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BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!

katlaughing 04 Nov 06 - 03:33 PM
IWTATBM 04 Nov 06 - 04:03 PM
The Fooles Troupe 04 Nov 06 - 11:19 PM
katlaughing 04 Nov 06 - 11:51 PM
The Fooles Troupe 05 Nov 06 - 12:04 AM
katlaughing 07 Nov 06 - 01:38 PM
Megan L 08 Nov 06 - 07:44 AM
GUEST,MeganL Secret Santa 08 Nov 06 - 08:00 AM
greg stephens 08 Nov 06 - 08:23 AM
Megan L 08 Nov 06 - 08:49 AM
Nancy King 16 Nov 06 - 10:46 AM
Charmion 16 Nov 06 - 10:54 AM
vectis 16 Nov 06 - 11:49 AM
GUEST,Nancy's Santa 17 Nov 06 - 03:19 AM
GUEST,Vectis's Secret Santa 17 Nov 06 - 04:27 PM
RangerSteve 17 Nov 06 - 05:33 PM
SINSULL 17 Nov 06 - 05:45 PM
Sandra in Sydney 20 Nov 06 - 11:14 PM
GUEST,Jaze 21 Nov 06 - 10:22 AM
katlaughing 21 Nov 06 - 10:38 AM
GUEST,jaze 21 Nov 06 - 10:52 AM
Tinker 21 Nov 06 - 04:51 PM
skipy 21 Nov 06 - 05:06 PM
Emma B 21 Nov 06 - 05:12 PM
GUEST,Skipy's Sekret Skanta 21 Nov 06 - 05:41 PM
GUEST,jaze 21 Nov 06 - 09:27 PM
GUEST,Jaze's BBB&B ******Santa****** 22 Nov 06 - 05:32 AM
GUEST,jaze 22 Nov 06 - 10:29 AM
GUEST,The Somewhat Secret Santa of Sandra in Sydne 23 Nov 06 - 07:55 AM
Alaska Mike 23 Nov 06 - 04:22 PM
Catherine Jayne 23 Nov 06 - 05:33 PM
bfdk 24 Nov 06 - 05:47 AM
freda underhill 25 Nov 06 - 03:26 AM
GUEST,FU's SS 27 Nov 06 - 07:41 PM
katlaughing 27 Nov 06 - 10:10 PM
katlaughing 27 Nov 06 - 10:16 PM
JennyO 27 Nov 06 - 10:34 PM
GUEST,fu 28 Nov 06 - 01:02 AM
GUEST,FU's SS 28 Nov 06 - 06:16 AM
RangerSteve 30 Nov 06 - 07:56 PM
Liz the Squeak 01 Dec 06 - 02:41 PM
freda underhill 01 Dec 06 - 03:40 PM
artbrooks 01 Dec 06 - 04:46 PM
GUEST,FU's SS 03 Dec 06 - 02:50 PM
sian, west wales 04 Dec 06 - 04:33 AM
GUEST,Anne Nelf 04 Dec 06 - 04:19 PM
Severn 04 Dec 06 - 04:29 PM
Hollowfox 04 Dec 06 - 07:13 PM
GUEST,Hollowfox's SS 05 Dec 06 - 09:44 AM
hilda fish 06 Dec 06 - 12:48 AM
GUEST,Hilda Fish's Secret Sion Corn 06 Dec 06 - 02:55 AM
Chanteyranger 07 Dec 06 - 02:15 AM
Emma B 07 Dec 06 - 06:43 AM
GUEST,Severn's S&S Santa 07 Dec 06 - 08:46 PM
GUEST,Vectis's SS 08 Dec 06 - 06:30 PM
Chanteyranger 09 Dec 06 - 03:51 AM
Emma B 09 Dec 06 - 10:48 PM
vectis 10 Dec 06 - 07:42 PM
JennyO 11 Dec 06 - 05:18 AM
MMario 11 Dec 06 - 09:35 AM
bet 11 Dec 06 - 04:12 PM
sian, west wales 11 Dec 06 - 05:32 PM
Partridge 12 Dec 06 - 02:18 PM
Tig 12 Dec 06 - 05:26 PM
CallyH 13 Dec 06 - 08:13 AM
GUEST,Cally Hanna's secret santa 13 Dec 06 - 09:07 AM
Megan L 13 Dec 06 - 01:34 PM
GUEST,meganL SS 13 Dec 06 - 01:38 PM
Megan L 13 Dec 06 - 01:59 PM
GUEST,MeganL SS 13 Dec 06 - 02:07 PM
GUEST,MeganL SS 14 Dec 06 - 12:30 PM
Louisey 14 Dec 06 - 04:21 PM
GUEST,Louisey's Secret Santa 14 Dec 06 - 06:39 PM
Louisey 15 Dec 06 - 02:37 AM
Megan L 15 Dec 06 - 05:20 AM
Megan L 15 Dec 06 - 06:42 AM
GUEST,Louisey's Secret Santa 15 Dec 06 - 08:58 AM
GUEST,bet's secret santa 15 Dec 06 - 09:08 AM
GUEST,bet's santa 15 Dec 06 - 09:09 AM
GUEST,MeganL SS 15 Dec 06 - 02:29 PM
Megan L 15 Dec 06 - 03:42 PM
GUEST,MeganL SS 16 Dec 06 - 02:39 AM
Megan L 16 Dec 06 - 07:59 AM
jennbrooks 16 Dec 06 - 09:42 AM
CallyH 16 Dec 06 - 01:43 PM
GUEST,MeganL SS 16 Dec 06 - 02:21 PM
Joybell 16 Dec 06 - 04:00 PM
GUEST,cally Hanna's secret santa 16 Dec 06 - 06:48 PM
Liz the Squeak 17 Dec 06 - 01:35 AM
bfdk 17 Dec 06 - 04:15 AM
Anne Lister 19 Dec 06 - 07:08 PM
Liz the Squeak 20 Dec 06 - 06:11 PM
Severn 20 Dec 06 - 07:31 PM
RangerSteve 20 Dec 06 - 07:45 PM
GUEST,Greg Stephens' Worried Secret Santa 20 Dec 06 - 08:56 PM
Selchie - (RH) 21 Dec 06 - 12:54 AM
SINSULL 21 Dec 06 - 09:30 AM
John MacKenzie 21 Dec 06 - 09:37 AM
SINSULL 21 Dec 06 - 10:32 AM
Elmer Fudd 21 Dec 06 - 12:27 PM
John MacKenzie 21 Dec 06 - 02:22 PM
Megan L 21 Dec 06 - 02:24 PM
Elmer Fudd 21 Dec 06 - 03:22 PM
RangerSteve 21 Dec 06 - 04:14 PM
artbrooks 21 Dec 06 - 04:57 PM
jacqui.c 21 Dec 06 - 05:20 PM
RangerSteve 21 Dec 06 - 05:47 PM
GUEST,Becca's worried SS 21 Dec 06 - 06:45 PM
GUEST,John Glok McKenzie's SS 21 Dec 06 - 07:03 PM
GUEST,Skipy 21 Dec 06 - 07:24 PM
JennyO 21 Dec 06 - 08:31 PM
GUEST,Partridge 22 Dec 06 - 01:21 AM
Stilly River Sage 22 Dec 06 - 01:43 AM
My guru always said 22 Dec 06 - 05:22 AM
John MacKenzie 22 Dec 06 - 06:10 AM
Barb'ry 22 Dec 06 - 10:16 AM
Alba 22 Dec 06 - 10:51 AM
GUEST,Foolestroupe's wondering santa 22 Dec 06 - 11:39 AM
GUEST,Foolestroupe's now embarrassed santa 22 Dec 06 - 11:40 AM
greg stephens 22 Dec 06 - 02:29 PM
John MacKenzie 22 Dec 06 - 02:34 PM
GUEST,Barb'ry's delighted Santa 22 Dec 06 - 02:41 PM
Joybell 22 Dec 06 - 03:07 PM
Joe Offer 22 Dec 06 - 04:03 PM
ranger1 22 Dec 06 - 04:51 PM
Helen 22 Dec 06 - 05:52 PM
greg stephens 22 Dec 06 - 06:26 PM
SINSULL 22 Dec 06 - 08:42 PM
Stilly River Sage 23 Dec 06 - 12:00 AM
Stilly River Sage 23 Dec 06 - 12:20 AM
Mrs Cobble 23 Dec 06 - 04:31 AM
AllisonA(Animaterra) 23 Dec 06 - 06:50 AM
GUEST,Elmer Fudd's Secret Santa 23 Dec 06 - 10:08 AM
GUEST,Jaze 23 Dec 06 - 01:45 PM
greg stephens 23 Dec 06 - 02:08 PM
maeve 23 Dec 06 - 02:20 PM
GUEST,JennieG's secret Santa 23 Dec 06 - 03:44 PM
CapriUni 23 Dec 06 - 07:09 PM
GUEST 23 Dec 06 - 07:14 PM
CapriUni 23 Dec 06 - 08:19 PM
freda underhill 24 Dec 06 - 07:49 AM
Sandra in Sydney 24 Dec 06 - 08:15 AM
Snuffy 24 Dec 06 - 09:44 AM
JennyO 24 Dec 06 - 10:03 AM
SINSULL 24 Dec 06 - 10:29 AM
Linda Goodman Zebooker 24 Dec 06 - 11:50 AM
GUEST,Snuffy's curious (never furious) Secret Sa 24 Dec 06 - 02:57 PM
Snuffy 24 Dec 06 - 03:12 PM
GUEST,Secret Santa to the Marvellous Maeve 24 Dec 06 - 06:36 PM
JennieG 25 Dec 06 - 01:30 AM
bfdk 25 Dec 06 - 06:04 AM
alison 25 Dec 06 - 07:00 AM
Emma B 25 Dec 06 - 07:34 AM
Severn 25 Dec 06 - 07:42 AM
jaze 25 Dec 06 - 09:23 AM
Becca72 25 Dec 06 - 10:08 AM
John MacKenzie 25 Dec 06 - 10:43 AM
Alaska Mike 25 Dec 06 - 11:29 AM
CapriUni 25 Dec 06 - 01:35 PM
Sarah the flute 25 Dec 06 - 02:22 PM
greg stephens 25 Dec 06 - 02:24 PM
Micca 25 Dec 06 - 02:28 PM
bfdk 25 Dec 06 - 02:31 PM
artbrooks 25 Dec 06 - 03:10 PM
Micca 25 Dec 06 - 03:24 PM
John MacKenzie 25 Dec 06 - 03:30 PM
Anne Lister 25 Dec 06 - 03:52 PM
JennieG 25 Dec 06 - 05:20 PM
greg stephens 25 Dec 06 - 06:24 PM
MMario 25 Dec 06 - 06:47 PM
jacqui.c 25 Dec 06 - 07:36 PM
ranger1 25 Dec 06 - 08:42 PM
Micca 25 Dec 06 - 09:47 PM
Sorcha 25 Dec 06 - 09:54 PM
SINSULL 25 Dec 06 - 10:02 PM
bfdk 26 Dec 06 - 04:19 AM
John MacKenzie 26 Dec 06 - 04:53 AM
Mo the caller 26 Dec 06 - 05:06 AM
CallyH 26 Dec 06 - 06:03 AM
vectis 26 Dec 06 - 06:54 AM
GUEST,Vectis's SS 26 Dec 06 - 07:20 AM
jacqui.c 26 Dec 06 - 10:20 AM
freda underhill 26 Dec 06 - 10:27 AM
jacqui.c 26 Dec 06 - 01:19 PM
GUEST,Partridge 26 Dec 06 - 01:27 PM
Bat Goddess 26 Dec 06 - 06:41 PM
SussexCarole 26 Dec 06 - 06:52 PM
dusty rhodes 26 Dec 06 - 08:59 PM
JennyO 26 Dec 06 - 10:49 PM
JennyO 27 Dec 06 - 12:38 AM
SINSULL 27 Dec 06 - 12:40 AM
JennyO 27 Dec 06 - 12:45 AM
Mrs Cobble 27 Dec 06 - 05:38 AM
GUEST,Cally Hanna's secret santa 27 Dec 06 - 05:51 AM
GUEST,Louisey 27 Dec 06 - 07:25 AM
artbrooks 27 Dec 06 - 07:30 AM
Tig 27 Dec 06 - 02:22 PM
Selchie - (RH) 27 Dec 06 - 02:26 PM
Leadfingers 27 Dec 06 - 02:41 PM
Leadfingers 27 Dec 06 - 02:42 PM
GUEST,Louisey's Secret Santa 27 Dec 06 - 02:50 PM
Hollowfox 27 Dec 06 - 04:17 PM
RangerSteve 27 Dec 06 - 06:31 PM
GUEST,Hollofox's SS 28 Dec 06 - 01:54 AM
Fran 28 Dec 06 - 04:40 AM
Skipjack K8 28 Dec 06 - 08:09 AM
John MacKenzie 28 Dec 06 - 08:29 AM
MMario 28 Dec 06 - 08:41 AM
Pseudolus 28 Dec 06 - 09:44 AM
Hollowfox 28 Dec 06 - 10:41 AM
GUEST,Severn's Shy and Secretive Santa 28 Dec 06 - 03:41 PM
Severn 28 Dec 06 - 06:57 PM
SussexCarole 28 Dec 06 - 07:07 PM
jennbrooks 28 Dec 06 - 10:11 PM
Stilly River Sage 28 Dec 06 - 10:18 PM
Edain 29 Dec 06 - 10:06 AM
SharonA 29 Dec 06 - 02:02 PM
Snuffy 29 Dec 06 - 02:33 PM
Joybell 29 Dec 06 - 03:46 PM
JennyO 29 Dec 06 - 10:53 PM
Snuffy 30 Dec 06 - 08:11 AM
JennyO 30 Dec 06 - 08:51 AM
jacqui.c 30 Dec 06 - 08:53 AM
JennyO 30 Dec 06 - 09:18 AM
AllisonA(Animaterra) 30 Dec 06 - 06:00 PM
Helen 30 Dec 06 - 06:57 PM
Nancy King 30 Dec 06 - 09:04 PM
GUEST,Nancy King's Santa 31 Dec 06 - 06:12 AM
AllisonA(Animaterra) 31 Dec 06 - 08:03 AM
Helen 31 Dec 06 - 08:36 AM
Nancy King 31 Dec 06 - 01:17 PM
sian, west wales 01 Jan 07 - 09:37 AM
vectis 01 Jan 07 - 02:02 PM
Wuzzle 01 Jan 07 - 02:33 PM
sian, west wales 02 Jan 07 - 07:42 AM
freda underhill 02 Jan 07 - 08:18 AM
Barb'ry 02 Jan 07 - 08:40 AM
Becca72 02 Jan 07 - 08:48 AM
GUEST,Hollowfox's SS 02 Jan 07 - 10:35 AM
Anne Lister 02 Jan 07 - 04:20 PM
GUEST,Becca's SS 02 Jan 07 - 06:44 PM
GUEST,MeganL secret santa 03 Jan 07 - 07:29 AM
My guru always said 03 Jan 07 - 01:40 PM
Alba 03 Jan 07 - 01:55 PM
jacqui.c 03 Jan 07 - 03:21 PM
Liz the Squeak 03 Jan 07 - 03:29 PM
jacqui.c 03 Jan 07 - 04:08 PM
Alba 03 Jan 07 - 04:16 PM
Hollowfox 03 Jan 07 - 05:46 PM
Selchie - (RH) 04 Jan 07 - 04:19 AM
Megan L 04 Jan 07 - 05:26 AM
GUEST,SharonA's secret Santa 04 Jan 07 - 06:39 AM
Pseudolus 04 Jan 07 - 11:53 AM
GUEST 04 Jan 07 - 12:31 PM
Liz the Squeak 04 Jan 07 - 05:50 PM
GUEST,bet 05 Jan 07 - 05:21 PM
GUEST,bet's santa 06 Jan 07 - 03:45 AM
SharonA 06 Jan 07 - 09:58 PM
GUEST,JennieG's Concerned Santa 07 Jan 07 - 09:00 AM
Joybell 07 Jan 07 - 07:01 PM
Charmion 08 Jan 07 - 04:29 PM
Stilly River Sage 10 Jan 07 - 01:54 PM
Becca72 10 Jan 07 - 02:35 PM
Chanteyranger 10 Jan 07 - 02:42 PM
ClaireBear 10 Jan 07 - 03:06 PM
JennieG 10 Jan 07 - 09:34 PM
Crystal 11 Jan 07 - 06:00 AM
Bat Goddess 11 Jan 07 - 08:11 AM
Liz the Squeak 11 Jan 07 - 08:30 AM
Stilly River Sage 11 Jan 07 - 10:40 AM
GUEST,Becca's SS 11 Jan 07 - 07:23 PM
JennieG 16 Jan 07 - 12:06 AM
GUEST,Louisey's Secret Santa 16 Jan 07 - 02:52 AM
The Fooles Troupe 16 Jan 07 - 03:49 AM
GUEST,Foolestroupe 16 Jan 07 - 07:58 AM
GUEST,Foolestroupe's Relieved Secret Santa 16 Jan 07 - 08:03 AM
artbrooks 16 Jan 07 - 08:05 AM
Joybell 16 Jan 07 - 04:31 PM
The Fooles Troupe 16 Jan 07 - 06:57 PM
Becca72 20 Jan 07 - 12:28 PM
GUEST,Becca' SS 20 Jan 07 - 07:05 PM
Snuffy 14 Feb 07 - 02:34 PM
The Fooles Troupe 14 Feb 07 - 06:30 PM
CapriUni 15 Feb 07 - 08:22 AM
Chanteyranger 16 Feb 07 - 01:06 AM
JennyO 16 Feb 07 - 04:36 AM
GUEST,Santa's Tiny Leprechaun 16 Feb 07 - 05:09 AM
Liz the Squeak 16 Feb 07 - 05:16 AM
Chanteyranger 16 Feb 07 - 02:01 PM
GUEST,Psharon's Pseudo Psecret Psanta 16 Mar 07 - 04:08 PM
katlaughing 16 Mar 07 - 04:19 PM
Stilly River Sage 17 Mar 07 - 12:29 AM
Leadfingers 17 Mar 07 - 08:25 AM
Tig 17 Mar 07 - 09:08 AM
Liz the Squeak 17 Mar 07 - 05:16 PM
Linda Goodman Zebooker 17 Mar 07 - 11:02 PM
Pseudolus 18 Mar 07 - 09:31 AM
Tig 18 Mar 07 - 11:15 AM
GUEST,disappointed santa 18 Mar 07 - 11:25 AM
Stilly River Sage 18 Mar 07 - 01:09 PM
Firecat 23 Apr 07 - 10:08 AM
Liz the Squeak 23 Apr 07 - 10:13 AM
GUEST,Bill t'Bodger's sorrowful Santa 23 Apr 07 - 10:41 AM

