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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

xmas2013MN4763 Mon 30-Dec-13 18:23:54

Me again, I actually can't believe this, is this right? I got a very lovely mn parcel through today from hermes (looks like they've had it since 21st December). DH was very hmm at the contents as he doesn't get the mn theme, but I luffs the pom bears and mug and chocs and DD is having the books for her bed time stories tonight. Definitely fab choices and thanks so much, it's so thoughtful and kind.

Xmas2013MN4763 Mon 23-Dec-13 12:43:39

Ohhh, I got 2 amazing packages through the post today, thank you Kate (I think AKA Santa some letters I forget 4763, but you signed your card Kate smile ). We opened them straight away and I am so happy with the lovely things you sent. The chocolates will not take long to be eaten by me I can assure you blush and it's fab they are mint ones as I love mint chocs and DH doesn't like them, which means he won't be sneaking them when I'm not looking grin . The 4th king book is wonderful. I've never seen it before but it's so lovely to have something your DC have enjoyed so much, really thoughtful of you and something we will have the pleasure of reading for years to come. DD has loved going through the box of treats, it's kept her quiet for ages thismorning whilst we've been decorating smile Absolutely everything is fab, and I think I was more excited than DD was when we discovered the rubber duck glows blush . We are doing the penguin flannel in the bath tonight and DD is already super excited (and btw the only thing she's asked for from Father Christmas is bath toys so she's very chuffed with the duck and flannel, thinks it's magic she got them early!). She's been walking round the house all morning wearing the ear muffs too wink . thanks so much.

Xmas2013SantaA9869 Thu 19-Dec-13 08:21:53

Glad it arrived! Wasn't sure how they matched us up, worried item would be as much use as a chocolate teapot. Best wishes.

Xmas2013MN4274 Wed 18-Dec-13 23:05:37


Xmas2013SantaA4274 Wed 18-Dec-13 14:53:43

Dear MN4274 - I haven't forgotten you! Your parcel is packed and ready to be sent out tonight or tomorrow morning fgrin

Should be with you by the weekend (I hope)... Happy Christmas xxx

Xmas2013MN2657 Sun 15-Dec-13 10:09:58

Hello Xmas2013SantaB2657 - thank you so much for your gifts! I have thanked you on the official thank you thread but will copy it over here (I didn't know this thread was still going)


Thank you so very much for your gift which arrived on Thursday. The two books are perfect for my DCs and it's lovely to have an Amazon voucher all to myself!

Thank you very much, and Happy Christmas to you x

SantaA5020 Sat 14-Dec-13 23:35:46

Dear MN5020

Just to let you know your parcel will be sent on Friday and will arrive in time for Christmas x

Just can't get to the post office before then and didn't want you to think you had been forgotten. There is a little something for you and presents for all your DCs

Merry Christmas grin

Xmas2013MN9869 Sat 14-Dec-13 17:43:26

Thank you so much for the generous present. Now to figure out how to spend it!

Xmas2013MN6584 Fri 13-Dec-13 18:44:21

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Xmas2013MN4975 Fri 13-Dec-13 18:44:08

The pressie to me for being nominated was lovely and I'm all fluffy about it.
The BEAUTIFUL cards and postits from Scriptum that arrived today for my kids are a REAL treat.
They will no longer steal my office ones and their snotty messages will be beautifully presented.

Xmas2013MN6584 Fri 13-Dec-13 18:38:01

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Xmas2013SantaB2657 Fri 13-Dec-13 08:49:16

Hello Xmas2013MN2657 I posted your parcel on Wednesday 1st class so hopefully you should get it today/tomorrow (I would have hoped!!!!). fsmile

cfc Thu 12-Dec-13 07:14:40

I am Xmas2013SantaA2213 and I wanted to tell XmasSantaMN2213 that your parcel will be on its way today by special delivery xxx

Xmas2013MN4975 Wed 11-Dec-13 17:30:22

Just to say thankyou to whoever sent my book that arrived today.
Have not opened it, but will curl up and read it over the holiday season.

My kids thought the label was really cool as they always accuse everybody on Mumsnet of being imaginary.

Xmas2013MN6233 Wed 11-Dec-13 13:13:55

I'm so sorry it has taken me so long to post, I am up to my eyes in small and not so small children, moving and Christmas.

I have received a lovely wrapped package with lots of things in it, but I haven't opened them as I don't get Christmas presents for adults so they are the only surprises there will be in this house.

Id like to thank whoever nominated me and who sent me gifts.

2012 was the year from hell, literally - ending on a high with the birth of my youngest, 2013 started off as a year from hell, better than the year before but still a nightmare most people don't want to visit.

I was really touched to be nominated last year, it really lifted a dark, dark place, I was touched to be nominated again - I name change so often I was surprised anyone remembered me - next year I will contribute as well - I simply have't had a chance this year.

I am happy to say 2013 is ending on a huge high, I have made some difficult decisions, cut some people from our lives and moved to the house of my dreams.

The kindness of strangers and the people here, got me through the darkest place I have ever been, without it - and you - I am not sure I would be here posting this.

The MN secret santa is the epitomy of this and I am really thankful to have been thought of again.

Merry Christmas Everyone.

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx and unmumsnetty (hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug hug)

Xmas2013MN8616 Sun 08-Dec-13 14:15:54

Bugger. Wrong thread. Hold on....

Xmas2013MN8616 Sun 08-Dec-13 14:15:13

To the lovely MNer who sent me the chocs and the voucher, thank you very much xxxxx I'm really touched. It did make me laugh when I found the parcel in the garden addressed to the The Mumsnetter Of the House! I wonder what the postie thought. I know I was naughty and opened it before Christmas, but I needed some seasonal cheer, and got some. So thank you very much, you lovely lady smile

Xmas2013SantaA6474 Sat 07-Dec-13 17:40:31

Xmas2013MN6474 I hope to get your gift in the post on Monday. Hope this works time-wise for you as going to a c/o address (or is everyone a c/o address?).

cozietoesie Sat 07-Dec-13 15:33:38

There surely is, Clementine. Here it is - down the page a bit.


ClementineKelandra Sat 07-Dec-13 14:07:10

Hello, Is there a thank you thread up and running yet??

cozietoesie Thu 05-Dec-13 15:35:00

I see the level on the brandy bottle is way way down!


SandyMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 05-Dec-13 13:02:41


Thanks FruOla smile

Yes, thanks FruOla<hic>

Xmas2013SantaA8275 Thu 05-Dec-13 12:54:45

To recipient Xmas2013MN8275 - your gift is on its way by first class mail today. Hope it makes your Christmas extra special.

Xmas2013SantaA7270 Thu 05-Dec-13 10:23:15

Thanks FruOla smile

FruOla Wed 04-Dec-13 18:25:47

Now we're at the stage of posting (and receiving) maybe it's best to post on this thread?

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