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Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012

17 Nov 12 - 12:45 AM (#3437683)
Subject: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Stilly River Sage

Okay, do your best to tease your victims Santees this year. Log off before you post, use a guest name so the mods don't accidentally delete your silly post, and don't forget to log back in when you post elsewhere. It's also a good idea to not sign your real name at the bottom of your teasing post. :)

Go for it!

SRS


17 Nov 12 - 08:42 AM (#3437763)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,A Secret Santa

Is this where I tell Nancy King that she'd better post some hints if she doesn't want her presents to be limited to coal and gruel?


17 Nov 12 - 10:08 AM (#3437799)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,Sandra in Sydney's Secret Santa

As I noted and said elsewhere:

I am Sandra's Secret San
I will send her lots of bran
Other stuff the help her go
Enjoy your holidays, Sydney Sandra!

Prune juice, senna other stuff
Will make your holidays pretty rough
My station's far out in the bush
For revenge you'd have to push.

But perhaps I'll send a fruitcake lorn,
You can consume on Christmas morn
And think of us poor jackaroos
Sharing Christmas with our horse.


17 Nov 12 - 11:53 AM (#3437837)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,The ART-ful Dodger

So I checked out the security at the Natural History Museum and I think it is safe to say that you will NOT be receiving the Star of India in your package. I hear the Hope Diamond may be an easier mark. Check back here for updates.
TAD


17 Nov 12 - 01:42 PM (#3437867)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,The ART-ful Dodger

I have been able to satisfy two and possibly three of your desires but I seriously suggest you call her "Judy".


17 Nov 12 - 07:19 PM (#3437965)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,Jenn's Jenerous and Jovial Julesperson

Well, if you pronounce the last word of my adopted name as if you were Scandinavian that might work, just about, although of course I know you're not actually in Scandinavia at all and your ancestry might be entirely other. It was the best I could come up with right now.

Anyway, Jennbrooks, your husband's hints two years or so back haven't left me much wiggle room but the elves assure me we've coped with worse than this, so we're getting the whole process geared up now and I can assure you something will be on its way to you before too long. Just make sure you keep up those high standards of moral rectitude and all that stuff and then we'll have no trouble at all.

Now to deck those halls once again, to get us all in a more festive mood ....


17 Nov 12 - 08:35 PM (#3437996)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Sandra in Sydney

Gidday, Santa!

wow, a poetical santa

lucky me

sandra


18 Nov 12 - 11:00 AM (#3438195)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Rapparee

The Star of India is in the Tower of London. All you have to do is pry it loose from its setting and send it on. The Hope Diamond is in the Smithsonian Institution in DC -- it would be more difficult to get AND a federal crime. I'm just trying to make it easy on my Secret Santa.


19 Nov 12 - 08:50 AM (#3438587)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Sandra in Sydney

bounce!!


19 Nov 12 - 10:18 AM (#3438644)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Rapparee

Hmm...Thomas Blood stole the stuff with the Star of India and got away with it. However, his epitath reads (or read):


    Here lies the man who boldly hath run through
    More villainies than England ever knew;
    And ne'er to any friend he had was true.
    Here let him then by all unpitied lie,
    And let's rejoice his time was come to die.

My Secret Santa might not want people to "rejoice his time was come to die."


19 Nov 12 - 01:29 PM (#3438751)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: SINSULL

In 1900, wealthy financier J.P. Morgan donated the Star of India to the American Museum of Natural History on Central Park West in Manhattan. On October 29, 1964, the famous golf-ball-sized stone was stolen, along with several other gems of note, including the Midnight Star, the DeLong Star Ruby, and the Eagle Diamond.[3] The thieves unlocked a bathroom window during museum open hours, climbed in that night, and found that the sapphire was the only gem in the collection protected by an alarm — and the battery for that was dead.[4] They raked up the stones and fled the same way they came in. The stones were valued at more than $400,000. Within two days, the notorious cat burglar, smuggler, and one-time surfing champion, Jack Murphy (also known as "Murph the Surf"), was arrested along with two accomplices, later receiving a three-year sentence. Some months later, the uninsured Star of India was recovered in a locker in a Miami bus station.[5] While most of the other gems were also found, the Eagle Diamond was never seen again.

Wikipedia says Natural History Museum. So did he steal the Hope Diamond?


19 Nov 12 - 07:58 PM (#3438948)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,CBs SS

Is there a bear about ?
My thinking cap is on for a piratey piece of local vegetation or worse.

Growly on the prowly Santa


22 Nov 12 - 04:16 PM (#3440634)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,A Guru Santa

ho-ity ho ho ho!

your pressie is sitting next to me & will start it's long journey tomorrow


23 Nov 12 - 03:29 AM (#3440863)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,Santa calling Sarah of the Flute

Are you being good?

Gathering goodies for you, just in case.

Lump of coal ready, just in case.


24 Nov 12 - 01:49 AM (#3441322)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,Greg Stephens - size large Rotund Elf

The little elves are helpful, but it takes the big guy to get the job done.

I am on the job.


24 Nov 12 - 06:37 PM (#3441735)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,Batty Santa

Ah, me - what to do. The hint list seems to indicate that your life is somewhat boring...or perhaps ghoulish is closer. Tombstone rubbings, indeed. No, I think I shall just go on down to the cave and pick up ten pounds of bat guano. Fresh or dried?


25 Nov 12 - 02:38 AM (#3441833)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Stilly River Sage

Interesting about those gems, Rap. When I took my daughter to the American Museum of Natural History we looked at all of those fancy stones - but we were most impressed with the huge pieces of Topaz - you'd need a station wagon to move the largest one, let alone wear it. But if it is that plentiful and that large, that's a good source of jewelry stones for me. No one should have to die to mine a stone I would wear as jewelry.

Just in case my Santa had ideas along those lines. . . :)

SRS


25 Nov 12 - 05:22 PM (#3442103)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: My guru always said

OOohhhh!!! We were away for the weekend, and when we came back I found I gotta Santa! Whoopee!


25 Nov 12 - 05:50 PM (#3442115)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,The SS of Becca72

'ullo 'ullo 'ullo. So it's black cats with emerald eyes? Or purple or blue-green? Off to look.
Be good Becca. Be patient. I'm on the job.
Special Santa to Becca.


25 Nov 12 - 09:23 PM (#3442181)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Rapparee

Well...I'd settle for a large, dark green, emerald. Failing that, perhaps a simple hat.


26 Nov 12 - 10:14 AM (#3442399)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Becca72

Oh, thank you Santa! I'll do my very best to be good.


26 Nov 12 - 10:17 AM (#3442401)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: SINSULL

You lie, Becca. Shame on you.


26 Nov 12 - 11:33 AM (#3442453)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Becca72

Hey, Sins...I said I'd TRY. I didn't say I'd succeed.


27 Nov 12 - 03:33 PM (#3443229)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Joybell

What a great hat. Yes! A hat like that would be good.


28 Nov 12 - 04:47 AM (#3443507)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Sarah the flute

Hurrah! I have a Santa
Who appears to work down a mineshaft.
I am being sooooooooo good in fact good just isn't a good enough word for what I am being!

a VERY good StF


28 Nov 12 - 01:48 PM (#3443806)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: ClaireBear

Hello Santa!

Sorry, I've been away. I took my son to Disneyland, which seemed a good thing to do on a Thanksgiving when we've no kitchen, which we won't until my house rebuild is finished.

Piratey produce, eh? I am very intrigued. Arrrrrhugula? Arrrrhtichokes? Whatever it is, I am sure it will be perfect!

Yours,
ClaireBear


28 Nov 12 - 06:35 PM (#3443955)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Bat Goddess

Ah, bat guano is a wonderful fertilizer for my overgrown and jungly flower beds. And my resident Little Brown Bat population is smaller than it used to be...I hope because their exit and entrance has been closed and not because of White Nose Syndrome.

I hear they make clocks out of petrified cow patties. What can be made out of bat poop besides explosives and fertilizer?

Linn, the Bat Goddess

P.S. I really don't need any explosives...


