2013 Edition of Look What My Secret Santa sent me...
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After attempts at revamping this list to change things around a bit, I decided to keep it the way it's pretty much been since I started putting this together with minimal tweaks, so...

Welcome to my 8th annual Secret Santa List. For those of you who are new to the list:

I run this list as a central location to let your Secret Santa know when your (hopefully much appreciated) gift has arrived.

Use this list to record what your Secret Santa sent you and remember to include any comments such as thanks that you want to give your Secret Santa. When you post on this list, you may want to make a note on your profile with a link to your entry so your Secret Santa can easily locate your confirmation of delivery and your reaction. That way your Secret Santa can look to see if you received your gift and you can post any comments you may have about the gift here and you can reply without the identity of your Secret Santa ever having to be released!

Please only make an entry when you actually receive the present! This assists those of us who read the list regularly as recipients are adding their gifts in a chronological order. No placeholder entries, PLEASE.

I find it very handy to put a link on your profile page so your Secret Santa knows where you have posted the feedback so s/he doesn't have to sort through 2000 entries to find yours quickly.


To see all previous years' editions of this list and to give the new Secret Santa participants an idea of how this works, look at these links:

"2012 List"

"2011 List"

"2010 List"

"2009 List"

"2008 List"

"2007 List"

"2006 List"

Further helpful hints:

IMPORTANT - When you get your gift(s), take the time to "Add Item" to this GeekList rather than just place a comment at the bottom of the list. This helps the statisticians out there plus your Santa who may be looking for your entry by clicking on your GeekList items from your profile!

A good example of how to make an entry containing multiple gifts is located at: this entry.

Making an actual entry just makes it easier for your Secret Santa to locate your Item.


If you would like to taunt your "target" while maintaining your secret identity, you can do so using the Santa logon. Just log yourself off and close any BGG windows (if you don't you take the chance of being discovered if the new username doesn't take) and log on using this info:

Username: santa
Password: password



I hope you have a Merry Christmas and enjoy the list!
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1. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons: The Legend of Drizzt Board Game [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:521] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
Tom Delme
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Santa at nearly the Speed of Light! Today my gift already arrived. I'm not 100% sure what the game will be because it's giftwrapped, but the size of the box and the information on the note makes me about 99% sure it will be Dungeons & Dragons: The Legend of Drizzt. That would be excellent because since it was released a few years ago I wanted to buy it, but the price held me back. Luckily Santa didn't have this problem

Now the ethical problem. The past years I always put my gift under the Christmas tree and opened it on Christmas. But this year we don't have a Christmas tree yet and I don't know where to put it. Is this an excuse to open it and start playing?

Thank you Speedy Santa!!!
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2. Board Game: Rex: Final Days of an Empire [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:660]
Mark Wong
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Here I was stuck in a meeting that goes on forever and when I felt my phone beep, I was thinking it was probably another boring Facebook update but Lol and Behold! It was a message from my local retailer indicating that he has a package from my Secret Santa for me! Made good time in arriving back home while I waited for the door bell to ring (really felt like a kid waiting for his birthday presents). And there it was! The delivery guy brought not one but TWO awesome games(Love Letter being the other)!

I must say this really makes up for what had been a slow slow day.


Many thanks to my Secret Santa! laugh laugh

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3. Board Game: Mystery Express [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1565]
Philip Homatidis
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I was quite surprised to find a parcel from Shire Games on my doorstep this morning. My Secret Santa was quite efficient and had his elves Nick, Sue (and I presume Freddie helped out in some way) ship the parcel in plenty of time for the holidays. They also included a tube of Smarties.

I will respect the wishes of the note on the wrapped package which is visible in the photo to the left and will wait until Christmas morning to open it. However the Smarties might not stay unopened until then.

Thank you very much. Happy Holidays

Edit - as power returned about 20 minutes ago (third outage in the past two days for the area), I opened the parcel this morning and found Champions 2020 which is Street Soccer's big brother.

Thank you again



Photos from this morning (when the power was out) as I opened the package



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4. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:38]
Jan Mendoza
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This early!?!?

Woohooo! Just came home and it was just delivered. Finally a copy of Tzolkin the Mayan Calendar!! I can't imagine that I have it. I'm so happy!!
It's my first time here and I'm glad I got to be a part of this. I am also excited for my target. I gave him a few good games

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Oh my..Tears of Joy


Thanks to mah Santa from where ever you are right now and thanks for giving me a early merry christmas Hope you have yours too

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5. Board Game: Ghost Stories: White Moon [Average Rating:7.91 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.91 Unranked]
Yuriy Andreev
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It was really cool to get the phone call in the morning and find that presents from my Secret Santa are already come in the shop. Yes, presents!
But clever seller didn't say what it was, so it was real secret until until I came to the shop.
There were games that I really love and wanted to - Ghost Stories:White Moon and Rattus!