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Subject: BS: THANK YOU, SANTA!!!
From: katlaughing
Date: 04 Nov 06 - 03:33 PM

WOW!! I got a package from Australia today!! No name, no indication who my Secret Santa is, but I can only guess it came from the "white text hinter of the Nudges thread!" (Someone who was very generous with postage and pressies!)Aha! Just noticed "Toowoomba" on the postage cancellation. Foolestroupe, is that YOU!??!!

Opened it up and oh my! I've got VEGEMITE!! Eat yer heart out, Spaw!! I feel like a kid in a candy store! All kinds of gingery candies and Lifesavers-MUSK?? flavoured and sweet-tart kind of candies which definitely liven up the tastebuds and an oversized darling paperclip and I am listening with a big grin on my face and in my heart to a beautiful CD of music from the Elizabethan Age. I love the "other country" labels on things and the music is just gorgeous. OH! And I get to "Nibble Nobby's nuts!!" And, there is a darling little bottle of Bo-Peep's "mini boiled sweets" which my cat seems to be very interested in...must've come from a cat-owned household.:-)

This so kewl and early to boot. Thanks, very much.

THANK YEW, THANK YEW, SANTA!!

luvyakat


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SANTA!!!
From: IWTATBM
Date: 04 Nov 06 - 04:03 PM

You don't know me katlaughing, but I read your post and am happy for you.


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 04 Nov 06 - 11:19 PM

Hehehehehehehehe!

Gotcha!

I was away, waiting for my money, so posted it from there.


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: katlaughing
Date: 04 Nov 06 - 11:51 PM

I KNEW it!! I love Mudcat archives...I can find almost anything on anybody! Hehehe, yerself, Fooles! Thanks a bunch...all quite tasty, though I think a taste for Musk Lifesavers needs to be acquired.:-)

Thanks, also, to IWTATBM.

katIwasagoodgyrl


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 05 Nov 06 - 12:04 AM

"I think a taste for Musk Lifesavers needs to be acquired"

Which explains why Aussies can't find them there, I suppose... save them and make new friends with homesick Aussies... :-)

Buderim Ginger is on the net - and is just up north of me.

"Nibble Nobby's nuts!!" - very famous here...

"Bo-Peep's "mini boiled sweets"" - made by Darrel Lea Chocolates - an Aussie sweet company. Some people buy them just for decoration, but they DO taste good.

My 2 cats - Bubbles and Squeak - say hi.


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: katlaughing
Date: 07 Nov 06 - 01:38 PM

So far they all taste really good, except the Musk. Just can't get past the sensation of eating perfume. I think it stems from one time in school when we orchestra nerds were selling chocolate bars for a fundraiser. Mine were in my purse, along with nail polisha nd perfum,e both of which broke open and saturated the chocolate bar. The smell put me off chocolate for a good spell!

My three year old grandson is wild about all of them but the ginger. He says it "too spicy!" Great fun shairng with him as he is talking up a storm and manages to repeat everything he hears. Last night when his mom came to get him, he told her she HAD to try the "gummie footies." **bg**

Thanks, again, Fooles. Hope some others get to post their surprises in here, soon, too.

kat


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Megan L
Date: 08 Nov 06 - 07:44 AM

Oh Santa you are a life saver I was having a lousey morning when the postman arrived now i feel Grrrreat :)


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: GUEST,MeganL Secret Santa
Date: 08 Nov 06 - 08:00 AM

Glad to have been of service Megan. I hope the rest of the day goes happily

Santa x


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: greg stephens
Date: 08 Nov 06 - 08:23 AM

Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't these meant to be Christmas presents? So how come people are opening them, eh?


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Megan L
Date: 08 Nov 06 - 08:49 AM

He He He Greg my Santa was a darling and sent me a prepressie teaser


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Nancy King
Date: 16 Nov 06 - 10:46 AM

Well, I will have to say I am truly impressed! My package from the UK arrived on Monday! Santa, you are one efficient Jolly Old Elf!

Unlike some people I could name, I will NOT open my pressie before Christmas day. It's so much fun trying to explain about Mudcat and Secret Santas to my clueless brother and sister-in-law. The package, complete with brown paper and (vague) customs declaration, will go under the tree, as soon as I get the tree up...

Thank you, Santa!

Nancy


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Charmion
Date: 16 Nov 06 - 10:54 AM

A small mauve box arrived yesterday from Britain, labelled "Secret Santa" and "Candle". Of course, it could be anything ... and I'll wait until 25 December to find out!

Thank you, whoever you are!


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: vectis
Date: 16 Nov 06 - 11:49 AM

A sledge swooped down on my house today and left a mysterious package FOR MEEEEEEEEE. Yippppeeee!
It got here from t'other side of the world in record time.
I'll save it for Christmas day.
Fank yooo Santa.
Hurraahh! :-)))))


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: GUEST,Nancy's Santa
Date: 17 Nov 06 - 03:19 AM

Hi Nancy

Glad it arrived safely across the sea.


Love Santa


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: GUEST,Vectis's Secret Santa
Date: 17 Nov 06 - 04:27 PM

Vectis

It was a dark and snowy night.. the sled wound its way through sleet and snow.. across desert and sea, through light and day! The reindeer were out and about, so Santa used the local kangaroos & the ride was a little bumpy! Santa was a little arthritic so we elves had to come along too.

while ever so humble, I'm glad the pressie has found its way home..

S.S.


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: RangerSteve
Date: 17 Nov 06 - 05:33 PM

A picture postcard came today, advising me that my gift had been send from UK. The postcard has a really nice picture of an old airplane flying past a lighthouse. It's definitely one I'll keep. I'm looking forward to the actual present. Thanks, Secret Santa.

Steve


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: SINSULL
Date: 17 Nov 06 - 05:45 PM

Eh, Miss Kitty???? What ever happened to "Do Not Open 'Til Xmas"?????
You have been a naughty girl! And teasing Spaw besides! tcchhh tcchh


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 20 Nov 06 - 11:14 PM

my pressie arrived today!

my neighbour collected it & I handed him a black marker so he could cross out all the incriminating evidence on the front - name of sender, customs declaration, etc.

However I know it came from america!

thankyou santa, I eagerly await 25 Dec

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: GUEST,Jaze
Date: 21 Nov 06 - 10:22 AM

Dear Bedazed, Bedazzled, Bedazzling and Befuddled Santa, your package arrived from Australia (thanks Kat for narrowing it down by one!) yesterday. I have resisted my wife's insistance that I open it immediately(no matter how tempted I am). I will do the difficult and honorable thing and wait for Christmas. I greatly appreciate your generosity and will spend the remaining time trying to figure out who you are. Your humor seems slightly familiar. No hints?? Thank you again and I hope your Holiday season is filled with joy and fun. Your Begrateful and Bemused Santee.


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: katlaughing
Date: 21 Nov 06 - 10:38 AM

uh-oh, I think I'm only going to get a lump of coal on THE day. Sorry folks for being over-eager. ('spose that's a legally recognised dis-order?)**bg**

In my defense: the box didn't say "don't open until Christmas" and when I opened it, it was right there in my face...a bunch of colourful packages with intriguing names printed on them...how many of you could resist "Nibble Nobby's Nuts" or trying to figure out how to use Musk flavoured lifesavers as perfume? LOL!!

I love it!!


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: GUEST,jaze
Date: 21 Nov 06 - 10:52 AM

Keep telling yourself that, Kat. I hear coal is making a comeback.0:>)


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Tinker
Date: 21 Nov 06 - 04:51 PM

I got a package today from Austrailia !!!!
There's a real name, but no Nudcat name so I guess I'm still stumped, but I will not open it til Christmas, I will not open it til Christmas, I will --- well maybe not til my Birthday, solstice is soon enough....

Thank You Thank You Thank You


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: skipy
Date: 21 Nov 06 - 05:06 PM

I got a lump of coal, confused yes, but it was a tradition with my family back in the 60s in Lancashire to "first foot" with a lump of coal.
That is to walk out of the back door with it & come in the front as the new year arrived.
Time to revive it & pass the lump of coal on to my sons.
So Thank you.
Skipy


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Emma B
Date: 21 Nov 06 - 05:12 PM

a lump of coal and some salt Dave - but hey1 - I'm from "wich" country


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: GUEST,Skipy's Sekret Skanta
Date: 21 Nov 06 - 05:41 PM

Well ... yer won't give me any hints so be it on yer own head.

No, No! It's too late to save yerself. Yer on da list: "Naughty" And dat's a fact!

Da wheel of fate is a-spinnin' ...

sss


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From: GUEST,jaze
Date: 21 Nov 06 - 09:27 PM

Boy, these Australia folks are really on the ball!


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From: GUEST,Jaze's BBB&B ******Santa******
Date: 22 Nov 06 - 05:32 AM

Jaze,

Glad to hear your package arrived safely, it had a long way to go! And here is a small clue:

I am, indeed, an Ozzie.

Full marks to you for getting that right!

Best wishes from
Your Bedazed, Bedazzled, Bedazzling, Slightly Befuddled and very-relieved-that-your-package-arrived-safely - *****Santa*****


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From: GUEST,jaze
Date: 22 Nov 06 - 10:29 AM

I may continue to investigate,Santa, but I think I have a sneaking suspicion as to who you may be.


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From: GUEST,The Somewhat Secret Santa of Sandra in Sydne
Date: 23 Nov 06 - 07:55 AM

Sandra, You HAVE been good! You came up with a great solution to sidestep my identity. Future Santas, take note of this quality!

Yes, I admit that I don't actually live at the North Pole. I, Mrs. S, the elves and the poor, inexperienced international-pressie poster were all very cheered that the package arrived safely. ~~ Your happy but somewhat less secret Santa.


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From: Alaska Mike
Date: 23 Nov 06 - 04:22 PM

With my illness and convelescence, I had not thought to join in the fun of this year's Secret Santa. But while I was deep in my coma a Secret Santa mysteriously began sending cards and recently, a package. Thank you Santa for your thoughtfulness and entrepeneurial spirit. I hope the Christmas season shines brightly for you and the new year brings you wonders and joy.


Mike


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From: Catherine Jayne
Date: 23 Nov 06 - 05:33 PM

Thank you Santa, your present arrived yesterday. I will open it next month as instructed on front of the packaging!!

Thank you!!!


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From: bfdk
Date: 24 Nov 06 - 05:47 AM

THANK YOU SANTA from Maine, your interesting-looking package from across the Pond arrived last night, laboriously hauled up the stairs to my second floor apartment by a profusely sweating mailman :-))

I haven't opened it, and I won't do so until Christmas, although I must admit I was sorely tempted to peek through the crack in the outer paper that the mail people had equipped it with. The box within is in fine fettle, though, so it wouldn't help much, anyway..

The label on the package states that it contains i.a. a CD, and I can barely wait for that - I sincerely hope it's family-related, somehow (as in "Grumpy Old Git", possibly, unless you do your own stuff as well) :-))

For now I shall let you remain nameless, Santa Dear, so as not to help those still guessing too much by eliminating your name from the list of possible candidates.

I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from this side of the Big Pond. I hope to see you all again sometime in the not too distant future :-)

Best wishes,

Bente


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From: freda underhill
Date: 25 Nov 06 - 03:26 AM

Thank you Santa - for the interestoing envelope from the North Pole - should I open it today? no, I'll wait!

excitedly

freda


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From: GUEST,FU's SS
Date: 27 Nov 06 - 07:41 PM

The little envelope from the North Pole via Christmas Island may be opened forthwith or even fifthwith if you prefer.

The main consignment is now on its way, but that one should most definitely be retained unopened until the day of your festivities (Christmas, solstice, Lupercalia etc)


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From: katlaughing
Date: 27 Nov 06 - 10:10 PM

fifthwith...you've been watching Victor Borge and his Inflationary Language bits, eh?

Three for the price of two!:-)


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From: katlaughing
Date: 27 Nov 06 - 10:16 PM

Sorry, you have to use the "Inflate this page" function to get his unique twist on the story. Here's the Inflated Version. It's twoderful!


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From: JennyO
Date: 27 Nov 06 - 10:34 PM

I was lucky to go and see Victor Borge when he visited Australia a LONG time ago, but I still remember this story. Wonderful performer - and the piano duels with Hambro were hilarious! I have a video of him too.


