The festive season is just around the corner, and we've been mulling over a charming idea: How about we revive the timeless tradition of exchanging Christmas cards by post?
Embrace the Warmth of a Handwritten Note
Imagine the joy of scribbling a festive greeting, affixing a stamp, and sending it off to a fellow Midsmas member. Then, in return, you receive a card that's been chosen, written, and sent with care. It's the kind of warmth that email just can't match!
Here's the Merry Plan (A Rough Guide!)
- Signal your interest by signing up to take part here before the deadline at 10pm on Monday, 27th November 2023.
- We’ll match you up with a kindred spirit and provide you with their details, including who they are and where to send your card.
- Craft your card with love and send it on its merry way.
- And then... a special something arrives for you, bringing with it a flutter of Christmas cheer!
Sprinkle Some Extra Magic (Optional)
Feel inspired to include a little something more with your card? Perhaps a poem, a recipe, a drawing, or a tiny token? It’s not about exchange, it’s about the surprise and delight of giving!
Now for the Important Bit...
Before you sign up to take part, please note the following in line with GDPR regulations:
- Consent: By participating, you consent to share your personal details (such as name and address) exclusively for the purpose of this card exchange.
- Data Use and Privacy: Your data will be seen only by the Midsmas community administrators and the specific individual(s) tasked with sending you a card. We assure you that your information will not be used for any other purpose or shared with external parties.
- Data Security: Although we do not have a formal Data Protection Policy, we are committed to handling your data with care and keeping it secure within our community.
- Access and Erasure: You have the right to request access to your data and can ask for it to be deleted at any time.
- Storage Limitation: We will retain your data only until Christmas Day 2023 (at the very latest), after which it will be securely deleted.
By registering for the Christmas card exchange, you acknowledge and agree to these terms. Your participation is voluntary, and you can withdraw at any time. If you have any questions or concerns about how your data will be used, please feel free to contact us.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is the Midsmas Christmas Card Exchange?
The Midsmas Christmas Card Exchange is a delightful initiative (new for 2023!) to revive the tradition of sending handwritten Christmas cards. Participants will send a festive greeting card to a fellow community member and receive one in return, embracing the personal touch of a handcrafted message.
How do I participate in the card exchange, and what is the deadline for signing up?
To participate, simply register your interest by signing up here before the deadline at 10pm on Monday, 27th November 2023. We will then match you with another Midsmas member and provide their contact details.
How will I know who to send my card to, and what is the deadline for sending it?
After the sign-up deadline has passed, we will contact you via the email address you provided. This will happen about a week after the sign-up period ends. In this email, we will inform you about the recipient of your card, including their name, address, and any additional information they've shared to help you personalise your card. We will also include the deadline for sending out your card in this email. The specific deadline for mailing cards is yet to be determined, but rest assured, we'll provide you with all the necessary details in due time.
Can I choose who to send my card to?
The magic of this exchange lies in the surprise! We will pair you with a fellow member, ensuring each participant receives a card from a new friend within the community.
How many Christmas cards can I send out?
You are welcome to send just one Christmas card, but if you're feeling particularly festive and wish to spread more cheer by sending several cards, that's absolutely wonderful! We will endeavor to match the number of cards you send with the number you receive, though we can't guarantee an exact match. The more you send, the more mantelpieces you'll brighten this Christmas season!
What should I include in my Christmas card?
You are encouraged to craft a card with a personal, festive greeting. Feel free to express your creativity! Optionally, you can include a small surprise like a poem, recipe, drawing, or a tiny token to add an extra touch of magic.
Is it mandatory to include extra items with my card?
Not at all. Including additional items like poems or recipes is entirely optional. The main focus is the joy of sending and receiving a handwritten Christmas card.
What happens if I miss the deadline to sign up?
We encourage you to sign up before the deadline to ensure your participation. If you miss it, you might have to wait until next year's exchange.
Will my personal information be safe?
Absolutely. Your personal information will be treated with utmost care and confidentiality, accessible only to necessary community administrators and the member sending you a card. We comply with GDPR regulations, ensuring your data is secure and used solely for this exchange.