Dear Secert Santa

Under my normal rules talk of Christmas is banned until December the 1st and only then if people really have too but this year has been different, I have not managed to avoid noticing the shelves in supermarkets became laden with Christmasy things at the same time as they bought out the Halloween things e.g. as they packed the summer BBQs, furniture and outdoor games and I have already spent some time poking fun at some friends who have already completed and wrapped their Christmas shopping (their argument is that it is now done and, apart from food shopping, there is nothing more to do and so can enjoy themselves and possibly poke fun at me when I go shopping in the week before Christmas…)

But any way, that is not why this year is different. This year we are having a family ‘Secret Santa*’ instead of everyone getting everyone else something we have all taken a gift tag with someone’s name on it and we have all written a list or something that we would like, to the value of about £25, and stuck it to the fridge.

Hopefully this will mean that everyone gets something that would like to open on Christmas Day and not so many ‘things’. I like the idea of a family ‘Secret Santa’, it makes the idea of present giving a lot simple and more personal.

*normally we only have Father Christmas at home but ‘Secret Father Christmas’ doesn’t flow so well

3 responses to “Dear Secert Santa

  1. I think the Secret Santa idea is great. Christmas can get so commercial and everyone runs around like headless chickens. When I was working the office used to laugh at me for saying that Christmas lunch was “egg and chips”. But in the end a lot agreed egg and chips were a lot easier than the big spread they were expected to produce. I suppose Christmas is what you make it and we like to spend it quietly. For my family birthdays are the ones to really celebrate.

  2. What a great idea! I grew up without Christmas (my family didn’t celebrate for ‘religious reasons’) so my first real family Christmas celebrations began when I started seeing my OH and his family like to really DO Christmas! This year I have been trying really hard to promote the idea of a Handmade Christmas and everyone will be receiving at least one pressie handmade by me plus I have been buying from sites like Folksy and Etsy that showcase artisans and crafters.
    As much as I love opening lots of pressies from my generous family I do dread having to find room for more ‘stuff’ in our already over-stuffed house 🙂
    Anthea x Forest Flower

  3. A life less simple

    If egg and chips is what you like then it is an excellent Christmas dinner, I must say I do love the food side to Christmas. Most years we make hampers including homemade and reared food for extended family and close friends we also make a deal out of sitting down and having dinner together on a day around Christmas with a centre piece that is either specially selected from somewhere local or produced at home.
    I really like the idea of a Homemade Christmas as well and other than a few things (mostly ‘boys toys’ LOL) everything last year was either home made or bought from Folksy. I don’t know why but I’ve never really like Etsy but love looking through Folksy and Raverly at all the homemade things

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