Click on this thread to learn more about Secret Santa.
Each year, a similar thread is posted (by me for the last 4 years) in early to mid-September. This gives everyone time to sign-up, complete their questionnaires and be assigned their Secret Santa Buddy. The assignments are made in mid-October each year to allow for time to shop and mail packages. We always have SM members participate from across the globe -- not just the U.S. So when we're mailing overseas, it sometimes takes a little longer.
Hopefully those that missed out this year will participate in next year's event. It's a lot of fun -- really enjoy shopping and also the reveals. You can check out last year's reveals in the picture section (above where normal pics are posted.)
After December 5th, Buddies will begin posting their reveal photos and it's always so much fun to see the fluffs with their gifts.
I actually joined SM in October and remember that everyone was already in full swing with Secret Santa when I joined, and, of course, it was too late for me to participate that year. But it's been a blast each year since then.