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Posted by: Phyllis Nov 1 2011, 12:17 PM

Yep, it's that time again. Gather round, kiddies, and sit on Santa Cand's lap sign up to get your very own Matazonian to shower with gifts costing around 5 (as of right now, that's about $8 US).

Hooray!

The deadline to sign up is the 25th of November. To sign up, simply fill out the form at the bottom of this post with your own information, post it in this thread, and then PM me your address. You need to send a PM even if you think I already have your address (unless you're moop, of course). It makes it a lot easier for me to keep track of everything, and the odds of me actually finding an address sent to me a year ago are slim to none.

Victims will be assigned soon after the sign-up deadline passes, and I'm going to say the deadline for sending gifts should be the 10th of December, given that some will have to be sent internationally. There's some wiggle room on the deadline, but be sure to let your victim know if his/her gift will be late (you'll receive the sign-in info for the Secret Santa account when one of Santa's helpers PMs you with your victim's name and address, and you can post in this thread under that username to ask questions, etc.).

Please don't participate if you think you might not be able to follow through
. Sometimes things beyond your control can come up, which is perfectly understandable, but if you're going to flake, for the love of Pete, let us know as far in advance as you can, okay? Okay.

If you've participated in the past, we will need to know the names of your previous victims to keep you from being paired up with them again. If you don't remember who they were (this is the fifth year we're doing this, after all), you can find last year's thread http://www.matazone.co.uk/forums/index.php?showtopic=15187&st=0&p=371899&#entry371899. It should have your victims from the first three years in your initial post, and buried somewhere in the thread will be the name of the person you had last year. Ignore the fact that this post is almost identical to my initial post in that thread, please. Pretend I was witty and original this year. tongue.gif

ALSO: Santa may be needing a substitute helper to deal with handing out victims, since one of his evil little elves was injured in a freak reindeer mauling. She was trying to get them to pull her pirate ship or something...we're not quite sure. She'll be okay, but I suspect she might need someone to take her place this year. Any volunteers?

I think that's everything! PM me if you have any questions/concerns/chocolate/praise that can't go in the thread.

So...

Name: Candice
Previous Victim(s): Ashbless, Cheesemoose, Elphaba, and gothictheysay
Likes/Dislikes: The past few years I've just asked for something to amuse me, and it has yet to fail me. I hate anything banana or cherry flavoured, should Santa feel like sending me food. Oh, and I'm a vegetarian, though I don't know why you'd send me meat. Never hurts to be sure, though. My favourite animals are deer, my favourite colour is green, and I harbour fantasies about moving to some remote location to become a beekeeper/hermit.

Posted by: LoLo Nov 1 2011, 02:24 PM

Name: LoLo
Previous Victim(s): EvilSpoon, Snoo, Daria
Likes: I love things that are odd and will make you laugh. I'm not adverse to toys that poop candy or things that are grossly funny in general. I love socks and I always wear odd ones that never match. I love design and typography. I think Harley Quinn from batman is fabulous. I also am obsessed with eyes, though I just got rid of a lot of my eye stuff. By no means does the person who draws my name have to get me the specific things listed, it's just a guide. I like to be surprised, so I wouldn't be disappointed with something that I have no idea about.

Dislikes: Pink, cooked vegetables, tomatoes, overly girly crap.

Posted by: Oni Usagi Nov 1 2011, 06:43 PM

Name: Oni
Previous victims: Evil Spoon
Likes: Puzzles/games, anime/manga related stuff, lurking, bunnies, foxes and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitsune, space (outer).
Dislikes: Pastels, uno, sweets, fruit, arachnids, horror, Nickelback, military, mods and admins especially ones with two o's (ops are okay).


Edit: In before snoo!

