Strider Posted December 16, 2011 Share Posted December 16, 2011 Maybe this is just an American thing, but in workplaces and social groups around the country, there is this thing we call being a "Secret Santa", where everyone gives each other a Christmas gift anonymously. The basics, for you non-Americans and uninitiated, is you put all your co-workers names on a scrap of paper in a hat or bowl and everyone draws a name out of the hat. If you draw your own name, you put it back and choose again. Everyone keeps the identity of the name they drew secret...it ruins the concept of Secret Santas if everyone knows who is giving who their presents. The key is anonymity. Most places put a price limit on the gifts: nothing over $20 or $40, for example. Then, at the office Christmas party, or some appointed date, the presents are piled up with only the name of the recipient on the tag, and everyone gets their presents. You're not supposed to write your name on the tag, but some people will write "Secret Santa". It helps if you can write it in a style that people won't recognize as yours. There are variations on this, but that's the basic concept. Besides the workplace, you can do this for any large social group or school class or sports team you belong to. So is there anyone here a Secret Santa? Do you love or loathe the idea? What's your price limit? What's the best and worse Secret Santa gift you've received? Any good Secret Santa gift suggestions? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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