This is real HAPPINESS! Thank You, my Secret Santa!

P.S.: It is the first time when I take part in Secret Santa BGG, so I think it's not the last

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6. Board Game: Space Alert [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:177]
Fernando Lopez
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Super Speedy Secret Santa Strikes Again!

After I bragged 6 week wait would be taunt to my target - I get a package on my doorstep.

Not opened - this is just my guess at what it is - either way I'm sure it's great!

This is THE BEST COMMUNITY ON THE TINTERNET TUBES!!! You all deserve a hug
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7. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.33 Overall Rank:5]
Byron Kropf
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Thank you to my Secret Santa, who enjoys Cold War Conflict as much as I do cool This game has been on my list to get for a long while, just never managed to converge on having funds AND thinking about this at the same time shake

Let the father/son missile crisis commence devil
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8. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:51]
Phill Winters
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I'll update this post as things happen but suffice to say I was pretty shocked to get a geekmail within hours of the Santas being selected.
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Wednesday 13th Nov
Wow.... Santa is quick off the mark this year with a promise of something by tomorrow?? Elves must be on some sort of elven drugs or fermented Reindeer milk to move that quickly

I'm now left with the guessing game of what could possibly turn up that quickly.... hmmmm, more reports as it happens.
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Friday 15th Nov
Ok, so I was out of the office yesterday so didn't see the ninja elves turn up. According to the guy at the next desk they arrived dressed in black, dumped a box on my desk then vanished over the rooftops singing christmas carols.
Looking at the box this morning it looks like Santa has a deal with some rainforest company.whistle
Opening it though.... wow, not one, but two games... with 2 days of the announcements Santa has blasted through snow drifts and bad traffic ovver Iceland to deliver Lords of Waterdeep and Enchanted Kingdom expansion for Seasons

On top of this is another message in my inbox saying that something else is on the way.... feeling a little overwhelmed now. I'll post more details later but suffice to say, 2013 has been a very tough year for me and my family. But if this is the way it ends then bring on 2014
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Friday 15th Nov - Afternoon
Those sneaky elves!
Pop out to Tesco for a sandwich at lunch and they pounce
Another box, another pressie.... my number 1 must have only my want list.... Mage Knight Board Game: Krang Character Expansion

I have a perma-grin plastered on my face right now...

Santa, you are an absolutle star!
You have no idea how much I needed this pick me up. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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Friday 22nd Nov
So I just wanted to put up something here as another thank you to Santa after something happened this week that I never thought would.

The last few years has been pretty rough for my family, we lost a business and had huge debt to the point where my wife is clinically depressed and I was for a while. We thought we had gotten over all this but this year we actually lost our house and ended up moving to a rented home. (Turns out this was a good move as we now have a clean slate to begin from and I'm closer to my work.) Now this has been going on for a while and affecting our relationship and that with our daughter. We try and be a happy family but if anyone has dealt with stress and depression then you know how rough it can be. On top of all this I'm now dealing with kidney stones and I'm pretty much in agony half the time.

Now before I depress anyone further here's the good part.... My wife used to play a few boardgames with me but hasn't really played anything in the last 5 or 6 years and spends most of her time doing things on her own. This week she asked to try Lords of Waterdeep...... Not only that but the next night she asked to play it again.
I don't know if this is a thing that will continue but for two nights we sat, played a game and laughed like we used to. Santa, that's just the best gift you could have given me. Thank you.
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9. Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:74] [Average Rating:7.77 Unranked]
Jean-Pierre
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Well I received my package today, but Santa told me that good boys wait until Christmas to open their presents...

Let's see how long it will take before I open it....



Edit: After seeing that placeholders weren't allowed i had to open it whistle

Thanks Santa! I will have to test this out tonight laugh

BTW, my wallet will not be that happy the upcoming months with all the expansions that I won't resist buying...
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10. Board Game: A Few Acres of Snow [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:271]
gerambolosch
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Another lightning fast delivery! I've just come home from the doctor, there I find a package on my doorstep.

My santa surprised me with not only one but two games! The other one being Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends, a brand new Essen release .



I am deeply grateful for having such a superb Santa for my first participation.
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11. Board Game: Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:198]
Tanja
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My Santa was speedy and sweet and already sent me a gift! Santa said that I should be expecting a smaller package and a bigger package. Bigger package should be saved for Christmas.