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From: GUEST,fu
Date: 28 Nov 06 - 01:02 AM

WoW, Santa Clues, its at home in Sydney but I'll open it first thing when I get back friday night!

thaaaaanks!

freda


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From: GUEST,FU's SS
Date: 28 Nov 06 - 06:16 AM

Inflationary language is a very apt description, Katmeluv. You don't know how close to the truth you are! :-)


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From: RangerSteve
Date: 30 Nov 06 - 07:56 PM

Some excellent vintage postcards, but I can't read the postmark, so I don't know where they were sent from. Thanks, Secret Santa. Steve


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From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 01 Dec 06 - 02:41 PM

Bruahahahahahahahaahhaaaaaaaa!!!

I love this!

LTS


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From: freda underhill
Date: 01 Dec 06 - 03:40 PM

The moment arrived.. Persephone returned from the Underworld and opened the carefully wrapped parchment (after noting puzzedly that the stamps were Australian) to reveal....




A VERY APTLY NAMED HELIUM BALLOOON!

Santa Clues, I've never seen anything like this in Australia and will keep it for A VERY SPECIAL OCCASION which is 2 years and three months away!

thank you, o mysterious one, and maybe I'd like some more clues as to your identity. my cunning sleuthing has narrowed you down to coming from..

well, either Lapland or the UK - yes, the next parcel has arrived, and it seems to be watching me. Now i will have to be very disciplined not to open this one until the Big day. so far I'm doing very well!

thanks for all the fun, Santa!

freda

ps - i wonder who the local elf was?


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: artbrooks
Date: 01 Dec 06 - 04:46 PM

Well...I have a package. Dutifully following the instructions from my SS, I will not open the outer wrapper until the magic day. The customs declaration is no help...Santa, is your handwriting always like that, or is this special??


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From: GUEST,FU's SS
Date: 03 Dec 06 - 02:50 PM

How very obervant of you to notice the Australian stamps - for unlike your shire, Santa's is not in middle earth, but in Australia's own Shire of Christmas Island. But although notable for the variety and rarity of its native wildlife, I do not believe that Hobbits have ever been spotted there.

I cannot deny that my chief representative on earth is based within Her Britannic Majesty's realms, and indeed enjoyed the same "very special occasion" to which you refer less than a single month ago. But I assure you that the balloon has not been recycled from that celebration - it is brand new and totally unused! Is there a clue in that?

I see you have noticed the armed sentinel standing guard within your package. He is charged, on pain of his life, to ensure that your package remains inviolate until the day foretold for revelations.

The local elf may (or may not) be revealed in the fullness of time, but I can let you know that he/she/it is a Mudcatter.

Santa Clues xx


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: sian, west wales
Date: 04 Dec 06 - 04:33 AM

Whey-HEY! I've been Santa'd!

I even have a name ... but I haven't yet sorted out what Mudcat Monikker is used by this person. But - can she ACTUALLY live at North Pole, AK, 99705??? Even the post mark is North Pole!

I haven't been on line all weekend, but this actually arrived on Thursday - 30 November. It was posted (according to the mark) on 24 November. FROM ALASKA??????? Jeepers - thinking of all the parcels and stuff that get lost over a couple of miles, and this gets here in 6 days!

Santa honey, I'm going to keep this safe until I come back from Christmas family visits so I'll probably be opening it on New Year's Eve. I just wanted you to know that it arrived safely, quickly and was a real tonic! (I've been 'laid up' with sinusitis.)

I may just try one of those Polar Bear Smooches though. Just to make sure that they survived the journey OK ... (Clever, those Alaskan Elves.)

Ooooo ... this is SO cool ... !

sian, west wales


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: GUEST,Anne Nelf
Date: 04 Dec 06 - 04:19 PM

Heh! Heh! Heh!


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Severn
Date: 04 Dec 06 - 04:29 PM

O,Shy & Secretive One,

You posted you were sending it on the third and here it is the 4th and it has arrived already! The Elves and Reindeer are to be commended for their timely efforts!

The basics of what's inside are on the custom form, but the specifics will have to wait until Christmas morning, unless I am instructed otherwise. You got the package through without revealing either the name and return address or the part of the UK you were mailing from. Very well done, indeed!

A pre-thank-you for merely getting it here and thinking of me, with more thanks coming after the opening, when the 5 senses are appeased by the much anticipated contents.

Your Grateful Santee,
Severn


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From: Hollowfox
Date: 04 Dec 06 - 07:13 PM

Yesyesyes! I got my package! My daughter didn't even want me to see the declaration sticker on the front, but she relented at last. I've had it a few days, but I've also had a wonkled-out computer at home, and this is the first time I've had a chance to slip in a bit o' Catting in at work. I'm sorry that I mis-read your address when I looked it up on the British postal service website, that was a real brain cramp to think you were in England with the name Dumferline staring me in the face. (blush) I still don't know who you are, and I plan to be good and wait until Christmas to open The Box, but I plan to come to work early the next day so I can thank you properly.


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From: GUEST,Hollowfox's SS
Date: 05 Dec 06 - 09:44 AM

Hello, Hello, Hollowfox,

So pleased to hear the parcel's arrived & what a smart daughter you have. When you do open it there's a list of things to look at if you wish, when your computer's OK. As well as gifts & more clues.

No me dear, Dunfermline's no in England & the card's no an emblem of England either.    I'd said "What's in a name"? Maybe it's a Rose by any other name............?

Just be very good & wait until Christmas to open The Box. If you can).

Keep it sealed until then :-)   

I'll look forward to hearing from you when you can get onto a computer & in the meantime all Good Wishes for the festive season.

Your SS


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From: hilda fish
Date: 06 Dec 06 - 12:48 AM

Thankyou! Thankyou! Thankyou! From Wales eh?   Welshsanta. Love it! Big kiss.


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From: GUEST,Hilda Fish's Secret Sion Corn
Date: 06 Dec 06 - 02:55 AM

Here in my mountain fastness (or slowness) I have directed my teams of elves across the known world and clearly they have followed my directions correctly all the way to the Antipodes. Glad it's arrived, Hilda Fish! Now all you have to do is wait until the Right Day to open the contents ....


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 07 Dec 06 - 02:15 AM

Thank you Secret Santa! I just received my gift mailed from England, and it is wonderful. A package containing:
--A Johnny Collins CD, ("Now and Then"),

--A collecton of facsimile documents from the Merseyside Maritime Museum.

--a ball cap that say's "Ancient Mariner" (LOL!)

----a collection of authentic 1934 Player's cigarettes Cricket players cards.

Amazing!

Whoaaa.....I didn't wait until Christmas...please, though, hold the coal...

Chanteyranger


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Emma B
Date: 07 Dec 06 - 06:43 AM

Chanteyranger - you were supposed to wait until Christmas!

You Americans - that's supposed to be a "Yachting cap" LOL!


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: GUEST,Severn's S&S Santa
Date: 07 Dec 06 - 08:46 PM

I told you that hiding the gnome would do the trick didn't I?
You should know by now that Santa's sledge and reindeer are magic so an overnight from here to there can take no time at all (with apologies to any physicists in the house).
Glad it arrived in one piece. You can take the brown paper off but the box inside has instructions not to open until Christmas.
Well done for being so good all year(ish)


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: GUEST,Vectis's SS
Date: 08 Dec 06 - 06:30 PM

Hi Vectis

Just a little not to say, while the reindeer have accomplished their delivery, Santa is still thinking of you!

Meanwhile, down here near the South Pole, bushfires are burning!

I hope you have a happy white Christmas up North!

your SS

btw

Some friars were behind on their belfry payments, so they opened
up a small florist shop to raise the funds. Since everyone liked to buy flowers from the "Men of God," the rival florist across town thought the competition was unfair. He asked the good fathers to close down, but they would not. He went back and begged the friars to close. They ignored him. He asked his mother to ask the friars to get out of business. They ignored her, too. So the rival florist hired Hugh MacTaggart, the roughest and most vicious thug in town to "persuade" them to close.

Hugh beat up the friars and trashed their store, saying he'd be back
if they didn't close shop. Terrified, they did so, thereby proving
that...



Hugh, and only Hugh, can prevent florist friars.


:-)


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 03:51 AM

Couldn't help myself, Santa!


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Emma B
Date: 09 Dec 06 - 10:48 PM

Thank you dear Santa for your pressie which arrived during my annual "house ceilidh" today so I haven't had time to open it yet!
Promise I won't until Xmas (fingers crossed)
Em


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: vectis
Date: 10 Dec 06 - 07:42 PM

uuuuuuuuugh Santa
That one hurt!
I sincerely hope that I do not have a white Christmas - much too cold.
I moved back down south because I got fed up with ice and snow every winter and I was only living 130 miles north of here.


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From: JennyO
Date: 11 Dec 06 - 05:18 AM

A parcel arrived today from a certain Eustace P McGargle. It says "one book" on the package, and it that's what it sorta feels like. But I'm going to be very good and not open it till Christmas.

The other thing I couldn't fail to notice was that the address is VERY familiar. So I think I was right all along about your identity, Santa (unless you have sent this for somebody else). No wonder Liz was chuckling about some of the matches. How wonderfully perfect!

So I gather I am to expect another package from the North Pole then? I promise I won't open it till Christmas either. Ooh, this is so much fun! Thank you, my poetic Secret Santa!

Jenny


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From: MMario
Date: 11 Dec 06 - 09:35 AM

when I got back from 1842 last night there was a package waiting for me with an australian postmark and a custom stamp saying "gift" - so I have to assume it is from my Secret santa. It will be very very hard to keep from opening it before the 25th!

MMario


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: bet
Date: 11 Dec 06 - 04:12 PM

Yes, sean, west wales, I do live in then North Pole, Alaska that is. I even someyimes work at the Santa Claus House. Ho, ho, ho. Glad it arrived safely. bet


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: sian, west wales
Date: 11 Dec 06 - 05:32 PM

I am being SO goooood, Santa! I haven't even nibbled at a smooch yet ... Thank the polar bears for me!

sian


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From: Partridge
Date: 12 Dec 06 - 02:18 PM

Thank you whoever you are - i was informed today from my previous work place that a package had arrived for me. I will collect tomorrow.
The anticipation..............

thanks

Pat xxxxx


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Tig
Date: 12 Dec 06 - 05:26 PM

Thank you Santa. I picked up my parcel from the post office today. The postman had tried to bring to me but I hadn't heard him so I've had to wait.

I'm being a good girl and haven't opened it although the customs declaration makes it very exciting. I'll take it to Whitby with me when I celebrate Yule with The Badger, Bill-t-Bodger and Col K.

Hope your own Santa has been as kind.

Lots of love and hugs
Tig
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


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From: CallyH
Date: 13 Dec 06 - 08:13 AM

Dear Chief Elf,

Thank you for the wonderful calendar of traditional customs. There was no hint on the envelope it was a secret santa delivery, so I opened it now. What a lovely surprise!

It lists all the folk festivals for the year and is full of some really interesting stuff. How come I lived in Leicestershire for over 10 years and never heard of the Hare Pie Scramble and Bottle Kicking Match?

Thank you

A happy Cheshire kitty


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From: GUEST,Cally Hanna's secret santa
Date: 13 Dec 06 - 09:07 AM

ho ho ho my cheshire kitty so that old chief elf can do some magic after all i'm so pleased he found a nice gift for you........ still watch that mailbox ho ho ho what FUN


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Megan L
Date: 13 Dec 06 - 01:34 PM

OOOH santa my postie brpught me a wee parcel tae sing naw sign fur thank you:)


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From: GUEST,meganL SS
Date: 13 Dec 06 - 01:38 PM

Was there just the one? there should have been two................cant get the staff

santa x


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Megan L
Date: 13 Dec 06 - 01:59 PM

ah but she is only a very wee postie kin only carry one at a time :) will post when number two arrives


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: GUEST,MeganL SS
Date: 13 Dec 06 - 02:07 PM

Thank you megan and thank you wee postie too.


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From: GUEST,MeganL SS
Date: 14 Dec 06 - 12:30 PM

Any news of parcel 2


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Louisey
Date: 14 Dec 06 - 04:21 PM

SANTA!!!! Thank you for the big box that arrived today!!!! I'm so excited :) Can I open it yet????xx


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From: GUEST,Louisey's Secret Santa
Date: 14 Dec 06 - 06:39 PM

Yes, you may open it, Eager One, BUT don't open the card or packages until the Special Day: Solstice ro Christmas, whichever floats your boat! HoHoHo!! (Glad those reindeer figire out the right direction!)


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Louisey
Date: 15 Dec 06 - 02:37 AM

I can't wait ten days, I'm excited NOW!! It doesn't rattle, which is no good whatsoever for guessing what it is :(

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you Santa :)xx


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Megan L
Date: 15 Dec 06 - 05:20 AM

still no sign but postie doenst get here till near midday


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Megan L
Date: 15 Dec 06 - 06:42 AM

Jumps up and doon wavin ma airms
santa Santa SANTA

ma poor wee drookit postie has jist staggered bye the door. she says tae tell ye no tae let the elves write the address again they must hae used chalk how she managed tae get it here when the selkie let it go is amazin.


PS jist opened the box

Grrrrrrr santa you is evil :) love the card but still nae clue


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: GUEST,Louisey's Secret Santa
Date: 15 Dec 06 - 08:58 AM

It won't rattle even after you've opened it, either!

HoHoHo!


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: GUEST,bet's secret santa
Date: 15 Dec 06 - 09:08 AM

Hello bet,

How are things in Santaland? Elves running about everywhere, I bet!

Has the postman brought you anything yet?

If not .. watch your postbox!

your Santa


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: GUEST,bet's santa
Date: 15 Dec 06 - 09:09 AM

oh .. I put that on the wrong thread!!


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: GUEST,MeganL SS
Date: 15 Dec 06 - 02:29 PM

Well now Megan, what sort of clues can I give........mm
I've already told you that I'm dark and have four eyes
I can be a bit of a lurker, I read lots but only post a little.
I'm not on the mudcat fame list.
I changed my name here on mudcat
I've been to a few gatherings

Have a think Megan, and I'll see if I can come up with a few more hints.
Chalk elf has been demoted to sweeper upper

Santa x


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Megan L
Date: 15 Dec 06 - 03:42 PM

He he he see santa i am a clever lassie my selkies have tracked down some place called Dewsbury so now i have to send out the sniffer dogs :)


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: GUEST,MeganL SS
Date: 16 Dec 06 - 02:39 AM

How do these selkies operate?

Santa


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Megan L
Date: 16 Dec 06 - 07:59 AM

:) They operate very well but only near water.

Might be ofline for a bit santa but want to take this chance tae wish you and yours awra best fur christmas and every good thing for the comming year.

God bless Meg


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: jennbrooks
Date: 16 Dec 06 - 09:42 AM

I got a package, with lovely Australian stamps all over it. And, putting on my reading glasses and squinting a little, I see that it is from Joy!! Joy!! I am so excited, I can hardly wait 'til Christmas! Thank you, thank you, thank you!


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: CallyH
Date: 16 Dec 06 - 01:43 PM

The postman brought me a box this morning .. addressed in my santa's handwriting (getting to know that handwriting now!)


How exciting! Looking forward to Christmas so I can see what's inside.

Thank you santa!