28 Nov 12 - 09:48 PM (#3444079)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,Sandra in Sydney's Secret Santa

Well now. I haven't received ANY reports, naughty or nice, about S in S this year! Repeated requests made to Elves Down Under (a holey owned Sandra in Sydney's Secret Santa Syndicate subsidiary) have gone unanswered save for one. That came from Elf 429H32 and read

AVHBM SERTW PKLJR RETYB BBHGT
PORTW BZXXX YTWPY REBYT AAUXX

This message contains a key word which tells me that all of the elves have been captured by Sandra in Sydney's Secret Service and are now acting as double agents. Since Elf 429H32 is no longer with us (he, she, or it voluntarily imploded) and no other elf Down Under knows the Super Secret Sandra in Sydney's Santa Kendall Morse Kode I must conclude that she has been naughty indeed this year.

Too, too, bad.


29 Nov 12 - 08:57 AM (#3444282)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Sandra in Sydney

wot! I know nuffin', it's nothing to do with me

sandra (saddened & horrified at the imputations)


30 Nov 12 - 02:12 PM (#3444928)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Stilly River Sage

Santa? Are you out there?


30 Nov 12 - 03:12 PM (#3444952)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Rapparee

Maybe your Secret Santa got hijacked, Sandra. Or maybe s/he was so shocked by your disclaimer s/he had a heart attack and is in the NYCTS.


30 Nov 12 - 04:00 PM (#3444974)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Joybell

Santa? Are you there?


30 Nov 12 - 04:35 PM (#3444992)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: maeve

My Santa must be verrrrrrrrrry busy doing important Santa stuff. That's ok. I'm busy stacking wood; keeping out of trouble.


01 Dec 12 - 01:38 AM (#3445208)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Sandra in Sydney

Santa? is Rap right??? (sniff)


01 Dec 12 - 09:39 AM (#3445226)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: My guru always said

A mysterious package arrived this morning! Is it from you, Santa Dear?


01 Dec 12 - 10:36 AM (#3445250)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,ART-ful Dodger

Mr Brooks. We are having a hell of a time finding the Star of India. Not giving up yet. Maybe a local gem? hmmmmmmm


01 Dec 12 - 11:28 AM (#3445281)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: artbrooks

Did I say I wanted big rocks? Nah - doesn't fit my subdued and unassuming lifestyle. Maybe a family-sized bottle of Rogaine...


01 Dec 12 - 04:40 PM (#3445382)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,Maeve's cretinous santa

Never fear, your Santa is here.I have been very busy, but I finally talked Mrs. Claus into helping to put your gift together.

I have also enlisted the help of a very special Elf to deliver your package.

Do not open until Christmas or it may turn into a lump of coal.


01 Dec 12 - 04:48 PM (#3445385)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: maeve

Dear Not-At-All-Cretinous-Santa,

Thank you kindly for your efforts on my behalf. Thanks also to Mrs. Clause for her help...and you say I'll be visited by a Special Elf? How very clever of you. I'd best tidy up just to be ready.

I never open gifts before their designated Opening Day. Is that Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or Old Christmas, please. I'm afraid coal wouldn't be any use to us with all the firewood we have stacked, so I do want to get it right.

Too busy to be anything but good,

Maeve


02 Dec 12 - 11:09 PM (#3445991)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: maeve

Dear Trustworthy-not-Cretinous Santa,

You are as good as your word! Your Special Elf delivered your package to me tonight. Thank you for whatever it holds. I won't know until Christmas day.

Thank you for your efforts on my behalf!

Maeve


03 Dec 12 - 10:23 AM (#3446173)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,A Guru Santa

maybe - does it look like a secretive pressie?


04 Dec 12 - 01:54 PM (#3446959)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,Severn's surreptitious Santa

Severn! I've been hearing stories galore about you... I will peruse them a while to see if they all pass muster and decide if you deserve the coal or the smokeless fuel this year.

Be good!

The package will wing its way to you shortly, elves, postmen and stubborn reindeer allowing.


04 Dec 12 - 02:20 PM (#3446975)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,Animaterra's surreptitious santa

Oh Animaterra, you've got a Santa, and you almost know me! And I am hot on the trail of amusing oddities for you.

Ho ho HO!


04 Dec 12 - 02:52 PM (#3446990)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: My guru always said

It certainly does look secretive, Santa Dear! Apart from the envelope there's no markings on it at all. I was very tempted to think it might be for my birthday which is tomorrow, but I'll be good and put it under the tree *grin* Many thanks!


04 Dec 12 - 03:06 PM (#3447000)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)

Oh, my, Santa! How exciting! I haven't been on much lately but you certainly brightened my day!


04 Dec 12 - 09:30 PM (#3447175)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,Sandra in Sydney's Secret Santa

Oh me, oh my. All of the folks in the cardiac care ward have been very nice this year to a jolly old elf who came very close to snuffing it after reading Sandra's denial.

Ho ho ho! I now know she was just toying with her Secret Santa.

Well little Missy, your Secret Santa should have your pressies on their way to you very soon. That is, if Rudolph gets his GPS fixed. That boy couldn't find Asia without it!

Ho ho ho!


04 Dec 12 - 09:51 PM (#3447183)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Rapparee

Santa, if you haven't yet got the hat, I'll take something else. Something simple, yet elegant. Forgiveness, perhaps. Or mercy. Or both.


05 Dec 12 - 03:46 AM (#3447266)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Sandra in Sydney

thankyou santa


05 Dec 12 - 07:31 AM (#3447342)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,A Moderately Secret Santa for OldDude

The parcel's been posted... No opening until 25th December... on pain of a larger parcel containing... green Jello!


05 Dec 12 - 09:11 AM (#3447392)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,Sinsull's secretous santa-type person

Dear Sins,
An opportunity like this comes along once in a lifetime! Keep an eye out for treasures galore! This is going to be as much fun for me as it is for you. Oh, who am I kidding?? It's going to be more fun for ME! (insert evil laugh here)


05 Dec 12 - 09:22 AM (#3447396)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,A Shimmeringly Secretive Santa for Sharon D

It's also the place I remind Sharon Day (and all other dilettante Santees) that without hints and suggestions the elves are likely to send a Parcel of Rogues for Christmas!
You
Have
Been
Warned
!

Post gift suggestions here, please!


06 Dec 12 - 09:44 AM (#3448009)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Severn

Santa,

Good to finally hear from you! My house brownies, Hash and McGhee, as usual will be waiting in the courtyard out back of my townshack with provisions for you, your elves and your reindeer. I'll be home this year, fate willing, rather than in a horse-spittle and will look forward to opening up your package first thing. I always enjoy learning about my Santa's home area (I must be an expert on Polar folksongs by now) and have always been pleased with my gifts all these years. Let the mystery begin!


06 Dec 12 - 11:15 AM (#3448055)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: SINSULL

Uh Oh
I think I am in trouble.


06 Dec 12 - 02:07 PM (#3448165)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: SINSULL

Dear Santa,
Just in case:
I own thirty five assorted inflatable and/or battery operated Santas, lobsters (one is 4' tall), tiny nuns by the hundreds, an inflatable moose head, assorted and mostly deformed flamingos, religious musical water fountains, flyable broomsticks, and just plain copious crap.
I've been good. Maybe you could be too??????
SINS


06 Dec 12 - 03:49 PM (#3448218)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,Barbry's Bodacious Bringer of Ballast

Ahoy, there, Barb'ry! This is yer Santa speakin'! I been scourin' the Seven Seas for the perfect booty for your stockin' this year, and been feedin' the reindeer extra goodies for the trip. They are planning for early take-off sometime this weekend, so swab yer decks and keep an eye on the crow's nest, for an air drop sometime later in the month!
What with the shrinkin' ice floes and the unsettled seas, it'll be a rough voyage but we've seen dirtier weather, so hang tight to yer sheets and make ready fer our arrival!


06 Dec 12 - 05:12 PM (#3448246)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Rapparee

I've noticed in past years that when Santa feeds the reindeer extra goodies his annual run turns into the annual runs.


06 Dec 12 - 08:12 PM (#3448343)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: SINSULL

Bet me to it, Rap.


07 Dec 12 - 06:11 AM (#3448481)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,Joybell's Joyous Sleighbells Ringeth!