Well, I really hope this was the smaller package, because I picked it up and opened it. whistle



Inside was Citadels, a game from my wish list. I have been thinking of this for the longest time, because it seems like something I could enjoy even with non-gamers and relatives. For that I wanted the Finnish version and that's exactly what I got including Citadels: The Dark City. My Santa knows what to do. I'll be sure to play this while waiting for Christmas.

I'm so happy, I never thought I would be posting to this geek list this early. And there's more to come? Oh boy oh boy oh boy oh boy!

Thank you Santa! kiss

Update November 27th
It's here! The other and bigger package from Bookdepository. So exciting! It will stay hidden from me until Christmas Eve. Thank you so much for your generosity Santa! I wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and may your Santa take good care of you too.

I will update again when the big day comes.

Update December 17th

Amazing Santa strikes again! He sent a game for my 3-year-old daughter Sadeanna. I'm speechless and beyond thankful. All this and I haven't even opened my main gift yet! Here's what Sadeanna got:
Hepan hirnahdus


She loves horses, so she will absolutely love this game. I guess it's true, Santa knows everything. I will wrap this up nicely and it will stay that way under the Christmas tree until Christmas Eve. Let's see who will be more eager to open her present, my daughter or me.

Update December 25th

My main present is Civilization! My favorite computer game turned into a board game. A must have from my wish list. As I already got two nice presents, my Santa certainly went above and beyond. Sadeanna loved her game. She's already been playing with the pieces. I'm sure we'll play it with her today.

Thank you Santa, who ever you are, I wish you all the best in the year to come! You sure made me a happy gamer.
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12. Board Game: Avatar Adventures [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Jeff Carlson
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I probably never would have picked up an avatar for myself, but my shiny Santa sent me some geek gold, and now I have a dancing red giant for an avatar! Thanks Santa!!!
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13. Board Game: Copycat [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1341]
Ryan Tharp
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Santa ditched the reindeer and opted for Amazon Prime!

Sweet! This game's been #1 on my wishlist for awhile now. Can't wait to play it!


also in the box was

Village: Inn, been wanting to add this to the base ever since I got it.

Thanks, Santa!
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14. Board Game: The Manhattan Project [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:247]
Marcel Herzog
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Incredible fast!

I quarreled with myself if I should open the packet already.
You can see it - as you can see I did it and could not wait blush

Thank you Santa - so we can build the bomb. That's a morally impeccable thing to do it for Christmas.


Merry Christmas
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15. Board Game: Keyflower [Average Rating:7.86 Overall Rank:46]
Rob Compton
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My Secret Santa gift was Keyflower & Glory to Rome.
Thank you so much and amazingly quick delivery.
Fantastic.
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16. Board Game: Horus Heresy (2010) [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:1241]
jamuki (Jueguetistorias)
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Wow!

I've the most generous, incredible, awesome, beyond and above duty Santa of all Secret Santa 2013!! I am so lucky!!

My wife has composed this in his honor

SO A VERY BIG THANK YOU TO

David Gittins
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So, thank you Santa for making our Christmas so special. THANKS, THANKS, THANKS.

Again, apart from Hours, Secret Santa brought

Vinhos


and

Claustrophobia



SO A VERY BIG THANK YOU TO

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17. Board Game: Smash Up [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:699] [Average Rating:6.81 Unranked]
Mike Watne
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"It's a trap!"

I really did intend to be a good boy and wait until Christmas to open my gifts (or at least my 12/22 birthday). So when I got a knock on the door from a friendly UPS carrier with a big shiny box, I ripped it open to put the spoils under the tree...only to find them unwrapped.

So thanks to this little technicality, I get to enjoy the goodies for almost two full months before I would have otherwise. I'll chalk that up as a victory

And what, pray tell, did Santa bring me ever-so-early this year? The full collection of Smash Up titles!

- Smash Up - Smash up!
- Smash Up: Awesome Level 9000 - My wishlist was clear that the Cossack Bear Troops had me squealing for this title.
- Smash Up: The Obligatory Cthulhu Set - This wasn't even on my list (yet), but Santa must know I'm a compulsive completionist and saved me a world of trouble by filling out the set from the start.

Behold!



Thank you so very much, Santa! I hope you are not disappointed with my accidental lack of patience. Take joy in the fact that these gifts will be well ahead of the curve in providing holiday cheer. In fact, I'm hosting an 11th birthday party for a friend's son tomorrow, and I expect this might well be the hit of the party. So kudos to you and Amazon.com's lack of wrapping paper. Cheers!

Oh, and in honor of the tradition I started last year in my efforts to figure out who you may have been (and mostly since I got away with posting this here last year and watched it grow exponentially ), Allow me to present a collection of dots on a map - one of which I'm sure must be you!