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: GUEST,MeganL SS
Date: 16 Dec 06 - 02:21 PM

Wishing you and yours the very very best.
lots of love
your secret santa xxxx


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Joybell
Date: 16 Dec 06 - 04:00 PM

Wow!! Great. Great! Guess the cover's blown. Joy to Jenn.
So good to have you as a Santee, Jenn.


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: GUEST,cally Hanna's secret santa
Date: 16 Dec 06 - 06:48 PM

Ho ho ho

the postie elves have been very efficient getting the box to you so quickly, hope the goodies within are to your liking.

ss


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 17 Dec 06 - 01:35 AM

Limpit would like to pass on her thanks to her Secret Santa, who wasn't so secret!!!

SECSY Liz would also like to express her utmost gratitude and heartfelt thanks because it's just so much that we can all share!!!

We got the parcel yesterday, she had to tidy up before she could open it. Now our sitting room has a distinctly Danish look about it. Little Danish flags adorn the mantlepiece, the most beautiful tiny brass decorations are waiting to be put on the tree and the table is littered with bits of paper strip from making the lovliest origami stars! It was a bit cruel sending us a decoration kit with instructions only in Danish*, as you know my Scandinavian is limited to what the Swedish Chef on the Muppets sings... (Ers pedish pederk, pedish pederk, bork bork bork), but we muddled through the first 8 stages of 12.... Then I remembered a 'Decorating for Christmas' book I have which has a Scandinavian section. Sure enough, there in slightly more complicated language, were the instructions for making the same traditional ribbon star! Guess what we'll be doing this afternoon! The little strings of Danish flags now means I can make that tower of what looks like iced doughnuts decorated with Scandinavian flags and eat myself sick!

By the way.... should my parcel of "bacon" smell quite like that? Because it smells distinctly un-piggy and rather chocolatey!!!

The rest of the packages are put by and she'll be able to open some on Christmas Eve.

Thank you so much, Secret Scandinavian Santa Bente!

LTS

*not so cruel as the Wordsearch and crosswords in the newspaper packing!!!


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From: bfdk
Date: 17 Dec 06 - 04:15 AM

I'm so glad it arrived safely and contained items of interest for both Limpit and you. I thought about making a "how to" paper for the origami stars, but I reckoned the illustrated instructions on the back should suffice. It's true, however, that the last bit where the paper must be rounded to form the last tips of the stars can be a bit tricky. If they won't slip into place without folding, it's sometimes a help to hold a match or the like inside the tip for it to "lean on" and hold it there while pulling it almost taut. Also, don't pull *too* hard.. :-))

Believe me, Liz, your parcel does have something to do with pigs. But your nose is not deceiving you, either, I think :o))

Say, did you dive into the crossword on those crumbled pages of newspaper? Beware, I might just send you an entire book with Danish crosswords :o))

Best wishes,

Bente


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Anne Lister
Date: 19 Dec 06 - 07:08 PM

Well, Santa, I'm assuming the package that arrived with no revealing postmarks or "from" labels must be from you, so thank you! I'm working hard on staying patient and resisting the urge to rip off that pretty paper.

But somewhere sharing the same postal system, eh? Although of course you might have asked someone else to post it for you ...Or maybe it's not from you but some hapless relative of mine? No, no, I'd recognise the handwriting!

Anne


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 20 Dec 06 - 06:11 PM

Remember, I warned you all at the beginning...

I'M NOT RESPONSIBLE!

SECSY
LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Severn
Date: 20 Dec 06 - 07:31 PM

What!!!!! Nobody responsable applied for the job?


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: RangerSteve
Date: 20 Dec 06 - 07:45 PM

A package arrived from Mary Sullivan in Portland, Maine yesterday.
Thank You, Mary. Just what I asked for, plus a few things I didn't. Two church cook books, one from 1913, and both seemed to have great recipes. A Kendall Morse cassette tape, which I listened to today while I ran my errands. It's great. Some more vintage postcards for my collection. A moose refrigerator magnet, which is now on my fridge. A Maine 150th anniversary commemorative bourbon bottle, which is pretty ugly and I'll probably send it to someone else next year (Sorry, Mary, but it is pretty ugly). A piece of Maine Tourmaline (sp?) which I'm using as a paperweight. A book on the history of a Maine lighthouse where Mary volunteers, (I'm into lighthouses, so, thanks again), some sea glass, (I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it), a small tote bag from a Bar Harbor restaurant. I hope I didn't forget anything. Thanks, again.


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: GUEST,Greg Stephens' Worried Secret Santa
Date: 20 Dec 06 - 08:56 PM

OhDearOhDear, hasn't your giftie arrived yet? I was told that it would arrive by now.


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From: Selchie - (RH)
Date: 21 Dec 06 - 12:54 AM

Thank you so much Santa.

Parcel has arrived but I'll keep it safe until Christmas morning, I promise. I can wait, very patiently. Can't figure you out from the location ~~ yet. So I'll wait until I open the package to find out more.

Have a lovely Christmas & New Year.

Lots & lots of love to my Really Superb Santa, enjoy the festive season.

Rosie S xxxxxxxxxxxxx


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: SINSULL
Date: 21 Dec 06 - 09:30 AM

Ranger Steve,
You have been gifted by the terrible twosome from Maine. The usual procedure is to re-gift it or hide it in the eaves in my house.
Enjoy!
Mary


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 21 Dec 06 - 09:37 AM

Well my Secret Santa has only posted once, and not in this thread, so I know not who, what, where or when.
Giok


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: SINSULL
Date: 21 Dec 06 - 10:32 AM

I got a package! I got a packeag!
My Santa is from NSW Australia but I won't open it until Christmas so he/she will remain anonymous.
Thank You Mysterious one!
SINS


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From: Elmer Fudd
Date: 21 Dec 06 - 12:27 PM

100.

And you're welcome, to mine. Have you figured out I'm your SS yet?

Elmer, International Santa of Mystery


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 21 Dec 06 - 02:22 PM

I have also not as yet received anything!
G. :o(


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Megan L
Date: 21 Dec 06 - 02:24 PM

ach Giok ye could ayeweys join the other poor souls in the silent santa room.   or is it perhaps that santa has heard all aboot ye ma loon and is oot huntin fur coal


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Elmer Fudd
Date: 21 Dec 06 - 03:22 PM

Hey there, Secret Santa! Your package arrived today. I opened it, since it said "Amazon.com" on the box and I sometimes order stuff from them. (Obviously didn't check the return address too carefully.)

Howevuh, it was a big Christmas stocking, loaded for bear with candy, a plastic ducky, a wonderful-looking CD of sea chanteys by The Boarding Party on the Paton's label, and a book of Maryland folklore.

Thank you very much, Secret Santa. I will enjoy everything to the full, the sea music and the book, the candy, the duck, the Christmas kleenex--the works. The stocking is hanging from the mantel right now, and will do so every year from now on.

Elmer


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: RangerSteve
Date: 21 Dec 06 - 04:14 PM

Sinsull, I'm honored to have a Secret Santa who's presence on the Mudcat helps make it so worthwhile. While I do get up to Maine once in a while, it's not worth the effort to look for your house. I'll just regift it next year. I won't tell next years Santee where it came from. Maybe we can get it over the the UK and out of our sight forever. Maybe there's a place where it would be considered high art.

Steve


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: artbrooks
Date: 21 Dec 06 - 04:57 PM

On the other hand WE have received a very nice card from the illustrious Gentleman Giok!


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: jacqui.c
Date: 21 Dec 06 - 05:20 PM

RangerSteve - the bourbon bottle was something of a family heirloom to Mary - it belonged to her late brother and she really wanted to pass it on to someone who would treasure it.

As I write she is on the other end of the phone in tears at your cavalier treatment of her heartfelt gift!























He he he he

From the other Evil Twin


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: RangerSteve
Date: 21 Dec 06 - 05:47 PM

Sorry, Jacqui, she made it clear that she knows it's not the easiest thing to look at. Now I hope you're my secret santee next year.

Steve


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: GUEST,Becca's worried SS
Date: 21 Dec 06 - 06:45 PM

No package yet???? It'll be burning embers for the Post Office,not coal!!


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: GUEST,John Glok McKenzie's SS
Date: 21 Dec 06 - 07:03 PM

So, you havent received anything yet, you wee puling scairting hamsooling brachantouling beastie. Nor ye likely will, till ye weesht yer wee gob and drochit your spollin rams cordaylins, cribbins mon have ye no shame


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: GUEST,Skipy
Date: 21 Dec 06 - 07:24 PM

Wow! now it's got bizzare!
There was a ring at the door, I took a look out, no one there, blamed it on "kids".
Went out later & lo & behold a sack of coal on the step (out of view when I opened the door) so the elves have been!
Also an Xmas hat in black & white (very Guinness) with the words "BAH HUMBUG" on it ( will wear it for Xmas lunch ), also a card.
O/K not a clue, now I have a sack of coal to find a home for, I WILL make sure that it goes to someone who needs it.
Whoever you are, thank you very much, along with the goat shit you have done a lot of good.
Skipy.
P.S. admit it White horse ff please!


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: JennyO
Date: 21 Dec 06 - 08:31 PM

Well, this is the last day for postal delivery before Christmas, and while I have the first half of my pressie, I was told there was another, rhyming with 'family' and I think I know what it is.

Santa, if you're out there - is there another small package on the way? If so, it hasn't arrived yet.


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From: GUEST,Partridge
Date: 22 Dec 06 - 01:21 AM

Thank you (not as secret as before) santa. Package is under the tree.
Happy Solstice to you and Micca
lots of love

Pat xxxxxxxxxx


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 22 Dec 06 - 01:43 AM

Hmmm. I had to send something to the far side of beyond, and it was supposed to arrive by now. I wonder if it did?

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: My guru always said
Date: 22 Dec 06 - 05:22 AM

Ooeerrr - I've had a pre-package containing music - what a lovely surprise! I'll listen to it when I'm decorating the tree tomorrow afternoon. Many thanks to my own dear Secret Santa/Elffish Pressently!


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 22 Dec 06 - 06:10 AM

Excuse my doubting post oh Santa dear, a small package has arrived at my door this very morning. I will save it till the Christmas Day morning ritual of Bucks Fizz in bed, while ripping open the pressies.
Yours in anticipation.
Giok


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Barb'ry
Date: 22 Dec 06 - 10:16 AM

I got a present and card from my Secret Santa today - and it says more to come! I LOVE this game!
Thank you secret santa, who can draw really well and comes from California??
Barb'ry


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Alba
Date: 22 Dec 06 - 10:51 AM

HILDA!!! They are here. They have arrived. All the way from Australia!!!

Under the Evergreen, a parcel is shouting open me, open me...but I shall be strong...LOL

Thank you oh Thank you for my beautiful card which I have opened **smile** and for my mystery package.............

With Love and Light and more to be said....sooooooooon!

Jude
(who is fighting temptation of ripping off the wrapper...lol)


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: GUEST,Foolestroupe's wondering santa
Date: 22 Dec 06 - 11:39 AM

Have the postal elves come through for me? They did promise, but you know how the postal elves can get...


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: GUEST,Foolestroupe's now embarrassed santa
Date: 22 Dec 06 - 11:40 AM

Oops! wrong thread!


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: greg stephens
Date: 22 Dec 06 - 02:29 PM

Glok: what do you mean, "small package"? Never look a gift horse in the package. I just might come down your chimney and confiscate it.


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 22 Dec 06 - 02:34 PM

So tis you! I hadn't opened it, but please feel free to make use of our chimney any time Greg.
Thanks in anticipation.
Giok

That's GIOK as opposed to GLOK ;o)


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: GUEST,Barb'ry's delighted Santa
Date: 22 Dec 06 - 02:41 PM

Santa is very happy to hear that the tide-you-over-til-the-real-gift-arrives pressie has arrived. And with the card, too -- Santa couldn't be more pleased. Ho ho ho!

Your Secret Santa


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Joybell
Date: 22 Dec 06 - 03:07 PM

The last post has been and gone. *sigh*


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Joe Offer
Date: 22 Dec 06 - 04:03 PM

Greg asked me to delete his post, but I was too late - Giok found it in less than five minutes.
Part of the fun of this is that some people goof and get caught. Sorry, Greg - you got caught.
Merry Christmas, everyone!
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: ranger1
Date: 22 Dec 06 - 04:51 PM

Woohoo! Package from Santa in the mail today! Thank you, RangerSteve!!! Alas, the USPS was less than delicate with it, so I had to open it the rest of the way (no, really. Honest!).

Although, I have to ask: Liz, was this indeed a completely random pairing? Seems kind of suspicious to me, especially since packages went from South Portland to New Jersey to Portland!


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Helen
Date: 22 Dec 06 - 05:52 PM

Stilly River Sage,

I went to the Post Office and there was your parcel waiting for me. So, no more trying to guess who you are!

I confess I opened it - well, after a little delay in trying to convince myself to save it for Christmas, but it has been a very hectic week that I succumbed to temptation to open it.

Thanks you so much for the books from your local area. I had a quick look at them last night before I went to sleep. I will enjoy reading them, I know, and I'll be thinking of you as I read them, because they are a part of your local culture.

The chocolates wrapped as little Christmas presents are lovely. I am saving them till after Christmas.

But the most amazing gift is the CD of your father's music. Thank you, thank you!! I am saving listening to that, too. I want to find a quiet time to listen to it properly, so at this point I have no idea what sort of music he played or sang, except that I looked your photos up on the Mudcat photos page and saw a photo of your Dad playing a guitar. That is going to be a real treat!

So, thank you, Maggie for your lovely presents, and even though I have opened the packages, I still have the pleasure to look forward to in reading the books, listening to your Dad's music, eating the chocolates, and even reading the part of the newspaper used to enclose one of the presents.

Helen


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: greg stephens
Date: 22 Dec 06 - 06:26 PM

Alas, I thought I had logged out, but it must have failed. And I had set John McKenzie such an intricate puzzle to guess my identity when he opened the present! Ah well, the best laid plans...


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: SINSULL
Date: 22 Dec 06 - 08:42 PM

Tami - he didn't re-gift you with the empty bourbon bottle, did he? Now I can't give you the other one on New Years!
DAMN!
SINS

Or could you use two - bookends, maybe?


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Dec 06 - 12:00 AM

Helen,

I'm so glad it got there in time! The Dave Lieber book is an interesting introduction to moving to Texas--he's from New York City via Philadelphia, so you'll see the trials and errors of getting acclimated to Texas and Texans (I'm still working on it!) The other one is a collection of radio essays that many of us heard over the years on All Things Considered here in the U.S.. Bailey White is from Georgia, quite a distance from Texas, but they're such funny and sweet stories, particularly good for reading out loud.

The CD is still pretty rough, not polished since it was first made a couple of years ago right before the first computer I was working on was stolen. I have to get back to those recording projects. That may not play in an automobile CD player, for some reason, but I have good luck in the house in various other players.

Enjoy!

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 23 Dec 06 - 12:20 AM

P.S. your hints said you liked biographies so I sent along the next best thing--autobiographical books.


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Mrs Cobble
Date: 23 Dec 06 - 04:31 AM

Wow! A package from Secret Santa in the post this morning. The customs declaration items look interesting but I will be ooooooo soooooo good and not open it until 25th. Thank you so much Santa :-)    Merry Christmas

Mrs C


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 23 Dec 06 - 06:50 AM

A package arrived from Oz yesterday- it's under the tree, awaiting Christmas morning. Thank you, Santa!


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: GUEST,Elmer Fudd's Secret Santa
Date: 23 Dec 06 - 10:08 AM

Hi Elmer --

I guess I should have put a "Do not open till Christmas" sticker on the box, but it really doesn't matter. I'm glad you like your stocking! I think stockings are the best part of Christmas! Enjoy!

