Now that the Christmas season is upon us the traffic is backing up, the shopping centers are hectic and the lines are lengthy! People are buying gifts for parents, spouses, friends, and of course their Kris Kringle! The “Secret Santa” activity is a very popular event that takes place in most office work settings and ours was no exception.
I very much enjoy giving gifts to people and watching their faces light up when they open it and I’m the type of person that needs to find that “perfect” present. I like to give gifts that people will absolutely love and most importantly, get a lot of use out of! I don’t want to give a gift just for the sake of giving “something”; something that ends up being a dust collector or in next summer’s garage sale. Being that I am a bit of a perfectionist, finding these gifts for people can be a very daunting task.
For our Kris Kringle we do 4 gifts; one for each week in December. There are 8 of us in our open-concept office so hiding our gifts was tough. I would arrive at the office 30 minutes early to drop off my gift and then I would go sit in the Tim Horton’s parking lot down the street until it was time to head back. I felt very stealthy! Like a ninja! Every day we would all come to work and there would be new gifts just waiting to be opened. It was quite exciting!
Whenever someone found a gift we would all turn our chairs around and watch as they were opened. We would observe not only the reaction of the recipient, but the reactions of others in an attempt to try and guess who had whom. (I guessed mine on week #1. Thanks Michelle!) This was LOADS of fun! Everyone was using their detective skills and drawing their conclusions while also trying to out-smart the others. During all of this, the sarcasm and laughter became abundant! It was an absolute riot and a really welcome break in the work day. (Especially when Tessa came down with her usual case of the afternoon giggles.) I am always grateful when receiving gifts, but what I am the most grateful for is the moments.
I have a picture hanging up in my house that reads “The Best Things in Life Are Not Things”. This is more than just a saying to me; I believe this whole-heartedly and it is especially true during the holidays. The best part of Christmas, Secret Santa and gift-giving isn’t about the gifts at all. It’s about everything else that comes along with it – the quality time you get to spend with your loved ones, your friends, and even your co-workers… the laughter, the joy… the moments that can’t be bought.
Be safe everyone! See you in the New Year!