Yes, O Joybell of the Awesome Possum, you DO have a Santa. Sorry I'm late in getting in touch and I hope I haven't put you through the ringer while waiting. I have an elf assigned to you that you will hear from soon, as I sent him in advance to do research on your likes, dislikes and numerous acts of goodness. As it is his first assignment Down Under, he may be doing some serious adjusting to his new surroundings, but expect a report soon. His prescence will determine your presents, but all I've heard so far is that a Rapparee-style hat is out of the question. His prior knowledge of the holidays there was based on watching an old Chips Rafferty movie a few times, but I'm sure he's acclimated by now. Just in a St. Nick of time!

My Best Regards,
Santa Claus


07 Dec 12 - 06:29 PM (#3448956)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Joybell

Oh. Thank you Santa. So good to hear from you. An elf? Do I need to know a password or something? Or maybe the answer to a cryptic question?   I love secrets. And secret presents and secret prescences.
Best regards and Joyous thoughts.
Joy


07 Dec 12 - 07:02 PM (#3448973)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: SINSULL

oh Santa! You shouldn't have!

No I really mean it. I wish you hadn't. I feel like Scrooge. "Are these the shadows of the things that will be, or are they shadows of things that may be, only?"

Sighhhhhh
So I will dutifully thank you for the bag of creches past and display them lovingly lest I anger you and get even worse.
Those really are the tackiest angels I have seen since the arrival of the singing circling animals from hell with angels fountain.

The twelve days of Christmas promise to be more like the 42 days of Lent.


Not Easter surprises too? I am begging you - no Easter surprises!!!!!


08 Dec 12 - 09:27 AM (#3449201)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: SINSULL

Oh dear! I just discovered that the creche in the bottom of the bag isn't. Fortunately the batteries are dead. What does it play? The House of the Rising Son? The whole lovely display is in the bathroom where I am hoping I can count on Fred to decrease the population. Thank you Santa. I know you searched far and wide for this treasure.
SINS


08 Dec 12 - 10:26 AM (#3449227)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,Jennbrook's jubilant jovial Santa

You've been very quiet, my little friend, but worry not - a package of assorted goodies is now just awaiting a helpful postal elf. Then it's all down to the trade winds and the tides.

Merry Christmas! Ho ho ho!


08 Dec 12 - 10:33 AM (#3449229)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Anne Lister

Santa? Are you out there? I haven't heard a thing so far! And I am being good, honestly - the stuff that got tipped on the floor was knocked over by the kitten.

Feeling a bit neglected here ...


08 Dec 12 - 10:40 AM (#3449236)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,The ART-ful Dodger

Things are progressing nicely, Mr brooks. A local gem in the belly of a beast will have to do. heh heh


10 Dec 12 - 02:19 PM (#3450217)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,, Hollowfox's Stealth Santa

Things have been a bit frantic here at Santa Headquarters. The elves are on some kind of work to rule slow down and, though the presents have been wrapped for several weeks (I did that), and a suitable box for shipment located last week (I did that), I've had my hands full with enough minor annoyances to fill an interesting novel (which I'm composing in my head even as I type). The reindeer refuse to deliver anything until Christmas Eve and the backup team of cats... (Oops. Did I say "team" of cats?!?) Oh, well. (Oh, hell...)

I'll deliver the package myself to the post office this very afternoon...on my way to pick up more eggnog...LOTS more eggnog.

Just wanted you to be reassured that you do indeed HAVE a Secret Santa and that Santa is actually on the job and working on sending you some holiday cheer.

SS


11 Dec 12 - 03:20 PM (#3450595)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Nancy King

Having been somewhat busier than usual this year, I never did get around to posting any hints. If it turns out I get coal and gruel, well, so be it. Hints I might have posted, had I been more on the ball, would have been virtually identical to those posted in previous years, so if my Santa -- who did send me a most mysterious postcard -- is industrious and enterprising, things should be fine. And of course coal and gruel can always be re-gifted...


11 Dec 12 - 03:59 PM (#3450616)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Anne Lister

Santa? Yoohooo?


11 Dec 12 - 07:35 PM (#3450720)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,Chanteyranger's Chanta -- er, Santa...

Just letting you know that your pressie is on its way!


12 Dec 12 - 08:25 AM (#3450912)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,Santa calling Sarah of the Flute

Just to let you know that one of my Christmas Fairies has delivered your parcel today. It should be tucked around near the ivy on your front step, perhaps you could check?

Ho Ho Ho!


12 Dec 12 - 03:16 PM (#3451045)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,Greg Stephens' Seasonal Elf

The trebuchet rolled into the yard early this morning, all counterweights were put in place and calculations calculated. The missile parcel has been launched.

It should travel in a large graceful arc, and the reindeer will keep an eye out, giving it an airborne assist if it appears to lose altitude too soon.

Yr devoted Santa


12 Dec 12 - 05:33 PM (#3451087)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,Severn's smugly efficient Santa

Damn elves are useless - they were ordered to tell you that your parcel was winging its way to you but you just can't get the staff these days! Fingers crossed it will be with you by the correct date - blame the reindeer if it's a bit late.
Santa xxx


12 Dec 12 - 05:45 PM (#3451094)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Stilly River Sage

Santa?


13 Dec 12 - 03:02 AM (#3451247)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: jacqui.c

We seem to have one or two silent Santas. If any of you guys are having problems please let me know, then we can try and make alternative arrangements to avoid disappointment for any Santees.


13 Dec 12 - 09:08 AM (#3451344)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Severn

.Thank you, Santa! Sorry about your Staff. Infection. The house brownies, Hash & McGhee will alter their yearly catering to provide for you and your reindeer only. Any extra food will be shared with any other and travelling wee folk and other neighborhood critters who drop by, minus MollyKitty, who is no longer with us. (Check past years' teased threads for accounts of the revelries). I'll be eagerly waiting, as the Secret Santa gift is always the first to be opened on Xmas morn.


13 Dec 12 - 09:30 AM (#3451352)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Barb'ry

Decks are swabbed and ready for you, Santa! I have a drop of Nelson's Blood ready and waiting (there's a rather nice red if you prefer!) and plenty of mince pies and reindeer treats.


13 Dec 12 - 09:32 AM (#3451355)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Stilly River Sage

Wow! I never thought about bribing Santa. I'll have a plate of spritz cookies and a jigger of single malt scotch (do they go together? I'll have to test. . . )

SRS


13 Dec 12 - 11:02 AM (#3451382)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: SINSULL

My Santa has been very busy. Another beautiful bag. This time with a stuffed lobster. Fabric not food. I love him, Santa. Thank you.
Mary


13 Dec 12 - 11:27 AM (#3451386)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST

Sharon "DAY-O
Daaay-O
Christmas comes and me want a few hints!"

Otherwise, you just may receive goodies for which you have no use. Shake a leg, pluck a dulcimer or a duck, send some hints, please. Time's a-wasting!

A Chagrined Shimmeringly Secretive Santa for Sharon D


15 Dec 12 - 11:19 AM (#3452302)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST

Anne Lister, you have not been forgotten. I have travelled far and wide and in and out of time to get you things you'll enjoy. I have decided not to travel 500 miles to deliver them to you while you are in New York City (that's a hint as to who I might be), but I plan to get them to the post office on Monday. now if I can get this $#@1 computer to let me fill in the "from" bit. (*&^%...)your Loving Secret Santa. Another (useless) hint - we've met, but there was no time to visit. Love, SS


15 Dec 12 - 03:00 PM (#3452376)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,Sandra in Sydney's Secret Santa

˙sɐɯʇsıɹɥɔ ʎɹɹǝɯ

˙ɹǝısɐǝ ǝןʇʇıן ɐ sɐɯʇsıɹɥɔ ɹnoʎ ǝʞɐɯ p,ı ʇɥƃnoɥʇ ı ɹoʇɐnbǝ ǝɥʇ ɟo ɥʇɹou ɯ,ı ǝɔuıs puɐ uʍop-ǝpısdn ǝɹ,noʎ „ɹǝpun uʍop„ ʇɐɥʇ ʍouʞ ı ˙pɐǝɹ oʇ noʎ ɹoɟ ɹǝısɐǝ ʇı ǝʞɐɯ oʇ s,ʇı uʍop-ǝpısdn sıɥʇ ƃuıdʎʇ ɯɐ ı ʎɥʍ ƃuıɹǝpuoʍ ǝɹɐ noʎ ɟı