Posted by: CrazyFooIAintGettinOnNoPlane Nov 1 2011, 07:15 PM

Name: Mat
Previous victims: LoLo last year I think? Aaand last year I said CheeseMoose.
Likes: my little pony: friendship is magic, that keyboard cleaner goo I got last year, kittens, science, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_game, programming, hats with umbrellas on them
Dislikes: stuff that takes up space, inefficiency

Posted by: snooodlysnoosnoosnoodle Nov 1 2011, 07:36 PM

Firstly; curse you Oni! *shakes fist*
Secondly; go team remembering Cand!!

Name: snoo
Previous Victim(s): Ange, Voices, Cath, CrazyMat
Likes: I like socks, penguins and fraggle rock. I like spots and stripes, cheese, chocolate, Sour Patch Kids. Green. The Northern Lights. Crafty things. Marmite. Labyrinth. Small fuzzy creatures with squify noses.
Dislikes: Anything with meat products, such as gelatine. Tomatoes, useless things, books full of useless "facts", sweets with gelatine in, even in the shape of penguins because then I can't eat them and then it classifies them as useless. Red. Scary stuff, cephalopods, overly girly things, things in bad taste.

As Paul likes to say "you're not fussy at all, dear"

Posted by: Frogirina Nov 1 2011, 08:13 PM

Name: Froggy
Previous Victim(s): syuu, Speaker For The Lost (I'm pretty sure that I'[ve only done this twice, so sorry if I haven't said yo, I just couldn't find any other addresses)
Likes: frogs, pink, edible things. Knickers(UK 12/14), socks (4-8UK), strolls along the beach at sunset, romantic meals... Oh wait. I also like things that I can put in my hand back for use when the big ZA arrives. So far, a torch. Old things, second hand things, practical things.
Dislikes: Peas

Posted by: mooooooooooopo Nov 1 2011, 08:48 PM

Name: Moop
Previous Victims: Elphaba, Froggy, LoLo, Cath
Likes: Programming, cute animals, owls, unconventionally cute animals like spiny lizards, sour things, parma violets, turkish delight, root beer, weird noises and unconventional musical instruments, mysterious objects.
Dislikes: Bananas, mushrooms, meat, things you (or someone else) killed something to make.

Posted by: Ashbless Nov 3 2011, 04:49 AM

Name: Ashbless
Previous Victims: Mata, Smiler, Daria, and Speaker
Likes: Just about any strange little gizmo if I can get it back from the cats, hot and cold beverages and words.
Dislikes: Pink, poop jokes, friends who are always a bit short until payday so that you wind up paying for whatever outing possibly for months. Not bitter. (grin)

I live in the far away land of Canada so keep that in mind if you chose something perishable. I've been delighted with the things that Santa has brought so far. He picks fantastic elves if you ask me.

Posted by: Mata Nov 5 2011, 05:35 PM

Name: Mata
Previous Victim(s): Hobbes, CheeseMoose, Ryn, and EvilSpoon
Likes/Dislikes: Well designed objects or 'urban toys', books of pictures, illustration thing generally, savoury foods, spicy foods, arty stuff, steampunk, cyberpunk, punk, gothy things, quirky things... That should do. I don't really have many dislikes in the world. I'm a happy chap.

As an update from last year, I got some of these http://www.colorblanks.com/toys/ which are very cool... And then I got lots of work and moved house. I started working on them recently but they're nowhere near finished yet and once again those pesky students have made lots of paper for me to grade, so my creative things have to be put aside until that is all done, BUT they are awesome and I've got some fun plans for them smile.gif

Posted by: Pikasyuu Nov 9 2011, 08:50 PM

Name: syuu
Previous Victim(s): snoo, eli(?), i don't remember
Likes/Dislikes: i like weird regional specific foods and beverages, the color pink, hair accessories, chunky jewelry, large rings, nail polish, nose rings, mata's undergarments, and glitter.
i dislike everything else and boring stuff.

Posted by: gothictheysay Nov 12 2011, 06:22 PM

Name: Sarah
Previous Victims: p@, somebody else I don't recall, and Candice
Likes: books, writing utensils, arts and crafts, cute things, chocolate, music, toys, socks, things that will make me laugh.
Dislike: usually things that can be construed as healthy; definitely ask if it's food-related. nickelback. anything gory.

