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2012 COTH Secret Santa -- Sleighs On The Way!

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    2012 COTH Secret Santa -- Sleighs On The Way!

    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 - you'd be amazed at how many I get that miss this part

    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 or FedEx. 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 SantaDID NOT let me know in 2011, please9. 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 26th 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 during the FIRST FULL WEEK of DECEMBER so that any post office issues, delays, etc. can, hopefully, be avoided or corrected.... especially if shipping to Canada or overseas.

    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 keeps very good records and has a keen memory.

    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.



    GOOOOOO SHOPPING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Last edited by ChocoMare; Dec. 6, 2012, 07:25 AM.
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    Ho ho Ho! I love secret Santa!


      OMG I am so excited! I wasn't expecting this for another month! If you need any help let me know!
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        Woot! I love it when great minds think alike! I was just strolling through the stores today getting ideas for my giftee. Never ever have I seen so many equestrian themed things, clothes, boots, decor! Oh the hunt decor! *Swoon* and it's not even tacky!
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          I love Secret fun!
          Last edited by seabreeze; Sep. 5, 2012, 09:29 PM. Reason: I got so excited I forgot how to spell.
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            I'm in!
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              So not sure if I am going to do it again this year. After being grinched for the 3rd time in 7 yrs last year. I said I was not going to do it again. But then I was degrinched by someone that went above and beyond. Thank you Santa!!!!

              I am going to think about it, have lots of time with you starting early this year.
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              Are you going to cowboy up, or lie there and bleed



                I had taken a break for a few years and then jumped in this past year.....totally worth doing! I had so much fun! I highly recommend the COTH Secret Santa.


                  WOOT! Yup in like usual! Email will be sent today!


                  ps. Chocomare is an awesome Chief elf!
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                    This is so funny...this morning I was thinking about starting a thread about how I can't wait for COTH SS, then I thought,'s a little too early. LOL!
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                      Folks who have participated in the past, what's the lowest amount that can be spent without feeling like you can only afford lame gifts? I like Secret Santa stuff but horsey things are expensive and I don't want to be stuck with only being able to afford, like, a hoof pick and a couple of packages of horse treats.


                        Originally posted by kdow View Post
                        Folks who have participated in the past, what's the lowest amount that can be spent without feeling like you can only afford lame gifts? I like Secret Santa stuff but horsey things are expensive and I don't want to be stuck with only being able to afford, like, a hoof pick and a couple of packages of horse treats.
                        I'm also curious about this - I'd like to participate, but not sure a reasonable amount to commit to...


                          Wow, not 5 minutes. ago I was thinking about coth ss and wondering when it was goint to start, then I logged on and saw this! Yaaaaaayyyyyyy!!!!!


                            I was just thinking about this yesterday. I'm going to Silver Dollar City at the end of October to National Arts and Crafts Festival, and the theme this year is cowboys and mustangs. Even for an English-related SS, I thought I might find SOMETHING neat of the horsey ilk there to add to the stocking.
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                              The lowest we see is $10 (not including shipping). We all are different, so have different spending limits. Any gift, when given in self-less love is priceless
                              <>< 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.


                                So excited! Just sent my e-mail!


                                  Just sent my e-mail. So. Excited!!!
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                                    Yay! Totally doing it this year for the first time! Cant wait!
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                                      How Many Warmbloods does it take to be Eleanor's elf?

                                      Originally posted by Eleanor View Post
                                      So not sure if I am going to do it again this year. After being grinched for the 3rd time in 7 yrs last year. I said I was not going to do it again. But then I was degrinched by someone that went above and beyond. Thank you Santa!!!!

                                      I am going to think about it, have lots of time with you starting early this year.
                                      Apples are red,
                                      You will be glad,
                                      One of your horses,
                                      Is gonna wear plaid.

                                      Uh, you'd better sign up, Eleanor. We (it takes 2 warmbloods to be your "elf") have already gotten chocosanta's permission to be your elf.

                                      Is all your info the same as on your signup last year? Like the address, and mailing issues, and the sizes of those meese?

                                      Ok now we warmbloods aren't signing up to get gifts, just to be Eleanor's "elf" this year. So if you don't sign up, Eleanor, we warmbloods are gonna look uh dumb. And you should know that warmbloods are not dumb bloods.


                                        I'm in!
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