˙ǝɔıɟɟo sıɥ ʇɟǝן ı sɐ ʎɹɐʇǝɹɔǝs sıɥ ɯoɹɟ dn ʇı pǝʞɔıd ı ؛noʎ oʇ ɹǝʇʇǝן ןɐuosɹǝd ɐ pǝpnןɔuı ǝɥ ˙uɐɯ ʇɐɟ pןo ʎןןoɾ ǝɥʇ ɥʇıʍ ʇuǝs ı ʇɐɥʍ ɹɐǝןɔ oʇ pɐɥ ı ʇnq 'ʇǝʎ ǝɹǝɥʇ ʇou s,ʇı ʎɹɹos ɯɐ ı

˙pןnoɥs ˙sɐɯʇsıɹɥɔ ǝɹoɟǝq ʇı ǝʌıǝɔǝɹ pןnoɥs noʎ puɐ ʎɐpoʇ xoq ǝɥʇ pǝןıɐɯ ı 'ɐɹpuɐs


15 Dec 12 - 04:48 PM (#3452415)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST

CB there was a hiccup on the sleigh but it will be getting airborne on Monday. Hoping it will be with you before too long. You just can't rely on these reindeer anymore !

A very ashamed Santa that didn't get their act together soon enough and now is blaming animals

Look skyward

Jingle jingle


15 Dec 12 - 05:03 PM (#3452422)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Sarah the flute

MY PRESENT HAS ARRIVED. i FOUND IT ROUND THE CORNER AS DESCRIBED. I am now really puzzled Ho Ho Ho Santa. It had no postmark and looked like it was delivered in person. Our decorator saw nothing so it must have been a very secret fairy Santa Ho Ho Ho. The puzzling bit was that we have been doing a secret friend at school too and all the wrapping paper on my gifts this week said Ho Ho Ho so I was thinking it was to do with that. I can't get to Mudcat from school (blocked for too many swear words). but thank you. I havn't opened it yet- thought I'd save it for the big day.

Happy christmas Ho Ho Ho Santa

STF


15 Dec 12 - 08:15 PM (#3452494)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Stilly River Sage

Packages are arriving, yet some of us haven't even heard from our Santas.

Sniff.


15 Dec 12 - 09:35 PM (#3452531)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Rapparee

Chin up, Stilly! Your Santa will come through or face...The Wrath Of Jacqui!!!


15 Dec 12 - 11:11 PM (#3452579)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Sandra in Sydney

thank you santa!


16 Dec 12 - 12:07 PM (#3452821)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Anne Lister

Thank you, Santa - it was clearly wrong of me to doubt your existence! I shall watch with interest to see when the goodies arrive, but thank you anyway.
I shall continue to wonder about your identity ...


16 Dec 12 - 05:55 PM (#3452980)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Bat Goddess

I got a message on this thread and a postcard...hope Santa lets me know here when it might be in the post.

I've sent a package (last week, I think) to my Santee. Hope she'll let me know when it arrives.

I'll probably not open mine until Christmas morning (should it arrive beforehand). Things to open will be rather thin on the ground this year. (But, believe me, we're rich in the important stuff -- friends, each other, love and all that schmaltzy stuff.)

Linn


17 Dec 12 - 04:41 AM (#3453185)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: jacqui.c

Never fear Stilly - I have every confidence in your Santa, who may be so busy choosing suitable gifts that there is no time to add to this thread.


17 Dec 12 - 09:33 AM (#3453294)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,Batty Santa

Actually, it was consigned to the competent hands of the post toward the end of last week, and should be arriving any month now. Since Santa is entirely non-denominational, the contents may be opened at any time, but do let me know when it appears.


17 Dec 12 - 09:38 AM (#3453297)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,Gnancy's Gnome

Well, Santa's spouse got your package sent off, and it should be arriving in time for whatever Solstice holiday you celebrate. I am concerned that it was packed with due diligence (I suspect not), so keep me informed, please.


17 Dec 12 - 09:39 AM (#3453299)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Becca72

My present has arrived! Came in the post on Saturday from far far away! 8 more days til it's time to open...I'll try not to cheat. :-)


17 Dec 12 - 11:52 AM (#3453350)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Stilly River Sage

Thanks, Jacqui!


17 Dec 12 - 10:10 PM (#3453573)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Rapparee

I told you: your SS would face The Wrath Of Jacqui.


17 Dec 12 - 11:18 PM (#3453593)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Hollowfox

Thank you, Bat Goddess! We're getting the tree tomorrow, so the box will go under it then. When I went to pick it up at the post office, the (nice) guy behind the desk asked "What kind of crowd are you hanging out with?!?" I gave him the honest answer innstead of telling him we were a bunch of spelunkers.


17 Dec 12 - 11:22 PM (#3453597)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Rapparee

Hollowfox, I've spelunked. Yes, it was in my misspent youth, but I've done it and I'll shout it out for all to hear!

There, I'm out of the closet.


17 Dec 12 - 11:23 PM (#3453598)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,Anne Lister's Secret Santa

It's Away!! (Sorry, small Star Wars moment). I got your package to the post office today, and told them not to spare the reindeer. It should get to you by the solstice, much less Christmas. My main goal wes to get it to you before you left for your trip to the USA, but if Murphy's Law rears its ugly head, don't worry. Nothing in the package has a short shelf life.


18 Dec 12 - 09:21 AM (#3453754)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Nancy King

A package -- with no return address -- has arrived, and been placed under the tree to be opened on The Day. Woo hoo! Thank you, Santa!


18 Dec 12 - 09:28 AM (#3453758)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,Gnancy's Gnome

Ah, good. There are actually several wrapped goodies inside, as well as a musical instrument (of sorts) upon which to play "Hark - The Herald Tribune Sings" at the appropriate time. The latter was carefully chosen to express your colour preferences.


18 Dec 12 - 11:32 AM (#3453802)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Bat Goddess

Glad you got it in a timely fashion, Hollowfox!

So...you just explained you hang out with crazy folk musicians rather than the fact we used to have an unfunded wildlife refuge that included a nursery colony of Little Brown Bats in the ceiling?

Linn


18 Dec 12 - 11:49 AM (#3453808)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: artbrooks

Alas and alack...woe is me.


18 Dec 12 - 12:00 PM (#3453812)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,Stilly River Thingy's relaxed sherry drinkin

My, we've been a bit importunate haven't we, badgering Santa with complaining letters. Well, round here Christmas doesn't happen till Dec 25, so you just possess your soul in patience. I have whipped the elves down the jewellery mine, so they might come up with something.You just watch the skies, and make sure there is a glass of sherry and a mince pie put out for me under the tree on the Big Night.


18 Dec 12 - 12:47 PM (#3453827)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Bat Goddess

Received my package with no return address (sneaky Santa...) but with inside hints (at least once I opened the prezzies) to know it came from the vicinity of Albuquerque, so that narrows it down and I'm guessing it may be from my 2010 Santee...(though it could be from someone else in the family).

I had good intentions to wait until Christmas morning...but I just couldn't.

Thank you! (I'm especially looking forward to, uh, "sipping" one of the wine-filled chocolates! And listening to the CDs. And using the noseflute, perhaps, while caroling...)

Linn


18 Dec 12 - 05:36 PM (#3453966)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Stilly River Sage

Thanks, Santa! I'll be sure to leave something out.

SRS


18 Dec 12 - 06:40 PM (#3453985)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,SRS's SS

Ho-bloody-ho!


19 Dec 12 - 12:25 AM (#3454115)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Stilly River Sage

Just meaning that I'll have to put anything up high, not on a normal table, or the four-legged inhabitants will have a wonderful midnight snack. Better take a look at the top of the Hoosier kitchen in the breakfast area - I don't think the Labrador retriever will be able to mooch your cookies from up there.


19 Dec 12 - 10:34 AM (#3454282)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Barb'ry

I've got a present - it arrived this morning and I've been really good and left it under the tree. Thank you so much! All I know so far, is that my Santa is in the US - I will have to wait until the day to send a proper thank you. There was an empty wine glass in the kitchen this morning, so I assume you didn't fancy 'Nelson's Blood'?!