Posted by: Cath Sparrow Nov 16 2011, 07:47 PM

Name: Cath
Previous victims: 1st year - Gothic Angel, 2nd year - moop, 3rd year - Froggy, last year - Oni
Likes/Dislikes: I like pirates, goth stuff, generally alternative stuff steam punk etc. Odd = good. I've a seriously bad sweet tooth, jewellery and shiney stuff is good to and generally anything silly, amusing or quirky. JUST GET ME SOMETHING FUN! tongue.gif
I hate banana anything they are the spawn of satan!! I think that reasonably covers it.

(No I didn't just copy and paste from last year. Honest!)

Posted by: Phyllis Nov 24 2011, 01:16 PM

Quick reminder: tomorrow is the last day to sign up!

Posted by: Mr Fuzzy Nov 25 2011, 08:19 PM

I'll hop on, but you'll have to wait for me to put any useful information in this post. >.>

Name: Barry
Previous Victim(s): None. Bwa ha ha ha!
Likes: Things which keep my fingers busy rather than dismantling any more of my stuff, things that go bang or fizzle, the ridiculous.
Dislikes: Foods which are all obvious about having vitamins and minerals in them. Not that I'm expecting to be sent leafy greens or anything, I just felt like chuntering on about mistrust of anything you wouldn't consider wrapping in pastry. tongue.gif

Posted by: Phyllis Nov 25 2011, 09:35 PM

QUOTE (Mr Fuzzy @ Nov 25 2011, 08:19 PM) *
I'll hop on, but you'll have to wait for me to put any useful information in this post. >.>

Until? Victims are going out soon! tongue.gif

I have distributed lists of names and addresses to both of my evil elves! It's now too late to join (Fuzzy just squeaked in under the deadline). I am not mixing up names this year, as I want it to be a surprise at least once. biggrin.gif Barring any complications, you all should be receiving an elfly PM within the next couple of days.

PS: "elfly" is totally a word. Yup. Just made it up.

Posted by: Cath Sparrow Nov 26 2011, 10:40 AM

Elfy is an awsome word.

Woohoo! Gotted my victim!

Posted by: LoLo Nov 26 2011, 10:47 AM

I have sent out PMs to all of the people on my list and I got one from moop so I'm assuming his list is done. Everyone should have their victim then?

Posted by: Phyllis Nov 26 2011, 06:22 PM

Yup, all participants should have received a PM! If you didn't, let me know.

Posted by: Secret Santa Nov 27 2011, 08:37 PM

Misteress Phyllis

Due to your good work and elf organisation this year, we would like to inform you that we at Secret Santa Inc. have manage the have your gift sent post haste and that it should be with you within the next 3 to 5 working days. We hope it is to your liking*.

Yours sincerly

S. Santa CEO


*No responsibly or refunds will be taken for said gift.

Posted by: Pixelgoth Nov 27 2011, 10:25 PM

Am I too late? sad.gif

Posted by: LoLo Nov 28 2011, 08:22 AM

QUOTE (Pixelgoth @ Nov 27 2011, 03:25 PM) *
Am I too late? sad.gif


Yup. Deadline was Friday the 25th and all victims have been handed out. Sorry.

Posted by: Secret Santa Nov 29 2011, 08:10 PM

Dearest Fuzzy,

You have been weighed, you have been measured and you have absolutely been found wanting... so your gift is in the post to get you up to standards!

Enjoy!

Santa

Posted by: Secret Santa Nov 30 2011, 03:21 PM

dear cath,

as of 4:20 AM new zealand daylight time on the 1st of december, your present is on its way! enjoy!

xoxo
santa

Posted by: Phyllis Nov 30 2011, 06:43 PM

I got my gift already! biggrin.gif



Thank you, Cath! I love it!

