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2007 COTH Secret Santa - CLOSED TO ENTRIES. ...UPDATE: All Notifications Sent!

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  • 2007 COTH Secret Santa - CLOSED TO ENTRIES. ...UPDATE: All Notifications Sent!

    Ok guys. I've stepped up and volunteered to play Chief Elf this year to give the previous year's organizers a year off. They have done an outstanding job, so they deserve to be gift-getters this go 'round. Here's whatcha do:

    Send an e-mail to ss_chief_elf@yahoo.com with the following information:

    1. Your COTH screen name

    2. Your real name and full address, including country

    3. Your e-mail address

    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. NOTE! The cost of shipping is in addition to this amount.

    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, your horse(s) if you have one, your tastes, 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 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, please let me know who the grincher was so I can ensure they don’t participate.

    9. 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. Your partner's information will be sent from this account.

    DEADLINE: I must have all participant’s e-mails by OCTOBER 30TH 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), please e-mail me at the above address too with DEGRINCHER in the subject line. I’ll create a separate database just for you gems.

    The fine print: For those who are new, 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 strangers for this one. The good news is that very, very few people have been "grinched" in the past, and those people will NOT be participating. 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.


    I guess that's it. Happy shopping ya'll!!!!
    Last edited by ChocoMare; Nov. 2, 2007, 08:10 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
    I am in!


    • #3
      Just sending an email now dear head elf!


      • #4
        I'm in!


        • #5
          YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!


          • #6
            Woo-hoo!! Sending my email as soon as I am done here!


            • #7
              Never Ride Faster Than Your Guardian Angel Can Fly
              Way Back Texas~04/20/90-09/17/08
              Green Alligator "Captain"


              • #8
                Susan - thank you!!!

                I'm in. And a nice thing to happen - my poor tech was just diagnosed with a hernaited cervical disc. So as flattened as I am right now (one grant due tomorrow, teaching, committee work, andother grant next week, a paper to finish) she is in worse shape.

                It is 5:00 here, I am eating lunch now. I had breakfast at 7 AM.

                When I get done, I don't care what time it is, I am heading out to Ted's andwe are just gonna graze.

                So, in due time, I will get my list to you!
                a 501(c)3 organization helping 501(c)3 equine rescues


                • #9
                  I would LIKE to play but I'm a HORRIBLE shopper.... are there any "helper elves" out there?!?

                  Frankly, I'm put off by how awesome most of you Secret Santas are! You come up with perfect gifts and I am so afraid I won't measure up!


                  • #10
                    Oh no - it's a blast! I have more and more fun each year.

                    I'm happy to offer what little advice I can.
                    a 501(c)3 organization helping 501(c)3 equine rescues


                    • #11
                      haha... DONE typing the description of myself!


                      • #12
                        i'm in! missed the deadline last year, was terribly disappointed.
                        Different Times Equestrian Ventures at Hidden Spring Ranch


                        • #13
                          Sounds like fun! Would love to join...
                          MnToBe Twinkle Star: "Twinkie"

                          Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!


                          • #14
                            I'm in, email sent, thanks so much for organizing it!


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by RegentLion View Post
                              I would LIKE to play but I'm a HORRIBLE shopper.... are there any "helper elves" out there?!?

                              Frankly, I'm put off by how awesome most of you Secret Santas are! You come up with perfect gifts and I am so afraid I won't measure up!
                              No, you know HOW to be Santa!


                              • #16
                                So, in, what, six years of being a member of this board, this is my first year to participate. I'm very excited!

                                But also curious... what are some examples of gifts you have given/received in the past? Have to make sure I measure up.


                                • #17
                                  Tha Ridge, I think the best things I've gotten are things that are a little unique, or that I wouldn't buy for myself. For example, the first year I got a beautiful embroidered saddle pad, which is something I've always wanted, but been too cheap to buy. I also got a brush that had been "blinged" by my Secret Santa. Very unique and cool, and something I"m totally unable to do myself (I'd end up with bling on me, the dog, the floor, etc.)

                                  I really appreciate the gifts that are horse related, because I get so many non-horsey gifts from my very generous friends and family. But none of them even know what a quarter sheet is, for example, or that you even could get a saddle pad monogrammed.

                                  Some people like soap, candles, chocolates, warm socks, mugs, that kind of thing. Most people will tell you in their informational message what they want and like. Truly, I think most people are just appreciative of the fact that a stranger took the time and made the effort to buy them something.

                                  You can send email to the person you're buying for, to get more info.

                                  It's fun to shop for someone you've never met, and someone who maybe has a different horsey lifestyle than you do (dressage vs. jumpers, trail riding vs. eventing, one horse vs. six, at home vs. boarding, etc.). You'd be suprised at the things you can think of to buy for someone!


                                  • #18
                                    Just sent my email And a follow up since I forgot something. DUH. This sounds like a lot of fun
                                    *PPP Member*
                                    "Official" Couch Critic


                                    • #19
                                      Done! Can't wait!
                                      Thanks for doing this.
                                      Lori T
                                      www.facebook.com/LTEquine for product updates on the lines I rep


                                      • #20
                                        sent my email