Santa


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: GUEST,Jaze
Date: 23 Dec 06 - 01:45 PM

Dear Bedazed, Bedazzled, Bedazzling and Befuddled Santa, only one more day to go! I haven't forgotten you or given up guessing who you are. I think I have an inkling,but I'll be fair and tell you on Christmas. I hope yours is wonderful and thanks again. Still beguessing (but pretty sure) Jaze


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: greg stephens
Date: 23 Dec 06 - 02:08 PM

A large parcel has arrived from Ohio. Yippee. Curiously, it is flqattish, square, and a bit over 12" in diameter. Do they still have LPs in Ohio? Well, I'll find out in two days time!


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: maeve
Date: 23 Dec 06 - 02:20 PM

Dear Marvelous Maeve's Secret Santa,

A box! A box!
It just arrived.
It's full of gifts and hints.
I'll tuck each treasure 'neath the tree
To wait for Christmas day.

Thank you for your generous and inventive heart. I'll resist the urge to try to figure out your identity. The fun of a Christmas Day discovery is more alluring. You'll hear from me in a few days.

Again, thank you for your efforts on my behalf. Have a joyful Christmas, indeed!

maeve


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: GUEST,JennieG's secret Santa
Date: 23 Dec 06 - 03:44 PM

The Elves were away with yours in good time , but it seems to not have arrived ! If they are slacking I will sort then out and the Hell with Elfin safety regulations !


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: CapriUni
Date: 23 Dec 06 - 07:09 PM

Thank You Secret Santa (the Second)?

My official Secret Santa package arrived in November. I guessed who my Santa was, and my Santa confirmed hir identity.

So when a small read and white postal packet arrived in today's mail, I thought it was from another UK friend of mine, with whom I've been trading pressies for years.

...Except the package was addressed to "CapriUni," and my other UK friend (not a Mudcatter) always addresses his packets to my given name. So I'm assuming the little red and white postal pack was sent by a mudcatter (no return address, though).

Thank you, whoever you are. I will be good, and wait until Christmas morning to open it...


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Dec 06 - 07:14 PM

hir?
Skipy


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: CapriUni
Date: 23 Dec 06 - 08:19 PM

Skipy --

"Hir" is an androgynous pronoun, for when you don't know the difinitive gender of the person your referring to (as I have no idea about my secondary Secret Santa), or when a person hirself does not identify with either gender exclusively.


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: freda underhill
Date: 24 Dec 06 - 07:49 AM

Thank you Secret Santa. At 11.20-ish pm Christmas Eve, I decided the time was right to open a very intriguing box from my SS. Snuffy, I prepared some special words for this moment...

I was tempted and tried, and oft made to wonder,
To examine your riddle and pull it asunder…
Your first is in Santa and Claus they say - s
Your second's in reindeer but not in sleigh - n
Your third's in Underhill but not in Freda - u
Your fourth is in follower but not in leader - f
Your fifth is in fourth but not in third - f
Your sixth is in dicky but not in bird – y
Your dance is Shakespearean,
You sing a bawdy song
With an ale in your gullet
And a repertoire that's long
Words, whisky and wiles!
Fancy footwork beguiles!
The puzzles, the clues
The mystery, the Muse,
A trickster without rest,
Santa Clues, you're the best!
Mr Snuffy, good cheer
Happy Day, and Happy Year!!

.. and meanwhile, with a mouth full of the best dark chocolate i have tasted (Hamilton's, from the Cotswalds) I have been lifting layers of goodies including - 3 great folk Cds (Vaughan Hully - now who could that be? great voice!!)a beautiful lavender soaplet and hand embroidered pouch, a booklet on pub walks in the Cotswalds, a fantatstic calender from the west midlands folk fed, a Bidford on avon tea towel, a beautiful leaflet about the snowshill lavender fields.. a local magazine, a little diary (this will go in my bag). these things are all wonderful and make me want to go and check out the area and the music! CDs all look very interesting, including one with a cover piccie of a cute looking guy in chain mail!

snuffy, for various reasons it was a very tough day. your music and pressies have made it a lovely one!

Thaaaaanks!

freda

11.47 and looking forward to a musical Christmas!


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 24 Dec 06 - 08:15 AM

ratz - you beat me to it, freda

Santa Linda Goodman sent so many parcels that the unwrapping was so time consuming that you beat me to the draw!

I have a beautiful Treasure box from the Smithsonian National Zoo decorated with 2 beautiful pandaa, and a tiny panda hidden inside, 2 very patriotic pen & pencil with glitzy flag decoration, a CD from infrequent Mudcatter Judy Cook, which I'll play very soon (gotta listen to the Christmas Day Trivia Quiz!!), 2 postcards of Washington DC & a Japanese paper doll

Thankyou, Santa, for the great selection of pressies.

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Snuffy
Date: 24 Dec 06 - 09:44 AM

Sandra, she only beat you because she cheated and opened her presents too early. Oh Freda, how could you??

Still, I suppose a few minutes is neither here nor there in the cosmic scheme of things. I'm so glad you liked them - but have you noticed that the "fantastic calendar" is for 2006? It was a one-off for the Fed's 40th anniversary and gives you a good idea of the folk scene in our area. And I suppose you can still get a week's use out of it before you cut it up and use the pictures!

I'll PM you about the rest of the package.

His quest now successfully completed, Santa Clues can now lay down his sack and go to see Cirdan at the Grey Havens.


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: JennyO
Date: 24 Dec 06 - 10:03 AM

All right, freda and Sandra - I know you are waiting with bated breath. I was very good and didn't open my package til after 1am. And I won't say who my Santa is yet here, because part two is still to come - only to say that what I got so far is lovely, and that my Santa is exactly who I thought it was - with a little family help.

Well, Liz's pairing really was inspired, and I couldn't be happier. And so to bed. Nightie night!


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: SINSULL
Date: 24 Dec 06 - 10:29 AM

I couldn't wait any longer. JennyO is my SS and the wrapping paper is as much fun as the gifts!
The Melbourne Cup - I was in Sydney in the early 70s visiting a sugar refinery (long story) when all of a sudden everything stopped. No one works during the Melbourne Cup. Made me wonder if they schedule surgery during the race. JennyO sent me a newspaper supplement with stats on all the horses and jockeys. Thank you. Fond memories.

Shit seems to be a theme this year. Mine is Roo Pooh. Supposedly edible but I will let Jacqui decide.
I have a Galah, noisy one at that. Seems to me I remember that being called a Galah is a bit of an insult. Yes? Lovely pink and will sit next to my noisy Blue Jay.
A beautiful Trangie Goodwill Stone in shades of blue with Aboriginal symbols. Very beautiful and will be treasured.
Local folk club news(I have Miss Jenny's phone number), some union songs written by John Warner ( re: My Smithfield Ham campaign?) and best of all a CD of "Yarri of Wiradjuri", John Warner's telling of the great flood of 1852 and the hero Yarri.
Tonight I will sit quietly and enjoy it.

Thank you, Jenny and Merry Christmas
SINS


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From: Linda Goodman Zebooker
Date: 24 Dec 06 - 11:50 AM

What fun this has been. My first year participating, and I drew someone from AUSTRALIA! Sandra in Sydney gave wonderful hints to follow.

As a result of the SS game, I tried to think what Christmas would be like in Australia, and I developed an interest in Australian Christmas Carols. I learned the beautiful Wheeler & James Carol of the Birds from Bob Bolton's postings.

It was also delightfully tickly for me to PM Sandra regarding one of her posts regarding Contra Dancing - me knowing she was my Santee, but she not knowing ME. Thanks, Liz for being SECSYA!!

Linda   *<:^)#


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From: GUEST,Snuffy's curious (never furious) Secret Sa
Date: 24 Dec 06 - 02:57 PM

From Snuffy:

His quest now successfully completed, Santa Clues can now lay down his sack and go to see Cirdan at the Grey Havens.

But your role in this game is not quite complete until you have successfully received something.

Has a package arrived at your door, yet, from me (via our illustrious Secret Santa Secretary)? It will stay fresh at least through the new year. So no worries. But I do wonder...


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From: Snuffy
Date: 24 Dec 06 - 03:12 PM

Santa Clues' quest is over, but my adventure is still at the early stages. Nothing has arrived at my door (or window, or chimney) as yet, but so long as it does arrive before Old Twelfth Night then it will still qualify as a seasonal gift, won't it?

If it will keep fresh that long, perhaps it is a seasoned gift - Pemmican? Biltong?

As you so rightly remark "So no worries. But I do wonder..." . Me too, Santa.


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From: GUEST,Secret Santa to the Marvellous Maeve
Date: 24 Dec 06 - 06:36 PM

So glad that your box arrived in time, those SlowGnomes are notorious for losing their way and arriving late - especially after I'd realised that the documentation wasn't signed - reckon we got away with it this time!

Hope you enjoy your unwrapping and that You & Yours have a Wonderful Christmas. I'll be raising a glass to you from this side of the pond!


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From: JennieG
Date: 25 Dec 06 - 01:30 AM

Santa, those elves were probably making merry with the cooking sherry and didn't put the right stamps on my parcel! Can't get good help these days can you.

Cheers
JennieG


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From: bfdk
Date: 25 Dec 06 - 06:04 AM

Dearest, Saintly, No-Longer-Secret Santa Becca,

Yiphee, finally Christmas came around and I could throw myself at that interesting box which had been sitting quietly in a corner for a month, and, boy, was it worth the wait :-))

Thank you ever so much for all the lovely pressies, an impressive selection, indeed:

A Kendall Morse CD - playing for the umpteenth time already as I write this :-)
Sharon Penmann volumes 1 and 3 of a series (to go with the volume 2 I already have)
A lovely Maine Lighthouse keyring
A Fridge magnet with a loon giving its chick a ride, a bit like this grebe is
A box of Nantucket postcards
Two Christmas tea towels
A Christmas ornamental bulb with pot pourri in it
A balsam & cedar Housewarmer candle

I am overwhelmed by the dedication and thoughfulness that's gone into selecting all those pressies for me, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for that. The loon is already residing on my fridge, my keys shall presently be moving into the care of the Maine Lighthouse Association, and the books are just waiting to be picked up and read.

Once again, thank you Santa Dear. I hope your haul this Christmas will be as good as mine :-))

I also hope to see you again sometime in the not-too-distant future.

Best wishes,

Bente


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From: alison
Date: 25 Dec 06 - 07:00 AM

Big thanks to Firecat, Tig, & the Badger,

talk about good timing, your parcel arrived on Christmas Eve, and I was very good and waited 'til now to open it. The book is lovely, (no you didn't send it before,) and I just love my bracelet (jasper was just what I needed)and little bag of useful things (again the timing was spot on for that one). And I'm chuffed to bits with my rare "Mudcat Happy christmas Badge."

thank you for being my secret Santa again, your thoughtfulness has made my day.

slainte

alison


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From: Emma B
Date: 25 Dec 06 - 07:34 AM

Charmion - thank you for the lovely CD I'm playing it now! How did you guess that Stan Rogers was one of my favourite singer songwriters?
The maple syrup is wonderful - I've never seen so much of it before!!! I have a whole lot of Christmas recipes incorporating it including roasted parsnips!!
Hope you have a wonderful Christmas - just stoke up that furnace:)


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From: Severn
Date: 25 Dec 06 - 07:42 AM

Dear Shy and Secretive Santa,

You're DAMN good!, while I've been merely good. Not only did you you get the goodies through the international mails without having to give yourself away, there's still no indication in the package of exactly who you are except the box of great goodies (or is that good greaties?) that reveal your Sussexual persuasion, if not your name, or even gender. You can't get much more local color than a Scan Tester tribute CD, which I'm scanning and testing as I write, as well as local postcards to get the flavor and lay of the land and some tasty looking local confections to boot! (I'll have to PM Kendall & Jaqui about the Kendal Mint Cakes after I've tried them and vouched for both the taste and the boasted about "energy boost"). Postal Restrictions being what they are, a T-Shirt and a bookmark (Since you've given me a sense of place, I appreciate you giving me a way not to lose it) from Harvey's Sussex Bitter will have to do until I can sample the real thing.

Last May, I was able to experience the area my Santa lived in and described in my present on my UK trip. I hope to get back some time this year, so maybe I can get to see Seaford and Lewes without having to go up to nearby Delaware to do so and find mere nostalgia inspired imitations.

Having partially "scanned and tested", I can say I want to learn "A Rakish Young Fellow" already!

Thank You, Masked Person!


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From: jaze
Date: 25 Dec 06 - 09:23 AM

Dear Bedazed,Bedazzled,Bedazzling and Befuddled Santa JennieG, I was good and waited til this morning to open my package. Thanks so much for the gifts from the land Down Under. I can't wait to listen to the cd. And try the bisquits- my wife is already eyeing the dark chocolate ones. The calendar and notebook are great also. Thanks!I hope yours is a Christmas of your dreams. Jaze-very begrateful.


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From: Becca72
Date: 25 Dec 06 - 10:08 AM

Bente,
I'm so glad you like everything. I've been just as excited to have you open your gift as you have been to open it! What great fun this whole thing was.

Have a very Merry one and I hope to see you again soon, too.

Becca


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From: John MacKenzie
Date: 25 Dec 06 - 10:43 AM

Well Greg, I'm glad your slip showed, as I would never have worked out your identity from the CD, my musical knowledge is far too limited for that.
Thanks indeed for the lovely things.
Giok


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From: Alaska Mike
Date: 25 Dec 06 - 11:29 AM

A big Alaska thank you to my Secret Santas. Yes, plural!! It seems that in the course of nearly kicking the bucket, I never signed up for Secret Santa this year. So several folks from different continents appointed themselves to the task. In addition to the many cards, postcards and letters I received, there was also a package containing a variety of wonderful gifts. I would like to offer my most sincere thanks to those of you who cared so much. Merry Christmas to you all and may the new year bring you much joy and happiness.

Mike


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From: CapriUni
Date: 25 Dec 06 - 01:35 PM

Thank you, Santa MeganL!

I shall snuggle up with the story of the magical cat, indullge in the fudge, put my keys on the beautiful silver keychain, and decorate random things with the very pretty stickers.

Christmas is probably on the wane, where you are, right now (though perhaps you are just sitting down to the feast). But I hope that the bits that happened already brought you joy, and that the rest of Christmas brings you some more.


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From: Sarah the flute
Date: 25 Dec 06 - 02:22 PM

Many many thanks to Art & Jen Brooks for a great box of pressies. Absolutely LOVED the music books and all the New Mexican folklore, the ocharina (a REAL one - not like the plastic stuff over here) and well what can I say about the noseflute? We have all had a go and managed renditions of something ....Now the big decision is whether to duet Danny Boy on noseflute with swanee whistle, or melodica or bombarde ...too much for Christmas Day!

Hope you had as merry a christmas as your gifts made ours!

Sarah


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From: greg stephens
Date: 25 Dec 06 - 02:24 PM

John McKenzie: the other(identifiable) presents are on the way! So pleased about the triplets.


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From: Micca
Date: 25 Dec 06 - 02:28 PM

Jacqui Morse, You are DEAD!!!!!


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From: bfdk
Date: 25 Dec 06 - 02:31 PM

LOL, Micca. Do us stand-in postmen need to fear for our lives, too? ;-))


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From: artbrooks
Date: 25 Dec 06 - 03:10 PM

Sarah, we are glad you enjoyed the package...and Jenn says that "all having a go" on the noseflute is hardly hygienic.