Posted by: Cath Sparrow Nov 30 2011, 07:33 PM

Glad you liked it. biggrin.gif


Posted by: LoLo Dec 1 2011, 08:25 AM

QUOTE (Phyllis @ Nov 30 2011, 11:43 AM) *
I got my gift already! biggrin.gif



Thank you, Cath! I love it!


I expect to see an animated gif of ninja cookies fighting within a week! lol
Chocolate chip ninja vs. Snickerdoodle ninja!

P.S. those are super cool

Posted by: Secret Santa Dec 1 2011, 10:01 AM

Lolo has a gift upon its merry way, probably in a very unsecret package completely revealing who my helper was... ThunderSanta... HO!

Posted by: LoLo Dec 2 2011, 02:19 PM

Haha Thank you Secret Santa Mata. Today I received:



which I don't think was on purpose, but a fun happy accident, was bound upside down and backwards.


Posted by: Mata Dec 3 2011, 08:30 PM

My pleasure - it's a bit of an obvious gift, but I didn't think you had seen it before and it's an essential guide to the British which hasn't dated at all! (Well, maybe a little bit, but not as much as people might initially think.) Given your recent arrival on the shores of my motherland, I figured it was well-timed advice. Now, be careful of the beer that makes your tongue wag at both ends!

The upside-down printing is completely accidental, but I think that's a rather nice unique feature! I've not seen that before in other copies smile.gif

Posted by: Secret Santa Dec 4 2011, 05:42 PM

Dearest Sarah,

My elves inform me that your gift is on its way! biggrin.gif

Love,
Santa

Posted by: Secret Santa Dec 4 2011, 05:44 PM

dear cath,

santa is curious. he saw the gift slip down the chimney, but has not yet seen you guess his identity. was he that obvious (or that mysterious)?

love,
ph34r.gif

Posted by: Secret Santa Dec 5 2011, 10:59 PM

Dear Snoo,

Ho Ho Ho! Your gift is on its merry way! The elves were a bit disorganized, so a card may be winging its way separately. Oops. Merry Christmas!

Hugs 'n' stuff,
Santa

Posted by: Secret Santa Dec 8 2011, 03:58 AM

Dear Moop,

The elves tell me a reindeer has been dispatched south with your present. I pointed out that the whole world is south and asked if it was headed the right direction. The blank looks were not very reassuring. I'm hoping for the best.

Love Santa.

Posted by: Secret Santa Dec 9 2011, 05:44 PM

Dear Mistress Froggy,
We at Secret Santa Inc. have heard you've been a very naughty girl and but even though someone still felt they should send you a giftcoughcoughcoalcough and would like to inform you that the aforemention giftcoughcoughcoalcough is on route to you as we speak. We hope that you enjoy said giftcoughcoughcoalcough and have a Merry Christmas.

Yours sincerely,

S. Santa C.E.O.

Posted by: Ashbless Dec 10 2011, 03:27 AM

Dear Santa,

Did you happen to send me a book? Two books arrived from the elves at Indigo/Chapters today. Neither identified who the sender might be.
Was either or both a gift from the North Pole?

I'm sure I'll love whatever -
Ashbless.

Edit - Found the elves. Knew Santa would've used Mata's Amazon links. : )
Guess the naughty list -is- a bit long. I've been good too, really I have. Don't they at least balance? : p

Posted by: Phyllis Dec 10 2011, 12:06 PM

Quick reminder: TODAY is the deadline for sending gifts. If you haven't sent yours, hurry up!

If you're going to be late, let your victim know NOW. If you're not going to be able to get your victim a gift, let me know NOW. I've had people in the past wait until the week of Christmas to tell me that they weren't going to be able to participate. This is unacceptable behaviour and will get you put in the naughty spot. Don't think I won't show up at your house and do it; I have all of your addresses.

I need a stern smiley for this. Hmm. mad.gif That'll do.

