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MN Christmas Appeal 2013

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SandyMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 01-Oct-13 10:35:56

Can you hear the faint tinkle of Santa's sleigh bells? Are you trying to remember where you stashed your fabulous reindeer jumper? tchgrin

Hurrah! That must mean Christmas is [ahem] just around the corner and the Mumsnet Christmas Appeal is gearing up for another year of festive generosity and merriment.

The MNers' heartfelt community spirit is being unleashed for the fourth year in-house. If you're new to the site or need to refresh you memory, please check out how this wonderful Secret Santa gift exchange came about. In short MNetters nominate a worthy recipient and also donate gifts to other MNetters in a HUGE anonymous Secret Santa.

And for those of you who like the sound of the whole thing and are keen to spread the Christmas cheer, here's how it all works.

So if you know of a MNer who could do with a bit of a boost, help towards making their Christmas more enjoyable, or is just particularly luffly, please go to our NOMINATION PAGE to tell us about them. You have until 15th October.

We'll then drop all the nominees a line to ask for their addresses, ages/sex of any DC along with any further family details they're happy to share. This information needs to be with us by 29th October.

If you'd like to add something special to a MNers' Christmas by donating a gift, thank you! Please go to our DONATION PAGE where you can tell us about the gift you'd like to pledge. We love vouchers because they're easier to match, but we'd be delighted with all sorts. Remember, nothing is too small. You have until 29th October.

By 22nd November <gulp> we will be awash with Baileys The Christmas Spirit liquor, but will have matched up all the donations with the nominees and will send out a Secret Santa mail to the donators so all you lovely folk can get your parcels off well before the final Christmas post. Parcels are addressed to the MNetter of the House (unless otherwise stated) to try to maintain anonymity.

This whole process is anonymous, we do not pass over RL or Talk names.

Donators and nominees are given a code to quote if they want to say thank you to one another on the MN thank you thread following the gifts being sent out.

Any questions about the frankly terribly confusing process, please do ask, or take a look at our FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS. tchgrin tchgrin

And so <bounces with excitement> may MNHQ be the first to wish you a very Merry Christmas! Ho ho ho

PeggyCarter Tue 01-Oct-13 10:41:48

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ShamTech (MNHQ) Tue 01-Oct-13 10:59:37

TheJoyfulPuddlejumper yes you can nominate someone with one of their old nicknames.

RebeccaMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 01-Oct-13 10:59:52

Opps, just fixing now blush

WaitMonkey Tue 01-Oct-13 11:00:06

The question that springs to my mind, is how can we do the Christmas emotions ? blush

snowballinafryingpan Tue 01-Oct-13 11:00:12

loved doing this last year, feeling all festive nowgrin

SandyMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 01-Oct-13 11:32:39

Links all fine and dandy now. [I love my job]

RebeccaMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 01-Oct-13 12:12:26


The question that springs to my mind, is how can we do the Christmas emotions ? blush

You can't yet, we don't switch them on for a little while yet - they are making a secret guest appearance above tchgrin

RebeccaMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 01-Oct-13 12:12:42

Cheeky blush

QuietNinjaTardis Tue 01-Oct-13 12:42:06

Ah bollocks. Just tried to nominate someone and it says their nickname doesn't exist. Does that mean they've de registered?

ponygirlcurtis Tue 01-Oct-13 13:06:47

Awwwww, I've been waiting all year for this to appear! I did it last year for the first time ever, and just the whole process really got me where it hurts - the process of nominating people who I think deserved it, the process of planning what to buy for the people I'd received as giftees, and reading the Thank you thread. Have been planning this year's donations since then, after reading some of the amazing ideas from last year. A teeny bit of effort and a whole lot of joy. Brilliant.

WaitMonkey Tue 01-Oct-13 13:27:23

RebeccaMumsnet, now that's just cruel, taunting us like that.grin

CatAmongThePigeons Tue 01-Oct-13 14:01:58

I joined just after this closed last year and it was inspiring to read, tis wonderful and in the true meaning of Christmas

Tintingal Tue 01-Oct-13 14:32:35

I'll be sending in Christmas vouchers courtesy of my Barclaycard points. Any MNetters signed up to Barclaycard points might like to know they're running a special offer on John Lewis vouchers right now, which means you get more voucher for your points (IYSWIM). Definitely worth checking out.

BeerTricksPotter Tue 01-Oct-13 14:41:11

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RebeccaMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 01-Oct-13 14:55:59


*RebeccaMumsnet*, now that's just cruel, taunting us like that.grin

What? tchgrin

RebeccaMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 01-Oct-13 14:58:49


It wouldn't let me use an old nn, but I found the current one used by the person I'd like to nominate.


We will take a look, thanks for flagging.

Sparklingbrook Tue 01-Oct-13 15:10:26

Oooh, I love this. So many people though. Is there a limit to how many nominations you can make?

RebeccaMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 01-Oct-13 15:14:05


It wouldn't let me use an old nn, but I found the current one used by the person I'd like to nominate.

Can you try again BTP? This should be fixed...

ChaosTrulyReigns Tue 01-Oct-13 15:57:22

Thank you HQ, for organising this. It really is whatever the opposite of Beyond The Pale is.

You stars.



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BeerTricksPotter Tue 01-Oct-13 16:08:36

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RebeccaMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 01-Oct-13 16:41:42


Hi Rebecca, yes, it's letting me nominate under the poster's old name now smile


FairyJen Tue 01-Oct-13 16:54:44

In our FAQ its days you cannot nominate someone who has been here less than a year but I don't know how long everyone has been here!

Will it let me know somehow if the person I want to nominate isn't eligible?

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