Roll up roll up - Cat Chat Secret Santa Sign Up 2020 is here!!! The Rules- Please read carefully as we have made some changes We welcome ALL our members old and new, however, you MUST have a minimum of 50 posts in the CAT CHAT to join AND be relatively ACTIVE i.e. post at least once a week please. It's just NOT fair if you show your face ONLY to play CCSS once a year, also we don’t know you very well. Only ONE parcel per household regardless of number of cats, there are NO limits to the number of presents in the parcel. The minimum spend is £10 per parcel, maximum spend £40, not including postage. We have capped this to make things fair for all concerned. Note - Handmade and crafted items are positively encouraged BUT again all gifts must total between £10- £40 Gifts for slaves are NO longer included, this allows more pennies for your kitties. All presents inside the parcel must be wrapped. Enclose a CLUE in each parcel to help with identifying who your Secret Santa is. Be as creative as you like, crosswords, cryptic clues, photo clues, drawings etc… You must include a JOKE! YES we said a joke, like the Christmas cracker jokes, cat jokes are perfect, but not mandatory. Jokes to be shared with the forum, something to get the tummy chuckling....ho ho ho! Please do try and make each deadline, these are set for a reason. All official Cat Chat Secret Santa threads will be started by @ewelsh or @Charity Above all, have fun and enjoy! Procedure Stage 1: Email – 2020CatChatSS@gmail.com Details required: PF username Name/s of your cat(s) Postal address Telephone number - reason being a lot of people send by courier and they require a phone number NOTE: Comments on the thread won't be counted as sign up – please do as above. Your details will only be seen by Santa and Chief Elf and all information will be permanently deleted, burnt, never ever shared…. Stage 2: CHARITY DONATION Each year we raise money for a cat charity and we use Secret Santa to raise the funds. Its mandatory for a £1 donation and is required PER PLAYER. (The cat charity will be selected via a poll in January 2021). How to donate – Using PAYPAL, donate a £1. Please use 2020CatChatSS@gmail.com address and include your PF username so we know who is donating. Alternatively, if you do not use PayPal, please PM @ewelsh where you can post the £1 to her address. Stage 3: LIKES AND DISLIKES As part of sign up you MUST post on the Likes and Dislikes thread by 24th September – 8th October and add a photo of your cat(s). Note - If you require any further information on your recipient’s cat(s) e.g, favourite treats, alternative toys etc… please PM @ewelsh or @Charity who will find out for you. Stage 4: SHOPPING AND POSTING Once you have purchased, wrapped presents, added clues and a joke, you must ensure you post your parcels by the deadline 21st November. Note– Please be careful, do NOT leave your name or address in or on the parcel, this has happened in the past, totally defeating the objective of SECRET SANTA. When completing courier information online, please try and leave senders details blank as this can sometimes be on the address label. Stage 5: PARCEL OPENING THREAD There will be a thread for you to post photos after you have opened your kitties' parcel. This is highly encouraged and MANDATORY, so your sender and the rest of us can enjoy your cats enjoying their presents. Key dates for Cat Chat Secret Santa 2020 1. Participants sign up Thread - Today – 24th September 2. Likes & Dislikes Thread - 24th September – 8th October 3. Secret Santa pairing – 10th – 12th October Check your email - You will be sent an email letting you know who your recipient will be, If you haven’t heard from us by 13th October then please let us know asap. 4. Shopping and wrapping - 13th October – 21st November 5. Sending your parcel – 21st November Please email the Cat Chat 2020 email address (2020CatChatSS@gmail.com) to let us know you have SENT your parcel. (Do not comment on any threads otherwise you give the game away). We have smarty pants detectives with clever algorithms, who work out who posted what and when! 6. Parcel received Thread – A parcel received thread will be started as soon as we hear the first parcel has been sent out, please post as soon as you receive a parcel. 7. The Opening Thread – Christmas eve – 31st December Other information CCSS Newbies, please familiarize yourself with previous year’s Secret Santa threads to help give you ideas. Link- https://www.petforums.co.uk/threads/secret-santa-likes-and-dislikes-2019.519528/ Link- https://www.petforums.co.uk/threads/cat-chat-secret-santa-2018-the-opening-thread.509377/page-16#post-1065351796 Note - Copy and paste links in to your search bar Any issues, please let @ewelsh or @Charity know immediately. No shaking, sniffing, peaking in the box or parcel you naughty people. COVID-19- Due to the pandemic, we want to keep all our members and kitties safe and worry free. ALL parcels MUST be sent out by Saturday 21stNovember (this is earlier than normal but only by 1 week). This allows the parcel to be left untouched for a safe period, offering peace of mind to the recipient. Disclaimer - The information in this document and any attached files is strictly private and confidential and the sole property of Cat Chat. It is intended solely for and should be read only by crazy cat women or men, i.e the individual(s) or organisation(s) to whom or which it is addressed. If you are not a crazy cat person or a fur baby slave, notify Santa immediately and destroy all copies of the email and associated files in your possession; you are not authorised to and must not disclose, copy, distribute, or retain this message or any part of it. It may contain information that is offensive to sane people and or dog owners (or other rules or laws with similar effect in jurisdictions outside of England, Wales, Scotland, Middle Earth and the North Pole).or Santa’s Elf will come down your chimney and blow soot all over your front room and leave a lump of coal.