Writing the perfect Letter to Santa...or how I learned to stop worrying cuz Santa's da bomb!
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Excitement is already mounting for our annual BGG Secret Santa Exchange! Some of the newbies are fretting over their wishlists, how to please their targets, and how to write the perfect letter to Santa.

While not exhaustive, this list will endeavor to instruct, enlighten and elucidate a few tips on How to Write the Perfect Letter to Santa!

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1. Board Game: A Christmas Story Board Game [Average Rating:2.54 Unranked]
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Let us begin by greeting Santa, and asking how he/she has been over the past year:


Dear Santa,

It's hard to believe December is right around the corner. I hope you've had a lovely off-season, and that you're rested and ready for your big season!



Remember: Santa is a hard-working schmo just like you! A little concern and consideration on your part will go a long way in buttering-up humoring making him/her feel cared-for.
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Tell Santa a little something about how you and your family celebrate Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/St. Nicholas/Solstice/Lohri in your house.


Every year, just after Thanksgiving, my daughter (now 16) and I start the ritual of retrieving the myriad of boxes with decorations from the attic. We'll spend all day carefully un-packing, categorizing and sorting everything, reminiscing about Christmas' past. The first of the holiday DVDs will be playing. Even our cats and dogs get into the act!


This begins to give Santa an idea of what the atmosphere is in your home. Perhaps a little extra something for that teenage daughter or those beloved pets will appear among the packages.
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Next, it is very important to assure Santa of your merits in receiving his/her good graces. Remember: there are two lists - you want to establish your case for being on the right one!


Santa, I want to assure you that I've been a very good boy/girl this year! I ate all my vegetables, took out the trash, was nice to everyone around me, and generally farted rainbows everywhere I went. References available upon request.


NO WAY Santa can turn down your requests now!
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Now tell Santa what your 'expectations' are. This does NOT mean 'Santa, please get me that $300 pimped copy of War of the Ring I've been dreaming of!' No, now is the time to let Santa know if gently used games are acceptable.


Santa, I'm sure you've suffered the same economic difficulties as the rest of us these past few years. Please rest assured that I will treasure whatever you send me, be it a gently used game from my list, or a modestly priced shiny new one. I appreciate the generosity it represents.


Remember, some Santa's enter into this with trepidation, fearful they may not have the means to spoil you as they might like. If you can relieve some of that anxiety for your Santa, you've already given a gift in return.
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Mention to Santa something about your gaming habits: do you play solitary games? Or do you have a robust group?


Just so you know Santa, I often play games with my wife and another couple. Worker placement games have been a big hit, but I'm hoping their interests expand as we play more!


Santa will know what to do!
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Do you have a Friendly Local Game Store? Santa (and your FLGS) might appreciate a mention of that. If Santa can save shipping by having you pick up your gift, you might get something a little more than you expected. And the local business you patronize gains a sale. Win-win!


I'm sure you already know, but Acme Games is just a few blocks from where I live, and I know the owner, Jerry, would be more than happy to help you out in this most busy season! (I also happen to know that he just got a copy of Mage Knight! hint hint)


Include a link to the store's website.
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Finally, you might consider sharing with Santa a little of what the season really means to you. Is it the lights? The trees? Family gathered together? The hope? This brings it all back home, and keeps it real.


Santa, regardless of what you send, just know that the joy and anticipation of unexpected delights is truly present enough for me. I'm healthy and happy, and enjoy more blessings than I can count. Thank you for participating in this big, wonderful BGG Secret Santa tradition!



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If you happen to be of a faith/persuasion that does NOT celebrate Christmas, remember, Santa takes many forms, but is always simply the Spirit of the Geek that resides within us all that we share with each other
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