And I would like to thank the wonderful Barb'ry for her package...do you really live in a 750-year-old house? And how is the plumbing? The book of Lancashire dialect is fun - we transponders often have trouble with "BBC English", and are totally lost with other forms of the language as spoken (or formerly spoken) over there.

Now, if only my Santee would check in, all would be complete.


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From: Micca
Date: 25 Dec 06 - 03:24 PM

Bente, the rest of you Stand in post persons LOL, but I can wait for my revenge!!! watch this space!!! just when you THINK it is safe, Then......!!!!


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From: John MacKenzie
Date: 25 Dec 06 - 03:30 PM

Hee hee, you was had matey boy, on a piece of string or what?
G.


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From: Anne Lister
Date: 25 Dec 06 - 03:52 PM

A big thank you to my McSanta - we have resisted the chocolate truffles so far, but the CD was a great source of inspiration while I made the mince pies (and ate them!).   No idea at all who you are, but at least I know now which country you're from!

Anne


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From: JennieG
Date: 25 Dec 06 - 05:20 PM

Jaze, you were very strong to wait until Christmas Day to open your present! Hope you are having a wonderful day,
Cheers from the no longer so Bedazed Bedazzled Bedazzling and occasional Befuddled JennieG!


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From: greg stephens
Date: 25 Dec 06 - 06:24 PM

Had a wonderful parcel from Hollowfox in Ohio. Contained chocolate, book about the area, a map, various bits of music. A fantastic mix. Will PM proper thanks when I've had a chance to listen to all the music.


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From: MMario
Date: 25 Dec 06 - 06:47 PM

WOW! I resisted the package with the Australian post mark manfully - though when I opened it today I discovered I could have unwrapped it earliers, as it was filled with beautifully wrapped packages from my secret Santa.

Who was none other then the FAIR ONE, herself, Alison of OZ!!!! Among other things, australian themed cookie cutters, a kangaroo wire sculpture that can function as a book mark, a paper clip or a stitch holder, a learn Bodrhan CD (by the Fair One Herself!) another CD....WOWOWOWOWOWOW!!!! AND little postit notes scattered here and there in addition to a lovely note from Alison - and greetings to my Mom and Dad who had contacted her a couple years ago at Christmas time while they were traveling...

FANTASTIC Christmas Present.


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From: jacqui.c
Date: 25 Dec 06 - 07:36 PM

Moi, Mr Patterson? What did I do?


I got my present today,courtesy of Skipjack K8 and via SINSULL. In accordance with the Santa's Silly Secretary hints thread where I had put '6) Likes: champagne; making love at midnight,' I got a bottle of very nice champagne and some very questionable items from the local condom shop. One of those items really does stretch the imagination a long way. I think that they will have to go on display with the rest of the wonderful crap that I have been the recipient of over the past couple of years, although I may be hard put to explain the significance of a blue condom with a frilly top if the vicar ever comes to tea.

Many thanks Greg, we had a really good laugh at Kendall's daughter's today when I opened the package, although I think that they might have thought that they were getting too much information. Grown up children seem not to equate their parents with such items! The champagne will be savoured!


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From: ranger1
Date: 25 Dec 06 - 08:42 PM

Thanks again, RangerSteve. I'm loving the Strange NJ magazine (although some of us have always thought that NJ was a bit strange), the Birds of NJ and the Tent Camping in NJ books. Haven't had a chance yet to listen to the cassette, but am eagerly anticipating a few quiet moments after the holidays to pop it into the boombox.


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From: Micca
Date: 25 Dec 06 - 09:47 PM

What did you Jacqui???What did you??? only conned me into delivering MY OWN, SS prezzie to LtS so that I could receive it myself today from under the tree, That was a bit low!!!!! and all those cards... from all over, I had concluded that my SS must be a UKer!! and was blowing smoke to confuse!! and I was 1/2 right, a UKer but that lives in Maine, Many Thanks Jacqui, I am entertained, the only dissapointment was .......You did not get Kendall to sign his book!!! or for that matter write a dedication inside it yourself!! I LIKE my books written in, and if possible signed by the author!! Is the bubble gum Lobster flavour? and whats with the book of Seafood recipes? I am ALLERGIC !!!! but apart from that I am impressed!!!


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From: Sorcha
Date: 25 Dec 06 - 09:54 PM

ROF! ONLY Jacqui could do that! Well, maybe SINSULL.


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From: SINSULL
Date: 25 Dec 06 - 10:02 PM

heh heh heh


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From: bfdk
Date: 26 Dec 06 - 04:19 AM

LOL, didn't know that part of the story..

I hereby nominate Micca for the "Secret Santa Gotcha" of the year! :o))

Best wishes,

Bente


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From: John MacKenzie
Date: 26 Dec 06 - 04:53 AM

Oh no Bente, not Noel Edmonds, anything but Noel Edmonds !!

Bring back Mr Blobby

Blobby Blobby Blobby!!

Giok


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From: Mo the caller
Date: 26 Dec 06 - 05:06 AM

Cally Hannah looked very smart on Christmas Day, and we wondered how her impressive SS knew her size.
What did those pink fingers remind me of?
Moo


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From: CallyH
Date: 26 Dec 06 - 06:03 AM

Thank you my kind and industrious santa for all my lovely presents! The jumper is a perfect fit.

So .. you're in Yorkshire are you? Hmmm ... the postcard from Graceland was a red herring then! Had me fooled!

(Mo .. what did the pink fingers remind you of?)


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From: vectis
Date: 26 Dec 06 - 06:54 AM

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Santa.
What a smashing box of goodies. I wore the amythist (or however you spell it) earings all Christmas Day, they are beautiful. The scarf, CDs earings and other gifts are lovely. What a good idea to send a local magazine, it gives a real flavour of where you live. I'll get to play the CDs in the car when I run dad home tomorrow and I'm looking forward to it.

I am still trying to figure out precisely who you are. I found your street on Google Earth and it looks like a very nice place to live. If you had your Mudcat name written on your roof I would be able to tell if you lived up near the lake or at the other end.
Have a great New Year.
Your grateful santee Vectis.


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From: GUEST,Vectis's SS
Date: 26 Dec 06 - 07:20 AM

Dear Vectis

Thanks for your thanks, and I hope all your wishes come true! In the meantime..

My first is in festive but not in reason
My second's in rhyme but not in season
My third's in forever but not in today
My fourth is in delight but not in obey
My fifth is in lavender but not in Rose
My sixth below ground but I'm not in repose

Vectis, Happy Christmas, now all is revealed!

your not-so-Secret Santa


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From: jacqui.c
Date: 26 Dec 06 - 10:20 AM

Micca - apologies for the seafood recipes - got the book early this year and just didn't connect when I was packing the box!

I'll be over in February and will bring a sticky label with a legend from the Man to put into the book.

I really enjoyed stringing you along with this, got a lot of pleasure out of sending you back to the UK with your own gift!


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From: freda underhill
Date: 26 Dec 06 - 10:27 AM

yes, I even got to send you a little postcard from Sydney! :-D


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From: jacqui.c
Date: 26 Dec 06 - 01:19 PM

Many thanks to all the elves who helped me with this one. Your assistance was much appreciated.


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From: GUEST,Partridge
Date: 26 Dec 06 - 01:27 PM

Many thanks Kat, the calendar is a beaut and I can't wait to have a go with the tree cards. You have an uncanny sense - these are things I might have bought myself. Many, many thanks

love

pat xxxx


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From: Bat Goddess
Date: 26 Dec 06 - 06:41 PM

Thank you, Sarah the Flute!

What a lovely mix of delights! (Including Chocolate bagpipes...whoda thunk it?!?)

I'm listening to you on CD even as I type.

The timing was superb -- the package arrived in today's post, so I could immediately dive in and start flinging paper wrappings to the cats to play with.

We'll have to get together to compare notes on houses that are black holes.

Linn


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From: SussexCarole
Date: 26 Dec 06 - 06:52 PM

2 of Jacqui's postal elves signing in Micca. It was great fun posting one of the cards in London! The other card? That wasn't posted in London!


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From: dusty rhodes
Date: 26 Dec 06 - 08:59 PM

Thankyou S:S: , your present arrived today , h,mmm New Mexico , think i,m on the right track with A.B.????
Anyway you have yourselves a Merry Merry Christmas and all the best for the new year....
Dusty...


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From: JennyO
Date: 26 Dec 06 - 10:49 PM

Hello Santee Mary. I'm glad you liked your pressies - even the newspaper wrappings! As you already have experienced, the Melbourne Cup is an extraordinary phenomenon - everything grinds to a halt when it is on. I don't know about scheduling surgery, but it wouldn't surprise me at all if they avoided that time. If you are driving when it's on, you all of a sudden find that the roads are virtually empty. People who have absolutely no interest in horseracing suddenly develop an interest, and nearly everyone is in at least one Sweep. The only conversation for that day is "What horse did you have?"

Have you tried the Roo Poo yet? And I hoped you enjoyed the Yarri CD. I think it's something pretty special. I think John is an amazing songwriter, and I'm not just saying that because I live with him ;-)

Yes, you can say someone is a galah and mean it as an insult, but not you, of course. I just like his colours and think of him as a very typical native bird for around these parts. They make a range of native birds with their sounds which we can get in a very interesting shop here - Australian Geographic. In fact, that's where the stone came from too.

Have you found out yet who my elves with the postcards were? If not, I might out them soon. I'm sure they won't mind :-)

Anyway, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas - it sounds like your New Year is getting off to a good start! My elves might even be there at your song circle (hint hint).

Jenny (SSSSS)


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From: JennyO
Date: 27 Dec 06 - 12:38 AM

Woo hoo! I just checked my mailbox - first delivery since Christmas - and there was the second part of my SS pressie, the soundtrack from the movie "Amelie" which I had asked for in my hints (and of course it rhymes with "family" :-)) I'm listening to it right now - it's beautiful! Thank you Santa Chanteyranger! Just hurry up and get better so I can thank you properly.

It's not just that I love this music - it also has special associations for me right now, because while my brother and his family were visiting from France in July and August, one of his very talented daughters was playing some of the piano pieces from it on my piano - so yes, very special. It reminds me of Graham, Brigitte, Alice and Sonia, and makes me wish they weren't so far away.

Oh dear - getting all teary now...


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From: SINSULL
Date: 27 Dec 06 - 12:40 AM

HMMMM I suspected Giok but unless Jacqui has been up to no good or Charley and Judy were in on it, I am not sure.
M


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From: JennyO
Date: 27 Dec 06 - 12:45 AM

;-)


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From: Mrs Cobble
Date: 27 Dec 06 - 05:38 AM

Thank you Frank ( Pseuolus) for my Christmas goodies especially the CD 'concert'and the Delaware snowman.   

Wishing you and yours a very happy NEW YEAR


Mrs C


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: GUEST,Cally Hanna's secret santa
Date: 27 Dec 06 - 05:51 AM

Sorry for the deception (ho ho ho) !! I got the post card at Gracelands some years ago, then got some local elves to post it when they went on holiday to Florida. The New Hampshire card was sent by a mudcatter at the request of Micca and I posted the calendar!
It was fun.


Happy New Year


Mrs Cobble


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From: GUEST,Louisey
Date: 27 Dec 06 - 07:25 AM

Thank you so much for my lovely gifts Colorado Santa!! Who are you?!!!! Hope you had an brilliantly lovely Christmas :)xx


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From: artbrooks
Date: 27 Dec 06 - 07:30 AM

Could very well be, Dusty. My mission is to clothe the world in New Mexico t-shirts?


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From: Tig
Date: 27 Dec 06 - 02:22 PM

Thank you Santa, whoever you are (I still don't know).

It was a very interesting parcel and I am very happy with the contents.
Hope you got the little 'problem' sorted for Christmas.

Lots of love and hugs
Tig
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


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From: Selchie - (RH)
Date: 27 Dec 06 - 02:26 PM

Thank you so much to my Really Superb Secret Santa.   Now that I know who you are, I found out when the badge arrived after my parcel. Thank you Tig, I'll wear the special badge with pride & no, no-one will badger me for it :-)

All those lovely thoughtful gifts were wonderful. The 3 owls & the little bag of of things for future happiness, all so nice. I have several crystals Tig & loved the bracelet, but amethyst is probably my favourite.

The books on silk flower making are lovely & I appreciate your Mum's little book of notes, how sweet of you to pass it on. I will treasure it & try to do it justice & certainly enjoy making up some of the designs (yes I do have floristry wires, etc.)

Maybe we'll meet up somewhere in 2007? Hopefully at Alcester (my "local festival") I'm on the Festival committee there.

Have a Happy & Prosperous New Year, with love to you, Badger & Firecat.

With Love to you all,

Rosie xxx


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From: Leadfingers
Date: 27 Dec 06 - 02:41 PM

I WAS rather hoping there would be something waiting for me when I got home today , but No Such Luck !


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From: Leadfingers
Date: 27 Dec 06 - 02:42 PM

But I DO get a 200 th Post !


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From: GUEST,Louisey's Secret Santa
Date: 27 Dec 06 - 02:50 PM

Thanks, our holiday was wonderful. Hope you like the gifts and they *fit*. If you look at the card, I think it should give you some pretty good clues. (I thought I signed it?)


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From: Hollowfox
Date: 27 Dec 06 - 04:17 PM

Thank You Jacquie Lawson! I love Morris Dance, although I don't do it. I've got lots of friends who do, though. (Well somebody's got to be the audience, eh?) You must know the way to a librarian's heart; the first thing I found was a handout with website addresses for more information. Perfect!
The other stuff? Oh, yeah...I got some very elegant chocolate, some fliers for local places of interest, like Lavender Hill. Ooh, that sounds wonderful. Some beautiful embroidery floss that I started using on Christmas Day. Will that bring folkloric good luck? Some local newspapers so I can catch up on her local news (I love that kind of stuff). Not one but Three cd's of local music, including some pieces played by her father. A calendar, a refrigeratorr magnet that was supposed to be a clue, but I didn't get it yet, and um, other lovely stuff that's under the tree, but I'm typing this on my afternoon break at work. Thanks soo much!


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From: RangerSteve
Date: 27 Dec 06 - 06:31 PM

Tani, I'm glad you liked the magazine and books. I'm looking forward to your opinion of my tape.

Steve


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From: GUEST,Hollofox's SS
Date: 28 Dec 06 - 01:54 AM

Hello Hollofox,

Glad you liked the gifts. Jacquie Lawson's cards are amusing aren't they?

I do hope the embroidery 'silks' bring some kind of luck ~ so glad you're enjoying them.

Now to embroider a little more ~

The first card & the flower, not an English emblem but close to my real first name.

Yes, the magnet is a clue, a comical beast, it may just seal my fate? And give you the answer you're looking for.

Enjoy the other gifts, you'll find another clue in the website lists ~ you have my land-locked location ~ you wouldn't find my Mudcat identity here ~ go all the way back to Scotland, the answer is in the islands.

Have a 'Really Superb'& Happy New Year, looking forward to hearing from you again when you've had time to reseach the clues.

Enjoy ~

With Love for 2007   Santa xxxxxxxxxxx


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From: Fran
Date: 28 Dec 06 - 04:40 AM

There was a knock on the door this morning and it was the postman with a parcel from Montclair, New Jersey

Thank you very much Secret Santa for a lovely Mug with Cocoa in it that I will be making up later, Jude Deveraux book that I have not read yet so will be stating asap and the lovely christmassy Bottle stopper globe and swizzle sticks and Santa with cents in his belly, and my cat has gone crazy over the tree decoration bell! A nice surprise to make Christmas last a bit longer.