Merry Christmas
xxxxxxxx


19 Dec 12 - 05:21 PM (#3454446)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,Becca's relieved santa

Becca Wonderful! So the interesting parcel arrived OK. Whew! That's great. In time for Christmas. That's so good. Santa of the Secret.


19 Dec 12 - 06:29 PM (#3454505)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: SINSULL

And yet another bag at my doorstep. I was foolish to think that Santa was going to follow through on his/her threat and continue the ugly creche theme. This time it is a soft and beautiful scarf that matches mittens I bought while playing with Jacqui. HMMMMM. Santa remembered the beloved beasts too with cheesy treats and Original Crunch. Had to fight them for the gift bag.
Thank you Santa
Hope it's OK I "peeked".
SINS


20 Dec 12 - 07:51 AM (#3454708)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Bat Goddess

I truly wish my suspected Santa(s) (two've'em) would answer either my PM or post here, saying yea or nay...

Linn


20 Dec 12 - 09:19 AM (#3454736)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,Batty's Santa

Watching carefully - are you batty enough yet? Just because you opened the package already doesn't mean any secrets must be revealed before the day. I do feel free to say that you can peruse the performers lists on the CDs and find no familiar names.


20 Dec 12 - 12:42 PM (#3454792)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,the ART-ful Dodger

THE UPS man says you will have your treasures in time for Christmas. Enjoy!
Santa


20 Dec 12 - 12:50 PM (#3454797)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: artbrooks

Yay! Well, sorta yay. We're heading to Texas Saturday to spend Christmas with our daughter's family, but if it doesn't get here in the next two days it will be here to enjoy when we return...that will reduce temptation, anyway.


20 Dec 12 - 04:02 PM (#3454923)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,Shimmeringly Secretive Santa for Sharon Day

A Parcel o' Gifts is on the way
'Twill soon be delivered to you, Ms. Day.
Stuffed full of Christmas cheer most merry
I hope they'll make you happy; very.

PS The occasionally officious Postal-elves refused to take it without a return address; Santa requests you keep it private!

Merry merry Ho Ho Ho!


20 Dec 12 - 04:38 PM (#3454937)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Anne Lister

Many thanks, Santa! The postman managed to deliver your wonderful package to the wrong address (not difficult in our area) and this meant we had to go and collect it, thereby making the better acquaintance of some neighbours who are extremely nice people (and he is the local vet). So in addition to a fab pile of goodies (well, I'm guessing, as of course I've been good and left them unopened for now at least) we've got to know some more local people. Double win!


20 Dec 12 - 07:01 PM (#3455023)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Rapparee

I don't git no presents...possibly cuz Santy can't find me here in Merryland where I am instead of in Idaho. So I guess I don't git no Christmas presents, least until I git back.

Sobsobsobsob...and I was so darned NICE this yesr.


21 Dec 12 - 04:23 AM (#3455189)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,Santa calling Sarah of the Flute

So glad that your parcel has been found and will be safe until Christmas! You will need to carry on being good or the contents will magically morph into a lump of coal. Season's Greetings!
Ho Ho Ho....


21 Dec 12 - 07:54 AM (#3455275)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Sarah the flute

Oh no ... perhaps I better open it now...I'm off to an all night party how can I be good ? Oh well coal is very useful at this time of year !

StF


21 Dec 12 - 02:54 PM (#3455418)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: artbrooks

Oh-ho...I have a package all the way from Maine!!. And, since Santa Sinsull was good enough to enclose a card listing the contents, I felt justified in opening it - and, as Howard Carter once said to Lord Carnarvon, it contains 'wonderful things'.


21 Dec 12 - 05:10 PM (#3455487)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Stilly River Sage

That's nice, Art! There are still 2 more delivery days before the holiday, so I'm optimistic that something will arrive here.

SRS


22 Dec 12 - 05:59 AM (#3455688)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,Barb'ry's Satisfied Santa

Welll, o' course yer pressie got there! Whaddya take me fer? Me 'n the reindeer wouldn't let you down, even though the weather sometimes seemed to put the "rain" in "reindeer" if ya get my drift!
As fer the grog, I don't touch the stuff while on the job, but Prancer, well, has refined tastes. I had to keep the rest of 'em away from the stronger stuff, cuz we have many more ports of call before we pull into our own harbor next week.

All the best of the season to you, Barb'ry!


22 Dec 12 - 01:31 PM (#3455848)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: SINSULL

Merry Christmas Art. I have bee opening my gifts as they arrive on my front steps. So why shouldn't you?


23 Dec 12 - 11:23 PM (#3456408)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Sandra in Sydney

my pressie is still on it's way.

so I'll have to wait till the Post Office opens after the Christmas break.

sandra (waiting patiently)


24 Dec 12 - 02:55 AM (#3456430)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: greg stephens

well nothing arrived yet but that's fine, I like New Year presents


24 Dec 12 - 03:42 AM (#3456432)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Sandra in Sydney

it's like having a birthday month


24 Dec 12 - 11:56 AM (#3456567)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,Greg Stephens' Seasonal Elf

Has your last mail of the day before the holiday come and gone? I sent it to arrive "just in the Saint Nick of time." Usually once these things reach altitude when they are cruising (i.e., Priority Mail) from a westerly direction they get there very quickly.


24 Dec 12 - 12:43 PM (#3456581)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Bat Goddess

Well, Santa...I've been enjoying listening to the CDs whose musicians you described as being "neighbors", so I THINK I've narrowed you down to Albuquerque, although in my neck of the woods (New Hampshuh, by godfrey) "neighbor" could mean the surrounding three states and the Maritimes...

I've PMed my suspicians...I do hope you'll gratify me with an answer on "the day" as promised!

BTW, I've restrained myself and only eaten one of the liqueur-filled chocolates...but maybe I'll do some caroling with the noseflute tonight....

Her Battyness, Linn


24 Dec 12 - 05:02 PM (#3456671)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST

A PM? Not me - I'll ask around.


24 Dec 12 - 05:03 PM (#3456672)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,Batty'sSanta

Oops...


25 Dec 12 - 10:31 AM (#3456849)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Bat Goddess

The hints seemed to point to Albuquerque... That gave me two suspects, I think. I PMed one when I received the package... I just PMed the other suspect.

I do believe they talk to one another...

Linn (who is about to start in on the brandy alexanders, so forgive me if I leave my brain in my sock drawer for safekeeping...)


26 Dec 12 - 06:47 AM (#3457163)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Sandra in Sydney

tomorrow the Post Office opens & I'll be checking for my pressie

sandra (still waiting patiently)


26 Dec 12 - 09:36 AM (#3457203)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: SINSULL

My post disappeared. Go figure.

My SS is Becca. Thank you for the lovely scarf and cat treats. Thank you for the stuffed lobster. Thank you not so much for the Resurrection Action Scene and miscellaneous creche crap.
Merry Christmas!
Mary


26 Dec 12 - 10:08 AM (#3457221)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Becca72

I do believe my SS is Joybell.

Such a wonderful assortment of goodies from Down Undah! I LOVE the hot/cold pack with the covering shaped like a turtleneck sweater with a black cat on! And the black cat figure now resides on the windowsill, where the 2 live ones have been staring at it like it's a long lost cousin...
Thank you Thank you Thank you!


26 Dec 12 - 12:19 PM (#3457260)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Nancy King

Ho Ho Ho! Linn (Her Battiness) and I have something in common -- We both got gifties from Albuquerque! I got CDs (which I haven't had a chance to listen to yet), "Texas red wine liquid center chocolates" (sounds fantastic!), a southwestern cookbook filled with interesting-sounding ideas, and a cut-out card that looks like fun! Oh -- and let's not forget the nose flute! Thank you Santa! I'm not sure which of us was blessed by Art and which by Jenn, but it doesn't really matter -- both are fine folks and excellent Santas!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!

Nancy


26 Dec 12 - 02:36 PM (#3457302)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: artbrooks

Actually, Nancy (and Lynn), it was really a mutual effort...but the chocolate booze is entirely her fault!


