Introduction Ha Ha Ha! …What do you think of this new laugh? The Missus has given me some flack over it, but I reckon that it does me some good to revitalize myself after some good thousands of years of the same ol’ thing! Ho Ho! …Ol’ habits die hard for ol’ Saint Nick, I suppose! Kris Kringle is back again! It’s a pleasure to be meeting those of you that are new here to this lovely land of ZEJ, and to those that I’ve met once before, I dare say – good to meet ya again! Nonetheless, a new year comes with a new catch for good ol’ Father Christmas and his latest ZEJian escapade. With a Bumble out back and a snowstorm up front here in the North Pole, things have been getting quite hectic over yonder. The elves are in a tizzy and even I, the venerable Lovable Bowl Full of Jelly himself, have been getting into the habit of buildin’ toys to make up for lost time all while checking that whole list twice! It isn’t just a slice of pie, ya snow, and so, the Big Red Guy needs your help once more. All of this work has made it a little bit harder for Santa to get his game on with the fine folks here at ZEJ, and so I am asking you today that, being the family types that ya are, you once again get into the spirit of givin’ once more! While Santa Claus is put on a Santa Pause, he’s figuring that he can encourage you all to have a splendid time acting as Santa yourself! Let’s spread some holiday cheer! Ho Ha Ho Ha Ho! “What do I need to do?” Now that we have a solid thread all propped and prim like a glorious Christmas tree, here’s the candy cane ice cream scoop: you post in here to let Mr. Claus know that you are interested in participating in ZEJ’s Second Annual Secret Santa event, and I add you to my special list! In your post, you should also give me the skinny on just what you’re interested in receiving this Christmas (gift-wise, such as a book, CD, or video game, a piece of artwork or fan fiction of a roleplay character or something else, an act of charity on your behalf, or whatever makes you jolly)! If you are fine with receiving your present by mail, then you should also let your dear ZEJians and I know in your post! You can then Private Message ol’ Saint Nick your address, and I can pass it on to whoever draws your name. To make this gift wrap accessible to everyone (and to give this ol’ man more time for eggnog), it is decreed that all presents stay within a $25 price limit, if you so choose to buy a gift for your fellow ZEJ member! The catch is this: we need to work quickly, friends! We can’t be late to the Christmas festivities! I would like to request that any and all members interested in partaking in this year’s Secret Santa event express their interest no later than Saturday, December 5th, 2015 at 11:59pm EST! That way, I can let you all know of your gifting assignments by Sunday. After that, it’s all up to each of you to deliver your gifts to one another and keep that rockin’-around-the-Christmas-tree spirit boppin’! Ho Ho! Keep in mind – you will be held responsible 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 a free ticket to the Faces of Santa event! What? You say that’s more promotion than punishment? Okay, reindeer dung it is, then. 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 21st, 2015. That should give you plenty of time to do some Christmas Reconnaissance, a bit of shopping or hands-on creativity, and getting it out there! It’s your mission, Snake! I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season, ZEJ! Have a happy Ramadan! Or Eid al-Fitr! Saint Nicholas Day! Eid’ul-Aha! Fiesta of Our Lady Guadalupe! St. Lucia Day! Hanukkah! Three Kings Day! Boxing Day! Solstice! Kwanzaa! Omisoka! Yule! Saturnalia! Don’t Attract Krampus Day! Ho Ho Ho! Now, let’s sign up for some gift-giving!