Welcome to the fifth annual incarnation TalkBeer.com Secret Festivus/Santa, 2018 edition! We are welcoming any and all TalkBeer participants*, but reserve the right to check or ask for further references if necessary. Please be advised that if you have fewer than three trade feedbacks and are a recent (sub-3 month) member, we will require some other trade references. Based on the community poll from the inaugural 2013 Secret Santa/Festivus the box requirements are: BEER : 72 ounce minimum - 156 ounce maximum (quality over quantity, please stick to the limit) SCHWAG: Beer related or request related, <$25 ****Frank would really like people to try to stick within the parameters of these requirements. This is not a contest.**** The timeline has been slightly adjusted from last year. October 29th-November 12th: Signups, fill out GoogleForm, write letter to Santa November 15 – November 16: Targets out Shipping: November 26 (or earlier) – December 12 (all boxes must be delivered by the 17th, Friday) For two years running we have had an opening/haul post day where nobody posted their haul until a certain day. This makes it a fun day to watch the thread, throw out likes, and share in the joy of Christmas. It also makes it so there's no feeling of needing to "one up" someone after you see a box posted. That being said... Opening/Posting window: OPENING AND POSTING DATE WILL BE ANY DAY ON OR AFTER DECEMBER 12th OR WHEN ALL BOXES ARE SHIPPED. Why so early? In 2013, across the country we had a pretty rough winter and some frozen boxes along the way. We mostly avoided that in 2014 and 2015, ’16 and ‘17, so Frank and his crew have decided to keep this feature. Why are you ruining Christmas? We’re not. If you happen to be shipping or receiving from a cold area, we are giving you the opportunity to get this out early. Take the time to maybe wrap your bottles for placement under the tree, or tell your target to not open the box at all until opening day, or tell your target that there are a few freshies to tide them over until Christmas. No pictures of beer from boxes until opening day, even if they're freshies! DO NOT SIGN UP FOR THIS IF YOU DO NOT INTEND TO SHIP BY THE DEADLINE. Here is how to sign up: Please send a PM to SecretCostanza saying that you're interested in signing up. You will receive a reply with a link to a GoogleForm asking you to enter the following: TalkBeer handle REGION OF THE UNITED STATES, based on this thread Name Mailing address Phone Email address Any special shipping instructions (ie, please only use FedEx, hold at office, out of town on certain dates, it’s cold here already) Letter to Santa detailing your likes/dislikes, shirt size, schwag preference (if any), and a link to a wants list if you have one to. You will get a confirmation PM letting you know that you're in. Frank and his elves will work diligently to get targets out ASAP. As this site grows and the BIF grows it is a massive undertaking arranging targets. We reserves the right to cap the number of participants or end signups early. Please be patient. Don't be naughty; in five years we haven't had one problem with boxes not being sent! Cheers!