26 Dec 12 - 03:32 PM (#3457317)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Bat Goddess

Art turned out to be my sneaky, secretive Santa, Nancy, so yours must be Jenn. Evidently they don't speak to each other ;-) as I PMed Jenn right after I received my package and asked if she or Art was Santa... And my Santa (on this thread) denied receiving a PM query.

What color is your noseflute, Nancy? We'll have to get together for some tunes...

Linn


26 Dec 12 - 03:33 PM (#3457318)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)

Santa? Nothing from you yet....
I'm sure you've been very busy...


26 Dec 12 - 06:39 PM (#3457410)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Barb'ry

What a coincidence - my santa is the last poster - Allison A! Thank you so much for my bag full of goodies! Lovely yarn (looks like it's been spun/sold by santa) 3 fabulous cds, chocolate dollars, cards, everything's lovely and I was delighted to open it.
Thank you so much for making Christmas special
Barb'ry xxxxxxxxx


26 Dec 12 - 06:46 PM (#3457413)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Sarah the flute

I had a wonderful box of surprises from Hils. When I got over the shock it might be cat food I found a lovely ocarina some homemade chocolate fudge - very yummy a cd of Hilary sining and some great little candle holders. Thanks so much a real surprise!

Sarah xx


26 Dec 12 - 07:14 PM (#3457425)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Stilly River Sage

Wow, Sarah! That sounds like an exciting CD. . . ;-D


26 Dec 12 - 09:27 PM (#3457455)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Hollowfox

Anne Lister, I'm so glad you got your pressie in time. The mis-delivery does sound like a double win; veterinarians are some of my favorite people. I hope at least some of the tales are new to you, and that you enjoy them all.


26 Dec 12 - 11:53 PM (#3457475)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Hollowfox

Thank you Bat Goddess! The t-shirt is lovely, and the color suits me well. I hope I remember to pack it for Old Songs next year. I Love maps, etc. with notes attached; I just wish there was such interesting stuff to pick i]up in my local fast food joints. Most of my time in New Hampshire has been in the Mount Monadnock area, but I see that you're kind of close to Dover NH. Do you know Poor Howard and Barb Trow from up that way? The cd's look to be a real treat, especially Curmudgeon's. I was going to play it in the van won my way to work today, but the library got closed due to a bad winter storm, so that's a treat for tomorrow. In the meantime today, I got started on that lovely bit of cross stitch. Thanks again!


27 Dec 12 - 05:56 AM (#3457534)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Sarah the flute

Whoops think there was a lost consonant there ! Mind you that might have made a VERY interesting CD


Sarah


27 Dec 12 - 06:40 AM (#3457552)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Anne Lister

Dear Hollowfox - each package in your parcel was a great discovery, and ALL the collections of tales are new to me, although I haven't had time yet to read them to see where there may be parallels with other folk tales. Thank you so much for such a thoughtful collection of gifts, which made Christmas very special.

Now to get ready for our New York adventure!

Thank you again -

Anne


27 Dec 12 - 10:44 AM (#3457632)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Sandra in Sydney

nuffin' at the Post Office Thursday, but there's always Friday.

sandra (aka patience)


27 Dec 12 - 06:57 PM (#3457849)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Joybell

Becca, You're welcome. Hard to keep my identity a secret especially with all the labels that have to go on parcels. I was a bit worried that the warmer-cat's insides might be seen as suspicious. Good that they trusted me.
Give your furry friends a hug for me.
Joy


28 Dec 12 - 03:56 AM (#3457986)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Sandra in Sydney

Friday came & went ...


28 Dec 12 - 07:10 AM (#3458047)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: maeve

Sandra- Reckon your gifts are reproducing as they make their way to you?

Thank you to my suspected Secret Santa(s), Kendall with his elven helper Jacqui. From wonderful dvds and cd starring Himself to a wonderful old songbook, from handmade warm winter scarves for Truelove and me to a box for photos and other treasures, topped off with chamomile tea to help us sleep and good dark chocolate to delight us- the hand-delivered package was packed full of goodwill and fun.

Maeve


28 Dec 12 - 07:58 AM (#3458073)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,Sandra in Sydney's Secret Santa

It was put in the post and sended to you like I said. Perhaps the Royal Mail is sending it via sailing ship? Or Australian Customs like it so very much they kept it? Has a narcotics officer been around? -- there were two kilos in there of Good Stuff.


28 Dec 12 - 10:23 AM (#3458154)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Sandra in Sydney

maybe it's on a slooow boat to china?


28 Dec 12 - 06:51 PM (#3458434)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)

Hi, Barb'ry! So glad you like the loot! I didn't spin the yarn, but the spinning mill is just 4 miles away, in the next village. One of the last small-family-business spinning mills in the USA.

...still haven't gotten my Santa pressie. But it's only the fourth day of Christmas, right?


30 Dec 12 - 07:30 AM (#3459064)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: My guru always said

Dear Santa,

Huge apologies for the lateness of posting this, but we have had a marathon Christmas with friends, and only got to the present side of things yesterday while we were recovering as they had all departed.

Many thanks for your very interesting and informative gifts which are helping to tempt us across the world. A Santa who lives in England, but comes from Australia. Goodness, who can that be? One who has been on the Cat since 2003? Could it be a lass named Jenny? O, I think it might!

Huge thanks & wishing you a very Happy New Year!!


30 Dec 12 - 07:37 AM (#3459065)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: My guru always said

So very glad you enjoyed your gifts Sarah! I thought that the catfood box might come as a bit of a surprise, but everything fitted into it so well. Although it was packed for posting, I decided to pop it over to you during a lunch hour as we live so close to you.

Apart from the Ocarina they were mostly home-made pressies (times are hard), including the delivery. Haven't ever attempted sining (lost consonant notwithstanding), but might incorporate it into a song one day *grin*

Happy New Year!!!


30 Dec 12 - 07:41 AM (#3459066)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,a Guru santa

I once had a Santa who arranged for a friend travelling in the US to send a postcard & another friend visiting NZ to post the parcel. It caused great confusion.


30 Dec 12 - 09:56 AM (#3459099)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Stilly River Sage

Nothing yet . . .


30 Dec 12 - 10:33 AM (#3459117)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Severn

Thank you Batb'ry for the fascinating booksand wonderful CD. They make me want to visit and wander Lancashire. It must be nice to have a brewery supporting your musical endevors.


30 Dec 12 - 03:44 PM (#3459250)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,Kendall

I never even got a rock, or a lump of coal. Santa must have heard about me and...oh, never mind. :-)


30 Dec 12 - 03:51 PM (#3459256)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: My guru always said

a Guru Santa - am I on the wrong track? Oh Dear......

And I forgot to thank you for the brilliant Margaret Walters CD! Many thanks, it will be treasured!


01 Jan 13 - 01:22 PM (#3460043)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: greg stephens

just got home from a spell away in the mountains: no present from SS in the post box yet. But it will come, I am confident.


01 Jan 13 - 03:08 PM (#3460116)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: artbrooks

Jenn is also sad.


01 Jan 13 - 03:53 PM (#3460134)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Rapparee

Ha ha! I got MY present! And it's something I actually asked for!! Thank you, Secret Santa. I will treasure it always and wear ti near my heart...well, maybe not that. I mean, eight CDs hanging on my chest could cause more comment about me than usual.

But thank you!


01 Jan 13 - 03:55 PM (#3460137)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,Jenny Brooks' disappointed Santa

Can't understand what's happened - package posted in good time for Christmas and another destined for the same country reached its target as planned.
Can't do anything about a replacement at the moment but will do when I can.


02 Jan 13 - 02:41 AM (#3460267)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Sandra in Sydney

still nuffin' in the post box, but my first Secret Santa pressie 10 years ago took 3 months to get here. Admittedly it was travelling by sea-mail from the US, not Royal (air) Mail from the UK, but ...

sandra (waiting very patiently)


02 Jan 13 - 06:55 AM (#3460299)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,CBs SS

Hi there

Has anything arrived yet ? I know other stuff sent to similar parts of the world has got there so I hope there has been something for you too. Sorry to hear you have had such a rotten time and i hope that the parcel brings you some New Year cheer.

