HO, HO, HO!
Ok, you've been waiting patiently...for the most part. Now it's finally time. Let's get a little jump start this year and now officially set our sights on Christmas again with the 5TH ANNUAL PINSIDE SECRET SANTA PROGRAM! We've gone from 61 participants the first year to 163 last year in 2020. Even though last year was a better year overall than 2020 (really though it would have been hard to be worse) I think we can agree that people could still use some extra cheer this holiday season. So let's give it a another go this year and see if we can put even more smiles on people's faces come Christmas morning. Have fun with this, be a big kid again and get creative or go the extra mile to figure out what to get your person this year. I'll keep the Secret Santa sign up open until Wednesday night, November 10th, which should still give us a little extra time this year to buy and ship gifts. So shout it from the rooftops...tell your friends, neighbors, co-workers over Zoom...we don't want anyone to miss out that wants in. After the November 10th I really have to close it down so I can match up participants, send out Secret Santa information and people can start buying their gifts...but I'm a big softy so I will probably still be able to get latecomers in. And there are latecomers every year no matter how long I keep signups open. Once the sign up period has ended, I will create a new thread for all the participants and link to it in this thread as always.
If you are totally unfamiliar with what this SS Program entails, here is a quick synopsis:
Everyone who chooses to participate sends me the information requested below via private message and is put on the Secret Santa list. After registration is closed on Nov. 10th, I will randomly choose recipients for each Santa. Every Santa will receive the Pinsider name, list of ideas/information (if any were sent to me) and address of their recipient. They then do some investigation into their recipient's games and likes, they locate/purchase gift(s) and send to their recipient. Everyone who participates will send a gift(s) and receive a gift(s) to open whenever they choose this holiday season to hopefully help end this year on a good note.
If you want to check out the complete details and/or you just want to relive all the joy we had in previous years, here are the Secret Santa threads from the past...
*THIS PART IS VERY IMPORTANT:
If you want to participate here is what I need from you via private message...
Your full name and mailing address
Your email address
Your t-shirt size
Suggestions: I suggest providing a list of ideas to help your Santa out, but ultimately your Santa will decide what to get you. Not required, but if you update your collection on Pinside, include a list of your current games in the PM to me and/or mention that you also like arcade games and/or things like pop culture or 80's/90's nostalgia for instance, that could also help give your Santa ideas and direction. Please don't come into this with huge expectations, or have hard feelings if you get something that isn't on your list, just enjoy what's received. Remember, this is as fun of an experience as you make it!
I think that's everything. I'll update usernames as I can from PMs as they come in in this thread as well, so everyone knows I got their message and that they are included. Feel free to post in this thread that you are participating or share past stories and encourage others to do so as well if you want. The more the merrier!
Current 2021 Secret Santas:
98 Mitoska (Son)
123 pinballjah (2)
142 Secret Santa