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From: Skipjack K8
Date: 28 Dec 06 - 08:09 AM

Another score for Noo Joysey here today, too, and then the detective work began. Unless I am badly mistaken, it is my friend MMario (a fellow well met at last year's Getaway) who has failed to completely cover his tracks, and has sent me two CDs! The bad news is that I am at work this morning, and my colleague (who is entranced by acid Bangra) kicked off when I put the first CD on the computer, so I have yet to enjoy them, but I did want to thank Leo for sending me such a personal gift, and also the SS card which had me fooled, as the only person I thought I knew in NJ is a dodgy bloke who knocks out Yellow Grease the wrong side of the New Jersey Turnpike.

Thank you, my friend.


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From: John MacKenzie
Date: 28 Dec 06 - 08:29 AM

That would be Big Mick then Greg?
Giok.


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From: MMario
Date: 28 Dec 06 - 08:41 AM

bad hand writing is a good thing, sometimes....that's an NY not an NJ.

and there is another parcel to come - but I haven't found proper packing yet.


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From: Pseudolus
Date: 28 Dec 06 - 09:44 AM

You're very welcome Mrs. Cobble! I'm just glad it got there in time. The post office said it should be there by the 22nd but I was a little worried. Anyway, Merry Christmas!

Frank


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From: Hollowfox
Date: 28 Dec 06 - 10:41 AM

Bwaaah!! I'm no good at puzzles!! I'll never figure out who you are! (sniff) I am making good use of that lovely, twinkly, elegant pen today, though.


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From: GUEST,Severn's Shy and Secretive Santa
Date: 28 Dec 06 - 03:41 PM

I am so pleased that you liked your gifts. Maybe, when you next come to this sunny shore, you would like to pop down and visit for a while. I have spare rooms and you would be most welcome.

If you could just figure out who I am.....

Hee hee hee

Santa


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From: Severn
Date: 28 Dec 06 - 06:57 PM

Dear S.S.'s S&S Sussex-I-Suspects SS,

You are also extended an invitation, should you ever reach THESE shores, to visit myself and Molly The Cat and use the spare room (kept Cat-Free) here. We'll still be here and waiting. I doubt no one will evect us any time soon.

The House Brownies may even forgive you for not actually sending your elves. Any excuse for another party is fine with those two!


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From: SussexCarole
Date: 28 Dec 06 - 07:07 PM

Suspect from Sussex? Moi? Hmmmm........


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From: jennbrooks
Date: 28 Dec 06 - 10:11 PM

Joy, Joy, Joy! My package was the best! I couldn't wait to open it (but I did) and now I can't wait to get to sit down and read the cookbooks and to try the spices. Grand CD! Lovely calendars! Lovely little shiny trees! and the cats liked the big cloth bag best of all--Abby was in there in a flash right under the tree on Christmas morning.

I'll keep you posted as I actually try the kitchen stuff, because you know I will.

Art says to mention that the next time you're in our neighborhood, we hope you can stop to see us.

Thank you again for all the lovely loot.

Love,

Jenn


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From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 28 Dec 06 - 10:18 PM

I could have posted this here, but instead I'll add a link. It's Sharon Abbott (SharonA). Aha!

(Thanks!)

SRS


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From: Edain
Date: 29 Dec 06 - 10:06 AM

Thank you Santa! Much reading has occured :-)


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From: SharonA
Date: 29 Dec 06 - 02:02 PM

Maggie (SRS): You're mosssst welcome!! (That'sss the lasssst hisssss of thissss ssseasssson -- I promisssse!)

I'm sure I've guessed who Vectis's Secret Santa is... but I'll never tell! Hee hee hee!

I'm still waiting to see a package or hear a word from my SS. I've received no posts since December 15th. I'm too depressed to compose a poem about it this time. :^(

Sharon


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From: Snuffy
Date: 29 Dec 06 - 02:33 PM

I too, know who Vectis's Secret Santa is...


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From: Joybell
Date: 29 Dec 06 - 03:46 PM

Oh Jenn, so glad you like everything. Glad the spices made it in intact too. The clause about plant material on the declaration had me a bit worried. We'd really love to call in and see you. We so nearly did manage it last visit. Hildebrand has a dear friend in Gila so you never know. Hard to get Hildebrand to leave home though. Let me know if there's a comment or ingredient in the cookbooks that is a bit cryptic.
Have a wonderful New Year.
With love Joy


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From: JennyO
Date: 29 Dec 06 - 10:53 PM

I too, know who Vectis's Secret Santa is...

Well you would, Snuffy, wouldn't you. I also worked out long ago who Vectis's Secret Santa's Secret Santa was. I've worked out a couple of others too. I'm rapidly being recognised by some for my Secret Santette Sleuthing Skills!


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From: Snuffy
Date: 30 Dec 06 - 08:11 AM

I knew it was you who blew my cover. Jenny. But did you work out who my antipodean elf was?


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From: JennyO
Date: 30 Dec 06 - 08:51 AM

Snuffy, I worked you out way back when you posted the riddle, then when I saw the package it was confirmed.

I didn't figure out your Antipodean Elf though. I think your Santee thought it was me, although I kept assuring her that it wasn't. I still haven't figured how an elf product was placed by hand in the letterbox. Although she's in Oz, she lives a long way from us.

By coincidence, your Elf did some secret Elf work a couple of years ago for SRS, who was my Super Substitute Secret Santa. She was visiting the US at the time. She's very good at it. Maybe I should have figured out it was her this time, but I didn't.

On the other hand, my Santee SINSULL still doesn't know who MY elves were. I wonder if she will ever find out!!


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From: jacqui.c
Date: 30 Dec 06 - 08:53 AM

Jenny - if it's who I think it is ahe'll probably find out on Sunday night!


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From: JennyO
Date: 30 Dec 06 - 09:18 AM

Yes Jacqui, I think that is entirely possible - unless they plan to prolong the torture. I'm leaving it up to them ;-)


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From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 30 Dec 06 - 06:00 PM

Thank you so much, dear Helen, for the lovely loot! The scarf is by far the loveliest present I received this year! I appreciate the books- read "The Shell Seekers" in 3 days! The little fairy is guarding the kitchen- you are a dear!


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From: Helen
Date: 30 Dec 06 - 06:57 PM

Animaterra,

I'm so pleased you liked them. The scarf just had to be made for you when I found that material. And Rosamund Pilcher is an absolute favourite author for both me and my late mother.

Helen


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From: Nancy King
Date: 30 Dec 06 - 09:04 PM

Many thanks to my very generous Secret Santa, who I think must be Wuzzle, AKA Gilly Kemp, as the main attraction in the parcel was Gilly's wonderful CD! She has a beautiful voice and has written some lovely songs!

There were a lot of other things in the package too, including some fine English tea in cute little tins, incense in a pretty box, several Christmas ornaments -- even Marmite in little individual servings! My clueless relatives were fascinated!

Thank you Gilly!

Nancy


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From: GUEST,Nancy King's Santa
Date: 31 Dec 06 - 06:12 AM

Hi Nancy

You guessed nearly right, Wuzzle is my Mum and as I am not a singer or Musician I sent you one of her Cd's, Glad you liked it, and the odd assortment that came with it!


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From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 31 Dec 06 - 08:03 AM

You made the scarf, Helen????? Now it's even more valuable!!


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From: Helen
Date: 31 Dec 06 - 08:36 AM

Well, Animaterra, I can't take credit for the beading, because I bought the beaded fringe, so I only put it all together, but, yes, I made it. I did write that in the card, didn't I? I think I did, anyway.

When I remembered that in your hints you said that your favourite colour is cranberry but you also like blue & green, then how could I not jump with excitement when I saw that lovely material (which, for the benefit of anyone else reading this, is cranberry on one side and blue on the other). I was in the fabric shop looking for something else but there it was, waiting for you - well, waiting for me to find it for you. And it goes well with the boysenberry teddy bear, I thought.

So, I'm really, really glad you like it.

And, I'm still not sure what you mean by reading "English cosies" but Rosamund Pilcher's books are English, and give me a cosy feeling when I read them.

And by the way, it is now New Year here in Newcastle, Oz, so Happy New Year to you, with much love,
Helen


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From: Nancy King
Date: 31 Dec 06 - 01:17 PM

Thanks for the clarification, Wuzzle's offspring! I do love all the stuff, but I still don't know who YOU are, Mudcat-wise! (I sent a PM to Wuzzle, BTW, so perhaps you and she should look for it.

Thanks again!
Nancy


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From: sian, west wales
Date: 01 Jan 07 - 09:37 AM

O Frabjuous Day! I got back from Canada last night and - as is my custom - opened my presents, including my box from my Secret Santa.

Great stuff! A pair of Bear Claw salad/pasta tossers and a Mini Ulu knife, presumably for the skinning of mini sea critters. Good grief - is that baby sharp or what???

And the Bear Smooches are no more. Deeeee-LISH !

Now - the weird thing about Mudcat is that I now know who my SS is, but I don't know who she is. If you get my drift. I thought I knew, but ...

And I know someone who knows (apart from The Squeak) but I bet she won't tell me.

Tis a wunnerful mystery still!

sian
with many, many, many, many thanks to my Secret Santa!


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From: vectis
Date: 01 Jan 07 - 02:02 PM

I too know who my SS is and have thanked her personally by PM. But my santee is still in the dark.


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From: Wuzzle
Date: 01 Jan 07 - 02:33 PM

Hi Nancy

Sorry I cannot take the credit for this one, as it was my daughter.
I have sent you a PM of her Mudcat name.
I am glad you enjoyed her parcel and thank –you for saying such lovely things I am glad you enjoyed the CD
Happy New Year

Gilly


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From: sian, west wales
Date: 02 Jan 07 - 07:42 AM

It's the jet lag, you see.

Just thought I'd try to figure out who lives in Alaska, and eventually realized that my Santa had actually signed in as herself on 11 December.

Duh.

Oh well, I had just that much more time to enjoy the mystery of it all. One of the benefits of being a bit loopy (age, jetlag, genetics, whatever!)

bet, you're a treasure. Loved the gifts and my friends think they're great too!

Sharp little b*gger, that Ulu!

sian
not so sharp


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From: freda underhill
Date: 02 Jan 07 - 08:18 AM

my Santa Clues was snuffy, and what a merry dance he led me!

freda


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From: Barb'ry
Date: 02 Jan 07 - 08:40 AM

My secret santa was ClareBear! Thank you sooo much for my presents - I am happily listening to one now!
Hope you have a great new year
love Barb'ry


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From: Becca72
Date: 02 Jan 07 - 08:48 AM

Being still rather new around here I have no clue who my Santa is, but I do know where they live and plan to pick the brains of Sins and Jacqui... :-) I was able to pick up my package on Friday and what a haul I got! Thanks VERY much for everything. The Luck Stone necklace is wonderful and the pumpkin butter is a personal favorite! I'm also looking forward to starting the book. I think it is right up my alley!
Thanks again, Santa


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From: GUEST,Hollowfox's SS
Date: 02 Jan 07 - 10:35 AM

A very Happy New Year to you Hollowfox (spelt your name right this time) :-)

So, with all these 'Catters going on about their Santas & identities, are you any further with mine?

Never mind, maybe I should reveal my identity? I'll start by shedding my skin   !!

Love RS


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From: Anne Lister
Date: 02 Jan 07 - 04:20 PM

Still have no idea who mine is ....

Anne


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From: GUEST,Becca's SS
Date: 02 Jan 07 - 06:44 PM

Becca, I'm very glad you enjoyed the presents. Hope your holidays were fun. Not sure if Sinsull or Jacqui can help... a little hint.. there's a big clue in the note. A Happy and Healty New Year to you! Santa


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From: GUEST,MeganL secret santa
Date: 03 Jan 07 - 07:29 AM

hi Megan,

I hope you enjoyed your gifts and I wish you and yours a wonderful new Year,

Santa xxxx


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From: My guru always said
Date: 03 Jan 07 - 01:40 PM

Got home from work & there's this box waiting for me - hurrah!! Having first been astonished by the size of it *as it were* (and totally embarrassed by the postage charge) I wasted no time at all in ripping off the wrapping & tape & checking out the innards.

At last, I know who my own Dear Secret Santa (aka Elffish Pressently I assume) is!

THANK YOU SEVERN!!!!!!

Have had a quick drool over the contents and am really looking forward to setting down for a good read and lots of listening to all the local papers, mags, programs, books, cassettes & CD's you've sent. This'll take some time, where's that bottle of wine..... What a treasure trove I've received from my Fab Santa, Thank you so much!
Love'n'stuff,
Hil x
ps. didn't click at all - that'll teach me to get chatting more....


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From: Alba
Date: 03 Jan 07 - 01:55 PM

I am a rather sad Secret Santa today because after no mail service here in the US for 4 days I got a ton of stuff which included the Parcel that I had sent to my Santee in the UK....in time for Christmas.
It was returned to me because they said I had not listed all contents on the customs form.
I checked the contents (again) and I read the customs form I wrote (again....)and I HAD listed everything inside the parcel...SO...There is a postal employee at my Local Post Office who wished that they had been closed another day..:) and......
There is THE parcel on it's way again and if they send it back to me a second time I will bring it over to my Santee myself....
I am a wee bit upset...:(
So if your a sad UK Santee who thinks they have been forgotten and fear ye shall remain presentless....please wait...please...for one present is definetly on it's way... again!!

Love
Jude


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From: jacqui.c
Date: 03 Jan 07 - 03:21 PM

Alba - if you have any further problems I'm going to the UK in February and would be happy to take the parcel with me.


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From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 03 Jan 07 - 03:29 PM

I was going to out a few Santas today but it appears there are still some in the system.... I'll wait a bit longer!

Jacqui Morse - you are SOOOOO in trouble! But his face was a picture and I'll gladly serve time with you for my part in the opus Xmas....

LTS


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From: jacqui.c
Date: 03 Jan 07 - 04:08 PM

Liz - being Micca, what else could I do? I reckon it's a case of the biter bit with him. I must admit that giving him his own gift to take back was the piece de resistance! Many thanks for completing the circle and saving it until the actual day. I'd have loved to be a fly on the wall for that one!


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From: Alba
Date: 03 Jan 07 - 04:16 PM

jacqui, Thanks so much.
IF I have anymore trouble that is what I shall do.
Thank again, your a Sweetheart.
Love
Jude


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Hollowfox
Date: 03 Jan 07 - 05:46 PM

Shedding your skin? Well, I do like snakes. But as to your proper Mudcat name...GAAAHH! Trrying to figure it out is sending me straight up a tree. You have me well and truely bamboozled. Pleas, pretty please, who are you? Thanks and love, Marywhoisgoingtoananimationconventionthisweekend.


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Selchie - (RH)
Date: 04 Jan 07 - 04:19 AM

Dear Hollowfox,

Oh no, snakes are not my favourite thing. My real home is land-locked ~ my Mudcat name's home is the sea/or or land according to legend. ~ & now I have SEALED my fate?

Have a good weekend.

Love to you, take care, look forward to hearing from you.

Rosie Stroud xx


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From: Megan L
Date: 04 Jan 07 - 05:26 AM

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN :)

Thank you we had a wonderfull time all the ribbons and fancy papers have been ironed to use in my card making. the gifts were great fun though the rest o the kirk is rolling on the floor laughing at the thought of me lying there wie a crystal on me hied (Over active imaginations)

I am having tae fight all ma glasgow freens and ma big brother tae keep the lobey dosser book. loved the pictures of old yorkshire just the kind of thing i like.

