Update 12/11/15: Thank you Santa for the gifts you sent but more so for your letter. I cant really put in words how much participating in this years Secret Santa has done for me and a great part of that was from your words. If you accidentially outed yourself I would like to send a Christmas Card for you and your family. Thank you just doesnt seem good enough.
This is my first year joining in on the BGGSS, see I lost my Christmas Spirit 11 years ago with a tragic divorce. We use to go all out for the Holiday season starting well before Thanksgiving and I have lost so many traditions. Decorating the house inside and out, I had a life size Santa Sleigh with 9 Reindeer in the yard along with a lighted "Tree" I created using our flagpole. Each year the kids and I would spend a day baking all kinds of cookies, create huge platters out of them and visit the local police, fire department, and nursing home to deliver Holiday Cheer and then we would ride for a couple of hours seeing all the lights and decorations that others had put up. Christmas morning was insane as you could imagine with 5 kids, but it was the only day I knew I didn't have to work so it was special in more ways than I could count.
Santa this past year hasn't been a good one for me. I had a granddaughter but didn't find out until at least 6 months later. I found out that my heart isn't working correctly and there is nothing they can do to fix it, so I don't know how many Christmas's I have left and have decided to try and regain some of the spirit I use to have.
I'm going into BGGSS with the idea of being the best Secret Santa I can be and imagining the person I get will have all the joy that I remember from my kids so long ago. Thank you BGG for this opportunity to give once again. I started collecting games with the hope that they would be a good way to reconnect with my kids if ever given the chance, but since that didn't pan out I use to run a game night at a local foster group home for kids but since my health has failed I am no longer able to do that and rarely leave home except to see doctors. I just wish that there is a way to bring joy from the collection of games I have and become one of Santa's Helpers year round once again.
Just to let you know I consider myself a collector, sort of, because I would like nothing better than to have all my games go from new to played. I don't like to assign ratings to my games because all the plays I have entered are those that I played with the foster kids prior to my health going south. I get my enjoyment out of playing and seeing others have fun, most of the time I only try to win when we are near the end of a game and I have a chance. This doesn't mean I don't have a competitive streak in me just that enjoyment is my first choice for everyone and most of the games in my collection fall within the Family realm or those made for kids.
Santa just to let you know I have been a very good little elf for you this year. My Santee is all set and I will send out the 3rd tracking number tomorrow as the final package is mailed. Just so as I know I am not getting coal this year can you send me a Santa mail.
Santa your note arrived, thank you. If you have any questions fire away, I know my target was labeled as a difficult one but this has always been about the Christmas Spirit and giving and my hope is that my Santee and His kids will enjoy all that I have sent. May you and Mrs. Claus have an especially wonderful Christmas and Holiday Season. Got your reindeer resting message, I guess I now know both Santa and his Reindeer have their own helpers. Will update here and the geek list as soon on arrival. Have a Very Merry Christmas yourself.