Introduction Ho Ho Ho! ... Ahem, sorry about that! It has become something of a habit of mine to laugh in quite the merry ol' fashion. Hello there, ZEJ! I didn't think someone like ME would really be needing an introduction... but I digress! They call me Santa Claus! You know, Kris Kringle? Jolly Ol' Saint Nick? The Big Red Guy? The Lovable Bowl Full of Jelly? All me! I am sure you've heard about me, but in case you haven't yet... well, a pleasure to meet you! Y'see ZEJ, around this time of the year, it gets to be a little... busy around the North Pole. The Missus says that I've been sneaking one too many cookie breaks and... well, I guess I have! I mean really, look at this belly! Ho Ho! Sorry, I'm sure you're none too interested in my personal life. Well, the elves and I have fallen a little bit behind schedule, and it's been none too easy to catch back up - what, with the checking the entire list over twice business. Let me tell ya! Not the cakewalk it looks like on TV! So let me get to the cookies 'n' milk of why I'm here talking to you guys. I've got it on good authority that you guys like to think of yourselves as a family (and I might have heard something about internet pie, as well...), and I thought to myself, "Hey, maybe I can encourage a little gift givin' this time of year!" Puttin' two and two together, I hatched a grand ol' plan for you guys and gals. I want to put you in charge of the gift giving for ZEJ this year! Spread a little holiday cheer and all that! C'mon, it'll be fun. "What do I need to do?" Since we have cracked open a thread here, how's about this: you post in here to let Father Christmas know that you are interested in participating in the event, and I add you to my list! In your post, you should let me know what you're interested in receiving this Christmas (gift-wise, such as a book or a video game, or a piece of art of a roleplay character, or whatever tickles your fancy!), and any general interests that you may have (hobbies, such as music or Pokemon). If you are okay with receiving your present by mail, then you should also make a note of that in your post! If so, I would ask that you send the Good Saint Nick your address by way of Personal Message, and I can pass it on to whoever draws your name. To make this gift swap accessible to everyone (and to take a burden off of this ol' man's shoulders), I would like to make a request that your presents stay within a $25 price limit, if you are choosing to buy a gift for your fellow member. That way, nobody feels left out when it comes to the festivities! Ho Ho Ho, indeed! We are going to need to work quickly, friends, in order to get everything nice and ready for the holiday season. So, I would like to request that you express your interest no later than Saturday, December 6th, 2014 at 11:59pm EST! That way, I can let you all know of your gifting assignments by Sunday. Won't that just be Holly-Jolly? After that, it is all up to you guys to deliver your gifts to one another! Now, keep in mind that you will be held accountable for this gift exchange! If I find out that anyone has signed up and hasn't sent a gift of some sort, then they will be getting a fat lump of coal! ... And I will probably smear that around in Reindeer dung as well. The North Pole has an abundance of the stuff sometimes, and hooo-eee. It gets a little smelly in the stables, let me tell you! Let's try and make sure that everyone has something to open, so please do your best to give a present if you are also hoping to receive one! Deadline The final deadline to send me your presents (or, if you plan to send them a present via mail, a picture of the gift) is going to be Monday, December 22nd, 2014. That should provide you with ample time to do some Christmas Reconnaissance, a bit of shopping or hands-on creativity, and getting it out there! I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season, ZEJ! Thanks so much for doing this for your jolly ol' pal in the North Pole. It really means a lot to me! Now, let's sign up for some gift-giving! Ho Ho Ho! Let the festivities begin!