Your SS


02 Jan 13 - 11:15 AM (#3460374)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: greg stephens

yippee my parcel has arrived!!!!


02 Jan 13 - 11:22 AM (#3460383)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: SINSULL

Got to show off my Action Figure Resurrection Set at New Years. All but Kendall were suitably impressed. He found fault with the historically inaccurate tomb and stone. As if that was all that is wrong with it.
Go figure.
SINS


02 Jan 13 - 11:38 AM (#3460395)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Becca72

Typical


02 Jan 13 - 01:57 PM (#3460466)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Stilly River Sage

Breathes a sigh of relief.

SRS


02 Jan 13 - 03:37 PM (#3460507)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: kendall

My secret Santa came through big time! A book, a cd, a nice calendar, a very impressive cook book, all in a very useful box! Thank you Dulcimer!


02 Jan 13 - 04:19 PM (#3460531)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Rapparee

Well, SINS, Kendal would know. He was there when it happened.


02 Jan 13 - 04:38 PM (#3460538)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST

Don't you just hate historians?


02 Jan 13 - 06:52 PM (#3460582)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Joybell

I'm still waiting. My present may have melted on the way. It's going to be over 40 degrees here today. Have to be waiting at the mail-box just in case. Joy


02 Jan 13 - 07:50 PM (#3460607)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Stilly River Sage

Nothing has arrived here yet, though the package I sent finally arrived. No secrets with the US postal folks - they make you plaster your name on it.

SRS


03 Jan 13 - 03:39 AM (#3460703)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Sandra in Sydney

Oz Post makes us plaster our names on the parcel too, & also checks our photo ID, but Catters can always ask someone else to post it!

sandra


03 Jan 13 - 08:38 AM (#3460782)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Becca72

LOL Rap - thank you.


03 Jan 13 - 06:58 PM (#3461049)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: dulcimer42

Kendall, glad you liked Santa's gift. And sorry it was so late. Old Santa's sleigh had to make a couple unexpected trips to Michigan and back and got behind in some of his deliveries to other states!


04 Jan 13 - 02:33 PM (#3461319)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)

It's the eleventh day of Christmas, and still an empty mailbox.
Guess I wasn't a good girl after all...


04 Jan 13 - 07:43 PM (#3461473)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Stilly River Sage

There was a box on my porch when I came in a few minutes ago. I'll check it out in a little while. . .


04 Jan 13 - 08:18 PM (#3461497)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: jennbrooks

I have a present! It's really even nicer to have a present after all the Christmas excitement has died down. Anne Lister, are you my Santa? I have a lovely Welsh cookbook with some "speckled cakes" in it that I want to try really soon, a CD by that same Anne Lister, which I will hear in the car tomorrow on the way to work, and a lovely little illustrated copy of "A Child's Christmas in Wales" which I will enjoy for a year, and then share with my grandchildren, next Christmas. Thank you very much! Oh, and I do want to come and try the three walks from the brochures!


04 Jan 13 - 09:13 PM (#3461519)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Sandra in Sydney

one day our pressies will arrive!


04 Jan 13 - 10:15 PM (#3461543)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Rapparee

Doesn't the Warden or the Governor or somebody have to search parcels being sent to Australia? I mean, convicts and all that....


05 Jan 13 - 01:40 AM (#3461592)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Sandra in Sydney

Sniffer dogs


05 Jan 13 - 08:09 AM (#3461649)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST

I protest, Sins. Everyone there poked fun at that thing yet I get all the static!


05 Jan 13 - 12:11 PM (#3461743)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Chanteyranger

Thank you, Santa! Santa brought me a collection of gifts from Maryland, a couple of samples being a book of Maryland folklore, and The Boarding Party's 3rd and final recording. Great stuff! Thank you!


05 Jan 13 - 12:47 PM (#3461760)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Stilly River Sage

Wrong box. The Secret Santa parcel destined for this household is still Lost In Space.

SRS


06 Jan 13 - 12:04 AM (#3461993)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Stilly River Sage

The package arrived today - and I do believe Jacqui has been chuckling over this one for weeks!

I did track down the arranger of the song in question on YouTube - the same party of the first part who I sent a gift to. Ha!

SRS


06 Jan 13 - 02:03 PM (#3462204)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: jacqui.c

Not guilty on that one SRS. Glad your gift arrived, anyway.


06 Jan 13 - 03:45 PM (#3462260)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Joybell

Water! Send water! Dehydrated water. Snow melts. Icebergs. Glaciers.


06 Jan 13 - 11:57 PM (#3462454)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,Chanteyranger's Chanta -- er, Santa...

Glad the package arrived, Chanteyranger, and glad you like the goodies! Have you figured out Santa's identity yet?


07 Jan 13 - 07:47 AM (#3462555)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: greg stephens

That waa funny: having sent Stilly River Sage a parcel 2ith the usual mix of treats, local paper and CD, I get back a parcel with the usual mix of local paper, treats and CD from: Stilly River Sage! That's odd, it's never happened before. Anyway, no reason why it shouldn't happen like that, thanks a million. The coated pecans are very addictive!!!


07 Jan 13 - 12:59 PM (#3462716)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Stilly River Sage

Those "coated nuts" are called "pralines." Not the hardened melted butter and brown sugar puddle with nuts in it that one finds in point-of-purchase racks in southern stores and restaurants, but individually butter and sugar crusted pecans. They looked wonderful and durable enough to ship. :)

And I have a Kendal mint cake to try. After all of the discussions here at Mudcat over the years, I hesitate to open it - what is the general consensus? Are they edible, or simply collectible?

SRS


07 Jan 13 - 01:53 PM (#3462736)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: greg stephens

Kendal mint cake was taken to the top of Everest by Edmund Hilary. Whether he actually ate any is an open question. I have consumed plenty on slightly lower peaks, and not suffered anaphylactic shock or nausea or anything. Go on, give it a try.


07 Jan 13 - 05:04 PM (#3462830)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Rapparee

It minty and will drive your blood sugar up to about 1,240 (Richter Scale, not blood sugar scale).


07 Jan 13 - 05:37 PM (#3462846)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,Animaterra's surreptitious santa

Hello Animaterra,

This surreptitious Santa is also a shame-faced Santa. Things have quite gotten away from me of late -- including your gift, which has gotten lost somewhere in the depths of my demesne. However, I have just arranged to have a replacement shipped to you, and I will just keep the one I have -- once I find it! Look for a small package within a few days.

Apologetically,
Santa


07 Jan 13 - 08:28 PM (#3462936)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)

Bless you, Santa! I will be patient...


08 Jan 13 - 09:59 AM (#3463124)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: jacqui.c

Well, I just checked the list and it seems that both our Australian Catters have not yet received their packages. I think this may be a problem with the post office in one or the other country or possibly a hold up in customs?

Animaterra's Santa has responded to let her know that a late gift is on the way and I'm waiting for Claire Bear to chime in to confirm that she has been visited by Santa.

Other than that, all gifts have been delivered.

I'll give it a couple of weeks before putting up the list of Santas.


08 Jan 13 - 10:49 AM (#3463143)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,Sandra in Sydney's Secret Santa

I put it in the post. I saw it loaded about the ship. The ship was of Dutch registry and I even met the captain, a really bony fella named Hendrick Vanderdecken. When I told him what was in the cargo he swore it would arrive "in spite of the Devil and Hell itself."


08 Jan 13 - 12:21 PM (#3463168)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: ClaireBear

Hurray! My gifties arrived this selfsame morning in a package well-nigh bursting with treats.

Thank you, Sarah the Flute -- everything you mentioned in your card sounds wondrous, and I am sure to enjoy each and every one of your gifts very much! But if you don't mind, I am going to wait and open the wrapped gifts when my son and I have our Christmas, which will likely be in March when we are back in our house. I hope you are willing to wait for more specific thanks.

Cheers and Happy Christmas!
Claire


08 Jan 13 - 01:57 PM (#3463215)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Sarah the flute

You are very welcome Claire
Hope you enjoy and have a great new start in your house when you return

Sarah


09 Jan 13 - 09:46 PM (#3463822)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Stilly River Sage

Greg Stephens, I put that CD in my bedside player last night and heard several songs before I drifted off to sleep. Wonderful! I'll listen to it in another room soon so I can hear the entire album. And I tried that Ardbeg this evening - knock my socks off but that is amazing! It is very smoky, but it takes itself seriously and I could stand this on special occasions. I went back to the Question about Scotch thread to see if you'd participated. I got quite a good education as I read through and participated in that thread - you might enjoy it!

