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Mumsnet Christmas Appeal: the thank you thread

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SandyMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 28-Nov-12 13:15:00

So the spreadsheets have been completed, the matches have gone out, all is done. [gin]

We're all waiting with bated breath. If you're a recipient and you'd like to pop back on here when your gift arrives to thank your donor then do remember to look out for your MN code which will have been included in the address on the packaging and include it in your post. The person who sent the gift will then be able to know it's you.

If anyone has any questions about anything to do with the Mumsnet Christmas Appeal then do please email

Ho Ho Ho!

Recipient111 Thu 20-Dec-12 09:51:04

Dear SS111,

DS and I opened the gifts this morning, as we are going away this afternoon! I showed him the box yesterday, he was completely astonished that a stranger would send us something!

I suspect I was nominated in part due to passing on various of ds's clothes and toys over the years and it's something I encourage him to participate in, so he really felt that he had "earned" his share of the things, which gave me a warm, fuzzy glow. He has asked if we can "keep being nice to people next year". smile

All of the gifts were clearly carefully thought out and the kind of small treats that I never think to buy for myself. I particularly like the socks, as ds helpfully pointed out, it will be nice for me to have some without holes in! Ds particularly liked the small box with the snake, and the jet balls, which have been counted, re-counted, categorised by colour, arranged in the shape of a solar system - and will now be used for endless games of indoor cricket! We are going to take the Xmas candle with us to add some festive cheer to Xmas day!

Hope you have a great Xmas, and all the best for 2013.

Recipient 111

LightHousekeeping Thu 20-Dec-12 10:04:41

211 yours was posted last week. I hope it arrived.

stickyj Thu 20-Dec-12 10:55:51

MN166, I posted your parcel special delivery to guarantee it getting to you yesterday. I hope it arrived! xx

Saltire Thu 20-Dec-12 11:16:02

Sticyj MN166

Yes it arrived yesterday. I have been trying compose in my head what I was going to write as a thank you. We are all overwhelmed by your generosity.
I was a bit hmm when MN told me I'd been nominated, as I felt there are far more deserving people on here. But DH convinced me that someone has taken the trouble to nominate me and I should accept it in the manner it was intended.

It has been a bit of a crap year for us, DH was out of area for 6 months, or 8 if you include the 2 months training he did befor he went. it wasn't until he got back i found out that he'd a couple of "near misses". The DSes played up big time during the time he was away and I did at times feel very stressed.
The thought that someone has nominated me and you yourself stickyj took time out to think of thoughtful gifts for us has really touched my heart this christmas.

I shared the Tesco voucher with DH, and will give the amazon vouchers to teh Dses on christmas day.
The rest of the box I have kept for myself.
Thank you again, and I hope you and your family and my nominater and his/her family have a happy christmas

MN102 Thu 20-Dec-12 11:49:42

Hi SS102 - DS is average height and at the mo wears age 6-7 clothes, if that helps.

I'm still blown away by the generosity that has been shown to me.

I'm feeling the MN love.

blizy Thu 20-Dec-12 11:58:04

Wow, a huge,huge thank you to ss018. Your gift has come at the perfect time, I have received some crappy news this morning and this has put a massive smile on my face. Thank you so much for mentioning my dd and remembering her on Christmas, that itself is the biggest gift I could ever receive. I really hope you and your family have the most fantastic Christmas. thanks

I am so very grateful and overwhelmed that I was nominated in the first place, a huge thank you also to my nomintaor.

MN has helped me over the past 2 years, the wonderful ladies here have given me strength and listened when I need to vent. It really is a wonderful place to be. thanks

MN066 Thu 20-Dec-12 12:13:24

MN066 here again, another parcel has just arrived this morning I am so surprised!! never expected to be nominated in the first place but to receive all these lovely gifts - i'm totally shocked (in a good way) and overwhelmed by all the generosity. Also i really hope its not a mix up by mnhq or anything and we are really supposed to be having 3 santas? blush

To SS066 with the name beginning with L, thank you so much!! I did unwrap and have a look at everything because I get a bit too overexcited, can't help myself! but I have wrapped it all back up (apart from the choc cos i may have to break out that one a little early grin )

I love everything you chose, I do not know how all you secret santas are managing to get everything perfect with such little info its really amazing, I especially like ds1's top with the cape that is very cool and i've never seen one like that. I know they will all be really happy with everything when they open it up. I hope you and your family have a fantastic christmas smile

Thank you!!!! and thanks so much to mnhq for organising this, it really makes you feel proud to be part of mumsnet to have such generosity and so many lovely people and I will definitely be nominating and voluntering to be a SS next year! flowers

SecretSanta09 Thu 20-Dec-12 12:27:15

At last! Item has arrived here, been swiftly wrapped and is about to be on it's way to you, MN09.

I'll send it whichever the Post Office tells me is quickest way, but it should fit through the letter box so I suspect simple 1st class will be fastest - and apparently today is last posting day for Xmas. blush

Sorry to have kept you on tenterhooks.

SecretSanta09 Thu 20-Dec-12 12:27:54

Sorry, MN009. I'm even cutting it fine on 0s now...

