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2021 Christmas Card Exchange

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 CardExchange (original poster moderator #50) posted at 9:54 PM on Monday, October 18th, 2021

Current Participants:
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It is time to start signing up for the 2021 SI Christmas Card Exchange! Details and the sign up form are posted here. Any questions/comments can be addressed on this thread. Deadline for participation is Sunday, October 31st.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do we sign up to participate?
A: Please use the online sign-up form if you wish to participate.

Q: But what if I want to remain anonymous?
A: Everyone will remain anonymous. Only MangledHeart, WalkingOnEggshelz and HoldingTogether will see the names on the mailing labels. All other participants will only see your username or however you decide to sign your Christmas cards.

Q: How do we handle postage?
A: A list of participants will be posted after the October 31st sign-up deadline which will include the cost of the postage to apply to each participants' envelope. Postage rates are based on USPS first class standard size envelopes for the current rate.

Q: Who applies the postage to the envelopes?
A: All members are required to add their own postage on the envelopes for each recipient.

Q: What about International members sending cards to the United States?
A: Please enclose the correct amount of USD currency you will need for postage in your package and we will purchase the postage on your behalf and apply them to your cards. the Elves will apply them to your cards during their toy making breaks.

Q: What is the record amount of envelopes sent/received?
A: Our record was 2013 with a staggering 5082 cards!!!

Q: What is the "Real Name" used for on the Christmas Card Exchange form?
A: It's up to you how you want your envelopes labeled. Just specify the name as you would like your postmaster to see it when they deliver your cards. Some members use their real name, some only use their first names and some only use their SI name. It's entirely up to you.

Q: If our spouses/partners are also members here, do they need to sign up as well?
A: No. Only one member needs to sign up on behalf of all family participants. Just make sure to include their username and/or real name on the Christmas Card Exchange form.

We would like to express our deep appreciation to the volunteer Elves that have come to the SI Santa's Workshop to help make all of this possible!! We look forward to the tradition continuing this year. They are wonderful and generous with their time and love for all of you.

Christmas Card Sign-up Form

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WalkinOnEggshelz ( Administrator #29447) posted at 11:49 PM on Tuesday, October 19th, 2021

I’m so excited!

For those of you that are new or have never participated, I just want to let you know what a wonderful tradition this is.

Each member that participates sends cards to all of the other members that participate. It is so exciting to go to the mailbox and see a large stack of merriment often filled with glittery joy!

This tradition was started by our founders MangledHeart and DeeplyScared. Her love for Christmas and her heart of gold spilled over to create some joy for those that are hurting.

Since her passing MH, HT, and I (with the help of some wonderful elves) have honored that tradition and kept it alive.

I want to invite new members and not so new to join us once again this year. It will lift your spirits and connect you to the members here in a memorable way. smile

Me: WS late 40’s
Him: BH (HoldingTogether)
D Day: 7/24/2010
If you keep asking people to give you the benefit of the doubt, they will eventually start to doubt your benefit.

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Beentheredonethat1 ( new member #79485) posted at 3:17 AM on Wednesday, October 20th, 2021

I am a little confused the f.a.q. states the list of participants will be posted after Oct 31st but the rules say cards must be received by Oct 31st. I am guessing one or the other is incorrect

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BearlyBreathing ( member #55075) posted at 4:39 AM on Wednesday, October 20th, 2021

This is so fun- I hope lots of people do it! I think I signed u- not sure if it went through.

Me: BS 54 (49 on d-day)Him: WH. 64D-Day 8/15/2016 LTA
Kinda liking my new life :-)

**horrible typist, lots of edits to correct. :-/ **

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MangledHeart ( Webmaster) posted at 4:20 PM on Wednesday, October 20th, 2021

This tradition was started by our founders MangledHeart and DeeplyScared. Her love for Christmas and her heart of gold spilled over to create some joy for those that are hurting.

Thank you Woes! If not for you, HT, and the elves this tradition may not have continued. DS and I will forever be grateful for your support.

I am a little confused the f.a.q. states the list of participants will be posted after Oct 31st but the rules say cards must be received by Oct 31st. I am guessing one or the other is incorrect

Ooops! My mistake. I usually don't post the rules until after the signup deadline. Once I was aware I was running behind I rushed to get this out there, forgetting that the rules apply to organizing and sending in your cards and that deadline is not yet determined. It is usually December 1st followed the next Saturday by the SI elves' tequi... or ah, sorting and labeling party. grin

October 31st is only the deadline to signup. The other dates will be worked out with the host. smile

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength. ~Corrie Ten Boom

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DragnHeart ( member #32122) posted at 10:49 PM on Wednesday, October 20th, 2021

Oh man can anyone tell me if my sign up worked? My info was all there so i clicked save anz then the form went blank. Filled it in again. Again form went blank. The only thing i want changed is for MY name only, not wh. If he wants to join he can sign up himself which he wont. So....

Im in definitely this year lol. I cant wait.

So excited.

Omg i nearly peed myself with excitement when i saw this thread!!!

Me: BS 44 nowWH: 35 almost 36 (BrokenHeart911)Four little dragons.Met 2006. Married 2008. Dday of LTPA with co worker October 19th 2010. Knew about EA with ow1 before that.Full disclosure March 8th 2019 four AP's.

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MangledHeart ( Webmaster) posted at 1:52 PM on Thursday, October 21st, 2021

Oh man can anyone tell me if my sign up worked?