Thanks again! (I gave the small chocolates to my son, who loved them. I don't eat chocolate these days, but these Secret Santa parcels are always a family affair. I have the newspaper here for folks to enjoy - I'm sure Moonglow will hunch over it next time she's down for a visit!)

SRS


10 Jan 13 - 04:58 AM (#3463868)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Sandra in Sydney

my parcel finally arrived - strangely enough it came from the person I suspected - the person who kept earbashing me! Or maybe he just forgot to log out...

thankyou Raparee for an interesting selection of stuff from your area. A potato cookbook (memo - buy some potatoes), postcards that I'll be able to squash into the area behind my computer along with those sent by Catters & other friends. Beef Jerky is yummy & the Huckleberry lip moisture smells lovely. & I really love the postcard!

I won't try to use the beaded pen as my arthritic finger can't hold thin pens, so I'll display it with my American flag pen & pencil sent by an earlier Santa. I have a collection of beaded embroidery & beaded items & it is my only Native American piece, many thankyous.

And a personal letter from Santa! Wow!!! I'm sure my heirs will be able to sell it for a fortune when they inherit it!

sandra


10 Jan 13 - 10:43 PM (#3464362)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Rapparee

Well, damned few other 'Catters live in Idaho, so I guessed that you'd probable guess straight off.

That pen might be easier to use than you think. I would have sent a Shoshone rose but you can only get them by inheritance or if you're a rich tourist. As for a pair of beaded gloves -- they used to cost as much as $1.50 per pair (brain-tanned elkhide, softer than butter, but I offered to buy my wife a pair recently and she was adverse to my spending better than $500.00 (USD, of course) for gloves she'd never wear.

Enjoy the stuff.


11 Jan 13 - 12:17 AM (#3464377)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Sandra in Sydney

the roses are beautiful, & the gloves are fantastic, thanks for the link.

sandra


11 Jan 13 - 08:45 AM (#3464473)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,Guest, an upset Santee

I'm upset because having received a wonderful selection of goodies from Santa, and having been shocked at how much Santa had paid in shipping charges it appears that I am now being charged a reasonable whack of money because I received the gift! FedEx are asking me to pay, claiming this is import taxes based on the declared value of the goods and shipping.
I'm keeping this anonymous as I don't want my kind Santa to feel guilty or impelled to pay any more monies out on my account, but I thought you should all be aware that if you send stuff to the UK the cash value of what you send is now lower than before and unless you check what to write to describe the items your recipient may face the same trouble.
To give an idea, in this case the amount they want from me is 33% of the value of the goods.
I'm appalled.


11 Jan 13 - 07:46 PM (#3464789)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Sandra in Sydney

is it legal for a private American company to ask you for money? Who are they paying the money to?

check with someone, maybe HM Customs?

sandra


12 Jan 13 - 11:23 AM (#3465012)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Stilly River Sage

It does seem bizarre that gifts would be taxed. I'd be willing to bet that some underling has misunderstood the rules of engagement. Refute the charges and see what happens. (My advise only, not a legal recommendation!)

SRS


12 Jan 13 - 01:44 PM (#3465066)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: jacqui.c

Guest - that sounds rather bogus to me. I quite often send stuff to the UK and have never had this problem. With the value of the gift sent by your Santa, which, I guess would be well under the limit, no excise duty should be added. I would check the Customs and Excise website to see if there is any info on the top value of packages coming into the UK before tax has to be paid.


12 Jan 13 - 06:33 PM (#3465177)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,Upset Santee

I've now checked the HMRC website. These are the rules: when sending a gift from non EU countries to the UK, the value must be less than £36.00, based on rates on their website. That's now. Until the end of 2012 the limit was £40.00. If you declare a limit that's higher than that they can charge you duty - in this case, the value was a matter of pence more than that, so that's why they picked on this package. In addition, because this was sent express delivery, they added the cost of postage to the value being taxed.

Nice of them, huh? And then FedEx add their own charges.

I'm considering what to do. At the moment, writing to my MP comes high on the list, as it seems totally wrong that I can be asked to pay a significant sum for something when I have had no choice whatsoever in what it is or how it's been delivered. It also seems wrong that my generous Santa has already paid a huge sum to ship the package to me in the first place and yet this doesn't encompass any of the essential charges. The legal situation, however, is as I've described above.


12 Jan 13 - 09:00 PM (#3465228)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Sandra in Sydney

adding the cost of postage, whatever next!!! definitely Rip-Off Enterprises.

it's a worry, if we send parcels up to the value of 20 pounds or dollars or whatever the local currency, then air mail it it could easily be over 40 pounds.

Maybe everyone needs to make a pressie rather than buy one so it has a nominal value.

good luck, get your MP onto it fast. Contact the media (Scrooge-like govt dept takes money from Santa)

sandra


13 Jan 13 - 09:00 AM (#3465420)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: artbrooks

Another thought might be - did they notice that the sender's value was in $US? If, for example, the sender marked a value of $40, that's less than £25.


13 Jan 13 - 11:09 AM (#3465470)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Stilly River Sage

Good point, Art. Just the fact that it was a gift should exempt it from this kind of scrutiny.

SRS


13 Jan 13 - 03:37 PM (#3465582)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: GUEST,Upset Santee

Sorry, I wasn't clear - in this case the value of the goods, converted from dollars to pounds, came to just over the 40 sterling. As I said, I had an extremely generous Santa. And then, because the package was sent express delivery, another rule kicked in which meant they could take into account the cost of shipping.
In any case, it's a major kick in the teeth for all sides, and I can't understand how the cost of express delivery (already incredibly expensive) wouldn't automatically include other charges if they know this is the regulation. Which of course they must do - unlike those of us who send very few international packages.


15 Jan 13 - 03:40 PM (#3466572)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Joybell

It's my birthday next week. Maybe my present will arrive for that.
Joy


21 Jan 13 - 03:41 PM (#3469571)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Joybell

Still no present. Is anyone else still waiting?
Joy


22 Jan 13 - 01:02 AM (#3469783)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Sandra in Sydney

love & hugs to you

sandra


22 Jan 13 - 05:24 PM (#3470116)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Joybell

Awwww! That's the go. Thank you Sandra.


24 Jan 13 - 03:56 AM (#3470670)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: My guru always said

Hey Joy Dear, anything arrived yet?
When's your Birthday??


24 Jan 13 - 08:05 AM (#3470723)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: jacqui.c

I just heard from Joybell's Santa - late on parade but a gift is on its way.


24 Jan 13 - 06:52 PM (#3470956)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Joybell

Hurray. Thank you jacqui and thank you Santa. Late is OK. I'll look forward to the arrival.
Thank you for the birthday wishes too, Hil.


25 Jan 13 - 02:02 PM (#3471331)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)

I got two lovely cds in the mail which I think must be from my SS! Thank you so much!


29 Jan 13 - 06:04 PM (#3473229)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Joybell

A wonderful present arrived yesterday. It had been all over New South Wales and had Christmas Island stamps on it too. Sandra has just been visiting friends around the state and one of the names on the parcel is a familiar one. Inside are lovely hand-made gifts (a la Sandra. :-) ) A chain of felt hearts with gold angels, a beautiful notebook fabric-covered, a spangled parrot, and a little owl, a callendar, a tea-towel covered in Sandra's trademark -- Teddy bears. The hand-writing on the card! I recognised that too. My friend Sandra thank you so very much. A very clever try at hiding. It did take me a while to work it all out.
Love and hugs, Joy


30 Jan 13 - 03:12 AM (#3473392)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Sandra in Sydney

moi?

I'm pleased you liked the goodies!

love & hugs to you & True-Love

sandra

ps. the notebook was made by a member of the Embroiders Guild


02 Feb 13 - 10:16 AM (#3474834)
Subject: RE: Secret Santa - Santee teasers - 2012
From: Stilly River Sage

Has everything arrived everywhere now?