How the Mumsnet Secret Santa works
Please note that nominations and offers of donations have now closed for this year's Secret Santa.
From Monday 28 September to Thursday 15th October 2015 you can nominate a fellow Mumsnetter to receive a Christmas gift.
It can be anyone you like, and you can nominate for any reason; the only thing we specify is that the Mumsnetter you nominate must have been a member of the site for at least six months.
To nominate, go to the Mumsnet Secret Santa grotto.
At the same time as nominations begin coming in, we start asking for Mumsnetters to donate gifts. This part of the operation is open until Friday 6 November 2015.
To find out about donating, go to the Mumsnet Secret Santa grotto.
Special Christmas codenames are assigned at the start to nominees and
donors. Neither the team working on matching up nominees to donors nor the
donor sending out the present will have anyone's name or username details, and
only those who donate will see the address (and only the address - not the
username) of the nominee with whom they've been matched. Security is our number one
In case you were wondering, we erase all nominee details when Santa goes
back to Lapland In the new year.
Mix and match
Nominations close on 16 October 2015, at which point Secret Santa's little helpers email all those nominated to let them know they've been picked (without saying who nominated them) and to ask if they'd like to take part. Nominees who accept are asked for various personal details:
- their address (the crucial
- age/sex of their children (if they
- any personal info they'd be happy to share with us and their donor to help us in the matching process
On 30 October 2015 we stop accepting offers of presents and begin matching the offers with the nominees.
Sending presents out
Donors are emailed with their nominee's Secret Santa codename. The email also contains any information that the nominee was happy to share about themselves and/or their family.
Donors will be directed to the Secret Santa grotto where, by the power of Greyskull (or something more technical than that) they'll be able to print out a personalised label featuring their matched nominee's Secret Santa codename and address to send out their gift.
Once all the emails to donors have been sent, a Thank You thread is started.
Those who have received gifts can post on this thread using their Secret Santa codename to identify themselves and say thank you to their donator for their gift.
This is the bit that makes most of us cry.
That said, it's worth knowing that it's not compulsory for recipients to post their thanks. Many of those who are nominated are, sadly, going through tough times - and, because of that, some may struggle either to get to the Thank You thread or to find the words to express their thanks.
If you're a logged-in donor/nominee you'll see a button popping up at the bottom left-hand side of any page when you visit Mumsnet. You'll see either "I've sent" or "I've received".
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