Christmas is on the corner, most of the shopping should be done by now and you are probably choosing the menu for your party. But what if you have just been asked to organise a last minute Christmas party?
Don’t panic! First take a deep breath and think about how much you love Christmas, and then start planning your last minute event. You will need a guest list, a venue, catering service and a cool activity. So why not organise a Secret Santa with all your guests? Secret Santa is often practiced in workplaces or among large families and the best part of it is that you don’t need to spend too much time and money looking for many gifts. What are you waiting for?
1. Write the names of everyone participating on a piece of paper.
2. Cut each name out, and then fold it twice to prevent people from reading it without unfolding it.
3. Place all the folded names into a bowl (or hat) and mix them around a bit so that the names are shuffled.
4. Set a price limit so that some people don’t try to be cheap and while others try to overachieve and purchase very expensive gifts. You can also set themes: books, movies, chocolates, etc.
5. Draw names.
6. Set the gift-exchange date (if not at Christmas day) and a venue for the event. It could be a tea party at home, lunch or dinner at a restaurant, team Christmas party at the office, etc.
7. Go out and purchase a gift. Sometimes it can be hard to find the right gift for your secret Santa. Try to find out more about his/her interests because this information will help you buying the perfect gift.
8. Gift exchange: Now it is time to start with the gift exchange! First wait for all the participants to arrive and make themselves comfortable, after that choose someone to start the game and reveal his/her Secret Santa. It is always nice to play a little bit before revealing the person who matches the name you drew. Maybe start describing the person like this “My secret Santa is a very sweet person who enjoys cooking for her family and friends…” and all participants will guest who the person is. Don’t forget that you will also be receiving a gift and (please!!!!!) keep smiley and polite even if the gift you received is not what you expected for.
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