If you decide to flake out without notifying anyone, then you shall face the Candish wrath! And I have two elves helping me this year, so it'll be extra wrath-y! evil.gif

Posted by: gothictheysay Dec 10 2011, 05:10 PM

A gift arrived at my house smile.gif I won't be there for another week or so, but I'm pretty sure it was the one that Santa sent. So I'll let you know as soon as I get home and open it! Yay!

Posted by: Secret Santa Dec 11 2011, 10:24 AM

Ho Ho Ho... my apologies Mata!

There's been a bit of a disaster at the coal mines this Christmas, and so I'm having the elves find something else to put in your most valuable stocking.

Naturally there's a small possibility it won't be ready in time for Christmas, but please rest assured that our most able bodied elves are on the task and have been properly motivated.

Santa

Posted by: Mata Dec 11 2011, 01:26 PM

Cheers for the update Santy, you sexy thing. I look forward to whatever it is smile.gif

Posted by: Secret Santa Dec 11 2011, 02:54 PM

Dear CrazyMat,

The elves got a little confused and put your gift aside with some Easter Eggs I was keeping for the Easter Bunny. Apparently they were trying to hatch it! They have had a great finger wiggling and telling off, and your gift should make it into the post sometime Tomorrow (Monday) or Tuesday at the latest. Either way your gift should be arriving fairly shortly.

Santa

Posted by: Oni Usagi Dec 15 2011, 11:27 PM

Dear Secret Santa,

I can only assume that this amazing shirt is from you.

I am quite pleased with it, though at the moment some bled through sticky paint stuff prevents me from trotting about in it. That will be soon remedied by a wash.
Not included with the package was any indication of who you might be. I have, of course, narrowed it down somewhat but remain baffled as you've remained quite tight lipped I've been left with only heresay and elimination. Well played.

Posted by: Frogirina Dec 15 2011, 11:51 PM

*tips hat to Oni* And to you, sir!

I'mma upload to FB the exciting package I received from My alter SS and linky here in a mo!

Crazy SS hat pick giving me and Oni eacother.


Posted by: CrazyFooIAintGettinOnNoPlane Dec 16 2011, 08:28 AM

QUOTE (Secret Santa @ Dec 11 2011, 02:54 PM) *
Dear CrazyMat,

The elves got a little confused and put your gift aside with some Easter Eggs I was keeping for the Easter Bunny. Apparently they were trying to hatch it! They have had a great finger wiggling and telling off, and your gift should make it into the post sometime Tomorrow (Monday) or Tuesday at the latest. Either way your gift should be arriving fairly shortly.

Santa

No problem, I don't get home till tuesday anyway smile.gif

Posted by: Secret Santa Dec 16 2011, 02:02 PM

Dear Ashbless,

Fear not, your gift is winging its way through the ether to you. Unfortunately the elves booked me to choose the sherry for the year, and after the tasting I quite forgot to let you know.

Yours, with a splitting headache, Santa

Posted by: Mata Dec 16 2011, 05:00 PM

I am now the proud owner of a paint-it-yourself fish, glowstick bracelets, a spiffing set of moustaches, and a slightly scary picture of Santa which makes me suspect he has an axe somewhere nearby (or perhaps he's just really really happy... But I'm going with the axe theory). Thank you secret Santa... Though I don't actually have a clue who you are!

Oh, and I am clearly a bad person because I ignored the 'don't open until Christmas' sign on the packet. Oops biggrin.gif

Posted by: snooodlysnoosnoosnoodle Dec 16 2011, 06:09 PM

Dear Secret Sarah!

Thank you for my lovely socks and purse! I love them!!

<3 *hugs hugs hugs* <3


Will post pics later... if someone reminds me once I've finished eating!

Edit:

Posted by: CrazyFooIAintGettinOnNoPlane Dec 17 2011, 10:23 AM

QUOTE (Mata @ Dec 16 2011, 05:00 PM) *
I am now the proud owner of a paint-it-yourself fish, glowstick bracelets, a spiffing set of moustaches, and a slightly scary picture of Santa which makes me suspect he has an axe somewhere nearby (or perhaps he's just really really happy... But I'm going with the axe theory). Thank you secret Santa... Though I don't actually have a clue who you are!

