I've never participated in such a thing before but I see this site has done so before, in at least 2012 and 2013; but is it something that is available this year?

I was going to post two opposite answers and hope for votes - but then I realised that this sort of action for the previous year's question/answerers could be seen as a cheap shot at boosting reputation... so I will just leave it unanswered and invite comments instead. {Of course if anyone wishes to reward this modesty I won't object.} With no reputation to work for on the Meta Exchange: sod it, go on and vote...! 8->

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    The moderator emails were sent out today (they ask us if we want to participate), so we'll discuss it and reply shortly. My guess is yes we will be participating :) – Jivings Dec 4 '15 at 9:31
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    p.s. meta votes don't really mean anything, and they don't count toward your site rep ;) – Jivings Dec 4 '15 at 9:32
  • OK, then, lets us use this post to canvas. – SlySven Dec 4 '15 at 15:40
  • Do we have any say in this? Why vote ^^ – Ghanima Dec 4 '15 at 16:18
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    Um, I wasn't meaning to tread on anyone's toes, 8-O . I thought if any others wanted to comment / express their opinions this would do (I thought the discussion tag would be relevant for this); also I was following the example of jandjorgensen's post for 2013... – SlySven Dec 4 '15 at 16:28
  • ... no offense (and none taken). I am just curious and have no idea whether the hat situation thingy is up to the vote or not ;) – Ghanima Dec 4 '15 at 16:42
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    For those that don't know... winterbash2014.stackexchange.com winterbash2013.stackexchange.com – Wilf Dec 9 '15 at 19:24
  • @Jivings After a week, is there any sign of a "reply shortly"? – SlySven Dec 11 '15 at 20:55
  • @SlySven Based on the votes below, we will be participating :) – Jivings Dec 12 '15 at 18:16
  • Great, when I hear (or see the first Hat on RPSE) I'll accept the relevant answer! – SlySven Dec 12 '15 at 20:15
  • IT HAS BEGUN ;) – Ghanima Dec 14 '15 at 11:37
  • Hat away....! [|8-) – SlySven Dec 14 '15 at 11:44

I suggest you vote for this answer to say "I would like to have the chance to earn/gain a short-term, pointless, but perhaps fun, extra graphic on my Avatar for the next month or so until some time in January 2016."

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  • As an individual user you can choose to participate or not. If you participate "your heart might grow three sizes in just one day" – Steve Robillard Dec 4 '15 at 17:03
  • Well Cardiomegaly doesn't sound like fun - though that is not the same as being big-hearted I suppose. 8-P – SlySven Dec 4 '15 at 17:41
  • in case you weren't familiar with the reference youtube.com/watch?v=fGSs33DQ1F0 – Steve Robillard Dec 4 '15 at 22:12

"What a load of old-hat - just because some, possibly juvenile users of some other Stack Exchange communities want to play around with ephemeral, meaningless, eye-candy, this is not relevant to me and my interests, even if it is Christmas.

Bah Humbug!"

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