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  1. #1
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    Default THE OFFICIAL 2010 COTH Secret Santa- Jan 14th = LAST DAY to declare "Grinch"

    For the third year running, it is my humble honor & privilege to coordinate COTH's Famous Secret Santa as The Chief Elf In Charge.

    So, here is how it goes… Please, PLEASE read each instruction carefully. 99.9% of your questions about how SS works are answered below:

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    Send an E-mail to SS_CHIEF_ELF@YAHOO.COM (note the Underscores between the words....NOT spaces) with all of the following information (I recommend you copy/paste the below text so you don't miss something):

    1. Your COTH Board Name

    2. Your real name and full address, including country

    3. Your e-mail address(es).....

    NOTE - We've learned in previous years that it's best if each person, if at all possible, get a separate Free e-mail, like Yahoo or Gmail, solely for Secret Santa purposes. Alas, we know that the WWW has issues sometimes, people change ISPs, etc. Sooo, if you can do a freebie one that’s always there and is just used for SS, it’s a wee bit of “contact” insurance, if you will.

    ATTENTION HOTMAIL USERS--BE AWARE! Usually sent e-mails go through fine to HM from Yahoo BUT..... "replies" get blocked." Just file that away for future reference.

    4. Your phone number (Your SS will be instructed to only use this number in the event they choose to ship via UPS. It may help get a package to you that was incorrectly addressed.

    5. The amount of money you're willing to spend on your SS, rounded to the nearest $10. -- I MUST HAVE one single-dollar amount. No ranges (like $70-90).

    NOTE-- The cost of shipping is in addition to your gift expense amount.

    While there is, technically, no dollar limit/ceiling, we find that usually only two or three people can do above $150, so keep that in mind.

    6. A YES or NO as to whether you'd be willing to ship overseas or to Canada. We have quite the international contingent and certainly don't want them to feel left out.

    7. A description of yourself!

    This is your chance to tell your Secret Santa about who you are, what you like/need/want/dislike/etc.

    Tell us about your discipline and your horse(s) if you have one, as well as children and pets.

    List your tastes in décor/food/clothing/music, etc. and things you'd like to have, or things you really don't need.

    Be creative, be specific if you'd like, or just describe yourself in general terms and leave your gift(s) up to the creativity of your Santa.

    If you have special food issues (allergies, religious guidelines, etc.), please specify them within your bio. Many folks love to send yummy goodies and we'd like to avoid someone becoming ill or getting something they can only smell and not eat.

    8. If you have been grinched in the past but DID NOT let me know in 2009, please let me know immediately who the grinch was so I can ensure they don’t participate. I have Grinch records going back to 2004 showing both the grincher and the grinchee. They are forbidden from playing again…..I GUARANTEE THEY WON'T GET IN!!

    9. VERY IMPORTANT-- Add SS_CHIEF_ELF@YAHOO.COM to your list of contacts in your e-mail account or be sure to check your junk mail folder regularly. (The underscores between the words are very important.) Your giftee’s information will be sent from this account to you by me, along with any other updates, etc

    DEADLINE-- I must have all participant’s e-mails by OCTOBER 27th so I have time to match them up, send out the match notification e-mails and give everyone time to shop and ship

    Gifts should be mailed/shipped out by the FIRST WEEK of DECEMBER so that any post office issues, delays, etc. can, hopefully, be avoided or corrected

    If you’d like to sign up to be an Official De-Grincher (although I pray it won’t be needed) or a Back-Up Elf, please e-mail me at the above address too with “DEGRINCHER/BACK-UP ELF WANNABE” in the subject line. I’ll create a separate database just for you gems.

    THE FINE PRINT-- For those who are new to Secret Santa via COTH, it's important to know that this is not an official COTH-sponsored or endorsed event. It is solely organized by COTH BBers for BBers. We do all we can to ensure that everybody does receive a gift, but we do have to put our faith in relative strangers for this one.

    The good news is that very, very few people have been "grinched" in the past, and those people who grinched will NEVER be permitted to participate again. This Chief Elf kept very good records.

    Also, we understand that poop happens. So, if you sign up and find that you will be unable to send a gift, please let me know IMMEDIATELY so I can make alternate arrangements with my DeGrinchers/Back-Up Elves.