I just confirmed that you are registered solo. smile

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength. ~Corrie Ten Boom

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DragnHeart ( member #32122) posted at 2:53 PM on Thursday, October 21st, 2021

Thank you MH!!!! 😊 ❤

Me: BS 44 nowWH: 35 almost 36 (BrokenHeart911)Four little dragons.Met 2006. Married 2008. Dday of LTPA with co worker October 19th 2010. Knew about EA with ow1 before that.Full disclosure March 8th 2019 four AP's.

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gmc94 ( member #62810) posted at 9:17 PM on Thursday, October 21st, 2021

Question - about how many cards would I plan on buying/posting?

I see 5082 and think - no way will I be able to buy/mark/post/bundle 5000 cards laugh

M >25yrs/grown kids
DD1 1994 ONS prostitute
DD2 2018 exGF1 10+yrEA & 10yrPA... + exGF2 EA forever & "made out" 2017
9/18 WH hung himself- died but revived

It's rude to say "I love you" with a mouthful of lies

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Tred ( member #34086) posted at 9:43 PM on Thursday, October 21st, 2021

Sand and I are in! Always looking forward to it! It's worth it every year.

Married: 24 years (14 @JFO)
D-Day: 11/09/11
"Ohhhhh...shut up Tred!" - NOT the official SI motto (DS)

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MangledHeart ( Webmaster) posted at 10:19 PM on Thursday, October 21st, 2021

I see 5082 and think - no way will I be able to buy/mark/post/bundle 5000 cards.

That was the total number of cards from all participants in 2013 (just over 70). If you look at the first post on this thread you will see how many participants are currently registered. Both 2019 and 2020 were under 50 participants.

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength. ~Corrie Ten Boom

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EllieKMAS ( member #68900) posted at 10:46 PM on Thursday, October 21st, 2021

Question - about how many cards would I plan on buying/posting?

GMC I have bought 50ish cards both years I've done it.

"No, it's you mothafucka, here's a list of reasons why." – Iliza Schlesinger

"Being weird is just a side effect of being awesome."– Unknown

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DragnHeart ( member #32122) posted at 2:38 PM on Sunday, October 24th, 2021

Bumping so we hopefully get more participants.

Me: BS 44 nowWH: 35 almost 36 (BrokenHeart911)Four little dragons.Met 2006. Married 2008. Dday of LTPA with co worker October 19th 2010. Knew about EA with ow1 before that.Full disclosure March 8th 2019 four AP's.

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welcome14 ( member #26741) posted at 9:52 PM on Sunday, October 24th, 2021

I think I signed up, my form went blank also! Looking forward to the glitter fest again! ( was I not supposed to mention glitter lol)

Bs- me
Someone I used to know- Him
Nothing like a trail of blood to find your way back home- nikki sixx

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.

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fareast ( member #61555) posted at 9:56 PM on Sunday, October 24th, 2021

I is in! I think!

Never bother with things in your rearview mirror. Your best days are on the road in front of you.

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DragnHeart ( member #32122) posted at 10:05 PM on Sunday, October 24th, 2021

was I not supposed to mention glitter lol)

Lol. Oh i am going to be crowned Glitter Queen this year!!!

Ye all have been warned bwahahahaha

Me: BS 44 nowWH: 35 almost 36 (BrokenHeart911)Four little dragons.Met 2006. Married 2008. Dday of LTPA with co worker October 19th 2010. Knew about EA with ow1 before that.Full disclosure March 8th 2019 four AP's.

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BetterTimesAhead ( member #70001) posted at 9:18 PM on Monday, October 25th, 2021

I'm in! I signed up - this will be my first exchange. I really need something to lift my spirits this year.

Me: BS - 52
Him: WH - 53
DDAY: 2/22/2019 - Three year EA and PA
Filed for D 9/2021
***************
Didn't cause it
Can't control it
Can't cure him

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ChewedMeUp ( member #8008) posted at 10:12 PM on Monday, October 25th, 2021

Just a note that the current participants total doesn't show up on the legacy side (I use legacy due to the lack of visited/unvisited link colors on new). Nor does the link to the form, in case anyone has had trouble with that.

So excited! Already have my glitter, just need to get cards.

BS - 40
DivorcED, finally.
2 Kids

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Chili ( member #35503) posted at 10:51 PM on Monday, October 25th, 2021

Lawdy lawd - have been looking for this down in F&G with the Santy Claus color theme every few days. Thought maybe it wasn't going to happen this year.

Luckily just happened into General and saw this.

Woot!

(Woes - as always hit me up if'n you need some help from this end)

2012 pretty much sucked.
Things no longer suck.
Loving flying solo with the co-pilot chili dog.
"Life teaches you how to live it if you live long enough" - Tony Bennett

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WalkinOnEggshelz ( Administrator #29447) posted at 11:17 PM on Monday, October 25th, 2021

Oh i am going to be crowned Glitter Queen this year!!!

Oh, I don’t doubt it!

HT and I have one request regarding glitter. I’m all about the glitter, however please don’t use the super fine glitter. It does not stay in the envelopes no matter how much taping etc occurs. It is also a nightmare to clean up around the house. I am still seeing glitter from years past, lol.

Chili, thank you. One day you will have to be an elf and see what it’s all about from this end!

Me: WS late 40’s
Him: BH (HoldingTogether)
D Day: 7/24/2010
If you keep asking people to give you the benefit of the doubt, they will eventually start to doubt your benefit.

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