Thanks again, Santa! Your gift has found a very happy new home. Now I'm off to sleeve a mass of cards and get some Ghostly Cossack Bear Troopers into the thick of battle. Cheers!
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18. Board Game: Mice and Mystics [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:248] [Average Rating:7.38 Unranked]
Robert Miller
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Sweet Baby Jesus!

Normally I would wait to open mine, but see curiosity got the better of me. Plus I also accidentally looked at the return and gift information. So, I figured there wasn't any use and letting a wrapped board game go to waste. Time to read the rules and punch the chits!

Thanks SS.
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19. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:106]
Michael Hutchings
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I returned from work to discover UPS just leaving "What could this be?" I thought lifting the box that had been deposited at my door. My knife, having moved a little faster than my brain, had it open as quick as it had arrived.

Now I am left with this and a conundrum. Do I leave it as it is and comply with Santa's request as soon as there's a tree to put it under or not.
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20. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:257]
Todd Warnken
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Harrison
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My Secret Santa was both stealthy and fast.

I received a box from Amazon today with King of Tokyo



King of Tokyo Power Up



King of Tokyo Halloween

and



Friday

Wow, a lot more than I expected.

Thanks Santa!
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21. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:257]
Renee Thorson
United States
Albert Lea
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What a surprise I had when I returned home from work today! At first I thought nothing of the box on my doorstep from Amazon. I almost did not even open it, assuming it was the Christmas gift I had just ordered for my son. (my Santa must be the strong silent type as I haven't heard a peep out of him so far) I decided I had better check to make sure they sent the right things and much to my surprise was a box full of games I had not ordered and a note from my Secret Santa! Thankfully nothing was wrapped, so I didn't have to debate at all if I needed to wait until Christmas to open them. (I probably wouldn't have made it anyway!)

Inside the box was one of my "love to have's" from my wish list: King of Tokyo! My boys will be so excited! Along with that was the expansion
King of Tokyo: Power Up!!

Then another game from my wish list:
Bohnanza!

Then my awesome Secret Santa sent me a surprise gift:
Love Letter!

Thank you so much Santa! You are amazing and I know we will love all of these games! Now I am off to read a bunch of rules so I can get these games to the table tonight for family game night.

Merry Christmas Santa and thank you so much!

Edit: We have played all of our new games this weekend and LOVE EACH OF THEM! I knew my boys would love King of Tokyo, but didn't realize how much I would enjoy it as well. It's a blast! I know a little boy who is now going to be getting the KoT Halloween expansion for Christmas! Thanks once again Santa, you made wonderful choices!
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22. Board Game: Le Havre [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:40]
Jeffrey Foxwell
United States
Glen Allen
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Well perhaps I have been a better boy this year than I was told. Santa came and visited me early this year.

Thank you
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23. Board Game: Blood Bowl: Team Manager – The Card Game [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:262]
Mel Primus
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Lincoln
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Super Speedy Santa strikes again!

This is my first time doing the BGG Secret Santa and he brought me Christmas extra early this year.

I received this on my doorstep today:



and





Both are great games that I've played before, and glad to have them in my collection.

Slight problem though... Santa was so quick getting this to me he didn't see that I don't own the Battlestar Galactica base game yet (yes, it was also on my wishlist)...

Oh well! Now I guess I finally have an valid excuse to purchase it for myself!

Thanks Santa!

UPDATE:

3 days later I also received:



Governor promo cards for Dominion!
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24. Board Game: K2 [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:490]
Barry Reynolds
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Just woke up to get ready for work to find k2 and passion fruit pancake mix. Thanks my Hawaiian secret santa
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25. Board Game: Castaways [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:1221]
Micah P
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I am speechless. Not only was Santa crazy fast this year but beyond generous. I must have been especially good this year whistle...

I came home to a package waiting for me and having no patience I looked for the nearest knife. Opening it up I could tell there could possibly be two games so my excitement was building. I noticed Castaways which was a wonderful surprise since I had recently heard about it and really wanted to see what it was like.



Then seeing that YES, there were 2 games I looked to see what was next. To my extreme surprise I saw TWO MORE GAMES. Childlike joy is the only way I can think to describe how I felt.



First, I saw Bruges which I am super excited about. I really like a lot of Stefan Feld games and my wife loves Macao. I think this might be another winner for us.



Then last but definitely not least I see Last Will. AGAIN, another great game. I have really wanted a copy for a long time.



Three amazing games!?! What can I say? "Thank You" doesn't even begin to express how I feel. I am in awe of the generosity. Even my wife joined in on the excitement.



She is telling me she wants to play Last Will right now so I think I will keep her happy. Thanks again Santa! You have brought many smiles to our home.
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