate!

Night Fury
12-04-2016, 08:38 AM
I'd also like to join please.

Formalhaut
12-05-2016, 12:48 AM
I've had a mystery EoFFer want to volunteer for being a Santa, which is very exciting because I'm pretty sure that's the first time someone had taken the 'secret' part of the event literally.

I'll put them down as 'Ninja Santa' on the list of participants. I'll reveal who they actually are at the big reveal on Christmas Eve.

Lyndis Highwind
12-05-2016, 03:58 AM
I'm in! :) It sounds like a lot of fun.

Formalhaut
12-13-2016, 12:25 AM
I've given this two more extra days, just to extend the sign-up period. I will be closing sign-ups tomorrow (13th) and issuing everyone their Secret Santas that same day, so if you want to join in, do get in quickly before I close it up!

Thank you everyone who has already signed up: it's going to be great!

Shauna
12-13-2016, 08:55 AM
Aye why not

BreakfastGrilledCheese
12-13-2016, 06:09 PM
:D Looking forward to receiving my secret Santa!

Formalhaut
12-13-2016, 11:37 PM
Aaaaaand that's a close! Thanks everyone for signing up. I'll now be randomising you all in a list, and issue you out personal Mognet Messages.

You now have until 23rd December to send me your presents! I will be travelling throughout much of that day, so really it could 00:00 GMT and it'll be fine. I'll check in earnest on the 24th, and the big reveal is at around 19:00 GMT on Christmas Eve.

Stay tuned to those Mognets, and thanks!

Pumpkin
12-16-2016, 03:50 AM
Got my gifts in :jess:

Formalhaut
12-19-2016, 08:12 PM
And currently, you're the only person who's got their gifts in. Look at you, you early bird.

Just a gentle reminder that the deadline is the 23rd (whatever time is fine), so don't forget!

BreakfastGrilledCheese
12-22-2016, 08:00 AM
I did the thing!~

Lyndis Highwind
12-23-2016, 08:34 AM
Got mine in! :D

Shauna
12-23-2016, 08:56 AM
Planning on running away from work early, will get my stuff done then!

Formalhaut
12-23-2016, 11:06 PM
Okay, so I'm currently in the hotel, getting to Switzerland tomorrow. I will check tomorrow who's sent me what. If a significant minority of people haven't sent me gifts by Christmas Eve, I'll consider extending the deadline a couple days. I know Christmas is a very busy time for people, and I don't want to come across as a pestering ninny over some electronic gifts.

If you haven't sent your gifts in yet, but you certainly intend to tomorrow, just let me know and I'll try and work to your schedule!

Formalhaut
12-30-2016, 02:35 PM
Update! I've had one or two late Santas over Christmas which is fair enough, seeing how it is Christmas.

Thankfully, poignant calendar events really bunch up around December, so I've decided to move the reveal to New Year's Eve.

Thanks everyone for your patience, and rest assured, your presents will by your side soon! :D

Bubba
12-30-2016, 02:50 PM
You can thank me for the late entries. My apologies everyone! They're in now :-)

Night Fury
12-30-2016, 03:18 PM
Bloody hell Bubba!!!!!!! HOLDING EVERYONE UP YOU LITTLE SOD!


(jk love u m8)

Bubba
12-30-2016, 11:04 PM
jk love u m8

D'aww thank you! I'm glad somebody does :D