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[Activity] Mycena Cave Secret Santa


Welcome to the sixth annual Mycena Cave Secret Santa! If you’re unfamiliar with this activity, it’s described pretty well on the intro page, here:

Please note!

In order to participate in this Secret Santa, your account has to have been created before October 1st to be eligible. If your account is more recent than this, we hope to see you in next year’s Secret Santa!

Important dates!

November 30 at 23:59 server time: Signup deadline! No exceptions!
Sometime on December 1: Santas will be paired with their Santa’ees.
On or before December 7: Establish contact with your Santa and Santa’ee via SantaMail.
On or before December 24: Deadline. Your Santa’ee should have received their present. Be a good Santa.
On or before January 7: Hard deadline. Your Santa’ee must have received their present (or proof of shipment).

If both you and your Santa are okay with it, your Santa can mail you a physical present! Santa’ees who do not wish to give out their name and/or address (or who would simply prefer a digital present) may select a “digital presents only” option. If you’re a Santa and you want to send someone a physical present, we’ll do our best to match you with someone who has not selected this option, but of course we can’t guarantee it.

Every year, lack of regular contact with your Santa or Santa’ee is the largest source of anxiety and most frequent cause of messages to staff about the activity. Don’t be a hard-to-reach Santa or a disinterested Santa’ee. Please keep the comms open, send your counterparts messages to let them know you’re thinking about them, and respond to messages promptly.

Notable differences from last year
  • We are no longer requiring any anonymity for Santas unless you choose to stay anonymous. Please feel free to identify yourself to your Santaee if you choose to (do whatever makes you happy!)

For much more info (well, all the rest of the info, in fact), head over to the Secret Santa page and get started!

Posted Nov 15, edited Nov 15
YESSSSSS!!!! SO EXCITED!!! X3
Posted Nov 15

*immediately signs up*

I look forward to this every year.

Posted Nov 15
Every year I forget how excited I get for this and am pleasantly reminded to look forward to being a Santa. \o/
Posted Nov 15

Quietly stresses out about signing up.

Deadlines are scary. But also should be fun. Has ideas, hmm…

Frantic scribbling of notes.

e/ My computer screen died because of course it did. So gotta cancel joining this year. First time I was gonna get to santa someone and technology nopes on me. Sad, I wanted to make a thing.

Posted Nov 15, edited Nov 25
Oh boy, I’ve had this account for like five years, but this is gonna be my first Secret Santa!! >:D I just hope my Santa-ee is okay only recieving a digital gift; I can’t ship anything out without my parents thinking I’m sus.
Posted Nov 16
Yesss!! I love doing these Secret Santas <3
Posted Nov 16
Ahhhh I skipped doing this for the last year or two, it’ll be nice to participate again!
Posted Nov 16
Ack so I haven’t done this in a few years… ^^; last time I sent a gift thru the post, and the parcel wound up stuck in a parcel room for several months! I do have a question—I prefer to send gifts in the post, but when it comes to international shipping, I do get nervous because of customs and the time it takes for things to arrive. Is there any way to ensure that I’m gifting to someone also in the US?
Posted Nov 16
Chimerical When you go to the page to sign up, there is a checkbox to indicate you feel able to ship internationally. I would expect not checking that box keeps you from being included in the international Santaees who want parcel presents pools. Or it may at least select you for one who also is open to digital presents.
Posted Nov 16
raus Ah cheers I didn’t go beyond the initial sign up page :D That’s excellent. Being an ex-mailman, it’s easy to know just how many things can go wrong xD (altho they mostly don’t lol)
Posted Nov 16

Awww yissss Secret Santa :D My body is ready! 

Also I know events take a lot of work but it would be so nice if SS could start like a week or two earlier in the future since sending physical gifts across the world may take more than that two weeks. Especially near Christmas.

Posted Nov 18, edited Nov 18

glitch

I notice there’s no button to be a Super Santa this year. Is there some other way to sign up? :)

Posted Nov 23

Reggi
There was a super Santa button when I signed up. It’s possible they set a limit?

Posted Nov 23

Jacq

Oops! Yes, I see it now. I cancelled and re-submitted my application, this time as a Super Santa! :) Thank you for letting me know.

Posted Nov 23
Glad you got it sorted :) Thanks Jacq for stepping in
Posted Nov 24
Last year was my first secret santa and I LOVED participating :) I hope this year will be just as fun!
Posted Nov 24
Reminder that today is the last day to sign up! Assignments will be made tomorrow.
Posted Nov 30
So excited~! :D <3
Posted Dec 1
vibrates excitedly pls I am ready to Gift
Posted Dec 1
IM SO HYPED…..... I HAVE BIG PLANS
Posted Dec 1
Santas have been assigned!

Remember to please communicate early and communicate often: it’s the #1 thing overall that affects how participants feel about the activity, even surpassing the gifts themselves :)

Posted Dec 1, edited Dec 1
I’m so excited!!
Posted Dec 1

Ah yay 8D

Will the Santa gift box from last year be making a reappearance?

Posted Dec 1
Purr Oh yes, they will! They will be back starting on the 7th!
Posted Dec 1
Could someone on staff please double check that I successfully removed myself from the SS participant list? I hit the button to cancel my submission and the Secret Santa link disappeared from the top on my screen, but I’m feeling paranoid that it didn’t go through. I’m not going to be able to meet the deadlines for it this year due to some medical things that have come up in the last week or so.
Posted Dec 1

Since I’m not participating again this year (new puppies are expensive!!), I just wanted to wish everyone happy holidays, and I hope you receive what you wished for this year!
My little Lola also says she hopes you get all the treats you can eat, yum yum!

Posted Dec 1
Oh my gosh Riaa *grabby hands at your puppy* :D (Kidding, I know not to do that but please slip puppy a treat from me?)
Posted Dec 1

Our santa is communicating to us via rhyme and whoever you are:

Posted Dec 1, edited Dec 1

Riaa That puppy is TOO CUTE. X3

Ishy and Sapphy Mine too! XD This is going to be a really fun month, for sure!

Posted Dec 1
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