Oh, and I am clearly a bad person because I ignored the 'don't open until Christmas' sign on the packet. Oops biggrin.gif

"really happy to be eating your flesh" is more what I was going for, but glad you like smile.gif And yes, opening gifts before xmas makes baby jesus cry.


Posted by: Mata Dec 18 2011, 02:50 PM

Yes, I think you achieved your goal there. In my head I imagined that face sticking through a recently-broken door and saying 'heeeeeeere's Santy!'.

Posted by: gothictheysay Dec 19 2011, 01:15 AM

Yay! I'm glad you like them smile.gif There might be a *very* belated card coming. Oops. dry.gif

And thank you Secret Santa for my two pairs of socks! I'll get a picture when I'm feeling less lazy but I traveled all day today. One is flying pigs and the other has whales smile.gif I also have no clue who you are!

Posted by: mooooooooooopo Dec 19 2011, 10:05 AM

QUOTE (gothictheysay @ Dec 19 2011, 01:15 AM) *
And thank you Secret Santa for my two pairs of socks! I'll get a picture when I'm feeling less lazy but I traveled all day today. One is flying pigs and the other has whales smile.gif I also have no clue who you are!

Glad you like them. biggrin.gif

ph34r.gif

Posted by: CrazyFooIAintGettinOnNoPlane Dec 20 2011, 02:57 PM

I got a box of reindeer poo, a puzzle, and magnetic thingies. Thanks Lo!

Will possibly post pics when I have recovered from the sniffles...

Posted by: mooooooooooopo Dec 20 2011, 10:03 PM

Woo! I received a box of awesome from Ashbless today. Thanks muchly (from Candice too), I'll try and post photos soon. biggrin.gif

Posted by: gothictheysay Dec 20 2011, 10:34 PM




sorry for the crappy quality; i used my phone. but these are my socks!

Posted by: mooooooooooopo Dec 21 2011, 05:45 PM

I finally summoned the energy to take some pictures.

Potato Clock!


Anatomy Pops (plus fake tattoo)


Delicious apple and apricot turkish delight/nut concoctions


Terrified dangling cat


Thanks again Ashbless. biggrin.gif

Posted by: Ashbless Dec 22 2011, 05:14 AM

Glad you liked. biggrin.gif

I don't really get the applets & cotlets thing but the American in my workplace made high pitched squeely yay noises about them being in the store.
I thought your lovely Lady might be missing them this holiday season.

Er, yes, I blew past the suggested money limit. Moop's clock is sorta within it and I just decided to get something for Cand. too.

Posted by: Phyllis Dec 22 2011, 03:59 PM

I'd never heard of the applets and cotlets things! Maybe it's regional.

Still, they are good, so thank you. smile.gif And thank you for my cat ornament! It is hanging up in our computer room at the moment, looking over us like this: ohmy.gif

Posted by: Ashbless Dec 24 2011, 03:06 PM

Thank you Mr. Fuzzy!

The post had my parcel today. Excellent timing sir. biggrin.gif

It's a book of etymology. The Oxford dictionary of Word Origins. Stories about words!
It's wonderful. I didn't know it was a book that I simply had to own until I had it in my hands.

Merry Christmas and thanks again.

Posted by: Mata Dec 25 2011, 10:22 AM

Oo, good choice by the Fuzzy one, that sounds fascinating - I love those kind of things.

Posted by: Mata Jan 1 2012, 08:10 PM



That is one creepy Santa. Do you think a kid is going to wake up with a hand in his stocking?

Posted by: CrazyFooIAintGettinOnNoPlane Jan 30 2012, 07:52 PM

So google picassa is the most useless picture sharing service ever, but apparently I at least succeeded in getting images from my phone onto the internet.

https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/110666025784270301608/albums/5689045660683529185

Posted by: Mata Jan 31 2012, 07:50 PM

Oo, those wooden puzzles are cool smile.gif

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