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Is It That Time? The Official 2015 Secret Santa Announcement!

Is It That Time? The Official 2015 Secret Santa Announcement!

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Please remember to PM wharvey both when you ship your gifts (with contents and tracking for each recipient) and when you receive your gifts (with contents and a name for your santa if possible)!

Posting photos:
Alternatively: Upload your image to somewhere on the internet (a list can be found in the wiki here, and I also can recommend imgur). Once the image is uploaded, right click on the image (control-click or click with two fingers for those of you with macs), click on "copy image URL". Then in your post in this thread, paste the image URL that you previously copied between two image tags, so the result looks like:
[img]your URL here[/img]

There is no "gifts sent" part this time around-PM your sent gifts to wharvey! (though feel free to post it in the thread)

Gifts Received
Please please please PM wharvey when you have received/opened your gifts!
Include pictures if you can-and please only link to posts once you have unwrapped your gifts!
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BXIAN #1 (part 2) #2 #3
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Catch330 #1 #2
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CDTraveler #1 (part 2) #2
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danam #1 #2
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DevilDawg1960 #1 #2 #3 #4 #5
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Fragola #1 #2 (part 2) #3 (part 2)
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gsch #1 #2
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Jinxy #1 #2 #3
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kauppias #1 #2
kenme1 #1
KimmyAA #1 #2
kipper #1 #2 #3
levenhopper #1 #2 (part 1) #3 #4 #5 #6
Lisabeth #1 #2 #3
lisamcgu #1 (part 2)
Litning77 #1 #2
LM225 #1 #2
lukasvolker #1 #2
madguy2 #1
malexander131 #1
Marcia3641 #1 #2
mdovenmuehler #1
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miko2a #1
Mileage Lover #1 #2
missydarlin #1
MrDPlus #1 (part 2) #2 #3 (picture)
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oenophilist #1 #2 (pictures)
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onthewaytoadventure #1 #2
pbjag #1 #2
poohbear808 #1
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Redhead #1 #2 (part 2) #3 #4 #5 (part 2)
#6 #7
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sandratravels #1 #2
santina91 #1 #2
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steveman518 #1 (part 2) #2 #3 #4
singtx #1 (pictures)
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The Deal Mommy #1 #2
thehowieee #1 #2 #3
thorpeflyer #1 #2
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Old Dec 28, 15, 10:26 am
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Happy Post Christmas!

Head Santa hopes everyone had a wonderful holiday!

I want to apologize to any of you who have yet to receive your gifts. Do know that I have done all I can to try and get people to send gifts as promised (and I am choosing to NOT respond privately to the note blaming me for someone not sending a gift! But, do know that you will not be allowed to participate next year!)

I also sent out a note to many of you (Many more than I wish) asking for you to update me on what you received.... too many holes in my spreadsheet for my liking.

I would appreciate any private feedback on what more I can do to get you all to respond to me.... I see some of you post publicly about what you got.... but will not message me... thus causing me more work. I wish you knew the countless hours I spend on this project each year.... I no longer personally exchange any gifts.... because my time is spent making sure all of you have a positive experience.

Sorry for the rant.... just reading a certain private message this morning put me over the edge!
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Old Dec 28, 15, 11:35 am
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Wharvey, thank you for all the work that you do! As an expat living far away from the rest of the family, most of the giving and receiving I do is with the FlyerTalk Secret Santa. Which is why it is so much fun waiting til Christmas morning to open up the gifts!

Unfortunately, coordinating with so many people and with so many potential challenges (shipping delays, etc), it is nearly impossible to achieve perfection, but your patience and effort in pursuing it is very much appreciated! Even if not everything works out!

Thanks again
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Old Dec 28, 15, 11:56 am
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Originally Posted by wharvey View Post
Happy Post Christmas!

Head Santa hopes everyone had a wonderful holiday!

I want to apologize to any of you who have yet to receive your gifts. Do know that I have done all I can to try and get people to send gifts as promised (and I am choosing to NOT respond privately to the note blaming me for someone not sending a gift! But, do know that you will not be allowed to participate next year!)

I also sent out a note to many of you (Many more than I wish) asking for you to update me on what you received.... too many holes in my spreadsheet for my liking.

I would appreciate any private feedback on what more I can do to get you all to respond to me.... I see some of you post publicly about what you got.... but will not message me... thus causing me more work. I wish you knew the countless hours I spend on this project each year.... I no longer personally exchange any gifts.... because my time is spent making sure all of you have a positive experience.

Sorry for the rant.... just reading a certain private message this morning put me over the edge!
Thank you for doing this every year! I think I updated you on everything sent and received on my end.

I will add some advice. This was my first year shipping things to another country. If you receive an assignment for someone in another country, ship very early. I feel bad, because life got a little complicated for me, delaying the ordering and/or shipment of things, and I know my recipients' presents are on the way, but who'd have thought that customs would be busy at this time of year? I know wharvey always says to ship early, but in case you're like me and figure you can wait a bit longer, don't!
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Old Dec 28, 15, 12:35 pm
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Originally Posted by wharvey View Post
Happy Post Christmas!