Have big brother staying for a few days but will guess soon :)

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU
oh and did i say Thank you :)


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From: GUEST,SharonA's secret Santa
Date: 04 Jan 07 - 06:39 AM

Oh SharonA, Oh Sharon A
I fear theirs been a slight delay
what I thoutght was well along
has returned ,like a boomerang
It will depart ,tho', very soon
and cheer you up if you are down
I think you for you patient wait,
look for the Postman at the gate
it may still take a week or two
but things are on their way to you


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From: Pseudolus
Date: 04 Jan 07 - 11:53 AM

Hmmmm, very interestingb. I got a calendar from my Secret Santa, from sussex. And a note said to be on the lookout for more!!!

Thank You Santa! I don't know who you are yet but I'm looking forward to finding out!

Frank


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From: GUEST
Date: 04 Jan 07 - 12:31 PM

Thanks SS. I hope you see this. I would PM you but haven't figured out who you are. The CD is enjoyable! Thanks a lot. Hope your holidays were great. Let me know who you are so I can respond properly. bet


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From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 04 Jan 07 - 05:50 PM

I can identify 6 people who have had their presents returned to sender or stuck in the post system...

DON'T PANIC YET... and don't whinge at me either - I'm in charge, but I'm not responsible!

SECSYA
LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: GUEST,bet
Date: 05 Jan 07 - 05:21 PM

What a nice CD I received from my SS. Thanks whoever you are. I don't even have a Mudcat name to thank. Come on, let me know who you are so I can say thanks the right way. Until tnen Thanks! bet


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: GUEST,bet's santa
Date: 06 Jan 07 - 03:45 AM

glad you enjoyed the cd bet

Ho Ho Ho!

Cally Hanna


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: SharonA
Date: 06 Jan 07 - 09:58 PM

I thank you for your note, SS,
And now am filled with happiness
At hearing that you've not forgotten
Me (but that P.O. is rotten!).
Now I even feel like rhyming
Once again, now that the timing
Of your gift's receipt is near.
'Twill truly be a great new year!

But, speaking of the rhyming word,
Some of your rhymes do sound absurd
To my Northeastern US ear.
I'm guessing you're not from 'round here!
If "soon" and "down" are rhymes to you,
Perhaps you are a Scotsman true.
"Along" and "boomerang", however...
Could they rhyme someplace else? Ever?

Hmmmm...

Sharon


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: GUEST,JennieG's Concerned Santa
Date: 07 Jan 07 - 09:00 AM

No sign that you have received aanything Jennie though the Elves are searing blind that it was on its way in time ! I see you AR back , and hope you had a good Christmas and New Year .


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Joybell
Date: 07 Jan 07 - 07:01 PM

Not whinging. Just hoping. Please say I'm one of the 6, Liz. Please! Please!
Two years in a row without a present would be so sad.


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Charmion
Date: 08 Jan 07 - 04:29 PM

I am completely in the dark about the identity of my Secret Santa, who sent me a cute little mauve box containing four lightly scented candles designed to float in water (both picturesque and comparatively safe -- Good Things). That SS is British I have no doubt; beyond that, I'm beat!


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 10 Jan 07 - 01:54 PM

Liz, do you ever check your PMs? I'm waiting to hear back from you from one I sent a couple of days ago (you can skip the one I sent several weeks ago). Thanks!

SRS


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Becca72
Date: 10 Jan 07 - 02:35 PM

So when do our Santas get outted? :-)


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 10 Jan 07 - 02:42 PM

Thank you to my Secret Santa! not only did santa send a package in December (where I lost my head and opened early), but sent a get-well book and home made card a week ago as well! you're a very attentive Santa, and the book is hilarious! Thank you!

Jenny), you figured me out. When I sent the Amelie soundtrack, I hadn't realized the family connections....uh..oh, that's right, I'm Santa........yeah, OF COURSE I already knew about the family connections. I mean, I'm freakin' Santa for cryin' out loud........there, that's more like it.

All the best,

Chanteyranger


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: ClaireBear
Date: 10 Jan 07 - 03:06 PM

Oh my, Santa, what bounty!

Everything is grand -- the garnet-studded rock, sage from your garden, the vintage Fowler, silly dictionaries and obligatory maple product (what a pretty bottle!) are all much appreciated. I've started the "romance" already, of course.

I particularly appreciate the wonderful collection of brochures and publications from your area (wish I'd thought to do more of that for my Santee). Intrigue abounds, from megalithic monuments to museums, and each calls to me "come visit New Hampshire" (something I've always wanted to do, anyway).

Thank you, my dear Bat Goddess. We are indeed much alike. And if Curmudgeon helped with the selection, please waft a bit of my gratitude in his direction. My Christmas is now complete.

A PM will follow once I'm home again admiring the goodies -- I'm at work now, and have to go to choir practice after, so it won't be 'til very late.


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: JennieG
Date: 10 Jan 07 - 09:34 PM

I have decided that my present is somewhere in space flying around......

You know when you fly to another country how you lose a day, or gain a day, and teck-a-nickel stuff like that? Well, I reckon those presents that haven't made it to their recipients yet are flyng around, gaining days, and will make it in time for next Christmas!

Cheers
JennieG....who was really very very good but is still waiting - it's not my Santa's fault because he posted it well in time


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Crystal
Date: 11 Jan 07 - 06:00 AM

I got my pressie before xmas, unfortunatly I then couldn't get to the internet to say that I had my pressie.
Loving the Georgette Heyer, and the sweeties!


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 11 Jan 07 - 08:11 AM

Salu, ClaireBear!

I got the idea for giving my Secret Santee a pile o' travel brochures, etc. from my neck of the woods (literally!) from one of MY Secret Santas. I appreciated it so much I HAD to continue it. I wanted to include some shells or beach rocks, too, but I haven't had a lot of beach time lately.

For the record, the "romance" is "Yezad, A Romance of the Unknown" -- one of the stranger proto-science fiction novels around.

Glad you found waiting for everything worth it!

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 11 Jan 07 - 08:30 AM

ER.. .Stilly...take that as a 'wha tha fu???'

I keep telling you, I'm not responsible and yet you still all trust me!!! That's what I like about the human race and Mudcatters in particular... the ability to trust in others!

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 11 Jan 07 - 10:40 AM

I'm just asking for an address--no responsibility involved!


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: GUEST,Becca's SS
Date: 11 Jan 07 - 07:23 PM

Jacqui and Sinsull weren't able to guess? Read my note, there's a big clue! And Happy New Year. Santa


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: JennieG
Date: 16 Jan 07 - 12:06 AM

My present has arrived and it is lovely! Leadfingers was my SS and I have PM'd him to say a proper thank you. Definitely worth waiting for.

Cheers
JennieG...smiling because I must have been good after all!


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: GUEST,Louisey's Secret Santa
Date: 16 Jan 07 - 02:52 AM

Have you figured it out, yet?


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 16 Jan 07 - 03:49 AM

Well....

I went away on the 19th Dec, and when I returned there was a card saying that a parcel had arrived on the 20th that needed a signature. I was lucky that the local Post Office had used common sense and not sent it back after 5 days - most sane Aussies KNOW that school hols etc mean that many people are away at that time, and waited till near end Jan before sending it back! So today I retrieved it!

Of course, it HAD been opened by Customs, but nothing removed (so they say!). Even a booklet and note explaining that it had been opened and what is/is not allowed to be sent!

I'm pretty sure they opened that clear little plastic bag, cause the ribbon had not been tied up again! But once they detected that it was only a plastic dog turd.... probably the same with the 'lobster'...
:-) Wait on, the contents list says "one bar soap".... hmmm, no soap, unless..... hmmm, doesn't mention dog turd anywhere...

Thanks for the cute 'Dump Truck', maybe those Customs guys forgot to tell me that they took away the Gold Bullion...

That's a different Maple Syrup - I think i will share it with friends at my Birthday - which is not far away - I will ask them to cook me pancakes! Probably a good use for that Wild Maine Blueberry Jam too! BTW, my goddaughter loves blueberries, and jam, she loves it when I make her up those 'shaker-pack' blueberry pancakes!

That's a wonderful jester too! That will go on the wall!

Thanks too for the coin and the images of Maine in various forms.

I WILL read the newspapers too - love to see them from other places when used as wrappings - ephemera are just that!

Very nice, thank you!

Unfortunately, you have me totally beat on guessing who you are!

"My name is my profession!"

Oooooo, er, aaaahhhh! Too Much Information...

Robin


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: GUEST,Foolestroupe
Date: 16 Jan 07 - 07:58 AM


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: GUEST,Foolestroupe's Relieved Secret Santa
Date: 16 Jan 07 - 08:03 AM

And that was also me below, the cat stepped on the return key!

Sorry customs kifed your gold bullion, I hoped they enjoyed it. I didn't realize that it was forbidden to send chocolate to OZ... What else did they help themselves to, I wonder? Were there two photos, a magnet, a memo pad and a US Quarter? The quarter should have been taped to the magnet and memo pad.

A hint as to my identity -- I am a regular at SINSULL's song circles.


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: artbrooks
Date: 16 Jan 07 - 08:05 AM

...there is a Maine 'catter who works for the state parks system...


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Joybell
Date: 16 Jan 07 - 04:31 PM

So busy thanking my Santa on the Silent Santa thread - forgot to go to this official thank-you one.
Thank you Santa. Thank you so much. I love my present. Still trying to work out your identity, while eating the mint chocolate, wearing the great tee-shirt and reading the dance-call book.
Thank you and cheers, Joy


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 16 Jan 07 - 06:57 PM

GUEST,Foolestroupe - Date: 16 Jan 07 - 07:58 AM

was NOT me. As is usually the case on the help area too.

Found no chocolate till I just opened the truck box. Customs had opened that too I guess. Probably the sniffer dogs found it, I'd say. Dare say the new X-ray machines may have freaked out too. the other items with the various Maine images on were all there, thanks. They did say - nothing removed.

We don't get Hershey much here in Oz. Will have to take a photo of the truck and put it up somewhere.


"...there is a Maine 'catter who works for the state parks system... "

Hmm... a Ranger? Hey Yogi, won't we get into trouble for stealing picnic baskets?

Chanteyranger
Pentland Ranger
ranger1
rangerdave2
RangerDick
rangeroger
RangerSteve

eeny meeny miny mo....

BTW, what happened to that site that had the various locations of all the Mudcatters marked on the map with pins? - Google World addendum or similar?


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Becca72
Date: 20 Jan 07 - 12:28 PM

Sorry Santa, I forgot to ask them. Been pretty crazy around here lately. I'm going to take my best guess and say....Zany Mouse? :-)


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: GUEST,Becca' SS
Date: 20 Jan 07 - 07:05 PM

Nice try,but no. Take a look at the first letters of the signature:>)


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Snuffy
Date: 14 Feb 07 - 02:34 PM

Capri Uni, my pressie arrived today. Judging by the postmark it was mailed at the weekend from the Mudgather in Portaferry!! How did it get there?

Anyway, Christmas or Valentine, it's a lovely present. Many, many thanks.


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 14 Feb 07 - 06:30 PM

Could we please have added to all this season's Secret Santa threads title -

2006

Robin


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: CapriUni
Date: 15 Feb 07 - 08:22 AM

Snuffy -- Yay!!

And Happy Horny Satyr Day!*

But it arrived on Wednesday, not Saturday!

Judging by the postmark it was mailed at the weekend from the Mudgather in Portaferry!! How did it get there?


Ho, Ho, Ho! Secret Elves can be just as tricksy as Secret Santas! ;-)

Seriously. That's one weight off my mind... I'm glad you like it.

*Lupercalia: the ancient Roman festival of shepards, to honor the goat-god Lupercus, who protected the flocks from wolves in the winter, and the origin of Valentine's Day.


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 16 Feb 07 - 01:06 AM

So, for Easter, are we going to have signups for Mudbunnies? Nah...wouldn't want to receive eggs in the mail.


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: JennyO
Date: 16 Feb 07 - 04:36 AM

Egg-zackly. If they were broken the smell could be Egg-cruciating. Unless of course they were chocolate ;-)


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: GUEST,Santa's Tiny Leprechaun
Date: 16 Feb 07 - 05:09 AM

Sure, and isn't it sarry I am that the pressie didn't get sent out earlier...

Us little people have our ways though!

STL


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 16 Feb 07 - 05:16 AM

So there's one more rounded up into the fold...

I make it that 5 people are missing their gifts. Any advance on 5?

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 16 Feb 07 - 02:01 PM

Liz, need a rescue Santa for anyone? PM me if so.

JennyO, you're right, it could get really scrambled. Before Easter, someone Lent me some eggs. Don't know what to do with them. I have to "apoach" this very carefully.


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: GUEST,Psharon's Pseudo Psecret Psanta
Date: 16 Mar 07 - 04:08 PM

It's time someone put this poor woman out of her misery.

A package is on its way. PRIORITY. Those reindeer were just loafing, anyway. No stops on the way, straight through to PA.

PPPP


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: katlaughing
Date: 16 Mar 07 - 04:19 PM

LtS, are you going to post the Santas and Santees for this past season?


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 17 Mar 07 - 12:29 AM

At last count, how many still missing?


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Leadfingers
Date: 17 Mar 07 - 08:25 AM

My Santa has let the side down - Nothing received ! And my Santee was the victim of VERY slow delivery , but it got there in the end !


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Tig
Date: 17 Mar 07 - 09:08 AM

Firecat is still being hopeful - though I think she's given up.


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 17 Mar 07 - 05:16 PM

So that's 3...

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Linda Goodman Zebooker
Date: 17 Mar 07 - 11:02 PM

I got no pressie and I don't care
I can live on sun and air
Let's do it over again next yare
Come now, Liz, the Secret Share!!

Linda, who got no pressie and had great fun anyhow!


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Pseudolus
Date: 18 Mar 07 - 09:31 AM

Maybe three and a half. I received something in the mail with a note that said that the rest was on it's way. Nothing yet. Not a big deal, it's all about the participation and what I got was plenty. I just hope that people don't get discouraged about the process and give up on next year.

Frank


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Tig
Date: 18 Mar 07 - 11:15 AM

Add Bill t'Bodger Liz. I talked to him last night and he still hasn't had his either.


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: GUEST,disappointed santa
Date: 18 Mar 07 - 11:25 AM

We cannot be picky, I know. I would have enjoyed having a Santee who actually responded to their gifts. I know they received them, but that is all. Their last post was in December.

If folks are going to play they ought to at least stick to the commitment of sending. I feel real bad about folks who didn't even receive anything and I probably will not do it next year.


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Mar 07 - 01:09 PM

One trouble about international shipping is there isn't a way to track it. Maybe enclose a self-addressed post card that can be returned? Just an idea. 300. :)


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Firecat
Date: 23 Apr 07 - 10:08 AM

I got a parcel today marked from my Substitute Secret Santa! Inside was a beautiful midnight blue shawl with a butterfly on it!! Thank you Jacqui C!


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 23 Apr 07 - 10:13 AM

These susbtitute Santas are incredible.. they do it without my knowing!

Thank you SubSantatute...

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: THANK YOU, SECRET SANTA!!!
From: GUEST,Bill t'Bodger's sorrowful Santa
Date: 23 Apr 07 - 10:41 AM

Please tell Bill he hasn't been forgotten. Santa has been ill along with other troubles. An already packed package will be going out as soon as I can manage it. My apologies for unavoidable delays!


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