    Lastly, feel free to be as crazy and wild as you'd like! Almost every SS participant creates an alter purely for Secret Santa Secret Messages. You just register as a new poster (and it's a good way to use your separate, free SS e-mail account) and post your teasing messages here or via PM to your giftee. Most folks use the following format: "Chocomore's Elf" ...or something to that effect. Just be sure you carefully log in and log out when using your alter! Some folks have accidentally revealed their true COTH identity because they forgot to login under their SS Alternate Name.

    Ready...............


    Set......


    GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    L E T -- T H E -- S H O P P I N G -- B E G I N ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
    Last edited by ChocoMare; Dec. 21, 2010 at 08:50 AM.
    <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.



  2. #2
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    Woo Hoo!!! I may be unemployed, but will still participate, I have had so much fun doing this!!
    Lori T
    www.calypsofarmeventers.blogspot.com
    www.facebook.com/LTEquine for product updates on the lines I rep



  3. #3
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    I love it :P
    In my opinion, a horse is the animal to have. 1300 pounds of raw muscle, power, grace, and sweat between your legs - it's something you just can't get from a pet hamster.



  4. #4
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    Wooot! Sooo much fun! Will get this sent off to you ASAP. But must first finish degree final project!

    edit to add: even funner this year since i have a car and i know of more cool tack stores so i can now even get to them! woot!
    P.



  5. #5
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    Thank you Chocomare for all your effort with COTH Secret Santa! I was out last year but I'm back and ready to shop this year!



  6. #6
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    Thank you Chocomare! I love love love Secret Santa! You will be getting my email soon! Woohoo!!!
    Celtic Charisma (R.I.P) ~ http://flickr.com/photos/rockandracehorses/2387275281
    Proud owner of "The Intoxicated Moose!"
    "Hope is not an executable plan" ~ My Mom
    I love my Dublin-ator



  7. #7
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    I'm going to jump in this year! Looks like great fun
    "Beware the hobby that eats."
    Benjamin Franklin



  8. #8
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    Maybe I'll do it this year... I need something to look forward to Love reading this thread even when I don't do it!



  9. #9
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    YEAH! I am so excited! This is my favorite time of year!
    Foaling Around www.facebook.com/foalingaround
    Custom Equestrian Items and Bath Products



  10. #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by LoveGirl83102 View Post
    YEAH! I am so excited! This is my favorite time of year!
    Mine too!!



  11. #11
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    Are new members "allowed"?

    I did this on another forum, loved it but kinda fell off that one and they had a rule that you had to be a member for at least one year to weed out trolls and the like. I also was grinched last year, major bummer as the person strung me along through all of January promising it was in the mail, backordered,etc!

    I would love to participate! I have had tons of fun shopping for other horse people since I don't have many in my family and hearing about how much my gifts were appreciated!

    Thanks!



  12. #12
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    We do not discriminate here on COTH as far as who can participate in SS.... EXCEPT previous grinches

    So, sign up Heliodoro and have some COTH fun!
    <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.



  13. #13
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    Thinking of participating this year. We will seeee



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    Yay!

    I've already got a few things stashed away for my future giftee.
    What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what
    lies with in us. - Emerson



  15. #15
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    Woo hoo! I love COTH SS!



  16. #16
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    wooohoooo!!! I KNEW something good would happen today!!



  17. #17
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    I was just wondering when it would be sign up time. I did it for the first time last year and had so much fun!!!
    But, yes, its easy to slip up and reveal your true identity.......i do it last year, but quickly got the post gone. Whew...such pressure!!! LOL
    Sandy
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    hunter/jumper ponies



  18. #18
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    Sounds like fun! I may hop in this year...
    Different flavors of crazy, but totally NUTS. You know its true. - GreyHunterHorse

    http://showertimecontemplations.blogspot.com/



  19. #19
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    This is my third year and I always have a blast. I have met some great people too!!! I am signing up tomorrow
    RIP Sucha Smooth Whiskey
    May 17,2004 - March 29, 2010
    RIP San Lena Peppy
    May 3, 1991 - March 11, 2010



  20. #20
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    Email sent! Should be fun!



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