It seems like we need some love around here, and there is no better way to point us in that direction than the spirit of giving. So I am once again organizing a holiday gift exchange between chileheads. If you wish to be a part of this, then I ask you to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “2012 Secret Santa” and you must include your mailing address. I, with help from my little helper, will randomly slot people, and you will receive an email way before Thanksgiving with the person you are to get a gift for. The gift must be $25 or more(not including shipping and handling), with the more being whatever your little heart desires. I have learned that some people wish to give more, and there is nothing you can do to stop them from doing so. Times are tough for everyone, so if $25 is a bit too high, I am sorry if this will exclude you from this festive display.
Deadline to join in is by Noon est on November 3rd, giving everyone plenty of time to join up and get gifts. Some general rules about the gift…
1- All items must be chile-related in some way. It can be food, sauces, seasonings, decorative, engraved, or any other way that can be best described as made for a chilehead. The gift can be self-made. Yes, if you are a maker, you can send your own goods and/or services;
2- The gift must be sent to arrive prior to the Christmas holiday of Dec 25. For those celebrating other holidays, please state as much in your email to me. Hanukkah starts Dec 8 and ends on the 16th, and Kwanzaa is celebrated from December 26, 2012 through January 1, 2013. December 25th is the due date for all gifts, but I will inform your Secret Santa if you celebrate a different holiday. Mail moves slow, so keep that in mind. Here is a shipping video I did a couple of years ago to assist you for the holidays: CLICK ME. Keep in mind that the prices have changed since I made the video;
3- Since it is Secret Santa, you are not allowed to discuss who your selection is with the person you have. If you wish to fish for gift ideas from a friend or family member of theirs, then please be as discrete as you can;
4- Announce in the gift package who you are so the Secret Santa is revealed. This is not a grab bag, you must let the giftee know who you are so they can properly thank you;
5- Everyone’s finances are not the best, so keep that in mind when you receive your gift. Keep to the spirit of the holidays and be warm-hearted even if you do not like it. Please share a picture of your gift with the Chileheads group or on here on the holiday thread I will put up for X-Mas.
6- I am also going to ask that if you have any allergies or food dietary restrictions, to please announce them ahead of time in your email to me, so whomever picks you knows what not to send;
7- Lastly, please do me this one favor, and if you wish to be in this, please add your name to this thread for easy reference as well as the Facebook group. The Facebook group might disappear eventually, but we will have this to refer back to if need be. I will have another post once we pick all the names.
I hope no matter who you end up with, you will treat their gift as you would a family member with the spirit of the holidays. Do not ask for another Secret Santa because you do not know the person or dislike them in anyway. This is your chance to show what kind of person YOU are, so embrace it and rise above. Thank you all, and may your holiday season be a very happy and memorable one.