Why Secret Santa is the greatest!
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I've seen several posts on the Secret Santa forum that have expressed concern that Santa may have forgot. I've also seen a few geeklists devoted to those who are sad that Santa has been silent.

I'll be the first to admit, that I'm in that boat as well. My Santa has made no contact, and I've seen no packages in the mail. But I'm choosing to put a positive spin on this situation. So here's my list of the reasons that I'm LOVING this Secret Santa thing. Please share some more of the awesome things about Secret Santa!
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1. Board Game: Library Adventure, The Fun Way to Learn [Average Rating:2.00 Unranked]
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Learning about my target

It was so much fun to dig into my target's history. I really enjoyed reading their bio, some of their past posts, and just seeing what that person cares about.
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Shopping for my target

There's something really surreal about visiting those same sites, that you're normally shopping at for yourself only, with no intention of buying yourself anything. It was really fun to pick out added extras (stocking stuffers) to throw in with the main game purchase.
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Hearing back from my target

It gave me a great feeling of accomplishment as I read my target's post on the Secret Santa received geeklist. I felt really good about making someone else happy, and maybe adding to that person's enjoyment of the holiday.
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Seeing the generosity of BGG users

If you look at this geeklist you will understand exactly what I mean. You can see many other instances if you read the Secret Santa received geeklist. It's amazing how this program seems to bring out the best in so many people.
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5. Board Game: Trust Me [Average Rating:4.93 Overall Rank:14571]
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It has made me realize how much I trust BGG users

Perhaps I shouldn't, but I really feel like we're some type of huge family. I seriously feel like I know you all.

Example: I was talking to my wife about my plans for my Secret Santa. I was thinking about sending them some homemade cookies (an idea that didn't pan out.) Rikki's response, "Won't they find it a bit weird, and have a hard time trusting food from a stranger?" I realized that, without even thinking about it, I don't think of any of you as strangers. I would take cookies received and start eating right away.
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It's given me something to hope for each day.

As if I needed more reasons to rush home from work each day. Now I can't wait to get home, because any day could be the day. I drive home with that excitement in my chest, "Maybe there'll be a package today!" And when there isn't I simply say, "Maybe tomorrow will be the day!"
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7. Board Game: Patience [Average Rating:4.78 Overall Rank:15131]
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I'm learning patience

In the words of Herbert the Snail:

Have patience. Have patience. Don't be in such a hurry.
When you get impatient, you only start to worry.
Remember, remember that God is patient, too.
And think of all the times when others have to wait for you.
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Messing with my Target

I personally just like messing with my Target's mind.

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Because I am one of the people whose Santa(S!) have been totally silent, I am in the throes of delicious, anticipatory, torment!

I think my Santas are closet dommes. ROWR.


Luckily, I'm a switch, and have been just as effectively topping my victims with fake pre-gifts, cryptic messages, and a chain of geekmails that's now over a page long and involves two co-conspirators!
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The Circle is Complete

Yes giving is better than receiving, but now that I've received I'm even happier. It's been a real treat waiting, and anxiously anticipating. Now I have a great new game to share with my family and friends. I'll try to get this game to the table ASAP.

Thank you, and Merry Christmas!
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