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Preparing for the Secret Santa
As the holidays draw near many families and coworkers alike prepare for their favorite games. One such game is Secret Santa. The point of this well-liked event is for everyone to write down their name on paper and put it in the box or hat. Finally, when every individual has done this the person holding the hat or shoe box of folded pieces of paper mixes them all up to hopefully insure no one draws their own names. The last step to this process is where all contributors line up to choose a piece of paper from the shoe box or hat. Without speaking the name he/she drew they casually put the paper in their pocket. Depending on how long the participants have agreed to play the game, either one day or the week preceding Christmas will determine the next chain of events.
Each secret Santa will purchase inexpensive gifts and wrap them addressed to their recipient. Once the gift/s are wrapped the next and funniest step is for the Santa to hide them. The hilarity of this holiday amusement is in the measures taken to keep their identity from being discovered to soon. For instance, some may take such extreme actions as to sneak around in the dark so as not to get 'caught' in the act. One might utilize a neighbor youth as a courier for the gift; if it is being delivered to their home as in the case of family or friends. Leaving the present on the recipients car, sending a singing gram, or even leaving the gift in the employee bathroom or break room prove to be successful ways to hide a gift. How many will be victorious at dodging detection is the test of skill in this well-liked game of mystery.
The mystery is revealed either at the family/friend dinner party or the company Christmas party. Each recipient attempts to guess whom their gifts were received from. The ambiguity of the individual is finally confirmed by the benefactor him/herself.
In a world full of uncertainty and economic strife Christmas games lend hope and promise to a struggling society.
Popular gifts that are commonly given are ties, kerchiefs, magazines, puzzle books, knick-knacks', salt and pepper shakers, material, sewing notions, candy, soda water or a small denominational gift card. Other inexpensive gift ideas might be a box/tin of cookies, a cute Christmas desk plushy, paper weight, pack of pens, pen/pencil holder, Christmas card, Christmas broach, Christmas hat such as reindeer antlers, Santa or elf hat or possibly a prepaid MP3 card.
It seems that everyone enjoys participating in holiday games from the youngest to the oldest. Understandably as a result of difficult times routine life and a fast paced society, the opportunity for laughter, and bonding is more than welcome. These cheerful occasions unite family and friends in the warmth of the season, reestablishing the union of loved ones.
There are several variations to this holiday game. One variation is the game called White Elephant. A wrapped, unmarked gift is brought by each person. These gifts are then placed in the center of the room. One by one each guest selects a gift. The first gift is then opened and exhibited to all. The second person now has the option to take a new gift or take away the gift that was previously opened by the first participant and so it goes until all gifts have been claimed.
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