Head Santa hopes everyone had a wonderful holiday!

I want to apologize to any of you who have yet to receive your gifts. Do know that I have done all I can to try and get people to send gifts as promised (and I am choosing to NOT respond privately to the note blaming me for someone not sending a gift! But, do know that you will not be allowed to participate next year!)

I also sent out a note to many of you (Many more than I wish) asking for you to update me on what you received.... too many holes in my spreadsheet for my liking.

I would appreciate any private feedback on what more I can do to get you all to respond to me.... I see some of you post publicly about what you got.... but will not message me... thus causing me more work. I wish you knew the countless hours I spend on this project each year.... I no longer personally exchange any gifts.... because my time is spent making sure all of you have a positive experience.

Sorry for the rant.... just reading a certain private message this morning put me over the edge!
Is there anyway the folks that run FT could build you a form for people to submit to keep track of everything ... which would let you know what they've received and also post it in the thread? Perhaps the same for people when they ship? I dunno if this is possible.
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Old Dec 28, 15, 12:38 pm
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You do realize that we have a crappy search tool and no CHAT tool..... and we have been asking for years.

All I need is for people to submit info to me as request and things run smoothly.

Originally Posted by thehowieee View Post
Is there anyway the folks that run FT could build you a form for people to submit to keep track of everything ... which would let you know what they've received and also post it in the thread? Perhaps the same for people when they ship? I dunno if this is possible.
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Old Dec 28, 15, 12:39 pm
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Originally Posted by wharvey View Post
You do realize that we have a crappy search tool and no CHAT tool..... and we have been asking for years.

All I need is for people to submit info to me as request and things run smoothly.
LOL ... so you want me to build you a google doc database?

I understand
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Old Dec 28, 15, 7:24 pm
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Is It That Time? The Official 2015 Secret Santa Announcement!

Wharvey or should I say Saint Santa, you always go over and beyond and it's much appreciated. My fav part of FT by far.
I'd suggest some sort of google docs form too, that way it goes straight into a spreadsheet. I'd almost go so far as suggesting to have a cc on file in case of naughty people too.
I think a rule on past participants if they've been good and followed all instructions then they are automatically approved, new sign ups need to go through more and in fact very new FT members should not be allowed as I think you have more problems with them?
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Old Dec 28, 15, 8:44 pm
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Originally Posted by Jinxy View Post
Wharvey or should I say Saint Santa, you always go over and beyond and it's much appreciated. My fav part of FT by far.
I'd suggest some sort of google docs form too, that way it goes straight into a spreadsheet. I'd almost go so far as suggesting to have a cc on file in case of naughty people too.
I think a rule on past participants if they've been good and followed all instructions then they are automatically approved, new sign ups need to go through more and in fact very new FT members should not be allowed as I think you have more problems with them?
If memory serves, there can be a lurker that hasn't signed up, but has been "around " for a while, and their start date wouldn't match their sign up date.
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Old Dec 28, 15, 8:45 pm
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Apologies for the delayed picture posting but received this AWESOME gift from my secret santa. Beautiful Pan Am Innovator bag

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Old Dec 28, 15, 10:51 pm
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For my part I am most grateful for the hard work put in by Head Santa, the Elves, and designate Santas. For the delinquent Santas, I hope that it's mostly unforeseen circumstances that have messed things up and that the truly Bad Santas are few and far between.
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Old Dec 29, 15, 7:26 am
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Thank you Santa and the Elves!
The work you put in is greatly appreciated, this has been a great experience for me and I'm looking forward to participating next year!

Maybe some IT savvy FTers could help Santa wharvey with some better tools for next year, Google Docs Forms and such?
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Old Dec 29, 15, 7:35 am
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Thank you Wharvey for a great, fun experience!
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Old Dec 29, 15, 7:39 am
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Thank you again! This is such a fun annual tradition and I can't believe anyone could criticise you for your efforts!
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Old Dec 29, 15, 8:13 am
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Thanks BunE for this awesome travel accessory set! Christmas Day delivery! Pretty sweet.

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Old Dec 29, 15, 9:54 am
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Yay so glad you liked your gifts! I'm your secret santa 🎅. And do let me know if you're ever in Singapore or need help convincing the family to move we got here three years ago and love it. It's a great place for families especially!

Originally Posted by RockinRon View Post
Many thanks to my secret Santa in Singapore! I opened my gifts this morning and really appreciated them all. The nice notes on each gift was a special touch and ironically I have an opportunity to move to Singapore, but my family is not open to it at all. I will have to be content with visiting whenever I can.

The day pack and hammock will get good use, and the Starbucks Via, luggage tag and Changi pin are also great touches. I am ready to go on a trip!

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