Santa151 Thu 20-Dec-12 12:36:26

So glad it was you Peachy :-)
Amazing that what pops into your head to put in a box is sometimes just right; am so pleased it was what you needed.
Happy happy Christmas x smile

MN093 Thu 20-Dec-12 12:36:47

I am a dingbat! I said I got a wrapped pressie, no card....this morning I looked in the packet and found a card, and a gift card for my favorite shop!
My only excuse is the cold meds are making me dopy..
I will spend the voucher on lovely food. Thank You Secret Santa grin

shabbatheGreek Thu 20-Dec-12 13:18:38

grin Just received a parcel from my SS (MN171) I am not opening the beautifully wrapped gift but I am going to use my gift card at the weekend.

Thank you so much, it is very much appreciated.

You have put a big smile on my face and really made my day. I struggle at Christmas time because I miss my 2 DS's so much. Yes, I know I am very lucky because I have two sons physically here with me and a precious grandson BUT the longing to see my lads again becomes overwhelming at this time of year.

Thank you once again - this is what Christmas is all about xxxxx

stickyj Thu 20-Dec-12 14:33:52

Hi Saltire

I'm glad it arrived safely, I wasn't fishing for thanks. I was just about to storm into the Post Office and demand justice angry because I've had terrible trouble with DS4's present and it not arriving when it should have.

I hope you all have a lovely Xmas, the red bag is just for you. I hope you and DH find something nice to share. Merry Christmas xxgrin

prettybird Thu 20-Dec-12 14:37:49

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

DeltaUniformDeltaEcho Thu 20-Dec-12 14:49:37

MN091 here....

Not name changing because I want my nominator to know I am truly grateful for them thinking of my and because I'd love my wonderful Secret Santa to know I am so so thankful!

I just picked up my box and have tucked away the gifts for christmas day.

I can't promise the chocolates will last though..... Or the salt liquorice - yum! I'm going to tuck the santas in the kids stockings to bulk them out - along with the glow sticks which I know they will adore!

And I know you didn't know it but the birds are perfect for me - very much my style so thanks so so much!

And I love the snowman decoration - he's hanging happily on the tree and I look forward to hanging him up each year and remembering that we had a lovely christmas in 2012 despite the rough few months. This is our first christmas here after being made homeless and you really have helped to make it even more special. You really are a wonderful mumsnetter!

<excuse me....I've still got something in my eye...must still be that straw from DS's first nativity yesterday....>

MOSagain Thu 20-Dec-12 15:53:49

MN126 I'm also not name changing as I want my nominator and SS to know how touched and grateful I am.

I received a lovely cookery book last week and was therefore shocked to receive another gift today. It is beautifully wrapped and I have resisted the temptation to open it and will put it under the tree for Christmas day. The 'big' kids are away with their dad for Christmas and I will be home with little ones and the Grinch (FW/DH) and suspect there will be no other gifts for me on Christmas day so I'm truly touched by the kindness of a complete stranger (and more than a little curious about which lovely person nominated me) It has been an awful year for me and I'm hoping next year will be much happier.

Secret santa, thank you so very very much. I hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas and a very happy new year xxx

prettybird Thu 20-Dec-12 16:02:07

Oops - meant to change names but forgot in my embarrassment at being so late blush

NedSchneebly Thu 20-Dec-12 16:57:10

To MN137 I am not namechanging either smile

Its very hard to know what to say in gratitude that doesn't sound trite or false but I was so touched when my parcel arrived. I have saved the Lego and stationery set for DS for Christmas Day - he will absolutely love them! I will definitely make sure that he understands where they came from. I have already had the scented candle lit while I soaked in the bath and the scent is lovely. I have been so moved by the whole experience of being nominated to receiving my "Parcel of Mumsnet Love" that it has given me a well needed boost at the end of a very difficult year.

Thanks MN137 You are truly a wonderful person x x x x x x x x x x x x x x

MammaTJ Thu 20-Dec-12 17:19:34

Secret Santa 77 I really hope you see this.

I was delighted to recieve the parcel you sent today. Lovely crafty bits and Festive socks, sweeties and a little box of chocs, labelled especially for MUM!! Other wonderful bits and bobs. I was just so happy to get this and know my DC will be too!

Then I found the voucher, which happens to be for one of the two supermarkets in this ends of the earth town I live in!! So very much too, it will make a huge difference.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kindness. I hope you have a fabulous Christmas.

Thanks (though this seems paltry in comparison) also to the person who nominated me!! It means so much!

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AnotherSecretSanta117 Thu 20-Dec-12 17:43:21

Finally posted my wee contribution yesterday blush

Hope you don't suffer too much from the sugar rush enjoy the home made Scottish speciality.

I'm told a satsuma helps cleanse the palate so you can eat some more - although I've never tried that theory out 'cos I have such a sweet tooth I can always have "just one more" blush

Enjoy! smile

imdreamingofaskyebluechristmas Thu 20-Dec-12 18:11:37

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ThePlEWhoLovedMe Thu 20-Dec-12 18:31:27

SS to MN138

Not sure if you even know who you are ...but wanted to let you know that i (finally) got my act together .. and got myself to the post box today ... Didn't want you to think I had forgotten completely

I struggled thinking what to send - hope it is ok !!

SledYuleCated Thu 20-Dec-12 18:53:36

Ooh, MammaTJ <waves> Glad it got there safe and sound and I may have Googled supermarkets to check

I've been to you home town and thought it would be wise to check first wink

Hope your and your DC have a lovely time smile

GlaikitFizzogTheChristmasElf Thu 20-Dec-12 18:53:52

mnhq we need a new thread! <flashes wine symbol across darkened sky>

thegreylady Thu 20-Dec-12 19:30:16

surely this one will be allowed to continue as a gesture to the end of the world smile

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